CV

Aykan Safoğlu      


Born in 1984 in Istanbul. Lives and works in Vienna and Berlin.

     

SOLO SHOWS

2021 

I’ll be your mirror, Kunstverein Göttingen, Göttingen, DE

2020

Revolving Dreams, Kıraathane Istanbul Literature House, TR

weekend, The Pill, Istanbul, TR

2019

ziyaret/visit, Kevin Space, Vienna, AT

2016

Off-White Tulips, Ystads Konstmuseum, Ystad, SE

2013

Off-White Tulips, Uqbar, Berlin, DE


GROUP SHOWS

2021

39th EVA International, second phase, Limerick, IE

Les Rencontres d’Arles, Louis Roederer Discovery Award, Arles, FR

VIDEONALE.18, Kunstmuseum Bonn, DE

2020

11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Gropius Bau, DE

Porous City, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, DE

2019

States of Sensing, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, DE

Picture This. Selected Pasts, Subverted Facts, Budapest Gallery, HU

21st Contemporary Art Biennial - Sesc Videobrasil, São Paulo, BR

50 Years New Society, nGbK, Berlin, DE

2018

Postcards from a Human Landscape, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, DE

Class Languages, District Berlin, DE

Blooming Signals, Kunstraum Munich, DE

2017

3rd Berliner Herbstsalon, Kronprinzenpalais, Berlin, DE

Class Languages, District Berlin, DE

2016

Father Figures are Hard to Find, nGbK, Berlin, DE

THE BILL: For Collective Unconscious, Artspace Auckland, NZ

2015

Home Works 7, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, LB

Sights and Sounds: Turkey, Jewish Museum New York, US

2014

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

2013

Berliner Herbstsalon, Maxim Gorki Theater, DE

2012

3rd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, RU

2011

Station, Konsthall C, Stockholm, SE


SCREENINGS (Selected)

2021

67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, DE

2020

IFF Message to Man, Saint Petersburg, RU

How Do We See (Each Other)?, bi’bak, Berlin, DE

State of Motion 2020, Asian Film Archive, Singapore, SG 

2019

Belonging and Comradeship, Pera Museum, Istanbul, TR

65th International Short Film Festival 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, DE

Dhaka Art Summit, 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, US

52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival, US

33rd Istanbul Film Festival, Istanbul, TR

Images Festival, Toronto, CA

2013

59th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, DE

Bucharest Experimental Film Festival, RO


AWARDS & GRANTS

2021

Birgit Jürgenssen Prize 2021, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, AT

Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021 (Longlist), Berlin, DE

2020

Han Nefkens Foundation-Fundaciò Antoni Tapies

Video Art Production Award 2020 (Shortlist), Barcelona, ES

2019

Honorable Mention, 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil, São Paulo, BR

Work-stipend, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn, DE

ars viva 2020 (Longlist), Berlin, DE

2018 

Research-stipend of the Senate of Berlin, DE

2016

Research-stipend of the Senate of Berlin, DE

2014

On Screen Award, Images Festival, Toronto, CA

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

2013

The Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen, 

59th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, DE

SAHA, Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey, Istanbul, TR 


RESIDENCIES & FELLOWSHIPS

2020

The Practitioners Program, online residency 

2019 

Tarabya Cultural Academy, Istanbul, TR

Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, DE

2018

Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, DE

2016

Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, LB

2014-2015

SAHA studio, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

2011-2013

Vehbi Koç Foundation fellowship, Istanbul,TR


TALKS, LECTURES & PERFORMANCES 

2020

Artist talk, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, TR

2019

Folgendes: Aykan Safoğlu, artist talk, University of Fine Arts Hamburg, DE 

Belonging and Comradeship, artist talk, Pera Museum, Istanbul, TR

Given Your Convenient Absence, artist talk, Kevin Space, Vienna, AT

2017

Identity and Appropriation, panel, Kunstverein Nürnberg, DE

Borderless and Brazen, public talk, 15th Istanbul Biennial, TR

A Perfect Date, performance, 10th March Meeting, Sharjah, UAE

2016

Screen Tests, 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, Stockholm Literature, SE

Camp and Queer in Turkish Cinema, panel, Istanbul Modern, TR

2013 

Enthusiasm, lecture performance, KAT1, Istanbul, TR


PUBLICATIONS

2021 

Class and Redistribution, L’Internationale Online, Gothenburg, SE

2019

Berlin Interviews, Argo Books, Berlin, DE

QUEER?! Visual Arts in Europe 1969-2019, Waanders Publishers, Zwolle, NL

Schlosspost - Solitude Network, Stuttgart, DE

2018

BLOOMING SIGNALS, Kunstraum Munich & Icon Verlag, DE

QALQALAH, 3rd issue, Paris, FR

2017

Class Languages Magazine, Issue 0, Berlin, DE

2016

Post-election Artists’ Dossier, Grey Room, 65th issue, NYC, USA

Makhzin Magazine, 2nd Issue, online

Frauen und Film, 67th issue, Frankfurt, DE

2015

Pink Labour on Golden Streets.Queer Arts Practices, Sternberg Press, Berlin, DE

USER’S MANUAL 2.0. Contemporary Art from Turkey 1975-2015, Revolver

Publishing, Berlin, DE


COLLECTIONS

Rijksakademie van beldende kunsten’s Collection, Amsterdam, NL

Arter Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul, TR


EDUCATION

       2019 - ongoing PhD in Practice, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, AT

       2011 - 2013 MFA in Photography, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, NY, US

       2008 - 2010 MA in ‘Art in Context’, UdK Berlin, DE

       2003 - 2007 BA in ‘Film and TV’, Istanbul Bilgi University, TR