Deniz Sözen is of mixed Turkish-Austrian heritage and grew up between Turkey and Austria. She studied Fine Art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2019 she completed a practice-based PhD at the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), the University of Westminster.
Deniz initially joined the University of Birmingham as a visiting lecturer convening the module ‘Political Art’ in 2021. She was subsequently offered a two-year lectureship in the same year. She has taught in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and held workshops at art colleges internationally, including the University of Westminster, the University of Reading, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Sigmund Freud University Vienna, the University of Art and Design Linz, Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and UCA Farnham. Prior to her appointment at the University of Birmingham, she taught Critical Discourses on the BA Fine Art Programme at Central St. Martins, the University of the Arts London. She has been an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2015.
Her artistic research has been presented in various contexts internationally. Recent exhibitions include ‘‘The Moon Museum’ at MAC Birmingham (2019), Hyphen’ at Ambika P3 in London (2019), ‘The Art of Un-belonging’ (solo) at London Gallery West (2018) and ‘ResponseABILITY’ at < rotor> center for contemporary art in Graz (2018). She has shown her work at Kunsthalle Exnergasse Vienna, VbKÖ Vienna, Ars Electronica Center Linz, MAK Center for Art and Architecture Los Angeles, Landesgalerie Eisenstadt, x:hibit Vienna, Lust Gallery Vienna and at the Austrian Cultural Forum in London.
Deniz has received numerous awards and residencies, including, ‘West Balkan Calling’, Public ROOM Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (2016), the MAK Schindler scholarship Los Angeles (2013/14), Cité des arts in Paris (2014), the CREAM research scholarship (2014-2017) and the Marianne.von.Willemer.Prize for digital media (Ars Electronica Center, 2014).
Complementing her work in Higher Education, Deniz has a professional background and ongoing interest in museum and gallery education. Her work experience includes positions held at the Vienna Secession, documenta12 in Kassel and at the Institute for Art Education, Zurich University of Arts and the Museum Rietberg in Zurich.