Sena Başöz (Turkey) is an artist and filmmaker based in Istanbul. Her work investigates healing processes after cases of trauma focusing on regeneration possibilities of what is frozen, dead, stale or lost. The organism’s self-repair and the balance nature obtains in the long run constitute the backbone of the narratives she employs in her works. Her recent work delves into what can be preserved in the face of flux.

Following on from her first residency at Delfina Foundation in 2020, during her residency in spring 2022, Sena intends to work on and realise her performance piece titled Slalom. In the work performers metaphorically slalom towards a future affected by climate change, as the artist investigates how reconsidering the past can be a healing act. Slalom uses movement, sound and Wellcome’s Collection to explore the role of archives in practicing ‘care’ and regenerating the future. Slalom is commissioned by Block Universe in partnership with Delfina Foundation and SAHA Association, and will be presented at Wellcome Collection during Sena’s residency.

Sena received her BA in Economics from Boğaziçi University in 2002 and MFA from Bard College Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts in Film and Video in 2010. Her recent solo exhibitions were Clam at Matsuake, Librairie Yvon Lambert, Paris, Astronomical Movements at Bilsart, Istanbul and Ars Oblivionis at Lotsremark Projekte, Basel. Group exhibitions include Studio Bosporus at Hamburger Bahnhof, Quiet Dialogue at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Sharjah Biennial Offsite Exhibition: Bahar, Istanbul. Her films have been screened at various local and international festivals. She attended artist residencies at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris in 2017 and Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz in 2009.


SAHA Association


Block Universe
Wellcome Collection


Spring 2022




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