Sarp Kerem Yavuz

Sarp Kerem Yavuz creates visually provocative works of art in pursuit of peaceful coexistence.

Born in Paris in 1991 and raised in Istanbul, he works primarily with photography, light projection, neon, and drawing.

His works explore gender, politics, religion, and violence.

He is the recipient of several international accolades, including the 2019 Leslie Lohman Museum Artist Fellowship, the 2016 Palm Springs Photo Festival Emerging Photographer award, presented by Leica Camera, the 2013 New Artists Society Award from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the 2013 Leah Freed Memorial Prize.

In 2013, he became the youngest artist to exhibit and be included in the permanent collection of the Istanbul Modern Museum.

His artworks are published in Turkey: Istanbul CODEX, and the Boys! book benefitting the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

His photographs are included in The Luciano Benetton Collection as part of Imago Mundi, in the permanent collections of the CICA Museum in South Korea, the JPMorgan Chase Collection, the Norton Museum in Florida, the Allen Memorial Art Museum and the Transformer Station in Ohio, the Polaroid Originals (formerly Impossible Project) Collection in Berlin, the Soho House Collection in Istanbul and New York, and The Marmara Hotel Collection in New York.

He has participated in over 30 exhibitions in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Venice, Sydney, Amman, London, Shanghai, Dubai, New York, Chicago and Istanbul.

He currently lives and works between New York and Istanbul.


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