Şenay Camgöz presents a series of films about her “fierce HALA”


From this Thursday to Saturday, the public will be able to see artwork produced by emerging artists, designers and makers at The Menier Gallery in Southwark, as they conclude their year of intensive creative study on the City Lit Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. Among those exhibiting is a young filmmaker called Şenay Camgöz, who specialises in moving image and performance.

For her final diploma project, Şenay created a character called ‘HALA’, which in Turkish means ‘paternal aunt’. Şenay describes HALA as, a fierce, intelligent and resentful woman, a powerful and enduring archetype.”

Şenay produced a series of short films capturing HALA’s interactions with the world around her. It allowed the young filmmaker of Turkish Cypriot heritage an opportunity to delve into this surreal character whose traits will immediately resonate with other British Turks, and explore her experiences in order to understand her better”.

The films for part of a much larger exhibition with fellow students, who specialise in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics, as well as textiles, animation, illustration and digital installation. Called AND/then, the exhibition will present an array of contemporary work that reflects each exhibitor’s individual interests, passions and creative concerns.

If you can’t make the exhibition you can see some of Şenay’s shorts via her here.

About Şenay Camgöz

She has enjoyed drawing and painting since an early age and loved studying for her Art GCSE. However, she did not make art for several years but started painting again whilst living in Cyprus where she was “very inspired by the sea, beautiful blue skies and all that sunshine”.

Exhibition Details

Title: AND/then: City Lit Foundation Diploma Exhibition 2018

Dates: Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 March

Start time: Thursday: 11.00 – 18.00; Friday: 11.00 – 20.30; Saturday: 11.00 – 14.00/

Venue: Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

Admission: Free

More info: citylit.ac.uk/andthen-exhibition

Main photo of HALA above © Ollie Harrop