Leyla Emadi


1977, Born in Ankara.
Lives and works in İstanbul.


2018, Yeditepe University, Faculty of Social Science, Qualification in Art
2007, Yeditepe University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting, MA
2004, Yeditepe University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting, BA

The artist was born in Ankara in 1977 as an Iranian. In the years of both countries’ politically and ideologically most unstable times.

On one hand, the compulsory changes in her life that came with the regime change, or what it get away from her life, on the other hand, the years of military coups and oppression. On both sides, the unending chaotic state and disorder would last for years. The basis of her art stems from being exposed to the oppression and ideological disagreements in the middle of these two countries, which are getting through similar times.

Violence, oppression and cruelty is always the main theme in her work, being blended in a plastic language of hers. In her works, she actually focuses human as a subject. The assets gender, religion, politics, ideology and stereotypes which people are attached to forms the second most important element of her works. Her goal is to question, crash and when necessary, demolish these stereotypes.

The artist thinks that being able produce by thinking freely is the basic right of humanity in a free society and her only aim is to reflect this in her art.