Born in 1980, Horada graduated from the Visual Arts department of Brown University (2003) and completed her masters’ thesis at the Art and Design department of Yıldız Technical University (2011). Her first solo show Fire Chronicles was presented at Daire Gallery in 2012, followed a year later by a Fall at the same gallery. Her work has also been shown at numerous group shows and international venues including Matadero Madrid (2013); MAK Museum, Vienna (2013), Hannorver Kunstverein (2013), Port İzmir 3 -International Triennial of Contemporary Art, İzmir (2014).
Horada was an artist in residence at Matadero Madrid in 2013, and the Among Other Things residency at Bolu in 2010. She is the recipient of the HSBC Sculpture award in 2007. Sibel Horada currently lives and works in İstanbul.
1987, Born in Kirklareli, Turkey. Lives and works in Lisbon-Istanbul.
Topçu graduated from Yildiz Technical University, Art and Design Faculty, Combined Arts Program with the highest honors in 2014. During her master degree, she studied Image-Space-Object-Glass in Germany at the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule. In 2015, she moved to Berlin as an independent artist. She collaborated with several art spaces in Berlin and joined group exhibitions.
Topçu was also awarded many respectable prizes, some of which are as follows; “Culture Ministry Contemporary Art Project Awards”, “Siemens Borders and Orbits Art Competition”, “New Generation Contemporary Artist from Turkey” etc. She made solo exhibition with the title of “Alteration Depression”. She took part in an interactive project called “Locality and Global Discourses 2015” together with California University School of Art. Topçu realized her duo exhibition with Deniz Aktaş in Pilot Gallery in 2016 and joined several group exhibition in Kuad Gallery, Pg Art Gallery. Currently she is working on a project for Art Night London 2018.
Topçu’s approach is based on the artificial fiction of the contemporary world system and how the absolute credibility of this fiction was influential on people. Thereupon, in order to question the credibility of the instruments of modernism, which is one of these systems, she felt the need to operate the concepts of family-individual-construction of national identity as well as Architectural propaganda in this new fiction by manipulating their contexts, spaces and places.
Currently, Topçu lives and works in Lisbon and Istanbul.
Louis Henderson (b. Norwich, 1983) is a filmmaker who is trying to find new ways of working with people to address and question our current global condition defined by racist capitalism and ever-present histories of the European colonial project. The working method is archaeological. After several short films, he is currently working on his first feature-length film, a collaborative project based on a critical re-reading of the Haitian revolution, of its great heroes and of the persistence of their heritage in the bodies and minds of the country’s contemporary youth. The film is narrated through a Haitian Creole translation of the play: « Monsieur Toussaint » by Édouard Glissant. Henderson has shown his work at places such as; Rotterdam International Film Festival, Doc Lisboa, CPH:DOX, New York Film Festival, The Contour Biennial, The Kiev Biennial, The Centre Pompidou, SAVVY Contemporary, The Gene Siskell Film Centre, Gasworks and Tate Britain. His work is in the public collection of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, France and is distributed by Lux (UK) and Video Data Bank (USA).
Pınar Öğrenci (1973, Van) lives in Istanbul and Berlin. The student who produces photography, video, film, performance and placement works on war, migration, collective movements, heroic stories, nationalism, cultural assimilation and urban transformation. Using the video as a tool to record everyday practice, the student benefits from his personal video archive and ready-made footage. Student work, Kunst Haus – Hundertwasser Museum Vienna (2017), Sharjah Biennial 13 Istanbul stand exhibition Spring 2017, WKV, Stuttgart 2017, Angewandte Kunst-Vienna 2016, MAXXI Museum, Rome 2015-6 , SALT Galata, Istanbul (2015-6), Depo-Istanbul (2012), Fronteras Biennial, Matamaros (2015), 5th Sinop Biennial (2014) and 4th Canakkale Biennial (2014). The artist performed his first solo exhibition abroad at the Kunst Haus-Hundertwasser Museum in Vienna under the heading ‘A Warm Wind Estimate’. Pınar Student has been working as the artistic initiator MARSistanbul, the founder of which has been since 2010. The student’s comments on architecture and contemporary art since the 1990s have been published in such publications as Artunlimited, M-est, Arredamento Architecture, Istanbul, XXI, Agos, Radikal, Arkitera and Salt Online. Among the conferences, workshops and festivals he participated in; Public Calling (National Theater Oslo, 2016), Middle East Festival (Henie Onstad Kunstcenter, Oslo, 2016), Plataforma Editable, Desplazamientos Curatoriales (Chile, 2015) and New Dynamics in Museums, CIMAM (Rio de Jeneiro, 2013). He is a guest of AR-Perpetuum Mobile (Athens, 2017), HIAP (Helsinki, 2017), Henie Onstad Kunstcenter (Oslo, 2016), RAT (Mexico, 2015), Willa Waldberta (Munich, 2011) artist programs.
Selini Halvadaki (b. 1985) is a visual artist working primarily in the field of moving images. Her research-based work explores how image production takes part in creating our private and collective memory. She often works within a historical context of found footage mixed with new recordings in which moving images become a tool to initiate questions on the relationship between image production, historical narratives and identity. As part of her practice, Selini engages in collaborative projects and organizes exhibitions as a way to explore collaborative modes of production. She graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2014. Previous exhibitions and festival participations include: Kino der Kunst, Munich (DE), VISIO: Outside the Black Box, Firenze (IT), CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (DK), Images Film Festival, Toronto (CA), FOKUS Video Art Festival, Copenhagen (DK) and Athens International Short Film Festival (GR). www.selinihalvadaki.net
His film The Broken Border was awarded Best Short Documentary at the 2013 Beirut International Film Festival. The Adventure of a Married Couple, was screened at Freiburg, San Sebastián and Zurich Film Festivals. Drum, his debut feature length work, premiered at the Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week in July 2016. It was described by Italian film critic, writer, and Artistic Director of the Critic’s Week Giona A. Nazzaro, as “abstract, political, and visionary”. Karimi considers Turkish director Yılmaz Guney (1982 Cannes Palme d’Or winner for YOL) as one of his inspiration.
Neriman Polat was born in Istanbul in 1968 and she currently lives and works in Istanbul. She completed her undergraduate degree at Mimar Sinan University Fine Arts Faculty Painting Department. She has been participating national and international contemporary art exhibitions since 1996.
She exhibited her work in the 6th International Istanbul Biennial “Passion and the Wave” in 1999, and represented Turkey in the 50th Venice Biennial “Dreams and Conflicts”.Solo shows include: “Photo-Grave” in 2007 at Apartment Project ,“Father’s Home Apartment” in 2008 at Pi Artworks, “Modest View” in 2010 at C.A.M Gallery, “Home Watch” at Depo in 2013, “Home Watch” at Nazım Hikmet Culturel Centre in 2015, “Threshold” at Disambigua Artspace (Italy) in 2015.
Neriman Polat was in numerous exhibitions with the collective Hafriyat which she was a member of between year 2000 and 2009. She co-organises the alternative exhibition space “Hafriyat Karaköy” established in 2007.
Other recent exhibitions include ”Fictions and Dissentions“ 3th International Çanakkale Biennial, Çanakkale; “Where Fire Has Struck”, Depo, Istanbul;”Sleep and Shadow”, Siemens Sanat, Istanbul;“Collective Privacy” C.A.M Gallery, Istanbul; “Under My feet I Want To World, Not Heaven”, Akademie Der Künste, Berlin; “Dirty Story”, BM Suma,Istanbul; “Unfair Provacation” Hafriyat Karakoy; within the special projects part in the 10th Istanbul Biennial, 2+1 with Apartment Project, Santral Istanbul; “Your eyes bigger than your stomach”, with Hafriyat Group in Hafriyat Karakoy; “Production Fault” with Hafriyat Group in 9th Istanbul Biennial; “On the Outside” ACC Galeri, Weimar; Artisterium, Internatıonal Forum of Contemporary Art, Georgia, “Save as”, Trienale Bovista; “Stadtverbindungen”, Kunst Museum Erlangen.
Metehan Özcan (1975, İstanbul) completed his undergraduate programme at St. Louis University Faculty of Architecture in 1995 and his bachelor’s degree in 2000 from the Department of Interior Architecture, Bilkent University. In 2012 he obtained his Master’s degree from Bilgi University, Visual Communication Design Programme for his study on “Space and Inauspiciousness”. He held a solo show in 2000 at Gazi University Communications Faculty and in 2010 at the Operation Room of American Hospital in Istanbul. He took part at group shows in 2009 at the Slag Gallery in New York, and at Istanbul Modern in 2013. His works have been published by Le Monde Diplomatique Turkey Edition, ICON, XXI and Cornucopia, as well as Yapı Kredi and Can Publications.
Ion de Sosa (San Sebastián, Spain, 1981), cinema director and producer who has been living in Berlin for the last 8 years. His first feature film, True Love (2011), got the awards for Best Film at Festival Márgenes and II Festival Lima Independiente, and screened at BAFICI (Argentina), Distrital (Mexico), XII Festival internacional de cine de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; Anthology Film Archives (NY, USA). Ion produced and directed photography at El Futuro (2013), directed by Luis López Carrasco, premiere at Locarno Film Festival.