Coşar Kulaksız

He was born in 1975 in Ankara. He graduated from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 1997, majoring in economics. In 2005 he completed his master’s degree at Marmara University Fine Art Faculty with the thesis “The Contemporary Photography Schools and Movements in Europe”.

He finished his post-graduate education in 2010 at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts Photography Division on his thesis “The Transformation that the Technology Causes Over the Photographic Art”. He became a member of IFSAK, the oldest and largest photography association in Turkey in 2001 and he served as a vice-president in 2003 and 2004. He participated to the organization committee of Photography Days Festival of IFSAK in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

He acted an active role in the formation of Turkish Federation of Photographic Arts. In the new administration he was entitled the liaison officer of FIAP (International Federation of Photography) in Turkey (2004-2005). He became the president of one the largest Turkish Student Associations in the USA, Rutgers Turkish Student Association in 1996-1997). He worked as a coordinator at REFO Color between the years of 2001 and 2004. Since 2004 he has been the partner of DIFO Lab, Digital Photography Labs in Istanbul. In 2006 he found Di Art Prints, a gallery and a system to sell limited edition photographs (100 editions) at Etiler Gallery and on the website. He represents 35 artists from Turkey.

In 2002 he won the first price in the National Orhan Holding Photography contest. In 2009 three of his photographs were exhibited in the Phd Students’ exhibition at Mimar Sinan University. Since 2008 he has been teaching the course, “The Place of Photography in Contemporary Art” at Marmara University and he serves a faculty member and about to become a Proffessor as a title. He has been consulting the photography projects at Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation PERA Museum since 2005. Since 2015 he has been the photography director of FOLKART Gallery. He serves as an independent curator for many institutions and artists. He curated about 30 exhibitions in Turkey and 1 in Sweden, including “Yıldız Moran – Timeless Photographs” at PERA Museum, in Istanbul.

He opened two personal photography exhibitions. 2010 - “Istanbul Infrared” and 2016 – “Fragmental Problematique – A Journey into the Soul through Vision”. Both exbihitions explored the technical and abstract boundaries of photographic art.

Between 2014-2017, he has been in the organization committee of Fotoistanbul, International Photography Festival and he has serves as chief curator in the last edition. He has curator 14 independent exhibitions and served as consultant for two dozens more projects. Currently he is working on his academic book “Photography as a Consumable Art Form”. In 2017 he was appointed as a guest curator at DIPE, in China which is one the of the biggest Photography Biennials in the world. He has been accepted as a member of AICA, International Association of Art Critics, in 2018