Zafer Topaloglu is a video artist and documentary filmmaker based in İstanbul, Turkey. He holds a B.A in Film-Tv from Istanbul Bilgi University, and an MDes in Media Design from the Willem de Kooning Academie, Piet Zwart Institute. Over the last four years his video works have been screened at numerous international festivals and galleries such as European Media Arts Festival, India Art Fair 2014, Videobrasil Contemporary Art Festival, Screen Festival Barcelona, Instants Video Arts Festival, Videoformes, Darklight Film Festival, DokumentART, Tent Gallery among others.
One of his most remarkable qualities is the sensitivity with which his lens treats his subjects. His videos follow a documentary style aesthetically, while his narratives are poetic. The format of the video essay allows him to throw into question the nuances of social and cultural contexts. His work deals with the polemics of power, political violence, emotional and physical vulnerability of the ‘other’ and pain. (From the exhibition catalog of the Gallery Latitude28, New Delhi, India)
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