Born in 1985, Gökmen lives and works in Frankfurt and Istanbul.

He is interested in the discourses, objects, and narratives that use the presumed authority of historical precedence to codify and structure the present through rewriting the past. His works question the inherent politics of existing codification mechanisms through considering the ways they include or exclude certain parts of the past and their current ramifications.

He has an MFA from Bard College, and graduated from the Städelschule.