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Sinem TAS is recently a PhD student at Multi Media Art, at the Fine Arts Faculty of Lisbon University and researcher at CIEBA Research Center. She got a PhD research scholarship from Science and Technology Foundation, in 2022.

After finishing her bachelor degree in International Relations at Uludag University in Bursa in 2013, TAS worked as photojournalist at a local journal covering news and protests in Izmir, Turkey. She has worked as a freelance photographer and filmmaker in Lisbon since 2014 and took part in projects of KINO DOC film courses in Portugal. She completed her master's degree in MultiMedia Art / Photography at the Fine Arts Faculty of Lisbon University. (2016) TAS got an education scholarship for her Master Degree, by Ayhan Sahenk Non-Governmental Organization, Turkey.

In 2017 TAS directed her first documentary film "My Kaaba is HUMAN" which was screened in several film festivals in different countries. The documentary inspired her ongoing project AUTRUI (previously named My Kaaba is HUMAN) where she takes photographs of eyes and documents stories of people from different cultures and countries. Stories were published by (in Portugal), published by (in Turkey). 


TAS participated in group exhibitions in Portugal, Spain and Turkey; had solo exhibitions in Portugal, Turkey and Morocco.


Artist Residencies

(2022) Artistic residency / Faberllull - Olot / Spain

(2022) Artistic residency / Collaboration with João Quinteiro for the Project “Depurações para um Regresso”, Portugal.

Film directed by Sinem TAŞ


My Kaaba is HUMAN - 2017, Documentary

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Director: Sinem Taş
Assistants: Isabel Teixeira - Ana Brás 
Translation: Karwan Kurdi (Kurdish) - Matthieu Rego (French)
Music (only for trailer): Fazıl Say - Insan Insan (Borrowed from Youtube)
Portuguese Subtitles: Sara David Lopes
Turkish Subtitles: Doğukan Sarıkaya

Duration: 22:29 min.
Year: 2017
Genre: Documentary



Shortcutz Guimarães


Global Migration Film Festival IOM 2018

V. Festival Olhares do Mediterrâneo 2018

The Nâzım Hikmet Culture and Art Foundation, Screening, Istambul, Turkey. 2022.


Osmangazi University, Screening, Eskişehir, Turkey. 2022.

Casa das Artes, Screening, Porto, Portugal.


Global Migration Film Festival 

IOM’s Lockdown Film Club, Online Screening. 2020.

Olhares do Mediterrâneo Festival Extention, CINE-TEATRO DE ALCOBAÇA JOÃO, Alcobaça, Portugal. 2019.

I. Izmir International Refugee Film Festival, Screening, Izmir, Turkey. 2019.

Olhares do Mediterrâneo, Screening, Vigo/Galícia, Spain. 2019.

Shortcutz Guimarães, Screening, Portugal. 2019.

Olhares do Mediterrâneo Festival Extention, by CRIA, UTAD, Teatro de Vila Real, Screening, Portugal. 2019.

Lift-Off Sessions, Official Selection. 2019.

AFSAD II. Short Film Contest, Screening Selection, Turkey. 2018.

HuBB (Humans Before Borders), Screening, Portugal. 2018.

Global Migration Film Festival by IOM, Official Selection, Screening, Indonesia. 2018.

V. Festival Olhares do Mediterrâneo, Travessias and Começar a Olhar Section Competition, Screening. 2018

Lisbon University, Fine Arts Faculty, Screening, Portugal. 2018

3P: Pia-Palto Film Events, Screening, Turkey. 2018

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