Portrait of Ilayda Akarca shot by Uk-based photographer Shona Morgan
© Shona Morgan
I am an artist from Istanbul, currently based in Bristol. In my practice, I explore notions of home, displacement and sense of self. My work questions the influences of family, culture and politics on identity, with an interest on the relationship between place, memory and who we are.



Photo Frome Festival Photobook Exhibition, Frome Library, Frome - 2023
Girls Camera Club Collective, Strange Brew, Bristol - 2022
Blurring the Lines Exhibition (The National Photography Congress), TZT Culture Center, Istanbul - 2022
UWE Selected Works Exhibition, Royal Photographic Society (Paintworks), Bristol - 2022
Hot Potato Exhibition, Free Range Truman Brewery, London - 2022
VESSEL Group Exhibition, Free Range Truman Brewery, London - 2022
UWE Photography Degree Show, Arnolfini, Bristol - 2022
Bread and Butter Photobook Launch, Photobook Cafe, London - 2022     
The Periphery with Stephen Gill, Arnolfini, Bristol - 2022


BOP Photobook Festival (UWE BA PHOTO ’22), Event Space Paintworks, Bristol - 2022
Read the Room II Book Fair, Serchia Gallery, Bristol - 2022
Miniclick Photo Talks (Curation), Royal Photographic Society, Bristol - 2022/2023
Magpie in the Mirror, D-Unit Studios, Bristol - 2022


The RPS 165th International Photography Exhibition, Shortlisted - 2023
FORMAT Festival Shutter Hub Portfolio Prize, Winner - 2023
Photoworks + The Graduate Issue, Long-listed - 2022
Blurring the Lines, Finalist - 2022


İnleyen Nağmeler by Ilayda Akarca, Splash and Grab - 2023
Blurring the Lines Catalogue, Urbanautica Books - 2022
Mycelium First Issue, Mycelium Books - 2022
Think Outside the Box but Inside the Potato, Hot Potato x UWE Bristol - 2022