Gülsün Karamustafa (Ankara, 1946) graduated from the Istanbul State Fine Arts Academy in 1969.
Her solo exhibitions include "Chronographia", Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2016-2017); “Swaddling the Baby”, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna (2016) / Villa Romana, Florence (2015); “Mystic Transport” (a duo exhibition with Koen Theys), Centrale for Contemporary Art, and Argos Centre for Art and Media, Brussels (2015-2016); “An Ordinary Love”, Rampa, Istanbul (2014); “A Promised Exhibition”, SALT Beyoğlu, SALT Galata, Istanbul (2013); "The Apartment Building", EMST - The National Contemporary Museum of Athens (2012); Etiquette, ifa Gallery, Berlin (2011); "The Monument and the Child", x–hibit, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna (2011); “Mobile Stages”; Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (2008); “Bosphorus 1954”, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn (2008); "sineması/cinemasi", Yapı Kredi Kazim Taşkent Gallery, Istanbul (2007); “Memory of a Square / 2000-2005 Video Works by Gülsün Karamustafa”, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2006); “Black and White Visions”, Prometeo Gallery, Milan (2006); “PUBLIC/ PRIVATE”, Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg (2006); “Memory of a Square”, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (2006); “Men Crying presented by Museé d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris”, Galerie Immanence, Paris (2005); “Galata:Genoa (Scavere Finestrini)”, Alberto Peola Gallery, Torino (2004); “Mystic Transport, Trellis of My Mind”, Musée d’Art et Histoire Geneva, (1999), among others.
She took part in many group exhibitions including “Citizens and States”, Tate Modern, London (2015); “Artists in Their Time”, Istanbul Modern (2015); the 31st Sao Paulo Biennial (2014); the 3rd and 10th Gwangju Biennials (2000, 2014); “Art Histories”, Museum der Moderne Salzburg (2014); “Artevida Politica”, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (2014); the 4th Thessaloniki Biennale (2013); the 1st Kiev Biennale (2012); Singapore Biennial (2011), the 3rd Guangzou Triennial (2008); the 11th Cairo Biennial (2008); “The 1980s: A Topology”, Museu Serralves, Porto (2006); “Soleil Noir, Depression und Gesellschaft”, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (2006); “The Grand Promenade”, National Museum of Contemporary Art – EMST, Athens (2006); “Why Pictures Now”, MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst Stifung Ludwig, Vienna (2006); “Projekt Migration”, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2005); “Centre of Gravity”, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul (2005); “Contour the 2nd Video Art Biennale”, Mechelen (2005); “Ethnic Marketing”, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2004); the 1st Seville Biennial (2004); “In den Schluchten des Balkans, Kunsthalle Fridericianum”, Kassel (2003); “Blood & Honey”, Sammlung Essl, Vienna (2003); “When Latitudes Become Forms”, Walker Art Center, Minnesota (2003); the 8th Havana Biennial (2003); the 3rd Cetinje Biennial (2003); and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th International Istanbul Biennials (1987, 1992, 1995).
Her works are included in public collections of EMST National Contemporary Art Museum, Athen/Athens, GR; Istanbul Modern, TR; MCA Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, US; MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien/Vienna, AT; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, FR; Warsaw Museum of Modern Art (Museum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie), PL, Neues Museum Nürnberg, DE; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US; Tate Modern, London, GB; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL; Wien Museum, AT.
Gülsün Karamustafa has received 2014 Prince Claus Award that is presented to individuals or organisations whose cultural actions have a positive impact on the development of their societies.
Gülsün Karamustafa lives and works in Istanbul.
Contribution to the Bird Family of Buyuk Londra, 2009. Column, cock sculpture and plaque, 138 x 29 x 29 cm. Photo by Barış Özçetin.
The City and the Secret Panther Fashion, 2007. Single channel video film, 00.13.07 Set photo by Serra Gulyuz
Swaddling the Baby series, 2015. Pastel and collage on paper, dimensions variable. Photo by Nicolò Burgassi, OKNOstudio at Villa Romana.
Men Crying, 2001. (Guest director; Atıf Yılmaz), three channel video, 00.18.08 (channel I and III), 00.13.55 (channel II). Installation view from SALT Galata. Photo by Cem Berk Ekinil at SALT Beyoglu.
Mystic Transport, 1992. 20 metal baskets and satin quilts. Installation view from Feshane, Istanbul.
Cengiz Çekil (Niğde, 1945 – İzmir, 2015) received his BFA from Gazi Institute of Education in Ankara, and went on to study at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. There he held his first solo exhibition “Réorganisation pour une Exposition”, in the basement of a café in 1975. He returned to Turkey in 1976 and received an MFA in Sculpture from Ege University in İzmir.
His first solo exhibition at Rampa Gallery in Istanbul was held between May-July 2010. Curated by Vasıf Kortun, the project comprised works produced between 1974 and 2010. The second and the last solo exhibition ‘With a Cleaning Cloth’ again took place at Rampa Istanbul in September, 2013.
Çekil participated in noteworthy exhibitions such as “NEWTOPIA: The State of Human Rights”, Mechelen (2012); “I m Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing” MoMA, NY (2011), “What Keeps Mankind Alive?”, 11th İstanbul Biennial, İstanbul (2009), “…With All Due Intent”, Manifesta 5, San Sebastian (2004); “28th State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition”, State Museum of Painting and Sculpture, Ankara (1967), “Orient-ation” Saint Irene, İstanbul (1994), 4th İstanbul Biennial, İstanbul (1995), State Museum of Painting and Sculpture, Ankara (1967).
Things, 1998. 144 burned coca cola cans, iron bar construction. Photo by Baris Ozcetin.
With a Cleaning Towel, 2012-13. 81 x 60 cm each. Installation shot by Nathalie Barki.
Tanned Jackets, 1994. 12 jackets, white water base paint. Photo by Cemal Emden.
What Time It Is, 2008. Cardboard relief, 60.5 x 80 cm. Ed 13 of 24. Photo by Nathalie Barki.
Smashed Into Pieces, 1998. 288 gold leafed moldings, pieces of newspapers, 200x200x30.5cm. Photo by Chroma (2017).
CANAN (Istanbul, 1970) graduated from Marmara University, Fine Arts Faculty. She has participated in residency programs in Istanbul, USA and Germany.
Her solo exhibitions include the “The Shining Darkness”, Rampa Gallery, Istanbul (2016);
“I Beg You Please Do Not Speak To Me Of Love”, Siyah Beyaz Gallery, Ankara (2014); “Turkish Delight” (2012) and “Even a Cat Has a Mustache” (2010) at Gallery X-ist, Istanbul. “Segregate”, KIBLA Multimedia Center, Maribor (2010); “Bahname”, Masa Project, Istanbul (2007); “Behind the Curtains”, Festival De Rode, Amsterdam (2006); and “...finally you are in me”, Istanbul (2000) among others.
The group exhibitions she participated in including the “Jameel Prize 4”, Pera Museum, İstanbul (2016); “Les parfums de l'intranquillité”, Hôtel des Arts, Toulon, France (2016) “Politische Kunst im Widerstand in der Türkei”, NGBK, Berlin (2015); Mother Tongue - Turkish Contemporary Video Art - Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen (2015); Too early, too late: Middle East and Modernity Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna – Bologna (2015); “Neighbours –Contemporary Narratives from Turkey and Beyond”, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul (2014); “Envy, Enmity, Embarrassment” ARTER, Istanbul (2013); “Signs Taken in Wonder” MAK Museum, Vienna and Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover (2013); “The Laboratory of the Future: TOGETHER / APART” CSW, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw and “At the Bazaar of Gender: Feminine / Masculine” MUCEM, Marseille (2013). “In What Language Shall I Tell You My Story”, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (2012); “Journey”, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (2012); “Scenarios About Europe: Scenerio 3” GfZK, -”Contre L’Histoire”, Centre d’art de Fribourg (2012); “ACT V: Power Alone”, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2010); “Confessions of Dangerous Minds”, Saatchi Gallery, London (2011); “Dream & Reality” Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (2011); “Collage Istanbul”, Gaité lyrique, Paris (2011); “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); “11th International Istanbul Biennial” (2009); “Global Feminism”, Brooklyn Museum, NY (2007).
CANAN lives and works in Istanbul
'Woman with mirror' from the series Crazy Woman, 2015. Polyester casted sculpture, silver mirror, acrylic, 88 x 85 x 80 cm. Photo by Chroma.
DREAM DREAM DREAM, 2014. Gold and ink on special paper, 65 x 50cm.
IMPENETRABLE DARKNESS, 2015. Plexi and neon, 30 x 220 cm. Photo by Chroma.
I BEG YOU PLEASE DO NOT SPEAK TO ME OF LOVE, 2012. Installation with posters, embroidered bathrobe and plexi-pedestal, 190 x 80 x 80 cm. Photo by Murat Germen.
TRANSPARENT POLICE STATION, 1998. Mixed media installation (photography on transparent lm, plexiglass), 180 x 112 x 15 cm. Photo by Hadiye Cangökçe.
Ergin Çavuşoğlu (born in Bulgaria, 1968) studied at The National School of Fine Arts “Iliya Petrov”, Sofia in the early 1980s. He consequently received a BA in painting from the University of Marmara, Istanbul, MA from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a PhD from University in Portsmouth.
He took part in the Turkish Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. He was shortlisted for the Beck’s Futures Prize in 2004, and most recently in 2010 for Artes Mundi 4 – the UK’s Biggest Contemporary Arts Prize. Recent solo exhibitions include “Adaptation-Cinefication”, Rampa, Istanbul (2011); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2011); “Ergin Çavuşoğlu – Dust Breeding”, The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (2011); “Alterity”, Rampa, Istanbul (2011); “Crystal & Flame”, PEER, London (2010); “Ergin Çavuşoğlu”, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen (2009-10); “Ergin Çavuşoğlu” and “Poised In the Infinite Ocean & Tahtakale”, Haunch of Venison, London (2004 and 2009); “Place After Place”, Kunstverein Freiburg (2008); “Quintet Without Borders”, ShContemporary, Shanghai (2008); Haunch of Venison, Zurich (2007); “Point of Departure”, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton and NGCA Sunderland (2006); and “Entanglement”, DCA, Dundee (2004). Group exhibitions include “The Loitering Presence of a Rational Actor”, Artist Institute, New York (2012); “The Best of Times, The Worst of Times; Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art”, First International Contemporary Art Biennial, Arsenale, Kiev (2012); “Migrasophia”, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah (2012); “Zwölf im Zwölften”, TANAS, Berlin (2011); “Paradise Lost”, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul (2011); Manifesta 8, Murcia (2010); “fast forward 2 The Power of Motion”, Media Art Sammlung Goetz, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe (2010); “HomeLessHome”, Museum on the Seam, Socio-Political Contemporary Art Museum, Jerusalem (2010); The First Mediterranean Biennial of Contemporary Art, Haifa (2010); “There is no Road”, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón (2009); “All Inclusive – A Tourist World”, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2008); “Between Borders”, MARCO, Vigo (2007); British Art Show 6 (2005); the 3rd Berlin Biennial (2004); the 50th Venice Biennial (2003) and the 8th Istanbul Biennial (2003).
Ergin Çavuşoğlu currently lives and works in London, United Kingdom.
La Piscine I, 2016. Diasec print, 50 x 74.67 cm.
Rock Jump (XIX Le Soleil), 2014. Diasec print, 30.96 x 55.03 cm.
Fountain, 2016. Bronze, aluminium, liquid, 43 x 47 x 29 cm. Photo by Chroma.
Spheres of the Firmament, 2016. Anthropomorphism I, acrylic and UV print on canvas, 45.5 x 60.5 cm. Photo by Chroma.
Born in 1970 in Gölcük, Turkey. Lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey.
Murat Akagündüz studied painting, lithography and fresco at the MSÜ Fine Arts University. He is one of the co-founders of the artist collective “Hafriyat Art Initiative” (that means “excavation”) and participated to many exhibitions inside and outside of Turkey.
Murat Akagündüz’s work reveals a panorama of contemporary Turkey, with both traditional and modern elements where buildings, abandoned sites, reinvented landscapes become the witnesses of the modernisation process of his country.
The installation he presents for the exhibition “Journeys. Wanderings in contemporary Turkey” is composed of different artworks. “Hell-Heaven” is an installation where Anatolian birds’ eyes are blinking on thirteen monitors while a projection shows a video of the flowing waters of the Euphrates River. The second piece is a composition of four large paintings representing abandoned ruins in deserted landscapes. Murat Akagündüz is particularly known for the monochromatic effect of these resin-on-canvas paintings. This material, traditionally used in Turkey as a painkiller, becomes a metaphor for the wound of the old Turkish cities, of their dilapidated past.
33°38'01.29"N 75°53'45.70"E, Kaf Series, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 200x160cm
45°51'19.68"N 43°37'54.66"E, Kaf Series 2016, Oil on Canvas, 200x160cm
SENA was born in 1982, in Istanbul. She graduated from University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins, BA Graphic Arts and Design Department in 2006. She worked on socially responsible art projects and exhibited her work in various areas of England and İstanbul.
She was one of the two creators of the “Tershane” project that started in 2006. Her solo shows at x-ist were “2” (2009), “3 Angle” (2010) and “Fantastic 4” (2011). She showcased her 5th solo exhibition “5” and 6th show “6” at Empire Project Gallery on 2014 and 2016 respectively. Her first overseas solo show took place at Sleep Center in New York.
The artist is an active member of the Istanbul-based artist initiative, “Signs of Times” Sena currently lives in Istanbul, and continues to produce individual and group works in her studio called “InatStudio”.
Every young girls dream, 2016, mixed media on ceramic plate, 28 cm
Eve, 2016, Etching, 35 x 50 cm
Body, 2010, Lacquer on MDF, mixed media 65x65x150cm
Cover, 2016. Felt, wooden box with glass cover, each 90x90 cm, 8 pieces
3 Bars of Gold, 2014. Oil on canvas, 259x152 cm
Healer, 2016. Ink on paper, 152x122 cm
Erdil Yaşaroglu was born in 1971 in Istanbul. After graduating from Kadıköy Anatolian High School, he graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Sculpture at Mimar Sinan University. He got involved in professional caricature in the 90s. Throughout these years, Erdil has won nearly 30 awards from both local and international caricature competitions he participated in. First, he started working at Güneş Newspaper and he then created the "Komikaze" column in Limon and Leman magazines. Also in these years, he wrote various scripts for TV shows, wrote plays and gave lessons on caricature at Boğaziçi and Bilgi Universities.
In 2002, he founded the "Penguen" magazine with his friends. They then went on to publish "Lombak", "Kemik" and "Hayvan" magazines. In 2010, he got into the Guinness World Records book, by drawing the world's largest caricature with the size of 12,000 square meters. In 2014, he published the first humor magazine for children, "Süper Penguen". He became co-producer on the animatedmovie "The Bad Cat" in 2016. His 19 books, published as Komikaze, sold over 1 million copies. He joined sculpture exhibitions in Turkey and abroad. Nowadays, he is involved with his keynotes entitled "Backstage Of Humor" and "Brain Pain", which explore the backstory of humor, thinking techniques and alternative ways of looking at life. He is currently drawing for the "Süper Penguen" magazine and continues to make sculptures in his studio in Istanbul.