Ipek Celik is Associate Professor of Media and Visual Arts at Koç University, Turkey.
During her period as NIAS Fellow Prof. Celik worked intensely on her ERC consolidator grant application, WALLS2BRIDGES. The project aims to collect and analyze a broad range of media productions—paintings, photographs, letters, penal press, films made in prison workshops, and illicitly made Tiktok and Youtube videos—by people in prison to explore what they think and say about justice, resistance, isolation, stigmatization and building connections outside prison, and how they engage with media to represent and empower themselves. Developing a trans-historical, collaborative and comparative model of media justice, the project aims to examine textual, visual and social media produced in prisons from the mid-1960s—the beginning of the global mass incarceration practices and of wide scale prison revolts—to today in France, Turkey, the UK, and the US.
While visiting NIAS this summer Ipek intends to take the initial steps to start the project by co-authoring an article together with Lora Sariaslan, art historian, curator and a recent PhD from the University of Amsterdam. The article and the project aims to examine how people in prison counter their distorted hyper-visibility in mass media and still and moving images, express themselves in embodied and multi-sensory means, and engage with their space, with media, their communities and politics through making and circulating visual art and images.
NIAS Fellows Association
Joining the NIAS Fellows Association (NFA) is a great way to continue your journey as part of the wider NIAS Community.
The NFA is an alumni network of over 1300 former fellows from 50 years of NIAS history as an Institute for Advanced Study. It provides a forum to maintain and deepen the connection within each year group and also provides a mechanism to allow fellows from across year groups to get in contact with each other.
The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study is an intellectual haven for international researchers, writers, journalists and artists to pursue their research or projects, to work in an interdisciplinary environment and to share their knowledge with society.
Every year it offers a diverse year-group of about 50 NIAS Fellows the opportunity to devote themselves to an independent research project. NIAS is the oldest Institute for Advanced Study in Europe whose founding mission is to foster curiosity-driven research. It is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and is located in Amsterdam.