Didem Pekün is a Turkish artist-filmmaker whose work revolves around questions of production of subjectivity in dislocation, and within violent environments. She completed her BA in Ethnomusicology at SOAS, and her MA in Screen Documentary at Goldsmiths College. While she is a practicing filmmaker, she is also a lecturer at Sabanci University, Istanbul and is currently doing her practice-based PhD at Goldsmiths College, Visual Cultures Department. Her recent video Of dice and men, which conceptually deals with ruptures that occur in everyday actuality, and how we produce our subjectivities in response to such events, has been supported in kind by SALT, Istanbul and the Delfina Foundation, London. It premiered at the 59th Oberhausen Film Festival in Germany. Didem is the recipient of the British Council Award, has screened her work internationally, and has presented at a number of conferences across the UK.
Of dice and men is an exploration of day-to-day chance events taking place in vastly differing geographies, namely in Istanbul and London. The work hints softly at personal and political violence and asks, how do we produce ourselves in the face of conflict?