Fýrat Arapoðlu

Lecturer at Altýnbaþ University Economics, Management and Social Sciences Faculty; art historian, critic and independent (freelance) curator. Among Arapoðlu’s curatorial works are; “Body-Space” (with Ebru N. Sülün), “Sudden”, “IDs Please!”, “Re-De/Generation”, “Other Bodies” (with Erkan Doðanay) “Sufficating Culture” (dedicated to Jean Dubuffet), “Democracy and Conflict”, “Museum Within Museum”, “Ýstanbul und Berlin: Tell Me”, “I Know a Place Where We Can Go”, “Homo Homini Lupus or Forgetting Tomorrow”, “Distance and Contact”, “Intertwining Axis”, “Marx 2.0”. He assumed the curation of the 3rd International Uluslararasý Çanakkale Biennial and co-curation of the 3rd International Mardin Biennial. His articles on art were published in national and international periodicls such as: Gençsanat, Art-Ist Modern & Actual, ICE, ARTAM, Art Unlimited, Critical Culture, RH+, Ýstanbul Art News and Flash Art, as well as in the BirGün and SOL dailies. He has penned national and international symposium manifestos on art and art education.

Nazlý Gürlek

Is an artist, curator and art writer based between Istanbul and Palo Alto, California. She is the founder of UMA, an interdisciplinary platform for creative research and production rooted in ancient traditions of Anatolia. Her performative art piece “ONE” was staged in September at Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilisations (ANAMED) in the context of ANAMED’s exhibition “The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük” that celebrates the 25th excavation season of Çatalhöyük and as a parallel project to the 15th Istanbul Biennial. Most recent curatorial positions include curator of “CANAN: Behind Mount Qaf” exhibition at Vehbi Koç Foundation’s Arter - Space for Art (2017-18), curator of the collection at Borusan Contemporary (2014–15) and curator of programmes at Maçka Sanat Galerisi (2011–12), all in Istanbul. Gürlek has also worked as a curator-in- residence at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, and took part in Independent Curators International's curatorial intensive programs 'From Official History to Underrepresented Narratives' at CCA Derry-Londonderry, and 'Curatorial Seminar in Istanbul' where she presented her curatorial research papers at CCA Derry-Londonderry and SALT Galata (2013). She is the author of a few publications including “Nature is Our Body,” ArteEast Quarterly: The Global Platform for Middle East Arts (Spring 2016), “Sarkis and When Attitudes Become Form” (SALT Istanbul, 2013) and Ýnci Eviner monograph (Revolver, 2011). Her writings appear in international art magazines such as Frieze, Camera Austria, Art Asia Pacific, Flash Art International, The Exhibitionist. She holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College, London, and a BA in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence.


Derya Yücel

She is a curator, writes aricles on art, academician and member of the Turkey Board of Directors of AICA (Association of International Critics of Art). She studied Art Management, Museology and History of Art. Between 2006 and 2017 she worked at the Ýstanbul (Kültür Üniversitesi) Culture University, and as of 2009 she is a lecturer at yýlýndan beri Ýstanbul Bilgi University, Art and Culture Management Department. As of January 2015, she was responsible for the Exhibition Projects of Sabancý University’s KASA Gallery. Among the many curatorial work conducted by Yücel are: “Korea-Turkey Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibitions”, Incheon/Seul/Ýstanbul 2006-2007, “Save As” Milano Trienale Bovisa 2008, “28th Istanbul Exhibition of Contemporary Artists”, Akbank Sanat 2009, “Nil Yalter” Vienna Galerie Hubert Winter 2011, “Reunion” Sabancý Museum 2015, “Formless”, Ýstanbul-Belgrade 2014-2015, “All the Lights We Don’t See”, Galerist 2017, “Semiha Berksoy With Love” O’Art 2017, “HOME”, Müze Evliyagil Ankara 2017, and BASE Exhibition of New Graduates Platform, Galata Greek School 2017. Her books entitled New Media Art and New Museology (2012), Nil Yalter, Artist’s Monografy (2013), Ýrfan Önürmen Artist’s Monografy (2015) and Semiha Berksoy: Cataloque Raisonne (2017). Many of her articles on art have also been published in other compilations, printed/digital meda.