Begum Malkoclar (born in 1999 in Turkey) is a Turkish artist currently located in London. Her work focuses on investigating the intrinsic link between reality and fiction, alluding to the dynamic nature of memory itself which changes and shifts as time and setting change. By attempting to understand her cultural background, she takes a step backwards and examines reflections of memories in a humanistic and tender manner. She is interested in the particularity of the memories as they comes from our very subjective point of view and provide us with the material for communication and the necessary tools to create meanings out of the world. Through her art practice, Begum navigates fundamental themes surrounding identity, existence, nature, family, generational differences, and time. To bridge the past with present, she employs a variety of media, including analog and digital film, hand-drawn and digitally-drawn illustrations, embroidery, collages, and writing. Begum maintains a playful, child-like disposition in her art, where fiction and non-fiction are intricately woven together, culminating in a theatrical restaging of moments. As a contemporary artist, Begum actively strives to preserve the past and all of its meanings while also allowing for a malleability and acceptance of new interpretations over time.
Begum Malkoclar holds a BA diploma from the Pratt Institute, NYC and has completed her Master at the Royal College of Art in Contemporary Art Practice.
Exhibitions and Workshops
2024 Artist Residency, 484 Urban Garden x Büyükdere35 Gallery, Istanbul
2023 Flouze Art Fundraiser for Morocco, Royal Georges, London
2023 Creative Writing Workshop with Mario Levi, BuART, Istanbul
2023 Prince Charles Cinema, RCA Contemporary Art Practice Film Screening
2023 “The Reason For All, I.L.Y”, Royal College of Arts Degree Show, RCA2023, Battersea, London
2023 “The Patterns of Our Childhood”, Beyond Surface, Tate Modern Lates, London
2022-24 Creative Writing Workshop with Murat Gülsoy, BUYEM, Istanbul
2021 “Anane”, Pratt Institute Film and Video Undergraduate Degree Show
2021 Creative Writing and Improvisation Workshop with Kemal Hamamcioglu, Craft Theater Company, Istanbul
2020 “The Case of Object Unspecified 152”, Junior Year Film Screening, Pratt Institute
2020 “The Case of Object Unspecified 152”, Trinity Film Festival, Audience Choice Awards