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Nazli Dinçel


Nazlı Dinçel’s is an independent filmmaker. Her handmade work reflects on experiences of disruption. She records the body in context of arousal, immigration, dislocation, and desire with the film object: through its texture, color and the tractable emulsion of the 16mm material. Her use of text as image, language and sound imitates the failure of memory and her own displacement within a Western society.


Born in Ankara, Turkey, Dinçel immigrated to the United Sates at age 17. Dinçel resides in Milwaukee, WI where she is currently building an artist run film laboratory. She obtained her MFA in filmmaking from UW-Milwaukee. Her works have been exhibited globally including the Museum of Modern art in New York, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Vienna Modern Art Museum, Buenos Aires International Film Festival, Walker Art Center and Hong Kong International Film Festival. She was recently a 2019-2020 Radcliffe Institute Fellow for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and a 2019 Emerging Artist recipient of the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship. In addition to exhibiting with institutions, Dinçel avidly self-distributes and tours with her work, in micro-cinemas, artist run laboratories, and alternative screening spaces, in order to support and circulate handmade filmmaking to communities outside of institutions.