Osman Bozkurt Short Bio
The artist graduated from the Photography Department of Mimar Sinan University. He has taught courses as a lecturer at various universities. Since the early 2000s, he has been active in the field of contemporary art. In his works, he witnesses the subconscious intricacies and forgotten paradoxes of urban life through photography and video to create an urban memory. Forms of identity and representation; urban life and architecture; gaps and ambiguities between public and private spaces; remembering and forgetting in the context of social memory; acceptance and rejection; and the function and deactivation of public creativity constitute the main axis of his works.

His photography and video works have been exhibited at Pera Museum (Istanbul, 2023), YARAT Contemporary Art Center, (Baku 2022), SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE (Frankfurt, Germany 2018), MAXXI The National Museum of XXI Century Arts (Rome, Italy 2015), PRATT Manhattan Gallery (NYC, USA 2015), Kunsthaus Zürich (Switzerland 2015), ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (Germany 2013), Arrow Factory (Beijing, China 2012), Asia Triennial Manchester’11 / Castlefield Gallery, (Manchester, UK 2011), MASS MoCA (Massachusetts, USA 2011), Museo Madre (Naples, Italy 2009), FRIEZE Art Fair (London, UK 2008), Insa Art Space (Seoul, Korea, 2008), TATE Modern (London, UK 2007), Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center (Istanbul, Turkey 2006) and as well as many other group shows.

Bozkurt’s work was included in compilations including Urban Mirrors-Reflections From the Artists of Istanbul by Alistair Hicks/ YKY, 101 Artworks-Forty Years of Turkish Contemporary Art/ Published by art-ist/Revolver, Art Works/ Deutsche Bank Collection, Global Activism and Art, Conflict in the 21st Century / MIT Press, The Future of History / Neu Zürcher Zeitung Publishing, Szene Türkei: Abseits, aber Tor! by Vasıf Kortun&Erden Kosova/ Walter König, Triennial City:Localising Asian Art/ Cornerhouse Publication. His work was featured in numerous publications including Nafas Art Magazine, Camera Austria, The Independent, and IMAGES / Le Magazine de la Photographie.

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

➤ Istanbuls Today / Pera Museum / Istanbul, Turkey
➤ In a Multiple-Perspective / YARAT Contemporary Art Center, Baku, Azerbaijan

➤ Domestic Archeology _ Covid-19 Studio Logs
"Artists in Quarantine" / Commissioned by SALT – L’Internationale

➤ 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, Estonia

➤ Istanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury, MAXXI, The National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Italy
➤ The Water Knows All My Secrets / PRATT MANHATTAN GALLERY, NYC, USA
➤ Global Control And Censorship / ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany
➤ 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 / UK
➤ The Workers / Mass MOCA / North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
➤ Art Works –art in the Deutsche Bank Towers, Deutsche Bank Collection, curated by Alistair Hicks, Frankfurt
➤ Local Global Plan / Public Art Project on Ålekistevej, Copenhagen, Denmark
➤ Variations / Photomed / Espace St Nazaire, Sanary-sur-Mer, France

➤ 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///, New York, USA
➤ As The Land Expands / Al Rivaq Art Space, Kingdom of Bahrain
➤ Istanbul / New Realities / Centro Cultural de Belém CCB, Lisbon, PT

➤ TRANSIT-2 / PiST/// Interdisciplinary Project Space, Istanbul, TR
(Collateral event of 11th Istanbul Biennial)
➤ TRANSIT-2 / Madre Museum, Project Room, 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///, 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

➤ 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 / 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

2023 Urban Mirrors-Reflections From the Artists of Istanbul by Alistair Hicks/YKY
2023 Istanbuls Today / Editors:Refik Akyüz, Serdar Darendeliler / Pera Museum Publication
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 / Editors: Rania Ho, Wang Wei, Pauline Yao
2014 Triennial City: Localising Asian Art - Editors: Beccy Kennedy, Alnoor Mitha, Leon Wainwright/ Cornerhouse Publications
2013 GRANTA -Türkiye, Kimlik #1 / 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

2019 Sanat Dünyamız, review, Nermin Saybaşılı, #173
2018 Sanat Dünyamız, review, Süreyya Evren, #167
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

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

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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