Elif Erkan holds an MFA from Otis College or Art and Design, Los Angeles, USA (2016) and HfBK Städelschule Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Meisterschülerin Willem de Rooij (2013).
In addition to her latest solo exhibitions What is that possesses me, Weiss Berlin (2018, GE), Lotus Eaters, Park View, Los Angeles – Villa Aurora (2016, USA), Standards for Living, Maison des Arts, Brussels (2015, BE), Konzentration der Kräfte, Portikus, Frankfurt (2015, GE), Elif Erkan took part in several group shows worldwide including a duo show with Megan Marrin at WIELS (2014, BE), What Remains Is What The Poets Found, PS120, Berlin
Work Loves Me, Lanserhaus, Appiano sulla strada della vino (Italy 2018), Home, Night Club , Chicago (2016, USA), The Social Register, Park View, Los Angeles, (2015,USA) A Possible Collection, Honolulu Zurich, (2015, CH), Career Woman, Holz Kohle Koks, Berlin, (2015, GE), Villa Aurora Revisited, organized by Park View, Balice Hertling, New York, (2015,USA), Pereusel, NoMad Project Display Kunstverein Frankfurt am Main (2015, GE).
Elif Erkan was also part of the Europalia research and exchange program initiated by the EU in 2015.
Erkan is the recipient of a grant from Hessiche Kulturstiftung (2020), Paris Studio Residency (2016) Villa Aurora Berlin Fellow (2015) and she was a resident at WIELS, Brussels (2014, BE).
Her work is included in several collections worldwide and has been reviewed in prestigious publications such as ArtForum, Mousse, Contemporary Art Daily.