Mert Acar (b. 1989, Ankara) graduated from Hacettepe University Department of Graphics in 2012. He studied at Saint-Luc Liège École Supérieure des Arts as an exchange student during his BFA. Later he completed his MFA at Gazi University Department of Painting in 2017 and started his Proficiency in Art Program at the same institution. He lives in Ankara, where he works as a research assistant.

His works are based on photography-oriented series, installations and projects. He photographs transitional places on the border between city and rural areas to create meaning through spatial transformation. His main subjects are structures, roads, surfaces and landscapes, a combination of global and unidentified multiple spatial similarities, in which traces of the local have become obscured. For this reason, his artistic practice does not focus on visualizing the issues or problems he sees around him through photography. He sees photography as a tool for study and thinking rather than a documentation tool in order to make sense of the spatiality of the everyday and temporary. 
Solo Shows
2020 Absence - Cermodern, Ankara, TR
2018 Placeholder - Subjectively Objective, Detroit, US
2016 Flashers On - Torun, Ankara, TR
2016 Placeholder - METU, Ankara, TR

Selected Group Shows
2022 Hits Different - Vision Art Platform, İstanbul, TR
2022 Not Behind The Scenes - Vision Art Platform, İstanbul, TR
2022 Maybe Later - Sığınak, Ankara, TR
2021 BASELECTED - Tophane-i Âmire, İstanbul, TR
2021 Temas Darağaç 6 - Umurbey Mahallesi, İzmir, TR
2021 TAYFA 35 - Vision Art Platform, İstanbul, TR
2021 No Room for a Door - Vision Art Platform, İstanbul, TR
2020 Akbank 38th Contemporary Artists - Akbank Sanat, İstanbul, TR
2020 Yol - Müze Evliyagil Art Oda, Ankara, TR
2019 Planetary Dysphoria - Generation and Display, London, UK
2019 Printed'19 Multiple Choice - Mixer Galeri, İstanbul, TR
2018 Akbank 36th Contemporary Artists - Akbank Sanat, İstanbul, TR
2018 Mixer Sessions III - Mixer Galeri, İstanbul, TR
2018 Mekan Atölye V - Cermodern, Ankara, TR
2018 Sweet Little Lies - Plato Sanat, İstanbul, TR
2017 BASE - Galata Rum Okulu, İstanbul, TR
2017 Mekan Atölye IV - Cermodern, Ankara, TR
2017 Urban Obscura - Siyah Beyaz Galeri, Ankara, TR
2017 Mamut Art Project - KüçükÇiftlik Park, İstanbul, TR
2016 Mekan Atölye III - Cermodern, Ankara, TR
2016 Locus Mahal - Versus Art Project, İstanbul, TR
2015 ODTÜ Sanat 16 - METU, Ankara, TR
Art Fairs
2022 CI Bloom - Vision Art Platform, İstanbul, TR
2021 CI 16th - Vision Art Platform, İstanbul, TR
2021 CI 15th - Vision Art Platform, İstanbul, TR

Printed Matter
2018 Monthly Monograph Issue 9 - Subjectively Objective

Awards & Shortlists
2016 International Photography Awards 2016 (Honorable Mention)

Features & Interviews