In her work Didem Pekün (1978, Istanbul) combines research, practice, and pedagogy. Previously in her essay films, she addressed how violence and displacement define and destroy life. Currently she researches on a roaming pedagogical art platform, “Elemental Lab”.
Her documentaries and video installations have been shown internationally and received different awards. She is a founding member of Center for Spatial Justice (MAD). She holds a BA in Music from SOAS, an MA in Documentary, and a practice-based PhD in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London.
After being a faculty member at Koç University, a fellow at Goldsmiths, at Central European University, and at Graduate School at UdK Berlin, she is a visiting lecturer at Kadir Has University, Istanbul. (on leave 2022-23) She is currently a recipient of the grant the Berlin Artistic Research Program funded by Berlin Senate (2022 – 2023).