Kanat Akar

Kanat Akar (b. 1991) is a visual artist, lives and works in Ankara. 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 earned a bachelor’s degree from Bilkent University and his MFA degree from Maryland Institute College of Art, Photographic and Electronic Media department, in 2018. He was the recipient of a residency at VisArts (Rockville, Maryland) until recently. His work has been on show at BASE 2018, Istanbul, and a number of groups shows in Hungary, Italy and the United States.

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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


  • Transitions and Displacements, Juried Group Exhibition LoosenArt Mag/Gallery, Millepiani, Rome, Italy


  • Breath, Group Exhibition, Curated by İsa Özdemir, CerModern, Ankara, Turkey
  • 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 Show, Photographic 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