After graduating from Marmara University, Fine Arts Faculty, she won many awards and participated in residency programs in Istanbul, USA and Germany.

Some of her selected group exhibitions are “Segregate”, KIBLA Multimedia Center, Maribor, (2010); “Bahname”, Masa Project, Istanbul, (2007); “Behind the Curtains” Festival De Rode, Amsterdam, (2006) and “Finally You’re in Me”, Istanbul, 2000. CANAN had two solo shows at x-ist; “Even a Cat Has a Mustache” (2010) and “Turkish Delight” (2012) and she also participated the “11th International Istanbul Biennial” (2005). “Global Feminism”, Brooklyn Museum, NY (2007); “A Dream But Not Yours, Contemporary Art From Turkey”, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D. C. ( 2010); “Istanbul Cool! What’s Happening in Contemporary Turkish Art Now”, Leila Taghinia – Milani Heller Gallery, NY (2010); “ACT V: Power Alone”, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; “Confessions of Dangerous Minds”, Saatchi Gallery, London; “Dream & Reality’ Istanbul Museum of Modern Art; “Collage Istanbul” Gaîté lyrique, Paris; “Scenarios About Europe: Scenerio 3” GfZK, “Contra L’Histoire”, Centre d’art de Fribourg; “In What Language Shall I Tell You My Story”, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam and “Journeys. Wanderings in contemporary Turkey” Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris; “Envy, Enmity, Embarrassment” ARTER, Istanbul (2013); “SIGNS TAKIN IN WONDER”, MAK, Viena(2013), “The Laboratory of the Future; TOGETHER/APART” CSW, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw and “At the Bazaar of Gender: Feminine / Masculine” MUCEM, Marseille (2013), CANAN lives and works in Istanbul.