Ali Emir Tapan

(b.1983, Istanbul) Lives and Works in Istanbul
2009 – 2010 MFA, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London / UK
2003 – 2007 BA, Intellectual History, Connecticut College, New London / CT, USA


2017 Friends forever curated by Nicole O’Rourke at The Pill Off Site
2017 We are seeds that sprout air (Kundalini youth), Video and Six hour Mosh-Pit, perfomance at The Pill in collaboration with Performistanbul
2017 ‘Reality Is a Dissapointment’, Public Space Performance in collaboration with Sascha Mikloweit, Istanbul / Turkey

2016 “’Being Imperceptible’ Sekerbank Acik Ekran New Media Gallery
2015 ‘These Is Another World’, Galerist, Istanbul / Turkey
2015 ‘Reality Is a Dissapointment’, Public Space Performance in collaboration with Sascha Mikloweit, Istanbul / Turkey

2014 ‘I Can’t See You While You Sleep’, Semi-finished Construction site, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
2014 ‘A Brief Misunderstanding’, Part of 90 Min. Exhibitions, Curated by Marcus Graf, Istanbul / Turkey
2013 ‘Only Drowning Men Could See Her’, Sütüdyo, Izmir / Turkey

2013 ‘Please, Don’t Cry Anymore’ (in collaboration with Cenkhan Aksoy), Gezi Park, Istanbul / Turkey

‘Perfect Day’, Galerist, Istanbul / Turkey
2009 ‘Discreet Intimacy’, Dirimart Gallery, Istanbul / Turkey
2007 ‘Untitled’, Muddy Waters Café, New London, Connecticut / USA 2005 ‘MB’, Mavi Gallery, Bodrum / Turkey


2016 Off Is, Vienna Art Space
2016 This One is Smaller than This One, Galerist, Curated by Paulina Bebecka & Serkan Ozkaya, Istanbul/ Turkey

2015-2016 Unexpected visitor, spam art project
2015 “Port City Talks”, MAS Museum, Curated by Murat Tabanlıoğlu, Antwerp / Belgium

2015 ‘Future Fossils, Dutton Gallery, Curated by Tess Thackara & Yulia, New York / USA

2015 ‘Summertime*’, Galerist, Curated by Nick Hackworth, Istanbul/Turkey
2015 ‘Neo-Neon’ Curated by Marcus Graf, Plato Sanat, Istanbul / Turkey

2014 ‘As you were passing by the shore’ (performance), Art International, Istanbul/ Turkey
2014 ‘Closest Distance’, Galerist, Istanbul / Türkiye

2014 ‘There is a Madness in My Mind’, Cer Modern, Curated by Ali Akay, Ankara / Turkey

2013 ‘35X35 Art Project’, Copelouzos Family Art Museum, Athens / Greece
2013 Art Barter, Curated by Filiz Avunduk, IMC5533, Istanbul / Turkey

2012 ‘Le Jardin de la Speculation Cosmique’, curated by Fatoş Üstek, Galerist, Istanbul / Turkey

2013 ‘Minor Truths’, curated by Elif Kamışlı, Egeran Gallery, Istanbul / Turkey
2010 ‘MA Fine Art Degree Show 10’, CSM Charring Cross Road Building, London / UK
2010 ‘Necessary Illusions’, The Bargehouse, London / UK
2009 ‘Dirimart Presents II’, Dirimart Gallery, Istanbul / Turkey
2009 ‘Dirimart Presents’, Dirimart Gallery, Istanbul / Turkey
2008 Çağla Cabaoğlu Gallery, Istanbul / Turkey
2007 Cummings Art Center, New London, Connecticut / USA
2006 Cummings Art Center, New London, Connecticut / USA
2016 Luna Ece Bal, I lift my lids and all is born again, Space Depris Istanbul

2010-2011 Sirintepe Dostlar Kiratanesi ,Istanbul

Ali Emir Tapan is a multidisciplinary Turkish artist based in Istanbul.
After studying intellectual history and photography at the Connecticut College, he moved to New York where he managed Haluk Akakçe’s studio.
Back in Istanbul, Ali Emir Tapan presented his first solo show Discrete Intimacy at Dirimart in 2008. Following his debut in the Turkish art scene, Tapan pursued his

research in systems of esotericism and self-destruction patterns between Paris and London where he did an MFA at Central Saint Martins School.
Ali Emir Tapan is considered as one of the most prolific young Turkish artist recently acclaimed with his solo shows There is another world (2015) and Being imperceptible (2016) curated by Ali Akay.
His recent work investigates self-defeating utopias, urban fauna as totemic representations and the conjunction of private-public and spiritual spaces.
He is also involved in the emerging Turkish art scene as a curator, his most recent curatorial project at Space Debris featured Paris based feminist artist Luna Ece Bal and was widely reviewed in the local and international press.