Selma Kozak is a graphic designer and academician in Turkey. She was born in 1989 in Kütahya. She is interested in a variety of graphic design areas such as environmental graphic design, public installation, public art. She is concerned with femminism and interaction between feminism and graphic design. Her works have been displayed in many group exhibitions in Turkey, Italy and Spain, among other countries. Her first solo exhibition “Women and Things” took place in Macerata /Italy on 20 November 2017. She is working at Dokuz Eylül University, Fine Ats Faculty/Izmir as a research assistant while writing her PhD. thesis.
Selma Kozak’s commentary on her exhibition “Women and Things:”
“Women and Things” includes many posters which tells [of] women and something characterized by women in society until now. Women’s identities, marriage, places where marked by these women and where women are restricted, their beauties and even colours are at the center of this project. One of the most significant parts is their body. For many years, much was said, written and done about women’s bodies. It was and sometimes still is exploited, abused, used, harassed, seen as a property, and even seen as a tool for reproduction by men. The darkness and obscurity of the black is an expression used to describe the limited condition of the body in how the woman is seen only as an object “My body is not your property…” The repetition of specific words (like women, body, beauty…) is expedient [used] to reinforce the concepts of the illustrated manifestos.”
Kozak’s “Women and Things” inspired the following Italian poem by Giorgio Severini:
Mandare in frammenti.
Le parole della canzone; lettera dell’alfabeto
Liberarsi… Senza limite…
Tracciare una linea; linea d’orizzonte
Aprire nuovi orrizzonti; idee avanzate.
Tremare dal freddo; la sommita di una montagna
Acqua di sorgente. Trattenere le lacrime.
Voce acuta… Brivido di paura…
Stupore… Citta fortificata
Yükselmek (translated from Italian to Turkish)
Şarkının güftesi; alfabenin harfi
Bir hat çekmek; ufuk hattı.
Yeni alanları açmak; ileri fikirler
Soğuktan titremek; dağın tepesi.
Memba suyu. Gözyaşlarını tutmak.
Dik ses… Korkudan ürperme…
Şaşkınlık… Müstahkem şehir.
Selma Kozak’s CV
2016 – present, Dokuz Eylül University, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Department of Graphic Design, Izmir
2012 – 2015, Dumlupinar University, Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Graphic Design, Kütahya
2007- 2011, Dumlupınar University, Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Graphic Design, Kütahya
2017, ‘Women And Things’ Accademia Belle Arti di Macerata, Mirionima Gallery, Macerata/ Italy
2017 ‘Vololibero’ Associazione Culturale AGAPE, Camerano / Italy
2017 ‘International Cancer Week Poster Exhibition’, Çanakkale / Turkey
2015 ‘Women’s Day Exhibition’ Dumlupınar University, Faculty of Fine Arts, International, Kütahya Turkey