He was born in Istanbul in 1978. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Yıldız Technical University between 1997-2002. He then completed his master’s degree in photography at Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts in 2015. In 2011, he presented his first exhibition in Beyoğlu under the name of 289 kd. His photographs were accompanied with the following words that stem from the year when he did his military service: “I gave them my face, and they gave me the right green clothes. Then they said to me, as they did to all the other soldiers, “Soldier, be of use to your the nation and serve the nation.” But I’m of no use to myself. I don’t have a face anymore. One or the other. We all look the same.
Selim Süme has also collaborated in many exhibitions, projects and films. Some of his many projects that made him known are Drawing Thoughts, Editions III Sneak Peak, Book Launch, Dummy Book Exhibition, UFG, Rec Collective, The Impossible Space, 289 kd, Photomed Sanofestival. Additionally, he published his books 289 kd. in 2011 and Tekerrür in 2016. The series Tekerrür consists of 80 found passport photographs that were recycled and resized. The identity information was removed. The situation that emerges when the photographic image is detached from its function – the problem of representation – is reminiscent of the rupture that occurs when the documents are removed from their historical and political contexts.
Please click here for the 2016 interview we had with Selim Süme.