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Kerimcan Goren

MA work

Waves of Fear

Waves of Fear is a body of work that generated after a visit to the Kodak Paper Factory in Middlesex. Due to close at the end of 2016, disused parts of the facility were being scavenged to recover large groups of expired colour negative paper. Awaiting recycling in organised stacks, the materials were left in the open for an unknown period of time, thus allowing corrosive signs of atmospheric damage to clearly become visible on their wet surfaces. Interpreting this spectacle as an allegorical one, the ramifications of time and progress begin to manifest themselves in a literal display of history running or dripping away. Waves of Fear adopts this melancholic experience in order to confront the flippant tendencies of accelerating technological shifts. Through an irreverent treatment of Kodak’s highly sophisticated photographic material, and applying this gesture to found fashion images from the late 90s, this body of work becomes a response to the factory’s closure and the current lack of demand for colour negative paper. Referencing Kodak's former ubiquity, and acknowledging the commercial industries that once relied on it, the amalgamated sculptures can be seen as an attempt to commemorate a moment in history as well as the artist's growing sense of loss.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2017

  • Kerimcan Goren is a London based artist currently working with photographic materials and interdisciplinary modes of practice. His work often maintains an interest toward receptive surfaces, abstraction, and aftermath, while furthermore exploring his ongoing concerns with the ontology of photography.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Photographic Arts, University of Westminster, 2014
  • Exhibitions

  • Show RCA 2017, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2017; Offprint, Tate Modern, London, UK, 2017; Offprint, Tate Modern, London, UK, 2016; WIP Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2016; Alive & Kicking, 5th Base, London, UK, 2015; Graduate Showcase, London Gallery West, London, UK, 2014; Free Range, The Old Truman Brewery, London, UK, 2014; Diaspora (Curator), Troubadour, London, UK, 2013; Wall - Page - Screen, London Gallery West, London, UK, 2013
  • Awards

  • Shortlist, Magnum Photos Graduate Photographers Award, 2017
  • Conferences

  • Incoming (by Richard Mosse), Self Publish Be Happy: Endless Book Club, Offprint/Tate Modern, 2017
  • Publications

  • Waves of Fear, self-published, 2017; From the Gutters, self-published, 2016