Osman Bozkurt uses photography and video to produce civic memory, to witness the subliminal intricacies and forgotten paradoxes of life in urban dwellings. Mapping the fraught spaces that are between public and private, his scenes from everyday life are humbling quotidian portraits charged with political resistance.
His photography and video works have been exhibited at Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center/ Istanbul, Turkey (2006), Tate Modern/ London, UK (2007), Villa Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea/ Udine, Italy (2007), FRIEZE Art Fair/ London, UK (2008), Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, France (2009), Museo Madre/ Naples, Italy (2009), MASS MoCA/ Massachusetts, USA (2011), Asia Triennial Manchester’11 / Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK (2011), Arrow Factory/ Beijing, China (2012), ZKM/ Karlsruhe, Germany (2013), Kunsthaus Zürich/ Switzerland (2015), PRATT MANHATTAN GALLERY, NYC, USA (2015), MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, IT (2015), TALLINN ART HALL, Tallin, EE (2017), SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE, Frankfurt, DE (2018) and as well as many other group shows.
Bozkurt’s work was featured in numerous publications including Nafas Art Magazine, Camera Austria, The Independent, and IMAGES / Le Magazine de la Photographie. His work was included in compilations including 101 ARTWORKS-Forty Years of Turkish Contemporary Art/ Published by art-ist/Revolver, Art Works/ Deutsche Bank Collection, Szene Türkei: Abseits, aber Tor!, Triennial City:Localising Asian Art/ Cornerhouse Publication, Global Activism and Art, Conflict in the 21st Century / MIT Press and The Future of History / Neu Zürcher Zeitung Publishing.

Bozkurt is the co-founder and co-director of PiST/// Interdisciplinary Project Space, a non-for-profit, independent artist-run space in Istanbul, founded in 2006.

Bozkurt lives and works in Istanbul.

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Selected Exhibitions

➤ Winter is Coming / Merdiven Art Space @Mebusan#25/ Istanbul/TR

➤ Upside Down / Daire Sanat Istanbul/TR

➤ Power to the People / SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE Frankfurt/ DE

➤ Global Control And Censorship / GALERIA ARSENAŁ Białystok/ PL

➤ AFSAD Exhibition / Contemporary Arts Center Ankara, TR

➤ Global Control And Censorship / TALLINN ART HALL, Tallin, EE

➤ ISTANBUL: Passion, Joy, Fury / MAXXI Museo Nazionale Delle Arti, Rome, IT

➤ The Water Knows All My Secrets / PRATT MANHATTAN GALLERY, NYC, USA

➤ Global Control And Censorship / ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe

➤ Europe. The Future of History / KUNSTHAUS ZURICH/ Zurich, CH

➤ Q.I. VEDO SOSTENIBILE /Montesanto & Madre Museum, Naples, IT

➤ ODTU SANAT 15, Ankara, TR

➤ global aCtIVISm / ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art / Karlsruhe, DE

➤ Eyeballing / ÇMS, Çankaya/ Ankara, TR

➤ Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, TR

➤ Anatomy of A Deal / Arrow Factory / Beijing, CN

➤ Life in The UK: Balance of Probabilities / Art Asia Triennial Manchester/ Castlefield Gallery / UK

➤ The Workers / Mass MOCA / North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

➤ Art Works –art in the Deutsche Bank Collection, The DB Towers, Frankfurt, DE

➤ Local Global Plan / Public Art Project on Ålekistevej, Copenhagen, DK

➤ Variations / Photomed / Espace St Nazaire, Sanary-sur-Mer, FR

➤ Divercity. Learning from Istanbul / CCA Ujadowski Castle, Warsaw, PL

➤ No Soul For Sale / A Festival Of Independents / Tate Modern / Turbine Hall, London

➤ The Armory Show 2010 / PiST/// Stand, New York, USA

➤ As The Land Expands / Al Rivaq Art Space / Kingdom of Bahrain

➤ Istanbul / New Realities / Mario Cesariny Gallery / CCB, Lisbon, PT

➤ TRANSIT-2 / PiST/// Interdisciplinary Project Space, Istanbul, TR

(Collateral event of 11th Istanbul Biennial)

➤ TRANSIT-2 / Madre Museum, ProjectRoom, Napoli, IT

➤ Istanbul, Traversée / Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, Lille, FR

➤ Creative Destruction / OUTLET//Independent Art Space, Istanbul, TR

➤ Candid Stories /Insa Art Space of the Art Council Korea, Seoul, Korea

➤ Becoming Istanbul / Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt, DE

➤ Frieze Art Fair 2008 / PiST/// Stand, London, England

➤ TALES AROUND THE PAVEMENT/ Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo, Egypt

➤ Turkish Pavilion / PiST/// Interdisciplinary Project Space, Istanbul, TR

(Collateral event of 10th Istanbul Biennial)

➤ Global Cities / Tate Modern, London, UK

➤ EurHope 1153 / Contemporary Art from Bosphorus Villa Manin, Udine, Italy

➤ Home And Away / Umetnostna Galerija Maribor / Slovenia

➤ Never from the back but face to face, Public Space, Art Project by Radikal, Istanbul, Turkey

➤ Rejection Episodes / Vooruit & DeCentrale, Gent, Belgium

➤ Reserved ’06 / PiST/// Interdisciplinary Project Space, Istanbul, TR

➤ Rest in Peace / PiST/// 7-24, Istanbul, TR

➤ Attitude Video: Short & Experimental Film / Photography Festival /Bitola, Macedonia

➤ Public Matters, Private Matters / Strand on Volta Gallery / Washington, DC / USA

➤ Dispersed Moments of Concentration / Urban and Digital Spaces
Hartware Medien Kunst Verein / Phoenix Halle Dortmund, Germany

➤ Off Space / Siemens Sanat, Istanbul, TR

➤ art for... /Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, TR

➤ STADTanSICHTen Istanbul / ifa-Galleries Stuttgart and Berlin, Germany

➤ E-flux Video Rental / New York City, USA

➤ 22nd Annual Contemporary Artists Exhibition / Aksanat, Istanbul, TR

Selected Publications

2016 Istanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury / Edited by Hou Hanru, Ceren Erdem,Elena Motisi, Donatella Saroli/ MAXXI - Quodlibet

2015 The Future of History / Neu Zürcher Zeitung Publishing - Exhibition Catalogue

2015 User's Manual 2.0/ Contemporary Art In Turkey 1975-2015/ art-ist & REVOLVER

2015 Global Activism/ Art and Conflict in the 21st Century edited by Peter Weibel / The MIT Press

2015 ARROW FACTORY: The Next Four Years/ Published by Arrow Factory

2014 Triennial City: Localising Asian Art - Editors: Beccy Kennedy, Alnoor Mitha, Leon Wainwright/ Cornerhouse Publications

2013 GRANTA -Turkey/ Granta Publications /EVEREST

2012 Eyeballing, YAYGARA - Exhibition Catalogue

2011 Art Works. Deutsche Bank Collection, 2011

2011 101 ARTWORKS-Forty Years of Turkish Contemporary Art / art-ist, Revolver

2011 IMAGES / Le Magazine de la Photographie #46

2011 Lokal Global Plan – Exhibition Catalogue

2010 The Armory Show, Year Book.

2009 Istanbul, Traversée, Catalogue published by ACTAR

2008 Frieze Art Fair Yearbook 2008-9, Editor; Rosalind Furness

2007 User's Manual/ Contemporary Art In Turkey 1986-2006/ art-ist & REVOLVER

2007 EurHope 1153 / Contemporary Art from Bosphorus, Catalogue

2005 Verstreute Momente der Konzentration, Catalogue, Editor; Inke Arns, Revolver

2005 e-flux video rental catalogue, Revolver

2004 Szene Türkei: Abseits, aber Tor!, Vasıf Kortun & Erden Kosova, Walther König

2004 STADanSICHTen Istanbul, Catalogue published by IFA

Selected Reviews and interviews

2018 Açık Mektup: Osman Bozkurt'un Çalışmalarında Kamusal Kısa Devre, Nermin Saybaşılı / Sanat Dünyamız #173 /YKY

2011 Local Global Plan, interview, Exhibition Newspaper, 2011

2009 Osman Bozkurt: Tape Republic, November Paynter, NAFAS Art Magazine, July

2008 The 20 best up-and-coming artists - Features, Art - The Independent, 10 October

2006 The Turkish New Wave, Fatos Ustek, Tema Celeste, March/April

2005 Osman Bozkurt; Rejection Episodes And Fragments of Memory, Başak Şenova, Camera Austria#92

Selected Presentations and Lectures

2018 Presentation, BAK, Diyarbakır, TR

2018 Presentation, AFSAD 8TH International Photo Symposium / Ankara, TR

2009 Symposia, Panel Discussion with Didem Ozbek, Lesley Young & James Hutchinson / Rotterdam Dialogues: Curators, Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL

2008 Guest Speaker, I AM HERE, THE TIME IS NOW / European Cultural Foundation/ Ong Keng Sen/ Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam, NL

2008 Presentation, Open City: Istanbul / Contemporary Image Collective / Cairo, Egypt


2011 DIVA Residency / Copenhagen, DK


2009 Künstlerhauser Worpswede / Bremen, DE


Other/Academic Experiences

2015 - MA Student at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, TR

2005 - 2008 Lecturer at Kadir Has University, Fine Art Faculty, TR

2002 - 2008 Lecturer at Yıldız Technical University, Visual Communication Design, TR

1999 - 2001 Lecturer at Mimar Sinan University, Fine Art Faculty, TR

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