ARZU OZKAL
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Arzu Ozkal is a founding member of Home Affairs, an interdisciplinary art collective that initiates creative projects centered around feminisms, labor, maternity, and the environment. Formed in 2011 it seeks to raise awareness of these issues through interdisciplinary collaborations between artists, writers, architects, and also members of our various communities. They have exhibited broadly in exhibitions across the US, and internationally in venues like ISEA and ArtUP!.

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Ozkal lives and works in San Diego, California. She is an assistant professor of graphic design at SDSU School of Art and Design, where she teaches, organizes events, and contributes to curriculum development. Prior to joining SDSU in Fall 2011, she spent three years on the faculty of the Art Department at Oberlin College teaching new media practices.

Ozkal is a Turkish born media artist and designer. She holds an MFA in Computer Art from the Department of Art at University at Buffalo, SUNY, and a BFA in Graphic Design from Bilkent University. Ozkal's practice can be grouped under the interpretation of body and its relationship to the environment. She makes attempts to emancipate the body from social and cultural norms and suggest ways to distance one from the limits imposed on the society by totalitarian establishments; Question dogmas, traditions, laws, and patriarchal value systems through videos, public interventions and performances.

Email: arzu.ozkal(at)mail.sdsu.edu