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Today we are at Museum IJsselstein.

What do these striking faces tell us?

Where in the world does this flag fly?

We are at this moment in museum IJsselstein of course and we are in the middle of the

exhibition hall.

No man is an island.

No man is an island is an exhibition about Empathy.

The title is taken from a beautiful poem by John Dann of 16 24 from the seventeenth

century, in which he describes that no man is an island and that every man is is part of a

bigger picture.

And that is also how we like to approach the topic of empathy.

We are currently standing in front of a sculpture by Suat Ogut between Dutch-Turkish

artist and the is research done in nine different countries.

He wanted to do that because all those countries say there is a large Turkish

community there.

And they have, in their own way, meant something to the community in the country

where they eventually ended up.

So they’re all very important figures.

The artist wanted to portray a group that for a long time was actually has been

marginalized and he has literally put them on a pedestal.

That trailer is meant to have the work moved as well, so it’s a monument that can not only

stand in one place but could stand in different locations.

The boxes they’re standing on, I see transport boxes in there are also very large

red stamps on very present and those transportation boxes could represent the

migration story, but of course for valuable art.

Transport in between is a double layer.

You can see the nameplates under the bust, like a regular sculpture.

This is actually often the case in public spaces, but it is in the brochure that you

really read the whole story of the person in question.

It has been a very intensive process.

That’s almost impossible.

He has spent a long time researching all these people whom he wanted to portray and

that eventually resulted in this work.

The sculpting was actually a mirror for how we, how we see someone.

Sometimes reality is much more complex than you first think.

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I am super excited to receive the upcoming 4 years a stipendium grant for established artist by @mondriaanfonds
From 11 December you can see Refresh Amsterdam in the Amsterdam Museum
Participating artists are Tyna Adebowale, Goeun Bae, Brian Elstak, Camara Gueye, Antonio José Guzman, Nicoline van Harskamp, ​​Raquel van Haver, Tja Ling Hu, Daniel Jacoby, Elisa van Joolen, KIP Republic, Bas Kosters, Yunjoo Kwak, Jaasir Linger, Tirzo Marta, Suat Ögüt, Kevin Osepa, Antonis Pittas, Judith Quax, Simon (e) van Saarloos, Tamara Shogaolu, The Shadows Assembly, Dustin Thierry, United Painting and We Sell Reality. 
Group exhibition at Kampnagel in Hamburg will take place from 18 November 2020 till 10 February 2021. With works by Mogniss H. Abdallah and Ken Fero, Vivet Alevi and Ulrike Hemberger, Cana Bilir-Meier, Ole-Kristian Heyer, Patrick Lohse and Marian Mayland, Katharina Kohl, Suat Ögüt and Hito Steyerl. For more information here.
With YAA award, I will present Collection of Missing Titles at OAN during 14-15 November in Amsterdam. for more information here Due to COVID-19 this event will take place in June 2021
6 October – 3 November (online) and 8 at 16:30 Filmhuis Cavia
Participating at the festival by La Cocine. see more information here
The First Turk Immigrant or The Nameless Heroes of The Revolution takes part in the exhibition Empathie Geen mens is een eiland at Museum Ijsselstein. For more information here; Due to COVID-19 this exhibition is extended to 28th March 2021
Honoured to receive the YAA-award 2020.
Thanks Framer Framed for the nomination. For more information here.
Thanks Saskia Monshouwer for the review of my recent project Menemenmory Lab. For more information here.

Kinemathek Karlsruhe would like to dedicate in a three-month series of events to this menacing societal phenomenon and to address the past as well as the presence of right-wing German realities. An explicitly innovative approach is pursued under the title “Gemeinsam gewollte Gesamtkonteption / Collectively Desired Overall Conception” in order to take into account this very complex topic on different approaches at different levels.
Solidarity of the Memory will be on view until 9 February at Kinemathek Karlsruhe. For more information link here.
The Future of the Me-nemen-Mory was on show in Tuinstraat 87, Amsterdam from 20th November until 17th December 2019.

I am very pleased to receive AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) for development budget in 2019. Check the great photos by Vera Duivenvoorden and interview with Lotte Stig. For more information press photo.


The First Turk Immigrant or the Nameless Heroes of the Revolution is at its new spot in Molenwijk until 18th November 2018. For more information press photo.


Article about my work at Public Art Amsterdam by Joke de Wolf (in Dutch)


SENGUL was made possible with support of Stichting Stokroos. On view until 18th November in Werkplaats Molenwijk


Group exhibition organized by Corridor Project Space and Noks Art Space in Istanbul. 9 September – 7 October 2018


Collection of Missing Titles is on view at Van Gogh Huis in Zundert until 6th January 2019.


Çalmak ya da çalmamak: Trumbauer Aile Koleksiyonu, Ozge Yilmaz


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Mona Lisa nihayet Istanbul’da! Kultigin Kagan Akbulut


Suç, sanat ve oyun, Milliyet Sanat, Fisun Yalcinkaya


Bir Sanat Hirsizligi Hikayesi, Trendsetter Istanbul Magazin, Naz Cuguoglu ile roportaj.


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On the Trans-ID exhibition interview by M-est and Anna Zizlsperger


Review by Eric Beyer at Exhibist Magazine 13th Issue, September 2017. Press on photo above to download full text.


Interview with Robert van Munster at Mister Motley


Review by Cihad Caner at Daily Sabah Newspaper


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Eger bir devrimci olsaydim, Agos Gazetesi, Tuba Esen ile roportaj