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Confessionals: Gökhan Tanriöver


  • Argentea Gallery 28 Saint Paul's Square Birmingham, England, B3 1RB United Kingdom (map)

Argentea Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Gökhan
Tanrıöver’s Confessionals.


Comprising a series of black and white still life photographs, Confessionals is based on
specific childhood experiences. Guided by Annette Kuhn’s process of ‘memory work’, a
method and practice of unearthing and making public untold stories, Tanrıöver’s personal
memories are made tangible through the photograph.  Each experience is first presented as a written confession from which an image is then constructed and the combination of image
and text weaves a poignant autobiographical narrative.

This singularity of intent about the work, the public exposure of private experiences, is shown through the use of black and white.   By removing the potential distraction of colour, Tanrıöver has created images that are the embodiment of contrary forces.  Black, being visually heavy and associated with power, authority and evil, is starkly contrasted with white, a colour that projects purity and salvation and is synonymous with new beginnings. Working with analogue, the studio and the darkroom are the physical space where Tanrıöver’s meditative state acts as a form of auto-therapy.  This process has allowed him to produce images where these opposing forces of black and white don’t compete, but rather complement each other to communicate more effectively ideas of opposition and comparison, association and acceptance.

By offering his own emotional and psychological life as art, Tanrıöver invites the viewer to share in his meditations on sorrow and remembrance.

Gökhan Tanrıöver is a Turkish-born photographic artist living in London.  Following a brief
medical career, he realised his vocation lay in visual culture.  Drawing on his training as a
junior psychiatrist his work consists of constructed imagery that focuses on personal and
cultural identity informed by personal experience and memory.


After completing his BA (Hons) Photographic Art (2017) from the University of Westminster
he has been shortlisted for the Peaches and Cream photography competition (2017) and
selected as a finalist in the Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition
160.  His work has been included in 18 group exhibitions including Separation and Belonging
that he co-curated as part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s First Thursday tour in May 2016.  In
2017 he was chosen to participate in the Travers Smith CSR Art programme.

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