Bennu Gerede

About Bennu Gerede

Bennu Gerede was born in Istanbul. Speaks English, French and Turkish Fluently. Brought up just in the core of Manhattan,  she obtained a BFA in photography from Parson's School of Art and Design, Paris, speaks three languages french, English, Turkish, and is the mother of four boys. She has been taking photographs since her childhood and begun her professional life doing a internship with Sipa Press Agency in Paris. Her first exhibition was Abidin Dino's portraits in the Gallery Nev, Istanbul. She has worked with several fashion magazines as a fashion and lifestyle photographer, such as Elle, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar. Her second solo exhibition was at the Galerist, Istanbul and Paris Nikki Marquardt Gallery- Submission. She has worked for various PR agencies collaborating with firms by doing different exhibitions such as 'Gentleman' for a Raki (an alcoholic beverage) launching, 'Little swimmers' for a Huggie's launching, Cafe Nero's image photographs, Coca Cola’s Hapiness book and exhibition and participated in several social aid projects lastly returning from Timor with Unicef. She has recently finished her project 'Celebration's of Love'- a work that consists of 16 images that recount honor killings; murders of young women by their family or relatives in order to cleanse the honor of their families, just recently exhbited at the Antrepo Sanat Limani and have been exhibited in Bursa, Turkey, Baku, Azerbaijan. Her last solo exhibition- RAW- was at Cagla Cabaoglu gallery, Istanbul where 2 of her works were  auctioned in May at Atrium, Istanbul, and sold. Currently she is participating in  the Istanbul Contemporary Art Fair with with another artist Sevincy. A collaboration- Grace Under Pressure. Bennu Gerede has also played in 2 feature films, one in which she won best actress award in Sochi Russia and Angers France. She has also worked as a VJ for MTV Turkey. She has also collaborated on 2 short experimental films of Hussein Chalayan. Bennu works a lot on social awareness projects using her photography to help children and people in need.


NOW YOU ARE JUST WATER- Cansu Bogusoglu- Poland 2011

ANAESTHETICS - Hussein Chalayan Art Project-2004

PLACE TO PASSAGE- Hussein Chalayan Art Project-2003

THE SPLIT-1998 – (Sol Jensen) HEAVY STORY -1998 - guest actress


KURT KANUNU-1991-Guest Actress




2012 KISS&BET= Casa Dela Arte- Bodrum

2012 KISS&BET –Chalabi Gallery Istanbul

2012 PRETTY BU LONELY WOMEN (karma exhibition)-Alan Istanbul, Istanbul

2012 AFTER YESTERDAY- Karma exhibition from museum collection, Istanbul

2011 ART ALACATI SUMMER FEST-Alacati Cesme, Turkey

2011 CELEBRATIONS OF LOVE- Baku, Azerbaijan

2011 RAW - Çağla Cabaoğlu Art Gallery, Istanbul

2011 SLIM MOMENTS - W Lounge- İstanbul

2011 CELEBRATIONS OF LOVE-Kent Meydani AVM- Bursa

2011 EAT HEALTHY FOR A GOOD FUTURE- Istınıye Park AVM- İstanbul

2010 CELEBRATIONS OF LOVE- Sanat Limanı-İstanbul

2010  SHOOTING EACHOTHER- Karma sergi-Der Dıe Das-İstanbul

2010 I LIVED ON ART, I LIVED ON LOVE- Semİha Berksoy- Yapı Kredı-İstanbul

2009 UMUT PERİLERİ- Astorıa AVM-İstanbul

2009 COCA COLA  The Book of Happiness- Sofa Hotel-İstanbul

2009 MY FACE IS HOPE-  TAV Ataturk Airport-İstanbul

2009 WATER BABIES (bookand exhibition)- Mohini Family Center-İstanbul

2008 HUGGIE BABIES- Hillside Trio-İstanbul

2008 BORUSAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA- Borusan İstinye, Istanbul

2008- 11 YEARS 11 WOMEN- Akaretler Houses- İstanbul

2007 GENTLEMAN  Darphane-i Amire-İstanbul

2007  LONDON ART FAIR, Çağla Cabaoğlu Art Gallery, Londra

2006 VOLVO Kadından Kadına Köprü- Kagider , Koc Museum-İstanbul

2006 UNDER CONSTRUCTION- Kanyon-İstanbul

2006 SUBMISSION (İTAAT) - Nikki Marquardt Gallery- Paris

2005 BULUSMA- RENDEZ-VOUS Istanbul Modern Museum-İstanbul

2005 SUBMISSION- Galerist-İstanbul

2005 SUBMISSION-Diyarbakir Art Center–Diyarbakir

2002 SONDAJ -Karma sergi,  Pamukbank Fotograf Gallery, Istanbul

1994 ABİDİN DİNO PORTRELER-  Gallery Nev –İstanbul