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    Using mainly stitching, drawing, and painting as well as video and sound installations, İlkin constructs forms of confrontational interactions within the motifs of found domestic fabrics. In the process, she refers to social and political relationships/manipulation, borders, power issues, gender attitudes, and urban transformation.

    Gözde İlkin (born 1981 in Kütahya) studied painting at the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts and obtained a master’s degree at Istanbul’s Marmara University. Her solo exhibitions include Entrusted Ground, artSümer, Istanbul (2022); Comme les racines parlent, les fissures se creusent, MAC VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine (2019); her group exhibitions include UnNatural History, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, United Kingdom (2021) and Gaia has a Thousand names, Elgiz Museum, Istanbul (2019). She will also be exhibiting at the 4th Autostrada Biennial in Kosovo (2023), the 13th Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2021) and the 15th Istanbul Biennial (2015, curated by Elmgreen & Dragset). She lives and works in Istanbul.

    Gözde ĺlkin

    Born in 1981 in Kütahya, Turkey
    Lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey


    2008-2012 Master of Fine Arts in painting, Marmara Fine Art Institute, Istanbul, Turkey
    2005-2006 European Union Education and Youth Programs: Leonardo da Vinci Program, RAM and Ram Foundation,
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    1999-2004 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul, Turkey


    The Eye of the Earth, The Mouth of the Ground, Gypsum Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
    Entrusted Ground, Curated by Duygu Demir, Choreography: Aslı Öztürk, Sound Design: Berke Can Özcan, Performance: Alara Erdem, Barış Diker, Nazlı Durak, Umut Özdaloğlu, artSümer Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

    Stand Alone and All Together, artSümer Gallery, Istanbul
    Organized Habitation, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France
    « Comme les racines parlent, les fissures se creusent », MAC VAL Garden, Vitry-sur-Seine,France
    Cruise of Endless Confession, François Heitsch Gallery, Munich, Germany

    Found Landscape, Condo 2018, Gypsum Gallery hosted by Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, USA

    Absent Demonstration, artSümer Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
    Reverie of Space 15th Istanbul Biennial Neighbouring Events, French Institute of İzmir, Curated by Caroline David, Izmir, Turkey
    Tiny Office Project Organized by Suzi Erşahin, Consulate General of Sweden, Istanbul, Turkey

    The Trap, Gypsum Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

    Stained Estate Françoise Heitsch Gallery, Munich, Germany

    Triplestar Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing, China

    Methodical Inquiries #4 Gözde İlkin, working group: Özge Ersoy, Ahmet Öğüt, in collaboration with Adnan Yıldız and Övül Durmuşoğlu, Polistar, Istanbul, Turkey

    Refuge: Chorus of Voices from Inside, artSümer Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

    Please Clear the Dance Floor, artSümer, Istanbul, Turkey

    Body on Body Wearable Art Karşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey


    All images will disappear one day, Autostrada Biennale 4th, Curated by Ovul Durmusoglu & Joana Warsza, Supported by Saha Foundation Prizren, Kosovo

    12th Survival Kit Festival, Curated by Övül Durmuşoğlu, Joanna Warsza, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Supported by Saha Foundation, Riga, Latvia
    Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning 13th Gwangju Biennial, Curated by Defne Ayas and Natasha Ginwala, Supported by Saha Foundation, South Korea

    A Good Neighbor, 15th Istanbul Biennial Curated by Elmgreen and Dragset, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey


    Our Ancestors Bloom Overground, Curator: Joana P. R. Neves, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London, UK
    Myth Of The Cherry Tree, Organized by Mary Grace Wright, Standard (Oslo), Norway

    Skin and Soul, Curated by Beral Madra, A Selection from Museum Evliyagil & PAPKO Collections, Evliyagil Dolapdere, Istanbul, Turkey
    Venedigsche Sterne Curated by Susann Wintsch and Stephan Kunz, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Commissioned by the BündnerKunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland
    Rooted Being Curated by Barbara Rodriguez Munoz, Wellcome Collection, London, UK
    Womanhood and Sustainability, Cultural Exchange Project Switzerland – Turkey Concept & Project management:
    Carole Kambli, Ariane Tinner, and Burçak Yakıcı, Organised by Swiss Embassy, Cer Modern Ankara and Barın Hanmm, İstanbul, Turkey
    It’s Just a Phase, Curated by Rhea Dall and Elmgreen & Dragset by Ingar Dragset, Kjøpmannsgata Ung Kunst, Trodheim, Norway

    UnNatural History, curated by Invisible dust, hereby Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, UK
    Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning, 13th Gwangju Biennial, curated by Defne Ayas and Natasha Ginwala, South Korea
    All Else is Far, curated bu Ceren Erdem, Dirimart, Istanbul

    Up above was fog, down below was a cloud of dust, DEPO, Istanbul

    Gaia has a Thousand names, curated by Tara Lundi, Elgiz Museum, Istanbul
    Journey To The Spirit of Place, Halka Art Project, Istanbul
    Unspeakable Home, Enchanting Companions, curated by Derya Bayraktaroğlu, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
    The Event of a Thread: Global Narratives in Textiles, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul
    Artist Pick Artist, artSumer Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

    «S-tched & Drawn» Gözde İlkin / Siwa Mgoboza, MaPer Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    Home is where the he(art) is curated by Yann Perreau, PARIS-B, Paris

    A Good Neighbour on the Move, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
    “A Good Neighbor” 15th Istanbul Biennial Curated by Elmgreen and Dragset, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
    Sana Ghobbeh (Iran) | Gözde İlkin (Turkey) Curated by Zorana Đaković Minniti, Gallery PODROOM, Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia “Muscle Memory” Curated by Ece Pazarbaşı, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

    Inverse Greyscale – Wider den Grautönen Curator: Ceren Erdem, Galerieräume der Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany
    zeigedeine Wunde 2016 / Teil 2 – Das Environment Maximilians Forum, Munich, Germany

    Future Queer Curated by Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu, ARK Kültür, Istanbul, Turkey
    Stay With Me Artists~Books on the Gezi Park Demonstrations, Center for Artists’Publications, Weserburg Museum, Bremen, Germany
    Spaceliner Curated by Barbara Heinrich, Arter, Istanbul, Turkey

    No one belongs here more than you Curated by Red Min(e)d, 54th October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia

    Journey Wanderings in Contemporary Turkey , Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

    If you’re trapped in the dream of the other, you’re fucked! Curated by Katja Kobolt,SkucGallery,Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Dream and Reality ,Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey

    Hyper Real: The Passion of the Real in Painting and Photography Curated by Susanne Neuburger and BrigiPe Franzen, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria
    New Talents’ Biennale Artistic Director / Curator (Art and Media): Jochen Heufelder DEG, Cologne, Germany

    Under my feet I want the world, not heaven in ‘Istanbul Next Wave’, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
    Seriously Ironic Positions in Turkish Contemporary Art Scene, Centre Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland


    Vardiya Artist residency, Beykoz Kundura, Istanbul, Turkey

    Water Mill Center, Artist Residency /October-November 2021, New York City, USA
    IASPIS Konstnärsnämnden, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Residency Program, April-June 2021, Stockholm, Sweden

    MAC VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, France

    Pioneer Works, New York

    Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

    Artist Residency Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen, Germany

    Topkapı German-­‐Turkish Cultural Exchange Project residency & group exhibition, Spedituon, Bremen, Germany

    AtlKunst (2013 – 2006) Member of AylKunst with Gülçin Aksoy & Yasemin Nur

    Garip Bir Pandik Performans No-­‐I 2011 AylKunst, Halı Atölyesi, Ha Za Vu Zu, Cevdet Erek MSGSÜ, Fındıklı Kampüsü, Istanbul,Turkey

    Tatbikat / Field Exercise I-­‐II 2009, Hafriyat Karaköy, Istanbul, Turkey


    6th Feminist Forum -­ Workshop: Bring Our Utopias Together with Art! Organized by Kaos GL, Ankara, Turkey

    Kunstgespräch Wundbehandlung – Kunst als Sozialraum Maximilians Forum, Munich, Germany

    Workshop: Lost & Found Salt Galata, Istanbul, Turkey

    Discussion with artist collectives: h.arta, ff, a7.außeneinsatz and artists Gozde Ilkin & Margareta Kern, 54th October Salon – ‘No one belongs here more than You’, Belgrade, Serbia

    The Artist’s Rights in scope of the exhibition “In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity i Art” Guest Speakers: Eda Çataklar (Lawyer, Istanbul Bilgi University Intellectual Property Law Research Center), Volkan Aslan (Artist), Seda Hepsev (Artist), Gözde İlki (Artist), İz Öztat (Artist), Salz Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey

    Sampler -­ Cultureclash, Workshop: Sound and Stitching MNAC, Bucharest, Roumania

    Experimental Workshop Project ‘Reciprocal Visit’ by Apartment Project, Route: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran

    As The Roots Speak, the Cracks Deepen
    Text of 13th Gwangju Biennale

    Who am I Gaia? I am a place.
    I am a piece of you where the winged don’t fly,
    Where the bones don’t crumble,
    Where the clawed don’t scratch.
    And I am many things that have witnessed the awakening of seeds within some feminine passage.
    I am the emerald at the root of stone, and I am the thread in the tissue of ginger

    —Sema Kaygusuz

    Gözde Ilkin collects used textiles from domestic environments and transforms them into tools for memory and material archives of their social processes and cultural contexts. Combining embroidery, painting, collage, natural dyes, and audiovisual components, the artist considers the fabrics “stages” for her elusive visions of fantastic beings that transcend human, animal, and plant categories and allow her to question power relations, gender attitudes, and urban transformations. Suspended from the ceiling of the Biennale Hall, As the Roots Spoke, the Cracks Deepen (2019–20) continues Ilkin’s engagement with plant intelligence, an acknowledgment of symbiotic forms of interspecies coexistence.

    The project began in Vitry-sur-Seine, an ethnically diverse neighborhood in the southeastern suburbs of Paris, where the artist sought the fleeting presence of plants in urban isolation. Transplanted to Jungoe Park, the largest leisure and cultural area in Gwangju, new site-responsive works turn the focus to the power of healing and transformation that plants assume as integral parts of shamanic rituals. The installation is accompanied by verses from Sema Kaygusuz, an ecofeminist author known for her critiques of the Turkish politics of ethnic and religious homogenization. Both Ilkin and Kaygusuz challenge the concept of roots as defined by national and religious affiliations and interpret them as natural and imaginary bonds passed down through generations. Evoking the refuge of rural environments, the politics of land in Anatolia and Mesopotamia, and theories of the migration of souls in the service of the reclamation of culture, Kaygusuz’s verses suffuse the work with an underlying political dimension.

    The bed sheets, curtains, and tablecloths—sewn, stitched, and collaged by Ilkin and her mother—blend various ancestral knowledges of materials and techniques. The radiant colors are extracts of medicinal and ceremonial plants, like the blue woad, one of the first known natural dyes, or the yellowish brown of peganum harmala, valued for its hallucinogenic effects. In Gwangju, the hibiscus that leaves its deep pink mark on The Entrustment Shaman (2020) is more commonly referred to as the Korean rose, a symbol of the South Korean people and their land. By weaving together meanings from different cultures, each piece becomes a story, dwelling in the interstitial spaces between plants and humans, mourning and birth, the dead and the living.

    Kökler konuştukça çatlaklar derinleşir “ (As The Roots Spoke, the Cracks Deepen), 2019–2020. Commissioned by the 13th Gwangju Biennale.
    Installation: Painting and stitching on found fabrics hand-dyed with plant extracts; 3-channel audio installation with a prayer by Sema Kaygusuz “The Cracks Deepen as the Roots Speak”.