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Rooted in performance, writing and storytelling, Işıl Eğrikavuk's practice brings together dialogue-based community art practices with fiction and imagination. She works with the specific dynamics of the site, its inhabitants, history and politics and connects the outcomes of her research to her writing by creating imaginative, often humorous and satirical stories.
In this presentation, Eğrikavuk will focus on some of her collaborative performance works from different countries as well as her PhD project, in which she worked with six different art and ecology collectives from Turkey in making dialogue based works.
Işıl Eğrikavuk (PhD) studied Western literature at Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) and then completed her MFA in Performance Art at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) with the Koç Foundation scholarship. She earned her PhD in 2021 from Istanbul Bilgi University, with a thesis titled From A Political Protest to An Art Exhibition: Building Interconnectedness Through Dialogue-Based Art. Since 2017, she lives in Berlin and works as a faculty member at Berlin University of Arts (UdK), in the Media and Communication Department. Eğrikavuk is the co-winner of Turkey’s first contemporary art prize, Full Art Prize in 2012. She has participated in numerous international exhibitions, residencies, and her work has been published in both local and international journals. Recent exhibitions include, Chicago Architecture Biennial (2021), Die Büehne, Berlin (2019), Art Souterrain, Montreal (2019), Pluto’s Kitchen, Block Universe, London (2017), Every Kind of Myth is Written With Care, Propaganda in 21st Century, Lenbachhaus Museum, Munich (2017).