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Serra Tansel


SAHA provides production support for Serra Tansel’s video work Heavens! exhibited at Battersea Arts Centre London, between February 18–25, 2019. Serra Tansel constructed “Heavens!” around a real event that happened to her whilst working for Growing Underground and promoting their salads in an organic supermarket; a homeless person sampling the micro herbs and teasingly asking her “Will I go to heaven if I eat these herbs?”. Growing Underground is a urban underground farm growing micro herbs under LED lights 33 metres below street level in London, which functioned as a shelter for 8.000 people during the World War II. The video is concerned with the relationships between different forms of sheltering and issues around it such as homelessness and humankind’s journey towards earthlessness.  

About Serra Tansel

Serra Tansel (1989, İstanbul) graduated from BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London in 2011. Some of the selected shows she has participated in are: Love and the Ocean , LUX Scotland’s guest-curated programme for Eden Court, selected by artist Frances Davis, Glasgow (2018), Billboard 8171, Annin Arts, London (2018), Not Seeing Anything group show, curated by Mari Spirito, Alt Bomonti, Istanbul (2017), Market Gallery group show, Glasgow (2016), Freundschaftsspiel Istanbul : Freiburg, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg (2016), Artists' Film Biennial: Selected by artist Ahmet Ögüt, ICA, London (2016), Sera Tansel Unlimited, noshowspace, London (2015), Dünya Döner (World Döner / Revolves) at Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp (2015), Γ Λ Υ Κ Ι Α   Μ Ο Υ with Joanna Peace at Snehta, Athens (2015), Su İkramımızdır with Duval Timothy at Polistar, Istanbul (2014), Left Unsaid curated by Didem Yazıcı, Kreuzberg Pavillion, Berlin (2014). The collectives she is a part of are; Hayırlı Evlat with Gizem Karakaş and İpek Hamzaoğlu; Makkam with Alper Oruç, Daniela Nofal and Yamen Makdad and Bonnington Cafe that she joined in 2017.