Alican Durbaş

director & video artist

Alican Durbaş was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1986. After graduating from Arts Management at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, he received his MA degree in Arts Management at the same department. Durbaş predominantly works on film and video. He made six short films, which were screened in various film festivals. He participated in many exhibitions in Turkey and abroad with his video works. He is one of the collaborators of Plastic Crowds artistic collective. He shoot a documentary of City and Art Project consisting of a forum, introducing its workshops, and exhibitions in five European cities organized by European Cultural Association and supported by EU (2009). He attended the Berlinale Talents (in Sarajevo Film Festival) in 2011. He worked as an assistant director in some feature films like Taken 2, Skyfall, Dil Dhadakne Do, A War, Ali and Nino, The Ottoman Lieutenant, Butterflies and I Am You. He currently lives and works in Istanbul.


2017 – Soil (short fiction/experimental, 19′)
2012 – Akis (short fiction, 11′)
2010 – The Boat (short fiction/animation, 8′)
2009 – City and Art Documentary (documentary, 80′)
2008 – Papers (short fiction, 11′)


Surplus / REM Art Space, Istanbul, Turkey (03.06.2016 – 03.07.2016)
Surplus is the first group exhibition of support art ist which is founded for supporting young artist and enhancing their visibility.

Port City Talks. Istanbul. Antwerp. / Mas – Museum Aan de Stroom, Antwerp, Belgium (23.10.2015 – 24.01.2016)
The exhibition curated by Murat Tabanlıoğlu is one of the events of The International Europalia Art Festival.

Connecting The Dots: Workshops / Pera museum, Istanbul, Turkey (06.08.2013 – 22.09.2013)
The exhibition features a selection of works from the workshops of the 6th International Student Triennial in collaboration with Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts.

Water Work / Siemens Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey (09.03.2013 – 14.04.2013)
Initiated and curated by Ass. Prof. Mürteza Fidan, Dr. Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, Prof. T. Melih Görgün and Gosse de Kort.


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