Isik Kaya & Thomas Georg Blank
Isik Kaya & Thomas Georg Blank lens-based artists Isik Kaya (b. 1990) & Thomas Georg Blank (b. 1990) are lens-based media artists whose work explores the ways in which humans shape and inhabit the world. The influence of neoliberal politics on the way we live has been an important part of their practice in recent years. Their projects often focus on traces of economic infrastructures to examine politics in built environments and how humanity’s dominance over nature finds its manifestation in everyday architecture. In their work, they erase the physical distance in between existing structures and create dense compilations of industrial fragments to construct new landscapes that look both alien and familiar at the same time.

Kaya & Blank is a Turkish-German artist duo based in Los Angeles. Since its formation in 2019, the duo has participated in institutional exhibitions and international festivals in venues such as PHOTO2024 Melbourne, Fondazione MAST, PhEST - Festival Internazionale di Fotografia e Arte, Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Hartware MedienKunstVerein, CEAAC Strasbourg, and Kunsthalle Basel among others. In 2022 the duo developed a method to grow photographs from living algae during a residency at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester. Their photographic series "Second Nature" about cell towers disguised as trees and palms in Southern California has won numerous awards and gained international recognition after having been published as a monograph by Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg in 2022.

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