Silva Bingaz was born in eastern Turkey as a daughter of an Armenian family. She currently lives and works in Istanbul.
Her first serious work was a story of an Iraqi immigrant woman named Beyan on which Bingaz had worked for three years starting from 2001. At the same period has started working on her ongoing project ‘Coast’.
Bingaz is a self educated photographer and participated in various workshops dedicated to provide critical understanding of image making, which gave her an opportunity to work closely with major photographers in a number of countries and most notably in France. Encounters and interactions with master photographers from various countries have shaped Bingaz's understanding of the technique and aesthetics of photography, her awareness of contemporary trends in the medium.
Selections from Bingaz's project 'Coast' were shown in 2007, at the venue DEPO in Istanbul, and in 2008, at the Kalfayan Gallery in Thessaloniki, Greece. She took part in 'EU WOMEN', a project presented in 2007 in Lodz, Paris, Sevilla, and New York. Bingaz also participated in the exhibition 'Mahalle/Neighbourhood' organized as a part of the Portable Art Project of the 2010 Istanbul European Capital of Culture Agency.
Same year, she was invited to the Japanese city Tottori as one of the photographers selected each year from European Capitals of Culture to take part in the EU-Japan Fest cultural exchange program 'European Eyes on Japan'. Her Tottori project was published as a book in Japan and exhibited in Japan as well as in Istanbul as a part of Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture.
At the end of 2011 her works have shown in a group exhibition called 'Uncanny Encounters' in Istanbul Modern along with five other prominent women photographers. She was commissioned by Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton to create new body of work called 'Insider' to take part in an exhibition titled 'Journeys. Wanderings in contemporary Turkey' along with some other major contemporary artists from Turkey in 2012.
A comprehensive selection from her Japan works -including some new photographs from 2011- was shown as an exhibition titled ‘Coast of the East’ at Pilevneli Project at the beginning of 2013. Her 'Japan Coast' work published as a book by André Frère Éditions in 2014. She exhibited her 'Japan Coast' project for the fourth time in BildBand Berlin Bookstore/Gallery in 2015. At the end of 2014 she was asked by Doxa Magazine to make a work on Balat (a neighbourhood in Istanbul's historical peninsula), which was eventually shown in Oktem&Aykut Gallery in May 2015.
Personal exhibitions :
2015 / Balat / Oktem&Aykut Gallery / Istanbul, Turkey
2013 / Japan Works, Coast of the East / Pilevneli Project / Istanbul, Turkey
2013 / Beyan / Difak / Sumer Park, Diyarbakir, Turkey (As part of Diyarbakir Photography Festival)
2011 / Coast / Fotografevi, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 / Beyan / Fotografevi, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
2008 / Coast / Kalfayan Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece (As part of International Photography Meetings Thessaloniki)
2007 / Coast / Karagoz Sanat Evi, Ayvalik, Turkey (As part of Towards Ayvalik Photography Festival)
2007 / Coast / Tutun Deposu, Istanbul, Turkey (As part of Ulis Photo Fest)
2004 / Beyan / Ministry of Culture Galleries / Sofia and Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2015 / Meadow of the Shadows / Ariel Sanat / Istanbul, Turkey
2012 / Journeys: Wanderings in Contemporary Turkey / Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
2011 / Uncanny Encounters / Istanbul Museum of Modern Art / Istanbul, Turkey
2011 / Japan Works (Eu-Japan Vol.12) / Tottori, Japon (As part of European Japan Festival & 2010, Istanbul European Capital of Culture)
2011/ Kez Gi Sirem Istanbul/ Uc Horan Ermeni Kilisesi, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
2010 / Japan Works (Eu-Japan Vol.12) / Sanat Limani, Istanbul, Turkey (As part of European Japan Festival & 2010, Istanbul European Capital of Culture)
2009 / Mahalle / Eyup Municipality Building, Eyup, Istanbul, Turkey (As part of Portable Art program 2010, Istanbul European Capital of Culture)
2009 / Mahalle / Bulent Ecevit Cultural Center, Kartal, Istanbul, turkey (As part of Portable Art program 2010, Istanbul European Capital of Culture)
2009 / Mahalle / Idris Gulluce Cultural Center, Tuzla, Istanbul, Turkey (As part of the Portable Art program 2010, Istanbul European Capital of Culture)
2008 / EU Women / Ideal Glass Gallery, New York, USA (As part of NY Photofestival)
2007 / EU Women / Galerie Cobertura, Séville, Spain 2007 / EU Women / Les Instant Chavirés, Paris, France 2007 / EU Women / Lodz, Pologne (As part of Foto Festival Lodz)
2011 / Emerging Photography from Turkey, Festival Circulation(s), Paris, France
2009 / Emerging Photography from Turkey, Reggio Emilia, Italy (As part of Fotografia Europea Reggio Emilia)
2007 / EU Women / La Maison Populaire, Paris, France
2014 / Japan Works, Coast of the East / André Frère Éditions
2010/ European Eyes on Japan, Japan Today, Vol.12
2011/ Uncanny Encounters / Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
2011 / Kez Gi Sirem Istanbul / Armenian Patriarch of Istanbul
2007 / EU Women / Photohof&Atelier Reflexe
2013 / Telgraf Sanat
2006 / Coast / Genis Aci Photography Magazine (portfolio)