The photographic work of Topçuoğlu often refers to the evolution of Turkish Society, current affairs and media. Underlying his work is always a constant preoccupation with time, memory and loss. He worries about our tenuous grip on existence, how quickly life and our ideals can slip through our fingers. Through his constant references to art history along with the writings of authors like Marcel Proust, Vladimir Nabokov and Lewis Carrol, he attempts to preserve the past on his camera film. However, the contemporary world inhabits these staged pasts, with works suggesting both a past scene and a modern day event we can read about in the news.
Born in 1953, Nazif Topcuoglu graduated with a Masters degree from the Institute of Design in Chicago in 1981. Since then he has exhibited worldwide and has published 3 books on the history and criticism of photography. Nazif’s work was included in the Turkish pavillion during the 50th Venice biennale in 2003 and he has held several solo shows both in Istanbul and abroad.
Nazif’s works are part of museums and in private and public art collections of which most notable are JPMorgan-Chase, USA, Marion and Guy Naggar, London, UK, Schürmann, Germany, Sema and Barbaros Çağa, Istanbul and the Fotocollectie Hoboken Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Green Art Gallery was founded in 1995 and was amongst the first galleries to exhibit Arab art in Dubai. The Gallery played a vital role in introducing modern Arab art to the city and beyond and in nurturing the establishment of the city’s earliest collector base
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