Curriculum Vitæ


Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Ph.D., Visual Cultures
Supervisors Dr. Nicole Wolf & Prof. Tony Dowmunt
Examinors: Dr. Alisa Lebow & Gail Pearce

Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
M.Phil. Visual Cultures
Supervisors Dr. Nicole Wolf & Prof. Tony Dowmunt
Examinors: Dr. Mark Fisher & Dr. Ros Gray

Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
M.A. Screen Documentary  – Merit
“Improvisation in Documentary Film”

SOAS, University of London, UK
BA (Hons) Ethnomusicology – Merit

Professional Experience

Fellow at Berlin Artistic Research Grant Programme funded by Berlin Senate (2022 – ’ 23)

Kadir Has University, Visiting Lecturer
(1 October 2021 – cont., on leave 2022 – ’23)

Universität der Künste, Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences (BAS) / Graduiertenschule Fellow
(April 2019 – 1 October 2021)

Central European University, Budapest, Fellow, Visual Studies Platform & Institute for Advanced Study
(September 2017 - May 2018)
  • Visual Grammar
  • Artistic Research

Goldsmiths, Visual Cultures Department, Visiting Research Fellow (2017-2018)

Koc University; Full-time Lecturer (September 2013 – January 2019)
  • Documentary Film: Theory and Practice
  • Video Art and Installation: Theory and Practice
  • Video Basics
  • Film Theory
  • Independent and Graduation Projects

Sabancı University; Part-time Lecturer (2011 – 2013)
  • Documentary Film: Theory and Practice

Bilgi University; Part-time Lecturer (2008)
  • Non-Linear Editing

Selected Presentations

Paper at Conference “Secrets, Treasures and Sharing; Artistic Research”

Conversation with Erden Kosova & Nil Mutluer
“Chromatic Wednesday: Freedom of Speech under Siege: Solidarities and Limitations in Turkey”

Berlinale Forum, conversation with Clarissa Thieme
Interflugs, Conversation with Ovul O . Durmusoglu    
Art in Dark Times, Conversation with Galit Eliat & Erden Kosova

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Conversation with Petra Bauer and Kim West as part of Filmclub

Stuck in Migration. Waiting Zones and (Internment) Camps, A joint international conference in Budapest and Munich, co-organized by IAS CEU and CAS LMU. “Between Movement and Stasis: Aesthetics and Politics of Migrant       Itineraries in Contemporary Essay Filmmaking”

Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin, Violence of Inscriptions

58th Annual Conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago, Illinois

DAI, Roaming Assembly#7 intraAction: TransUrbanism

Visible Evidence XXIII, New Frontiers in Documentary, Montana State University

Conference: Cinema and Time in Films from Turkey, Kadir Has University, Turkey,

In conversation with Teju Cole, UK

In conversation with Nick Aikens, UK

Symposium: Crossing Borders, Traversing Narratives, University of St. Andrews, “Two Essay Films from Turkey”

Conference: World Cinema and the Essay-film, University of Reading, UK. “Two Essay Films from Turkey”

In conversation with November Paynter, SALT, Turkey

Conference: Video Vortex, SALT Istanbul and Bahcesehir University. [With Hale Tenger]  “Art, Archives, and Activism.”

Conference: Performing Documents, University of Bristol, UK. “Performing the Self”.  

Seminar Of Dice and Men, Audio-Visual PhD Group, Goldsmiths, University of London

Perspectives from Turkey in the New Millennium Conference, University of Exeter. “Tülay German: A Forgotten Icon.”

Conference: Mental Health and Human Rights: Sociological Perspectives [with Margaret Jessop]. University of Warwick, UK. “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered: Coercive Treatment within Mental Health Services and Films for Education of Professionals”

Awards and Residencies

Residency at IASPIS

Grant by SAHA for new film
UdK Grant for two years residency
monthly stipend + studio
Foundation for Arts Initiatives Research Grant
Best Documentary in Human Rights, Sarajevo Film Festival
Visegrad Grant
Grant for new production New Film Fund
ZK/U (Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik), Berlin
Artist in residence
Grant by SAHA
Commission for a new film – Locus Athens
Nominee for A 38 Production Grant Kassel
Commission for a New Project by SAHA
Commission for a New Project by SALT
Delfina Foundation, London
2 months
Research Residency, SALT, Istanbul
2 months
Ph.D. Scholarship, Royal Holloway, University of London (declined)
Nominated to Best Documentary by SIYAD (Turkish Film Critics Association).
British Council, ‘Creative Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Cinema’
Greenhouse Documentary Development Project, funded by the EU
Berlinale Talent Campus
Dolby Digital Award for the School of Sound Symposium.
University of London Award for the School of Sound Symposium.

Selected Screenings and Exhibitions

Rewinding Internationalism, Netwerk Aalst

65th BFI London Film Festival 
Imagine Something New, Like Justice, Gallery Wedding
Shifting Patterns @ Kunstverein Tiergarten

Van Abbemuseum ‘Araf' exhibition
Lulea biennale, Sweden

Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Where is cinema going?”, Istanbul

Forum Expanded, Berlinale
Geometries, Athens
Istanbul Film Festival, Documentary Competition
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick
Summer Nostos Festival, Athens
Sarajevo Film Festival, Documentary Competition
Festival Diritti Umani, Lugano
Lulea Biennale, Sweden
Gezici Festival, Ankara, Focus on Didem Pekün’s films in a program titled “I want to feel”
Human Rights Foundation Cinema Days, İzmir

“Sen ve Ben”, 5533
“Sis”, DEPO
‘In Spite of’, Documenta 14 Public Program Athens / Kassel
“Thickness of Time”, Locus Athens

33rd Kassel Dok Fest
“Freundschaftsspiel”, Museum für Neue Kunst Freiburg
“Of Dice and Men”, solo at Delfina Foundation
“Through the Fog”, State of Concept, Athens

“Joy, Passion, Fury” MAXXI, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome
56th Venice Biennale, Curriculum, Creative Arts Summit
“A Century of Centuries”, SALT Istanbul

Screening of The Dream of Shahrazad (dir. Francois Verster,
Associate Producer. Didem Pekün)
27th IDFA, Masters Section
Fuse Art Space, UK

59th Oberhausen Film Festival, Germany
Sheffield Fringe, UK
Arnolfini, UK
“Panorama Méditerranéen" du Festival Millenium, Belgium

Tropentheater, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Culture Unplugged, India

Punto de Vista Film Festival, Spain
Chennai Film Festival, India
Museum of Modern Art of Castille, Spain
Kolaj Istanbul — Gaiete Lyrique — Paris, France
Mostra internacional de films de dones de Barcelona, Spain
1001 Documentary Film Festival, Turkey
San Sebastian Film Festival, Spain
New Caledonia Film Festival

29th Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey
13th Flying Broom Film Festival, Ankara, Turkey
3rd Documentarist, Istanbul, Turkey
Exeter University “New Perspectives on Turkey”, UK
Adana Altın Koza, Turkey
Antalya Altın Portakal, Turkey
Cologne Film Festival, Germany
London Turkish Film Festival, UK
WOMEX, Denmark
New York Turkish Film Festival, USA
Anapop — Istanbul, Turkey

Berlinale Talent Campus, Germany
Festival Internacional de curtas-metragens de Sao Paolo, Brazil


Pekun, D. & Mohaiemen, Naeem (2017). “Never liked goodbyes anyway” e-flux

Pekun, D. (2017). “Can’t help it; the oldest mind on the planet is hot” Laure Prouvost in Conversation with Didem Pekün, e-flux

Other Academic Experience

Workshop and Screening Organization

Organizer of the seminar by Vasif Kortun, Koç University.

Organized weekly documentary screenings titled “Stranger than Fiction”.

Organizer of a seminar given by Aylin Zoi Tinel, Koç University.

Organizer of the screening and seminar given by Orhan Eskiköy, Koç University.

Organizer of the panel discussion led by Aaron Cezar, Director of Delfina Foundation, London. “The Artist’s Toolkit for International Opportunities” at Sabancı University. (Aaron Cezar was accompanied by Abbas Akhavan and Aslı Çavuşoğlu.)

Organizer of an artist talk given by Banu Cennetoğlu (Venice Biennale Turkish Pavillion, 2009), at Sabancı University.

Organizer of an artist talk given by Yasemin Özcan, at Sabancı University.

Organizer of an artist talk given by Ali Kazma (Venice Biennale for Turkish Pavillion, 2014), at Sabancı University.

Organizer of a seminar given by Necati Sönmez (Director of Documentarist) at Sabancı University.

Departmental Service

Film Certificate Coordinator, Koc University

Professional Affiliations

Founding member of Beyond Istanbul: Center of Spatial Justice

Audio-visual PH.D. Group, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Turkish (native)
English (native fluency)
French (fluent)
Spanish (beginner)
German (A2)