Hamza Kırbaş

Hamza Kırbaş, Timeline


Turkey 2021 // 9.22 min. // HD 16:9

The relationships we establish with nature as a whole and with other people are all influential in the formation of our memory. Therefore, our memory cannot be considered independent of economic, social, cultural, and political transformations. As the French sociologist Maurice Halbwachs stated in the concept of „collective memory“; Having a collective memory means that individuals who make up a group or a human community have a common image of their past and, thanks to this image, become aware of their unity and originality.

The video work has been produced based on a few questions aimed at reviving the collective memory. „Can we find the events we witnessed in an image again?“ or „Is it possible to revive our memory with images?“ Etc. The images in the video try to question the „collective memory“ over time and space based on these questions.


Hamza Kırbaş (1992, Batman) graduated from Batman University Faculty of Fine Arts Painting Department in 2017. He continued his education at Silesia University Faculty of Fine Arts, Graphic Design Department in 2014/2015. He graduated master’s from Hacettepe University Fine Arts Institute in 2020.

In my works, I offer concepts and analyses to the audience; I aim for viewers to understand, solve and complete them with their thoughts. My works consist of hybrid structures that use past and present images together.

The artist uses mediums such as video installation, sound installation, interactive installations, sculpture, data visualization, site-specific installation, 3D animation in versatile art practice. His work is shaped around socio-political concepts such as space, public space, identity, gender, and migration.

His works; especially in Turkey; It was exhibited in many international exhibitions, festivals, and biennials in England, New York, Baja California, Colombia, Malta, Hungary, Brazil, Poland, France, Germany, Spain, Finland, China, Ecuador, Greece, and Italy.