Banu Cennetoğlu was born in 1970 in Ankara; she lives and works in Istanbul. Cennetoğlu works with photography, installation and printed media. Her research explores areas of socio-political uncertainty and documentation of such uncertainty as well as the questioning of the ability of the photographic medium to document.
After a BA in psychology, she pursued her studies in Photography in Paris. Cennetoglu lived in New York and in Amsterdam, where she has been a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, before moving back to Istanbul in 2006. Here, in the same year, she founded BAS, a space focusing on artist books and other printed media works.
Her work has been shown in several institutions such as Bonner Kunstverein (2015), Rodeo, London (2014), Secession, Vienna (2013); Hannover Kunstverein (2013); Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest (2013); Artists Space, New York (2013); Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (2012); Kunsthalle Basel (2011); Kumu Art Museum (2011); La Centre de la Photographie Genève (2010); Arter, Istanbul (2010); La Coleccion Jumex (2008); San Francisco Art Institute (2007); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2007). She participated in 10th Gwangju Biennale, The Project Biennial of Contemporary Art, D-0 ARK Underground, Sarajevo; Manifesta 8, Murcia; 3rd Berlin Biennale; 1st Athens Biennale; 10th Istanbul Biennale.
Cennetoğlu co-represented Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009) and has been awarded for the 2016 DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program.