Meral Güler is a British visual artist based in Los Angeles, working primarily with film photography. Her work focuses on the intersections between the past and the present, the imagined and the real. Posing questions around the nature of perception.
Güler received an MA in Fine Art from the Chelsea School of Art (Ual) and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of Middlesex, London, UK. Her work has been exhibited widely, including 'Strong Language', BFI, Southbank, London, GBR; 'The Aesthetics of the Artist’s Book', Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; 'In Collaboration', Aarhus School of Architecture, Aarhus, Denmark; and 'Unseen', Julius Schulman Gallery, Los Angeles, USA. She received the first 'Landskrona Foto & Breadfield Award' for her photo book collaboration, 'You Would Be Earth'. Her works are held in permanent collections in the United Kingdom.
“Alive. So seems the photography and the attention that Meral Güler gives to the environment and what appears or performs within it. Relentless and irreverent, sometimes ironic and subtle, the artists ignores the canons of wink, judicious and politically correct aesthetic to give vent to a personal poetic voice. Her scathing style reflects the need for scraping from the social conscience the last crumbs of humanity. Shots that express a deep subjectivity and a desire not to surrender to reality”.
Steve Bisson, Founding Editor, Urbanautica Institute
“Unlike a written story, with a beginning, middle and an end, Meral Güler photographs a point in a segment of an event. She has the ability to be able to choose that particular point, which could be seen as the center of a star-shaped beam. She is the fulcrum on which many stories, more or less related, randomly cross. This is the evocative power of her images. She does not pass through the aesthetic but manages to concentrate a great intensity of balances in her images, compressing information to the point that almost seem ready to explode”.
Claudio Starita, Art Journalist