Space plays a crucial role in both the practice and thinking of Işık Kaya. Through the use of lens-based media, Kaya observes the role of architecture in society and economy, and how it’s used as a tool of capital. In her work, she focuses on traces of economic infrastructures to examine power dynamics in built environments. By framing her subjects exclusively at night, she aims to uncover the uncanny atmospheres and qualities caused by urbanization. 

She was born and raised in Turkey and currently lives in the USA, where she is pursuing an MFA in Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego.