Merve Terzi, born in 1988 in Istanbul (TR), lives and works in Berlin.
At the age of four, my mother and I moved to Germany, where I grew up in the small town of Speyer. After graduating in 2012 from Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg with a B.A. in Art History, I moved to Berlin where I startet my studies in photography at BTK – Faculty for Art & Design in Berlin. As part of the organizational team of the FotoKlubKollektiv - a collective of international photographers in Berlin - I am also involved in curatorial work and book making processes.
Throughout my projects, I am dealing with the idea of time, identity and authenticity shown through different perspectives. Who are we and what shapes us? My aim is to discover what is beyond the surface of the visible – to figure out how identity is being constructed and shaped by our fragmented memories and how it manifests itself in a particular moment of expression. Photography gives me the possibility to capture these authentic moments in between that reveals our self.
Friends and family, people and things that surround me in my daily life, are my source of inspiration and often subjects in my photography. I believe, by collecting their stories, I will be able to complete my own.
2019 It flies, invisible - Exhibition & Book Launch, FK-Kollektiv, Berlin 29.11.2019 - 25.01.2020
Finissage & Artist Talk moderated by Freya Copeland, Co-Founder of Replika Publishing
2019 Famiglia, Ragusa Photo Festival 2019, curated by Steve Bisson,
Urbanautica Institute, Ragusa, Italy
2019 Streaming Pictures - Hochschulen stellen sich vor. Museum für Angewandte
Kunst Köln (MAKK). Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie e.V.
2019 FUTR.1, curated by Anton Lang, FK-Kollektiv Gallery, Berlin
2018 Synch, Psych, Self (sic): The Self Portrait Exhibition,
curated by Stephanie Ballantine
2018 Reality Exchange, during 48 hours Neukölln, in exchange with
FK-Kollektiv at Fifty Dots Gallery, Barcelona
2017 The Blind Curator - F.K. Kollektiv, FK-Gallery Berlin
2017 Rundgang UE - BTK Faculty Art & Design, Campus Berlin
2017 re-Beirut Curator & Exhibitor - BTK Gallery, Campus Berlin
2016 Deflection Curator & Exhibitor - F.K. Kollektiv, Puderraum Berlin
2016 Das unsichtbare Zimmer/The invisible room, Projektraum ORi Berlin
2015 .Null - Galerie Uhrwerk Berlin
2019 Merve Terzi 'it flies, invisible', Self-Published, Edition of 50
2018 Merve Terzi 'how soon is now', Photo Book Dummy
2017 Merve Terzi 'Five Stage', Self-Published, Edition of 4
Publications of Work
2019 Everything is home far away, FK-Kollektiv Zine
2019 Blurring the Lines 2019 Catalogue
2019 Graduation Magazine 1, UE - BTK Faculty Art & Design, Campus Berlin
2017 The Blind Curator, FK-Kollektiv Zine
2017 Lola Magazine
2017 Fnder #5 re-Beirut, UE - BTK Faculty Art & Design, Campus Berlin
2016 Berliner Zeitung - Magazin
Awards & Shortlists
2020 Shortlisted for Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing, Melbourne
2019 Shortlisted for Blurring the Lines 2019 Exhibition, curated by Steve Bisson
and Lisanne Van Happen, Paris College of Art, Paris
2019 Best-of-Prize, B.A. Photography, UE - BTK Faculty Art & Design, Campus Berlin
2018 Shortlisted for Athens Photo Festival 2018 / with 'notes from abroad'
2017 Scholarship UE - BTK Faculty Art & Design, Campus Berlin
2016 Scholarship UE - BTK Faculty Art & Design, Campus Berlin
2019 B.A. Photography, UE - BTK Faculty Art & Design, Campus Berlin
2012 B.A. Art History, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i.Br.
2007 General University Entrance Certificate (Abitur), Hans-Purrmann-Gymnasium Speyer