16.01.2020 - 16.02.2020
Aykan Safoğlu lives and works in Vienna/Austria. He holds a master’s degree in photography from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, Annandale-On-Hundson, NY/USA, and a master’s degree from the Art in Context program at Universität der Künste Berlin. In his art practice, Aykan Safoğlu forges relationships – friendships, even – across cultural, geographic, linguistic, as well as temporal boundaries. Working across film, photography and performance, he makes open-ended enquiries into cultural belonging, creativity and kinship.
Aykan Safoğlu was born in Istanbul and graduated from the ‘Art in Context’ MA program at Universität der Künste, Berlin. He received his MFA in Photography from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, NY. In addition to his latest solo exhibitions ziyaret/visit at Kevin Space, (AT, 2019) and Off-white Tulips at Ystads Konstmuseum (SE, 2016), he has recently participated in such group exhibitions as: Imagined Communities, 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil (BR, 2019); Class Languages, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (DE, 2018); ğ – soft g – queer forms migrate, Schwules Museum* (DE, 2017); Father Figures are Hard to Find, nGbK (DE, 2016); Home Works 7, Ashkal Alwan (LB, 2015); Sight and Sounds: Turkey, The Jewish Museum (US, 2014). In 2018, Safoğlu was a fine arts fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. He was an artist-in-residence at Beirut’s Ashkal Alwan in 2016, as well as at Rijkakademie van beeldende kunsten’s SAHA Studio in Amsterdam during 2014-2015. Recipient of the Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen at the 59th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (DE, 2013), Safoğlu was invited to participate in the public programs of the 15th Istanbul Biennial (TR, 2017) and the March Meeting 2017 at the Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE). Lately, Aykan Safoğlu received an honorable mention at the 21st Biennial of Contemporary Art Videobrasil. Safoğlu is currently a PhD student at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.