Sinem Banna

Sinem Banna received a B.F.A in ceramics and glass from Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul in 1989. After graduating she first went to Villa Arson Academy in Nice and then to Sorbonne University in Paris to continue studying art. Her journey took her to the United States where she has received an M.F.A in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1994. In 1995 Banna had her first solo exhibition at the Taksim Center for the arts in Istanbul, Turkey, and, later began experimenting with digital images as a tool for defining the layers of the human mind. Throughout Europe and the U.S., her work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, including those in San Francisco, New York, New Mexico, Los Angeles and Istanbul. Through her three dimensional conceptual compositions Banna always examines life, cultural identities and social conflicts in a very lyrical way by combining everyday objects with words and light. Banna has been actively teaching for more than years. She is widely recognized by media including New York Times, CNN Turkey and San Francisco Examiner and Irvine Public Radio.


Artist Statement

"To heal the darkness, I too seek the flame; then the light arrives and makes colors visible; at night, red, blue, and green, all the hidden things appear one by one; dancing and swaying around me. Just then the story begins flowing silently."

Sinem Banna inspired by Rumi


Only Breath

My place is placeless,My trace is traceless; Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion
or cultural system. I am not from the East
or the West, not out of the ocean or up
from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all. I do not exist,
am not an entity in this world or in the next,
did not descend from Adam and Eve or any
origin story. My place is placeless, a trace
of the traceless. Neither body or soul.
First, last, outer, inner, only that
breath breathing human being. 

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