Neriman Polat was born in Istanbul in 1968 and she currently lives and works in Istanbul. She completed her undergraduate degree at Mimar Sinan University Fine Arts Faculty Painting Department. She has been participating national and international contemporary art exhibitions since 1996.
She exhibited her work in the 6th International Istanbul Biennial “Passion and the Wave” in 1999, and represented Turkey in the 50th Venice Biennial “Dreams and Conflicts”.Solo shows include: “Photo-Grave” in 2007 at Apartment Project ,“Father’s Home Apartment” in 2008 at Pi Artworks, “Modest View” in 2010 at C.A.M Gallery, “Home Watch” at Depo in 2013, “Home Watch” at Nazım Hikmet Culturel Centre in 2015, “Threshold” at Disambigua Artspace (Italy) in 2015.
Neriman Polat was in numerous exhibitions with the collective Hafriyat which she was a member of between year 2000 and 2009. She co-organises the alternative exhibition space “Hafriyat Karaköy” established in 2007.
Other recent exhibitions include ”Fictions and Dissentions“ 3th International Çanakkale Biennial, Çanakkale; “Where Fire Has Struck”, Depo, Istanbul;”Sleep and Shadow”, Siemens Sanat, Istanbul;“Collective Privacy” C.A.M Gallery, Istanbul; “Under My feet I Want To World, Not Heaven”, Akademie Der Künste, Berlin; “Dirty Story”, BM Suma,Istanbul; “Unfair Provacation” Hafriyat Karakoy; within the special projects part in the 10th Istanbul Biennial, 2+1 with Apartment Project, Santral Istanbul; “Your eyes bigger than your stomach”, with Hafriyat Group in Hafriyat Karakoy; “Production Fault” with Hafriyat Group in 9th Istanbul Biennial; “On the Outside” ACC Galeri, Weimar; Artisterium, Internatıonal Forum of Contemporary Art, Georgia, “Save as”, Trienale Bovista; “Stadtverbindungen”, Kunst Museum Erlangen.
Home Style is a series of photographs of basement level dwellings tracing social and spatial injustice. With every change of the city’s administration and the ensuing gentrification of urban space, the light decreases for those who live at basement level. The artist photographs their windows, and arranges the images next to each other at floor level. Like the setting sun, the basement windows appear to get smaller with each photograph in the installation.