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Bakhtiyar Berkin and Mika Barny work as a collaborative duo, whose body of work reflect how modern social, economic and political issues affect their perception of the surrounding world as well as their personal relationship. The artistic duo is moved by the question of whether consumer demand does indeed represent modern society. Bakhtiyar and Mika use exaggerated surrealist sets in order to highlight the role of consumerism and pop-culture in the modern world. In the heart of their practice lies the concept of taking things made solely for consumption and converting them into something more valuable. The duo finds the whole process of collecting items philosophical, as they transform trivial items into something that would convey very deep and valuable meaning for them. Each item in their photographs is symbolical of their personal experiences and beliefs.

Mika and Bakhtiyar’s work is a product of a long-lasting emotional bond that evolved into creative synergy. Mika Barny graduated from the London School of Economics with a BA in Economics. Later she pursued her creative interests by graduating from Conde Nast College of Fashion and Design, London. Bakhtiyar Berkin received his BA in Fine Arts from Camberwell College of Arts, London. Currently he is completing a MA in Photography in London College of Communication. Mika and Bakhtiyar’s work is based in London, UK.


Photomonitor Award-Winner

HIX Award 2015-Finalist

FloatArt Award 2015-Finalist

FAPA Awards “Portrait of the Year” - Nominee 2016

FAPA Awards “Portrait of the Year” - Nominee 2015

The Clyde & Co Art Award-Shortlisted 2015

Solo exhibitions

Trivial Freedom, Esentai Gallery, Almaty 2018, 13 Sep-20 Oct 


Cartier: When Ordinary Becomes Precious, Esentai Cube, Almaty, 2018

Metamorphosis, TSE Gallery, Astana, 2018  

RE:Imagined, Store Street Gallery, London, 2017

Artists of the Future, Degree Art Gallery, London, 2017

Three Fold, Ugly Duck Space, London, 2016

MA Photography Interim Show, London College of Communication, London, 2016

RE:Imagined, GX Gallery, London, 2016

Modern Panic VI, Apiary Studios, London, 2015

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London, 2015

Float Art, Bargehouse OXO Tower, London, 2015

HIX AWARDS, Cock and Bull Gallery, London, 2015

Degree Show, Camberwell College of Arts, London, 2015

NEW STATE, Peckham Liberal Club, London, 2014

UNIT, Dilston Grove Gallery, London, 2013


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