Aykan Safoğlu

Aykan Safoğlu_CV

 

Aykan Safoğlu

 

Artist, Filmmaker

* 1984 in Istanbul (TR), lives and works in Vienna (AT) and Berlin (DE)

 

Education

2019 – ongoing

PhD in Practice, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, AT

2011-2013

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Photography, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, NY, US

2008-2010

M.A. in “Art in Context”, UdK Berlin, DE

2003-2007

B.A. in “Film and TV”, Istanbul Bilgi University, TR

Stipends, Fellowships and Residencies

2019

Work-stipend of Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn, DE

Tarabya Cultural Academy, Istanbul, TR

2018

Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, DE

Research-stipend of the Senate of Berlin (CityTax)

2016

Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, LB

2014-2015

Research-stipend of the Senate of Berlin (CityTax)

SAHA studio at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

2013

SAHA, Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey, Istanbul, TR

2011-2013

Vehbi Koç Foundation, Stipend during the studies at Bard College, Istanbul,TR

 

 

 

Solo exhibitions

2020

weekend/ hafta sonu, The Pill, TR

2019

ziyaret/visit, Kevin Space, Vienna, AT

2016

Off-White Tulips, Ystads Konstmuseum, Ystad, SE

2013

Off-White Tulips, Uqbar, Berlin, DE

 

Group exhibitions (selection)

2019

21st Contemporary Art Biennial – Secs Videobrasil

50 Years New Society, nGbK, Berlin, DE

2018

Blooming Signals, Kunstraum Munich, DE

Postcards from a Human Landscape, Akademie Schloss Solitude, DE

2017

3rd Berliner Herbstsalon, Crown Prince’s Palace, Berlin, DE Class Languages, District Berlin, DE

2016

Father Figures are Hard to Find, nGbK, Berlin, DE THE BILL: For Collective Unconscious, Artspace, NZ

2015

Home Works 7, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, LB

Sights and Sounds: Turkey, Jewish Museum New York, NY, USA

2014

what is queer today is not queer tomorrow, nGbK, Berlin, DE

2013

Berliner Herbstsalon, Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin, DE

2012

3rd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow, RU

2011

Station, Konsthall C, Stockholm, SE

 

Screenings (selection)

2019

Belonging and Comradeship, curated by Gizem Bayıksel, Pera Museum, Istanbul,TR 65th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Oberhausen, DE

2018

Queer Migrations & Diasporic Intimacies, New York University, NYC, US Moving Stills – Affective Archives, mumok, Vienna, AT

2017

Precarious Homes, Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research, Paris, FR

2016

62nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Oberhausen, DE

Dhaka Art Summit, film program curated by Shanay Jhaveri, Dhaka, BD

2015

Outfest, REDCAT, LA, US

Dirty Looks LA, Ghebaly Gallery, US

Dirty Looks NYC, Microscope Gallery, US

2014

Montreal International Documentary Festival, Quebec, CA Stockholm Literature, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SE 52nd New York Film Festival, NYC, US

52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival, MI, US 33rd Istanbul Film Festival, Istanbul, TR Images Festival, Toronto, CA

2013

59th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Oberhausen, DE Bucharest Experimental Film Festival, Bucharest, RO

 

Artist Talks & Lectures & Performances

2019

Artist talk as part of Folgendes, at University of Fine Arts Hamburg, DE Belonging and Comradeship (artist talk), moderated by Bilge Taş, Pera Museum, Istanbul, TR

Given Your Convenient Absence, with Masha Godovannaya, Kevin Space, Vienna, AT 2017

Identity and Appropriation, (panel) with Christina von Braun, Juliane Rebentisch, and

Susanne M. Winterling, Kunstverein Nürnberg, DE

Borderless and Brazen, (public talk) with Gülşen Aktaş, 15th Istanbul Biennial’s public program, Pera Museum, Istanbul, TR

An imaginary conversation between Paul Thek and Aykan Safoğlu (correspondence), for the 10th March Meeting at the Sharjah Biennial 13, UAE

2016

Gülşen & Hüseyin: Screen Tests for Gender, Labor & Migration, (public talk) with Ceren Erdem, Alt – Space for art, Istanbul, TR

To Art is a Reciprocal Verb, (lecture), Ashkal Alwan,Beirut, LB

2014

My Sorrow Nightingale (performance), Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, DE Edmund White & Aykan Safoğlu (public talk), Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SE Camp and Queer in Turkish Cinema (panel), Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, TR

2013

Enthusiasm (a lecture performance), KAT1, Istanbul, TR

 

Co-curating

2017    ğ – soft g -queer forms migrate, group show and public program with Emre Busse, Schwules Museum, Berlin, DE

2013    TMI, film program for Larry Clark exhibition with Todd Sekuler, C/O Berlin, DE

2011    Film Program of Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition with Todd Sekuler, C/O Berlin, DE

 

Teaching

2018

Guest Speaker in Feng-Mei Hebberer’s course ‘The Cinemas of Me’ in the Cinema Studies Department of New York University, US

Guest Lecturer for the Documentary Production Class of Tom Rosenberg at Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, US

2017

New Queer Positionings in Media Art & Theory, workshop and lecture with Vika Kirchenbauer, Hasan Aksaygın, Karin Michalski und Anja Michaelsen, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, DE

Guest Speaker in Ming Wong’s class, UdK Berlin, DE Lecture and Studio Visits at Berlin Art Institute, DE

 

Publications

2019

Berlin Interviews, ed. by Birgit Rieger and Claudia Wahjudi, Argo Books, Berlin, DE QUEER?! Visual Arts in Europe 1969-2019, edited by Anton Anthonissen and Evert van Straaten, Waanders Publishers, Zwolle, NL

I Wanted to Photograph You, at Schlosspost – Solitude Network, Stuttgart, DE

2018

BLOOMING SIGNALS (exh. catalog), Kunstraum Munich & Icon Verlag, Munich, DE An Idiosyncratic Statue of Friendship, an image essay published in the third issue of QALQALAH, an editorial project by Kadist Art Foundation and Bétonsalon – Centre for Art and Research, Paris, FR

2017

Class Languages Magazine, Issue 0, Berlin, DE

2016

Looking After Sedat Looking After Jimmy, in Post-Election Artists Dossier, Grey Room Fall 2016 issue, NYC, USA

Borderless and Brazen, interview with Gülşen Aktaş by Aykan Safoğlu, for Makhzin Magazine, Feminisms Issue (Fall 2016), online

Interview by Nanna Heidenreich (in German), Frauen und Film magazine (67th issue)

2015

Pink Labour on Golden Streets.Queer Arts Practices, edited by Christiane Erharter,

Dietmar Schwärzler, Ruby Sircar, Hans Scheirl. Sternberg Press. Vienna, AT USER’S MANUAL 2.0. Contemporary Art from Turkey 1975-2015. Ed. Halil Altındere, Süreyyya Evren. Revolver Publishing, Berlin, DE

 

Prizes & Awards

21st Contemporary Art Biennial SESC Video Brasil, Honorable Mention

2014

On Screen Award at the Images Festival, Toronto, CA

Kinetta Archival Film Award at the 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival, US

2013

Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen at the 59th International Short

Film Festival Oberhausen, DE