LocationLos Angeles, USA
Işık Kaya and Thomas Georg Blank are lens based media artists whose work explores the ways in which humans shape and inhabit the world. Their projects often focus on traces of economic infrastructures and how humanity’s dominance over nature finds its manifestation in everyday architecture. By framing their subjects almost exclusively at night, they aim to accentuate the artificial and uncanny qualities of contemporary urban environments and human settlements.
Işık holds an MFA degree in Visual Arts from the University of California San Diego, and a BA degree in Photography & Videography from Istanbul Bilgi University, where she studied with a full scholarship. She has participated in exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel (CH), Kunsthalle Darmstadt (DE), Royal Geographic Society (UK), CEAAC (FR), Lishui Art Museum (CN), CICA Museum (Korea), Benaki Museum (GR), and San Diego Art Institute – ICA San Diego (USA) among others.
Thomas was first trained in cultural and media education focusing on photography before studying art in AdBK Karlsruhe and ENPEG La Esmeralda in Mexico City. He has had several exhibitions in galleries and museums, including Hek Basel, Historisches Museum Frankfurt, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Kunstverein Pforzheim, Blue Star Contemporary and C/O Berlin. His works have been awarded many times and he has been a scholar of DAAD as a research fellow at UC San Diego’s Center for Human Imagination.