umutvedat

BIO

For “feeling human” Umut Vedat, traveled around the world to witness as a photographer & filmmaker and collaborated with several local and international NGOs such as Roots&Routes, Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Heinrich Böll Foundation, La Via Campesina, European Climate Foundation; as a documentarist working on the topics of discrimination, minority situations, cultural interactions, and environmental subjects. Walking on the path of the documentary, Umut Vedat accessed an intense world of expressions, forwarding the emotions he is observing. His photos and articles as a photojournalist have been published via local&world-wide media such as Guardian, Le Monde, Sierra, Agos, Bianet. Umut Vedat had several solo exhibitions in Istanbul, Yerevan, Tbilisi, San Francisco and also contributed to several exhibitions around the world.

 

Prior to photo-journalism, Umut Vedat worked as a creative director in the commercial business but quit this field at the end of 2011 in order to be able to work independently from customer needs. During this time Umut Vedat as well-realized how screen-dance films are very suitable tools for expressing individual emotions. Umut filmed several dance and narrative shorts which are screen-played in France, Germany, Turkey, UK, Ireland, U.S.A, Argentina, Ireland, Spain. Umut Vedat directed a feature documentary, Dark Atlas (2016), which is about grassroots environmental (anti-coal) movements (2012-2016), screened at numerous festivals, and Cop21, Paris, grassroots are using the film as an activism material for the movement. In 2020, he conducted a multi-disciplinary light performance at ÖÖvalgel Light festival in Parnu, Estonia. He obtained an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's degree in cinematography and currently he is based in Tallinn, Estonia.