I grew up in Istanbul in the wake of the 1980 military coup, a time when hundreds of thousands of intellectuals were killed, imprisoned, or driven into exile. My mother was taken from home and imprisoned twice during my childhood, and this turmoil is written into my name – Devrim means “revolution.” The threat of death was real in the politically and ideologically charged environment in which I spent my youth, forcing me to pay close attention to what was going on around me.

Cycles of suffering and the fear of death formed the basis on which I would begin to question my identity, society, and culture. The use of language was heavily circumscribed first by the right wing political leadership, later by the forces of political Islam that replaced it, while the imminence of loss lent an urgency to the search for new modes of expression and methods of synthesis.

In my early twenties I migrated to the United States to attend the Studio for Interrelated Media in Boston. I broadened my medium from clay to wood, metals, and new media. Meanwhile I became fascinated by context and otherness. A “resident alien,” I began to witness the multiplication of my own self-hood. I began to see otherness not as a romantic mirror of the self, but as an invitation to escape the cage of individuality.

After my studies I spent five years in New York, working 9 to 5 at a large corporation in midtown Manhattan that produces carpets. It was alarming to see the production of exactly these objects – deeply associated with traditional craftsmanship, family, and the role of women in Turkey – ripped from their context and given up to the service of profit. I began to use bi-products of the cultivated cravings inherent in consumerism into my artwork, as well. I wandered the city collecting discarded Christmas trees, lost gloves, that would form the basis of my installations.

I began to see reproduction and repetition, the multiplication of objects, as a means of undermining hierarchical relations between them. My artwork is an attempt to reposition production as a theatrical extension of daily life, with the threads of my own experience as material.

Solo exhibitions
2011
Archiviazioni. ‘Who Draws the Line?’. Curated by Giusy Checola. Lecce, Italy
2010 ALANistanbul. Istanbul, Turkey
2010 Baracca. Den Haag, Netherlands
2008 Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery. ‘On Its Head’. New York, U.S.A

Group exhibitions ( curator *)
2014
Apartment Project. ‘Stay With Me!’. Berlin, Germany
Convento di San Patrignano. ‘Do Ut Des’. Curated by Antonello Tolve. Collecorvino, Italy
City Gallery des Kunstverein Wolfsburg im Alvar-Aalto-Kulturhaus. ‘In Dialogue’. Wolfsburg, Germany

2013
Museo della Carrozza. ‘Sguardi sulla realtà’. Curated by Antonello Tolve. Macerata, Italy

2012
Bogazici University, Mithat Alam Film Center. International Migrants Day Film Festival. Istanbul, Turkey
Dino Morra Arte Contemporanea. ‘The One’. Naples, Italy
Istanbul Contemporary Art Fair. Galleria Paola Verrengia. Istanbul, Turkey
The Others. Dino Morra Arte Contemporanea. Torino, Italy
Cezayir. ‘Art of Migration’. Istanbul, Turkey
Goethe-Institut. Istanbul, Turkey
The Empire Project. ‘Time Keeper’. Istanbul, Turkey
Kabine Nadire. ‘Maximum Load’. Istanbul, Turkey

2011
Archivio dell’Architettura Contemporanea. L’intervallo necessario. Artisti in dialogo con Gillo Dorfles. Curated by Antonello Tolve and Stefania Zuliani. Salerno, Italy
Archiviazioni at IN/OUT and Artissima Lido DOC, Artissima 18. Turin, Italy
Archiviazioni. The Wall (archives) #4. A project by Pietro Gaglianò in collaboration with Archiviazioni. Lecce, Italy
Garaj Istanbul and De Velinx presents ÇOK. Collaboration with dancer/choreographer Ayşe Orhon. Istanbul, Turkey and Tongeren, Belgium

2010
26 cc. Prevenire La Cura with curator Giusy Checola. Rome, Italy
UNDERDOX. Through September 30 – October 6. Munich, Germany
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Dumbo Arts Center. Curated by Caspar Stracke and Gabriela Monroy. New York, U.S.A
Convento di San Filippo Neri. ‘Gratis, Et Amore Artis’. Curated by Antonello Tolve. Salerno, Italy
Macka Sanat. ‘Merhaba Fureya Merhaba’. Istanbul, Turkey
Kasa Galeri. 10th Year Anniversary, Book Launch & Exhibition. Istanbul, Turkey
Manzara Perspectives. ‘The Outer Edge of Inside’. Istanbul, Turkey
The EAST/WEST Project. ‘the New new’. Berlin, Germany

2009
Le CentrePasquArt. ‘Seriously Ironic: Positions in Turkish Contemporary Art Scene’. Bien, Bielle, Switzerland
Kasa Galeri. ‘Getting Even’. Curated by Işın Önol. Istanbul, Turkey
Bridge Art Fair. Represented by Emmanuel Fremin Gallery. New York, U.S.A

2008
Hafriyat. ‘Urban Jealousy’ 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran. Istanbul & Berlin
Flux Factory. ‘New York, New York, New York’. New York, U.S.A

2007
Scope, Hamptons. Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery. Co-curator. Hamptons, New York, U.S.A *
Istanbul International Contemporary Art Fair. TersHane. Istanbul, Turkey
TersHane. ‘Biennial Parallel’. Istanbul, Turkey
TersHane. ‘Factory Days II’. Istanbul, Turkey
Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery. ‘White Noise’. New York, U.S.A *

2006
Istanbul International Contemporary Art Fair. Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery. Co-curator. Istanbul, Turkey *
Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery. ‘One Is Better’. New York, U.S.A *
3rd Ward. A night of Videos for Loft-n-Space. NY, U.S.A
Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery. ‘Compassion’. Co-curator. New York, U.S.A *

2004
The Brooklyn Society For Ethical Culture. New York, U.S.A

2003
Judi Rotenberg Gallery. Boston, U.S.A
Stephen D. Paine Gallery. Boston, U.S.A

2002
Huntington Gallery. Boston, U.S.A
The Brant Gallery. Boston, U.S.A

2001
Student Life Gallery. Boston, U.S.A
Huntington Gallery. Boston, U.S.A

2000
Çanakkale Art Gallery. Çanakkale, Turkey
Osman Hamdi Exhibition Space. Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Istanbul, Turkey
Turkish Ceramics Association. Izmir, Turkey
Izmir Rotary Club. Izmir, Turkey
Seramitek. Istanbul, Turkey

1999
Academy of Fine Arts, Architecture & Design. Prague, Czech Republic
Seramitek. Istanbul, Turkey

1997
Osman Hamdi Exhibition Space. Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Istanbul, Turkey

residencies
2014 Pescara, Italy
2013 5533 in Istanbul, Turkey with D21 in Leipzig, Germany
2011 Dam, Stuhltrager. Berlin, Germany
2011 Archiviazioni. Lecce, Italy
2009
Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center. Istanbul, Turkey
1999 Academy of Fine Arts, Architecture & Design. Prague, Czech Republic

awards
2000 Izmir Rotary Club 6th Golden Tray. Youth Award. Izmir, Turkey
2000 Turkish Ceramics Association. Izmir, Turkey

education
2000-2003 Massachusetts College of Art: MFA in Studio For Interrelated Media (SIM). Boston, USA
1996-2000 Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University: BFA in Ceramics & Glass. Istanbul, Turkey

publications
2015
Today’s Zaman / Newspaper. Kiger, Rumeysa. Art exhibition explores concept of exchange. January 17th, 2015.  (images published)

 2014
Arshake / Magazine. ‘We have to start somewhere…’ Tolve,  Antonello. December, 2014 (images published)
Book published by Quodlibet. L’età soffice. Giannangeli, Pierfrancesco e Tolve,  Antonello. Qutoed by Tolve, Antonello.

2013
Reorient / Magazine. Akkermans, Arie. January 20th, 2013. ‘Who Draws the Line?’ (images published)

2012
Book published by Quodlibet. Ubiquità. Tolve, Antonello
The Istanbul Guide / Magazine. Art Conquers All: A Contemporary Istanbul 2012 Review. November 2012
The Others. Dino Morra Arte Contemporanea. Torino, Italy. Exhibition catalog, p. 4, 5, 25 (image published)
Acik Radyo / Radio Station. Interview with Omer Madra & Mahir Ilgaz. April 1, 2012.
Radio Papesse / Radio Station. Interview with Carola & Pietro Gaglianò. April 3, 2012

2011
Salento Web TV. Interview with Andrea Novembre. September 25th, 2011.
La Repubblica. Marino, Antonella. September 24th, 2011. page XIX (images published)
Quisalento. Raho, Valeria. September 2011. page 58
Il Paese Nuovo. CM. September 24th, 2011. page1,12 (images published)
Il Paese Nuovo. Perrone, Gioia. September 28th, 2011. page 9 (images published)
La Gazetta Del Mezzogiorno. September 24th, 2011. page XVI

2010
Guide / Magazine. November 2010
6 NEWS / TV. Interview with Eugenia Moroz. October 2010.
Ekavart / Online TV. October 2010
Todays Zaman / Newspaper. Interview with Rumeysa Kiger. October 12th, 2010 (images published)
Cumhuriyet Gazetesi / Newspaper. Interview with Sinem Donmez. October 3rd, 2010. Culture & Arts Section (images published)
Vogue Turkey / Magazine. Interview with Hande Oynar. October 2010 (images published)
Harper’s Bazaar. Interview with Sebnem Kirmaci. October 2010 (images published)
Tasarim / Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design and the Arts Magazine. October 2010 (images published)
Travel & Leisure / Magazine. Interview with Zeynep Erekli. October 2010 (images published)
Istanbul Life / Magazine. Interview with Sami Ozbudak. October 2010 (images published)
Time Out – Istanbul / Magazine. Critics Picks. October 2010 (images published)
Hurriyet Daily News / Newspaper. September 27th, 2010. (image published)
Renkli Anlar / TRT Radio 1 Station. Interview with Zehra Karabel. October 15th, 2010.
10th Year Anniversary at Kasa Galeri, February 2010 (image published)

2009
Arte e Critica 59. Art Magazine published in Rome. June 2009. p. 60 (image published)
‘Seriously Ironic: Positions in Turkish Contemporary Art Scene’. Le CentrePasquArt. Biel, Switzerland. Exhibition catalog, p. 56 – 59 (images published)
Sabah Gazetesi / Newspaper.  ‘Turkish Art in Switzerland’ June 28, 2009
Sabah Gazetesi / Newspaper,  Arts & Culture Section, ‘Kasa Gallery hosts young Middle Eastern artists’.  May 19, 2009.  (images published)
Radikal Gazetesi / Newspaper. May 29, 2009. (image published)
Semtonline.com / Art and Culture Blog. May 2009 (image published)
todayszaman.com / E-Newspaper. June 10, 2009 (image published)
‘Etrafta.’ Art and Culture Blog. Guney, Boran. January 2009 (image published)

2008
Emadi, Leyla. ‘Eve Art’ Eve Magazine, June 2008 (images published)
Kalm, James. ‘Critic’s Pick’ Wagmag. ‘Detritus Forest’. Review, January 28, 2008, p.3. (image published)
Flux Factory, NYNYNY exhibition catalog, p.23. (images published)

2007
Tunuslu, Zeynep. ‘In Fashion’ ATA TV. Interview, December 23, 2007.
TersHane, Biennial Parallel exhibition catalog, p.15,16,17,18. (images published)
Contemporary Istanbul exhibition catalog, p.135. (image published)
Drew, Ebru. ‘4 Days, Not Enough’ Vatan Gazetesi / Newspaper. Review on ‘Liminal’. December 3, 2007. Lifestyle Section.
Donmez, Sinem. ‘Liminal at Istanbul Contemporary’ Cumhuriyet Gazetesi, / Newspaper. Interview, December 1, 2007, p.3. (images published)
Evrensel Gazetesi / Newspaper, December 1, 2007, Arts & Culture Section, p.12. (image published)
Aydin, Nur. ‘Afis’ CNN Turk. Interview on ‘Liminal’. November 30, 2007.
Acik Radyo / Radio Station. Announcement on
‘Liminal’. November 29, 2007. Arts & Culture Section.
Saglam, Eraslan. ‘Acik Dergi Program’ Acik Radyo / Radio Station. Interview on Biennial Parallel. September 7, 2007.

2006
Uluc, Hincal. ‘Let’s all go to the Fair’ Sabah Gazetesi / Newspaper, December 23, 2006, p.21.

2003
MFA Graduate exhibition catalog, p.26, 27. (images published)

2000
Seramik. Art, Science & Technology Magazine. August/September Issue 2000, p.36 (image published)
Izmir Rotary Club 6th Golden Tray exhibition catalog, p.8. (image published)