Kanat Akar

Kanat Akar (1991) is a photographer and a visual artist from Ankara, Turkey. Using photography and electronic media in his practice as a communication tool for the visual investigation of the human experience, he aims to tell effective stories about people in a politically and socially loaded environment that we are living in. He received his MFA degree from Maryland Institute College of Art, Photographic and Electronic Media Department in 2018. He also has a BA degree in Economics (2014) from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.

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  • 2018 Received MFA degree from the Photographic and Electronic Media Department, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2014 Graduated from Ihsan Dogramaci Bilkent University, Department of Economics, Ankara, Turkey

Selected Work and Exhibitions


  • Familiar Distance, Solo Exhibition, Curated by Arie Amaya-Akkermans, PG Basement at PG Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Stop Motion Vol.5, Public Screening, The Wonderland Ballroom, DC
  • Distance, Solo Exhibition, Kaplan Gallery at Visarts, Rockville, MD
  • SPE Media Festival, Official Selection 2019, Society for Photographic Education - Cleveland, OH
  • Bodies in Movement Juried Group Exhibition LoosenArt Mag/Gallery, Rome, Italy


  • BASE 2018, Juried Group Exhibition - Galata Rum Okulu, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Portraits Without Faces, Group Exhibition Juried by Zsolt Bátori PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
  • Home: Absence or Essence, Juried Group Exhibition Specto Art Space, Bridgewater, VA
  • Metamorphosis, Group Exhibition Juried by Wendi Schneider - Darkroom Gallery, Essex, VT
  • MICA GRAD SHOW 2018 Thesis Show Curated by Ian Cofre and Darren Jones - Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD


  • Fall Show, Photographic and Electronic Media, Group Show - Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD


  • Fall ShowPhotographic and Electronic Media, Group Show - Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD


  •  The Life of a Truck Driver-Make the Roads More Endurable in Your Eyes Ford Trucks 4th International Photo Contest - Istanbul, Turkey