By transgressing the borders between fields of visual story-telling, sound, light art and site-specific installation, Lara Kamhi creates and captures immersive image spaces, soundscapes and narratives in which she explores and investigates the confusing conflict between appearance and truth.

Upon studying a term in Jazz Performance at Berklee College of Music, Kamhi has studied Theatrical Studies at University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris-III and Film Studies at the American University of Paris before obtaining her Film and Television BA in 2011 at Istanbul Bilgi University. Having completed her higher education at Slade School of Fine Art (UCL) in 2013 she then co-founded an independent art initiative named Prizmaspace in Istanbul and curated an exhibition series comprising of nine shows focusing on site-specific, immersive and cinematic approaches. Since 2009, Kamhi has exhibited, performed and screened her works in galleries, museums, festivals and public spaces, nationally and internationally. Having created numerous experimental videos and films, she has been also working as a music video director and visual, stage & lighting designer for plays, videos, concerts and events.

 ‘‘ My practice and research draw from an interest to the subjective nature of perception and reality. It mainly evolves from a curiosity towards the manipulative yet transient essence of the visible, from which derives an organic relation to colors, form and light. Questioning the world’s apparent factuality and the reality principle, I investigate forms of harmony and rupture. Capturing and liberating, splitting and building images, materials and spaces onto each other, I use intuition and technology as a way to experiment with ideas of daily visual contemplation and consumption. My research questions the ‘Split’ between two distinctive worlds in which we inhabit; The exterior in relation to the interior, the exposed in relation to the intimate and the revealed in relation to the hidden. Driven from this duality, my practice leads parallel strands; With a process-based approach to image-making, I intuitively process captured visual information, and with an experience-based approach to it’s exhibition, I aim to create immersive image spaces in which viewers can penetrate, thus become interiorized.’’

  

Selected Exhibitions
and Projects,

AWARD
2013 Winner | Julian Sullivan Award | London UK
(achievement in fine art media)

SOLO EXHIBITION
2011 Split. Inner / Outer | Atelier Çukurcuma | Istanbul TR

TWO PERSON-EXHIBITIONS
2015
Moving Images II, PRIZMASPACE, Istanbul TR - with Eli Kasavi
2014
Moving Images I | PRIZMASPACE | Istanbul TR - with Eli Kasavi
Merging & Emerging | Gallery Heritage | Geneva CH - with Melda Kosif
2013
Atelier by Absolut | Unter | Istanbul TR - with Erdem Dilbaz (Nerdworking)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS / FESTIVALS
2018

Interference | The Medina of Tunis TN
Misfest | Zorlu Center | Istanbul TR
Ghosts | Redbull Art Around Arnavutköy | Istanbul TR
Crossed Destinies | Bilsart Gallery | Istanbul TR
Sonar Festival | Zorlu Performance Arts Center | Istanbul TR
New Texture: The 4th International Exhibition on New Media Art | CICA Museum | Gyeonggi KR
2017
The New Normal | Supa | Istanbul TR
The New Normal | The Hangar- Umam & Dawawine | Beirut LB
2016
25I25 | Ekavart Gallery | Istanbul TR
2015
Prizma Open Studio | Prizmaspace | Istanbul TR
Istanbul Light Festival | Zorlu Center | Istanbul TR
Wavelenghts - Europalia Arts Festival | Les Halles | Brussels BE
Light is there where we are not | Cult. Transit Found. | Yekaterinburg RUS
BYOB | Pera Museum | Istanbul TR
Galaxias Maculatus | Museum of Contemporary Art | Valdivia CL
Possibilities and Choices | Mixer Gallery | Istanbul TR
2014
Where am I ? | Kare Art Gallery | Istanbul TR
2013
Parallel Threads | Ekav Art Gallery | Istanbul TR
ArtBelow Regent's Park | Regent's Park Tube Station | London UK
Creatives Rising | 26-19 Jackson Ave. Long Island | New York USA
BursaFotoFest | Merinos Congress Culture Center | Bursa TR
The Story of the Creative | Angel Orensanz Foundation | New York USA
Artwork Display | Zorlu Center | Istanbul TR
2012
Beyond the Material World | Bar Lane Studios | York UK
Ten Diez Movement | Magma | Tenerife CI
Untitled | Pilevneli Project | Istanbul TR
And You, What Do You Worship? | Crypt Gallery | London UK
Seeing in The City | Guildhall Art Gallery | London UK
MADE Mobility for Digital Arts in Europe | Istanbul TR
2011
City Lights | DomAquaree | Berlin DE
Affective State | Tophane - i Amire | Istanbul TR
White Box | Taksim Gezi Park | Istanbul TR
Update! | Hayaka Artı Art Center | Istanbul TR
Life is Elsewhere | The Crypt Gallery | London UK
Up and Coming | Artium Modern Gallery | Istanbul TR
2009
Dust / Toz | Freshtival | Kuruçeşme Arena | Istanbul TR

ACADEMİC EXHIBITIONS
2013
Graduate Show | Slade School of Fine Art | London UK
Interspace II | Bezalel Academy of Art | Jerusalem IL
2012
Slade Open Studio II, Slade School of Fine Art, London UK
Interspace I | Bezalel Academy of Art | Jerusalem IL
Inter | Slade School of Fine Art | London UK
Interim Show | Slade Research Center | London UK
Cinema as Object | Slade Research Center | London UK
2011
Slade Open Studio I, Slade School of Fine Art, London UK
Colour | Slade Research Center | London UK
Texture | Slade Research Center | London UK
Body | Slade Research Center | London UK
2010
Slade Summer Show | Slade School of Fine Art | London UK

CURATING
2016
How East? | Television Space | Witten DE
2015
Prizma Open Studio | Prizmaspace | Istanbul TR
Prizma Screening: Daina O. Pusić | Prizmaspace | Istanbul TR
Prizma Group Show II | Prizmaspace | Istanbul TR
Prizma Screening: Ozan Adam | Prizmaspace | Istanbul TR
Moving Images II | Prizmaspace | Istanbul TR
2014
Prizma Group Show I | Prizmaspace | Istanbul TR
Prizma Screening: Azra Deniz Okyay | Prizmaspace | Istanbul TR
Moving Images I | Prizmaspace | Istanbul TR

TALKS
2018
Crossed Destinies | Bilsart Gallery | Istanbul TR
2018 Future Cinema | Borusan Contemporary | Istanbul TR
2016 What is the Future? | 42Maslak | Istanbul TR
2011 Digital Process & Analogue Doing and Making | The Bosphorus University | Istanbul TR

ART FAIRS
2015
Contemporary Istanbul (Plugin) | Istanbul TR
The Other Art Fair | The Old Truman Brewery | London UK
2011
The Other Art Fair | Ambika P3 | London UK

VISUAL DESIGN
2018
Atmosphere and Lighting Design | 55. Ulusal Yarışma | Istanbul TR
Content Photos - Cultural Heritage | PsikeArt Magazine | Istanbul TR
Cover and Content Photos - Empathy | PsikeArt Magazine | Istanbul TR
Cover and Content Photos - Motherhood | PsikeArt Magazine | Istanbul TR
2017
Large scaled Melted Ball Design | Zorlu Center | Istanbul TR
Video Art for Konstrukt | Oryantal Session | Istanbul TR
Atmosphere and Lighting Design | 54. Ulusal Yarışma | Istanbul TR
2016
Large scaled Miradome design | Zorlu Center | Istanbul TR
2015
Prod. Design for Gaye Su Akyol | Ölü Bir Adama video | Istanbul TR
Prod. Design for Gaye Su Akyol | Cehennem Meyhanesi video | Istanbul TR
2014
Site-Specific Installations for House of Nature | Suma Han | Istanbul TR
2013
Stage Design for The Closed Loop | The Courtyard Theatre | London UK
2012
Lighting Design for Babylon | Istanbul TR
Set Design for Portico Quartet | Sleepless music video | London UK
Stage and Visual Design for 1984 | Bloomsbury Theatre | London UK
2011
Concert Visuals for Friends of Sophie | Taksim Gezi Park | Istanbul TR
White Box | Site Specific Installation for Taksim Gezi Park | Istanbul TR

PUBLICATIONS
2019 New Media Art | CICA Museum | KR (Upcoming)
2018 Empathy | PsikeArt Magazine | TR
2014 Representational & Abstract Vol 2 by Bare Hill Publishing | UK
2011 City Lights by Freie University | DE
2011 Up and Coming by Artium Modern Publishing | TR

DIRECTING
EXPERIMENTAL (SHORTS)
2019 Dans le Noir du Désir (Upcoming)
2019 Transparency of Being - Tunisia (Upcoming)
2018 Transparency of Being - Japan
NARRATIVE (SHORTS)
2010 Marvel
2009 Black Box
2008 2984
MUSIC VIDEOS
2017 Crystals of Kissy | Kaosmos
2015 Ölü Bir Adama | Gaye Su Akyol
2013 Stepping out of my Dream | Ali Kuru
2012 Steepless | Portico Quartet