In her work Didem Pekün (1978, Istanbul) combines practice, research and pedagogy. Previously in her essay films, she addresessed how violence and displacement define and destroy life. Currently she researches on a roaming art education platform titled “Elemental Lab” .
Her documentaries and video installations have been shown internationally and received different awards. She is a founding member of Center for Spatial Justice (MAD). She holds a BA in Music from SOAS, an MA in Documentary from Goldsmiths, and a practice-based PhD in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London.
After being a faculty member at Koç University, a fellow at Goldsmiths, at Central European University, and at Graduate School @ UdK Berlin, she is currently a visiting lecturer at Kadir Has University, Istanbul (on leave 2022 – 2023).
She is a recipient of the grant the Berlin Artistic Research Program funded by Berlin Senate (2022 – 2023).
She loves cats, very dark chocolate, and Istanbul.
︎︎︎ Curriculum Vitae
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