I am an independent curator from Turkey, based in Belgrade, Serbia. My curatorial practice revolves around the environment, comparative cultural analysis, and intercultural communication through art. To reflect on the current artistic structures and social issues that art tackles, I tend to take an innovative and multidisciplinary approach, and adapt accordingly to the artist, the project, and/or the geography in which I’m working.
To attain a decentralized and non-hierarchical curatorial practice, I start by asking what is left unexplored, how the artistic propositions can be revisited for socially engaged outcomes, and how sustainability can be implemented in art practices. In the trajectory of curatorial ethics, I focus on the co-existence and overlooked cultural elements in postmodern society through several topics that I find interconnected. Therefore, my concepts vary from underrepresented/underdocumented cultures to intercultural and intergenerational understanding, and from social structures to ecological and environmental issues.
I aim to create a space for open conversation and carry it beyond the art world. To accomplish this, I initiate projects beyond traditional exhibitions and include different forms of media, such as a podcast where I interview artists to amplify their voices or the curatorial round tables where artists can communicate with each other without bias.
After working with various art institutions in Europe, I founded the Belgrade-based initiative, iksvy art, focusing on interdisciplinary art projects and art in Eastern Europe. As a part of iksvy art's program, I led and managed several projects, and started to host the podcast “iksvy art talks”, where I interview the artists and art professionals to get to know their artistic approach and to hear their stories from a personal viewpoint. In 2019, I was invited to revitalize the studio of the late German artist, Wolfgang Simon, in Andalusia, Spain. My efforts resulted in co-founding and curating Montemero Art Residency and an educational program researching alternative materials for art production.
Currently, I am working on a couple of exhibitions in Spain and Gemer, Slovakia, conducting curatorial brainstorming sessions with artists and giving portfolio reviews.