It was announced that the Turner Prize 2019, presented in partnership with Tate and Turner Contemporary, has been awarded to a collective bringing together the four nominated artists: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo, and Tai Shani.
Elif Koyutürk, born in Istanbul 1993, is a dedicated photographer, director. After graduating from TED College Istanbul, she continued her education at Istanbul Bilgi University and UEM Madrid. There, she studied Television Reporting & Programming and Marketing, Multimedia & Cinema. In 2014, she participated in the program “Youth on the Move” initiated by Amsterdam University for Applied Sciences, University of Oslo and Akershus, Stuttgart Media University and Bilgi University Istanbul.
In 2015 she received the title “Commended Photographer” by World Sony Photography Awards and was featured in Travel and Leisure’s “100 Stunning Photos of the World.” In 2017 her short movie “Details in Nature” was selected as a Semi Finalist in Miami Epic Film Festival and her short movie “Good Morning Luise” was selected as the “Film of the Week” by Awardeo Company. In 2019 she won “The Blue Green Earth, Nature Photography Awards.” Austrian Consulate of Istanbul hosted her first solo film and photo exhibition “Eternity of Nature and Soul.” The exhibition became a focus cultural point for Austrian-Turkish artists. Her second solo one year exhibition hosted at The Istanbul Museum of Photography. This exhibition was a mixture of her work, including her series from “Thunder Birds,” “Syrian Benjamin Button,” and “Eternity of Nature and Soul.” Many of her photos and films were published in newspapers and prestigious magazines such as Atlas, Red Bull, Digital SLR Magazine, Hürriyet, Sözcü, and Austrian Consulate Magazine. Her Syrian Refugee Portrait project has been published at Kafa Magazine’s “Remarkable Photographs of the history” book.
“I can feel the rhythms of nature and people in my heart, that’s the reason why I’ve been living like a nomad to find a new rhythm that needed a voice to bloom.”