Director Biography – Kurtulus Ozgen (8 POEMS OF EMIGRATION)

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Kurtuluş Özgen (1971) has been directing-producing documentaries and cultural projects over 20 years. His films have been screened in more than 30 national and international film festivals and have won 12 awards. His photography and video works have been selected for several art exhibitions.

Özgen received his bachelor’s degree in Cinema, his graduate degree in Painting (2012) and Phd in Art in New Media (2017). He also studied contemporary art history and video art. His academic focus is on documentary film studies, digital cinematography, video art and new media. He continues to be a senior lecturer at AHBV University Fine Arts Faculty, Department of Photography and Video.

Director Statement

The film experiments with the found footage (taken from an internet company that sells stock video images for commercial usage), found sound (John Berger reading his poems to gathered audience and a music stock from jingle selling internet company). Narration of the film builds up from the clash of video images and audio. Using the commercial images and commercial music out of context, the film forms a (counter context) narrative that back fires to the capitalism.

“Television has attacked us for a lifetime, now we fight back.” Nam June Paik

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