Sergen Şehitoğlu’s fundamental concern is to focus on his period and on its conditions. His photographs, on which he’d been working on for the past few years, focused directly on the contemporary people’s living conditions and experiences. Challenging the concept of privacy in a world that redefines the boundaries of photography and where systems of control reign supreme, these works carried Sergen’s practice to a whole new level, as a contemporary tool and as an exercise of viewing such issues. Drawing our attention, through his photographs, to how uses of technology and to how they bend our understanding of ethics, the artist allows the spectators to observe the situation from a whole new perspective.
The artist makes no claims for accomplishing something unprecedented. His materials are cheap images that are readily available on the Internet and Google, which are employed by many artists. Sergen’s production owes a debt to the exposure of the systems he reveals and to its inducement of the spectator to reconsider the biases we all take as granted. Lifting the veil from a new type of reality, these productions pose more questions rather providing answers.
The artist, born in 1980 in Istanbul, studied in Saint-Joseph High School and graduated from Yıldız Technical University Mechanical Engineering Department. Şehitoğlu, who continues his MA education in Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty, Photography Department, had his first individual exhibition in İ.F.M. Leica Gallery. Later, his artworks have been exhibited by several galleries and fairs in Istanbul, Berlin, Brussel, Amsterdam, London, İzmir, Ankara, Bursa, Basel, Paris and Vienna. The artist is one of the founder members of GFİ – a photography iniative. After publishing his first photography book “0 dB” in 2013, he published his second one “Kill Memories” in 2016. Şehitoğlu works and lives in İstanbul.