Asli Shehi is a photographic artist living and working in Kent, England. In her photographs, Asli explores the tensions between opposite binaries such as desire and disgust, or beauty and the sublime. Her work is mainly influenced by certain ideologies and theories of gender, identity and culture; such as the way societies generate contradictory norms and cultural standards of what is acceptable and what is not. She uses the camera to reveal her personal interpretation of these tensions and her own anxieties surrounding these conflicts.

Her most recent body of work Intimus, is a response to a social experiment in which people were asked their views about a heterosexual couple embracing in a busy square at the heart of Istanbul. Intimus is a Latin word that has a distant connection to the word intimacy. Using this as the title for her project, Asli highlights her own distant sentiment from the overwhelmingly negative comments made by the people who took part in this experiment. This series of work was on display at Brewery Tap UCA Project Space in October, to subvert the social norms of public/private intimacy.

  • Post Graduate Creative Arts Education, University for the Creative Arts – Epsom, Surrey -2017
  • Creative Arts Education, University for the Creative Arts – Epsom, Surrey -2016
  • Master of Arts Photography(with Distinction), University for the Creative Arts – Rochester, Kent – 2014
  • BA(Hons), Fine Art, University for the Creative Arts – Canterbury, Kent – 2012

Recognition

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Exhibitions

  • October 2018, Solo Exhibition, Intimus, The Brewery Tap UCA Project Space, Folkestone, UK
  • March 2018, Group Exhibition, Front of House, Pie Factory, Margate, UK
  • November 2017, Group Exhibition, Blurred Boundaries, Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery, UK
  • November 2017, Group Exhibition,Blurred Boundaries, Nucleus Art Gallery,UK
  • October 2016, Group Exhibition, Photo Masters, The Old Truman Brewery, London, UK
  • July 2016, Film Screening, (Un)truth, Ideas Test , Sittingbourne,UK
  • May 2016, Group Exhibition, Time, Maidstone Museum, Bentlif Art Gallery, UK
  • September 2015, Group Exhibition,Edge, Below 65 Gallery, Maidstone, UK
  • July 2015, Group Zeitgeist Summer Exhibition, Bond House Gallery, London, UK
  • June 2015, Group Exhibition, Space Gallery, London, UK
  • December 2014, Group Exhibition, Black Swan Arts Open Exhibition, Somerset, UK
  • November 2014, Group Exhibition, Response, Maidstone Museum Bentlif Art Gallery, UK
  • September 2014, Group Exhibition, MA Degree Show, UCA Canterbury, UK
  • March 2014, Group Exhibition, Interim Show, UCA Rochester, UK
  • March 2013, Group Exhibition, Interim Show, UCA Rochester, UK

Books

  • Sacred and Cursed, www.blurb.com, 2014

Awards

  • Selected for PHOTOMASTERS London, 2016
  • National Open Art Competition, Shortlisted, August 2015
  • Black Swan Arts Open Competition (Rabley Graduate Prize), December 2014
  • Black Swan Arts Open Competition, Shortlisted, December 2014
  • National Open Art Competition, Shortlisted , July 2014