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Tugba Tirpan


Tuǧba Tirpan (b. Ankara) is a London-based artist working across a range of artistic mediums including photography, video, performance, and installation. Tugba's work often explores complex notions such as identity, border politics, mental health, and their intersections with socio-political and economic system(s). She often employs conceptual ways of working to challenge and expose; power structures, hegemonic ideologies, and binaries. Tugba also curates socially and politically engaged exhibitions for independent arts organisations in the UK. Tugba’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in various galleries. She has performed at the British Museum and on the Olivier Stage of Royal National Theatre, England.


She is the recipient of the Visitor’s Choice Award at the 21st National Open Art (2017) and Art and Culture Achievement Award (2018) for community engagement at the Ceftus following two consecutive nominations. Tugba has a BA in Film Studies from Istanbul Bilgi University and an MA from Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona. She is the chair of Balik Arts, a leading UK charity that uses film and the arts to empower and enable social change. Balik Arts were set up 21 years ago in Cambridge.

Tuǧba Tirpan artworks

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