Serra Tansel


Video, installation, drawing, painting


mixed media


Serra Tansel’s practice engages with the ways in which we settle into our world, our cities, our homes and our bodies and the structures, the relationships we establish within them. She makes use of a wide range of aesthetics and media such as billboards, shop signs and stock images in order to twist, undermine and infiltrate into mainstream cultures and narratives. 

She is a member of the collectives Hayırlı Evlat they founded with İpek Hamzaoğlu and Gizem Karakaş; Makkam they founded with Alper Oruç, Daniela Nofal and Yamen Makdad; and Bonnington Café that has been running since the 1980’s.


HIGHER, Serra Tansel, Pilot, Istanbul, 2020

Heavens!, Bilsart, Istanbul and Battersea Arts Centre, London, 2019 (Funded by SAHA and Arts Council England)

Billboard 8171, Annin Arts, London, 2018

Sera Tansel Unlimited, noshowspace, London, 2015 (Funded by Arts Council England and Umur)

Su İkramımızdır with Duval Timothy at Polistar, Istanbul, 2014 (Funded by Step Beyond)



Group show with Bernd Oppl and William Mackrell, with a text by Elisabeth Molin in Zona Mista, London

Sinopale 7, Sinop


Love and the Ocean , LUX Scotland’s guest-curated programme for Eden Court, selected by artist Frances Davis, Glasgow

Make It Hot. Cool It Down. Turn It Over with Emily Sarsam curated by TopSoil, Safehouse, London 


Kunst Kebab, curated by Deniz Güvensoy and Deniz Beşer, Museumsquartier U2 U Bahn Station Passage, Vienna

Hiçbir Şey Görememek karma sergi / Not Seeing Anything group show, curated by Mari Spirito, Alt Bomonti, İstanbul


Freundschaftsspiel Istanbul : Freiburg, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg

Artists’ Film Biennial: Selected by artist Ahmet Ögüt, ICA, London


Dünya Döner (World Döner / Revolves) at Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp

Γ Λ Υ Κ Ι Α   Μ Ο Υ with Joanna Peace at Snehta, Athens

A performative talk with Joanna Peace  ‘At least some sentiments were expressed, if not all’, CCA, Glasgow


‘Left Unsaid’ curated by Didem Yazıcı, Kreuzberg Pavillion, Berlin


Chance Symphony at BP: Tate Together Families Event, Tate Britain, London


2017 – 2018

GROUNDED Battersea Arts Centre Agents of Creative Change programme set up by Amy Pennington , Growing Underground, London


Air Antwerpen, Antwerp

ParaSite School Residency set up by Felipe Castelblanco at Royal Academy, London

SNEHTA Residency, Athens (Funded by Step Beyond)


AIR Mini Residency, on public art, London

The Drift Project, on performance art, Rio


2007-2011 BA, Central Saint Martins, Fine Art 3D Department, London


2 March 1989. Born in Istanbul, Turkey.

Currently lives in London