Taking their personal experiences as a reference, Cansu works on matters like beloging and discriminal against class, culture, gender or sexuel identity.

After their series 'The Dispossessed' which emerged from their family's (hi)story- Cansu is now producing audio recordings, videos, and photographs regarding their state of belonging. 

"Since I took my mother's camera at 6 year old, I'm passionate about exploring around and documented what I see from my perspective. Over the years this interest has condensed especially on issues such as gender, cultural identity and discrimination. The reason is that because of the structure of Turkey, I have a chance to exploring both East and West values and embracing a life style with mixing them together. Every city I moved has different traditions, conservatism levels and understandings. This chance also bringing the feeling of being stuck.

I went on a journey to make sense of these two phenomena. In my first series "The Disposessed" I deepened on my roots and I made shots in Trabzon, Blacksea region. I tried to reveal the inequality of men and women in this society. At my second job, "Shelter" I worked on a part of Y generation in Istanbul who affected from both westernization and political atmosphere in Turkey. While they breaking down taboos sexually and culturally, creating a new lifestyles and establishing spaces where they can live freely, these places also become their "shelters", the area they excluded from society."

Both Cansu's works published on prestigious media channels such as British Journal of Photography, Dazed and also exhibited at various museums and photography festivals. 

Selected Exhibitions:


2020, Verzasca Foto Festival Awards- Exhibition, Switzerland


2020, Art Palm Beach Fair, Florida 

2019, Heidelberg Queer Art Festival, Heidelberg

2019, Borgo Futuro Festival, Ripe San Ginesio

2018, Elgiz Museum, Resource Utopia, Istanbul

2018, Leica Gallery, A Room Of One's Own, Istanbul

2018, On the Frontiers of Freedom The Rencontres d’Arles, Arles

2018, Arles Photo Festival, Voies Off Exhibition, Arles 

2018, Common Places/Parallel Storıes, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki

2018, Geniş Açı Dergiden Proje Ofisine, DEPO, Istanbul

2018, Becoming Cure as Care, Daire Sanat, Istanbul

2018, FUAM Photobook Festival, composite exhibition, Tophane-i Amire Culture & Arts Center, Istanbul

2017, Photozine Exhibion, FailBooks, Istanbul

2017, Sicily Photobook Festival, Dummy Book Exhibition, Sicily 

2017, Kopuntu Presents “Confusion” at Macao, Milano

2017, Geography Honor Week Exhibition, GaleriBU, Istanbul


2017, Homecoming, Noks Independent Art Space, Istanbul


2016, Photography Festival, Bursa


2016, Photography Festival, Istanbul


2020, Transformative Art Project for Activists, Turkey 


2018, World Press Photo Master Class Foundation JSM, Amsterdam


2018 - 2019, Women Photograph Mentorship Class, Nicole Tung


2018, Resource Utopia, Goethe-Institut Istanbul, NOKS Art Space, Istanbul


2018, FUAM Photobook Studio Workshop, Istanbul 


2017, Diyarbakir Photography and Youth Project, Diyarbakir


2017, Geniş Açı Photography Workshop, SALT Ulus, Ankara


2017, FUAM Photobook Studio Workshop, Istanbul



2019, British Journal of Photography, Give me Shelter, Tom Seymour


2019, Dazed Magazine, Photos of young people finding shelter in Istanbul’s underground scene, Clara Hernanz


2019, The Story of the Week is Shelter, PH Museum, Rocco Venezia

2019, Sanrı Fanzine, Cover Photo, Istanbul

2018, Istanbul Art News 

2018, Burn Diary (Burn Magazine) Takeover, Instagram


2017, British Journal of Photography, Woman Paper Visa Journal Cerebrates Female Photojournalists , Eoin Murray


2017, Visa Pour I’Image Photography Festival, Visa Woman Paper, Anna Alix Koffi, France




2019, ODTU Photography Community, Ankara


2019, Fujifilm Showroom, Eskişehir


2018, Salt Galata Photo Meetings, Istanbul


2018, Panel: Mahalle Geniş Açı, Istanbul


2018, Young Look at Photography, Photographer Gallery, Istanbul


2017, Ufat Photography Days, Bursa

Work experience:

2019-2020, Photography and Videography, 140journos


2015- Present, Undergraduate Student at Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts Photography Department, Istanbul