Aslı Akıncı Alpert
Aslı Akıncı Alpert

Berna Ekal

Nilbar Güreş
Nilbar Güreş

Başak Şenova

Burçak Bingöl

Chantal Zakari
Chantal Zakari

Iz Öztat

Meltem Big

Nazenin Tokuşoglu

Guneli Gun
Güneli Gün

Nazmiye Halvasi

Ozlem Ozkal

Arzu and Claudia
Claudia & Arzu


Asli Akinci Alpert is the frontwoman for Tamponx, a punkband based in Istanbul. She is an artist working in various media, including music, sculpture, grafitti, and digital animations. She also works as a propmaker for the film industry in Istanbul.

BERNA EKAL | Website

Berna Ekal is a PhD candidate, currently enrolled in social anthropology and ethnology department of Ecole des hautes en sciences sociales (EHESS) - Paris. Completed her MA in Bosphorus University – Istanbul, with a thesis on the experiences of being Alevi for women in Turkey, where she had done part of her fieldwork by participant observation in a couple of Gün groups that women had formed in different districts in Istanbul. Her PhD thesis is on women's shelters opened by municipalities in Turkey as an institutional response to violence against women. Also worked as a coordinator for Women Citizens Network in Turkey on a project for women's access to justice, and translated Eva Lundgren's book "The Process of Normalizing Violence" to Turkish.


Basak Senova is a curator and designer based in Istanbul. She studied Literature and Graphic Design (MFA in Graphic Design and Ph.D. in Art, Design and Architecture at Bilkent University) and attended the 7th Curatorial Training Programme of Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam. She has been writing on art, technology and media, initiating and developing projects and curating exhibitions since 1995. Senova is the editor of art-ist 6, Kontrol Online Magazine and one of the founding members of NOMAD, as well as the organizer of ctrl_alt_del and Upgrade!Istanbul. She is the curator of the Pavilion of Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); lectured (Assist.Prof.Dr.) at the Faculty of Communication, Kadir Has University, Istanbul (2006-2010).


(1976-Görele, TR) She graduated from BA, MA, and PhD programs respectively in 2000, 2002, and 2008 from Faculty of Fine Arts, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. Additionally, she graduated from Department of Choir, Ankara State Conservatory where se studied between 1985-91 and a program on Photography in The New School, New York in 2009. Throughout the PhD program she worked as a research assistant in the Department of Ceramics. In 2009, She completed a program on Photography in New School, New York. She has been an Artist-in-Resident at Hunter College, NY for 8 months in 2006 and at Cura Bodrum for a month in 2010. She's currently accepted to ISCP in New York to work as an Artist-in Resident. She has made several talks and workshops on her art in Turkey, New York, Argentina and Philadelphia. Beside the 3 curated exhibition, she exhibited her artworks in 4 solo and many group shows. She works with various mediums such as ceramics, photography, and drawings. Fragility and alienation, as her major inspirational themes, she re-thinks human-specific conditions through today's image and form by means of mass production and repetition. She currently lives and works on her artistic, curatorial projects and academic studies in İstanbul.


Chantal Zakari is a Turkish-Levantine artist and a recent U.S. citizen. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she was trained as a designer and an artist. She published The Turk & The Jew, in 1998 with Mike Mandel, a book based on the web-narrative by the same title, which was launched in 1996. In 2005, using a pseudonym, she self-publishedwebAffairs, a documentary of a web community. In 2005, in collaboration with Mandel she co-wrote, photographed and designed The State of Ata, a visual book about the social themes that define contemporary Turkey and that specifically examines the imagery of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, its revolutionary leader after WWI. Historian and author Etienne Copeaux, defined the book as "an encyclopedic research of the semiology of power relationships in Turkey".

She has had solo shows of her work in the U.S. and in Turkey and her books are in the collection of Brooklyn Museum of Art, Yale University, Institute of network Cultures, Getty Research Institute, The Kinsey Institute Library and many private collections. She has given book readings in the form of performances in the U.K., Netherlands, Canada and the U.S.

Zakari is a professor in the Text and Image Arts Area at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


While her family lived in towns all over Turkey, Gün grew up mostly in Izmir as a boarding student at the private American School for Girls. She completed her liberal arts education at Hollins College, Virginia, followed by graduate degrees at Iowa Writers' Workshop and Johns Hopkins University Gün taught at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, at Johns Hopkins and Oberlin College She's the author of two works of fiction, Book of Trances, and On the Road to Baghdad, which was translated into a dozen languages and put on stage in London at the Sadler's Wells Theater.

She has also translated Orhan Pamuk's The Black Book and The New Life for which the American Literary Translators Association awarded her a translation prize. Gün has published criticism and short fiction in various publications.

İZ ÖZTAT | Website

İz Öztat born in 1981, lives and works Istanbul. She completed her MA in visual arts at Sabancı University, Istanbul and her BA in visual arts and cultural studies with Honors at Oberlin College, Ohio, USA. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at Yıldız Technical University, İstanbul and teaches at Kadir Has University. Her work has been included in Second Exhibition, Arter and When Ideas Become Crime at Depo, İstanbul. Her solo shows are READ/ OKU at PiST, Istanbul (2008), Love It or Leave It, Ohio (2005) and Nothing Disappears Without a Trace, Ohio (2004).
In August 2008, she co-founded cura bodrum residency in Mugla with Emincan Alemdaroglu, which is an investigation into self-organization and non-institutional support mechanisms. She participated in unitednationsplaza (Mexico), Resartis General Meeting (Netherlands), Prishtina Contemporary Art Library Workshop (Kosovo), Cairo Residency Symposium (Egypt), Gender Trouble Platforms (Armenia), Shatana Workshop (Jordan) and Transient Spaces (Lithuania), Artist to Artist Residency (London), Goings On (Beirut).


Nazenin Tokuşoglu (born 1976) studied at Mimar Sinan University in the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning after graduating TED Ankara College Foundation Schools.

In pursuit of a journalism career after college she started working as a reporter for the reality show Teke Tek, produced by Fatih Altayli for Kanal D. Following that she became a news correspondent for Kanal D News, and then Show TV Main News.

Tokusoglu directed two documentaries: Yasasin Okulumuz (Long Live Our School). In collaboration with TOÇEV (Foundation for Educating Children) she travelled small villages in the Eastern Turkey documented the condition of the schools in the region. Komşum Afrikali (My African Neighbor) is about the life of African immigrants in Istanbul.

For the past two years, Nazenin Tokusoglu has been conducting the exclusive interviews for HaberTurk's weekend edition.


Nazmiye Halvasi was born in 1956 in Artvin/Savşat/Çayağzı village into a family of four children, a teacher father and a stay at home mother. She went to school in the same village where grades from 1 to 3 were taught in the same classroom. After finishing high school in Artvin, she went to Bursa to study mathematics. However, she quit her studies to work. And, eventually got married and followed her husband from one city to another for a while.

In 1973, she started her political career by joining the Turkish political party CHP's (Republican People's Party) Youth Branch. In 1996, she got nominated to be the group leader of Independent Women's Coalition during CHP's women's convention—the first women's convention after the September 12 coup. She became the second most-voted. Her opinion about women's vital role in politics was widely supported.

She published her first book "Söz Kadının" (The Voice is Her's) in 1998. Following that she became the first woman to be on the list for CHP leadership elections. She delivered talks and lectures throughout the country particularly to women and the youth. In 2002, to attract attention for Amina Lawal—a young woman, who according to Islamic laws has been sentenced to stoning in north Nigeria—she did a protest walk: "Asya'dan Avrupa'ya Emine Laval Için Yaşam Yürüyüşü" (Walking for life Asia to Europe for Amina Lawal). With this performance, she became the first person who walked from Ankara to Istanbul. 

Currently she is living in Sweden and she is a member of Social Democratic Workers' Party of Sweden. She has dedicated her life defending human rights, especially women's rights and fighting against environmental destruction and animal cruelty. From being a stay at home wife to becoming an activist politician, she sets an important example for Turkish women.

She is currently a candidate for nomination from CHP for the current national elections.


Nilbar Gures (born 1977 in Istanbul, Turkey) is a Turkish artist who lives and works in Vienna. In her works Gures explores the female identity, the role of women, the relations between women and their homes and public spaces as well as the relation between women amongst each other. She also focuses on the image of Muslim women in Europe. Her works include collages, videos, performances, photographs and objects.


Meltem Işık was born in Ankara and currently lives and works in Istanbul. Through her work in sculpture and photography, she explores the ways we see and perceive our own body in connection with the ways our body is seen and perceived by other bodies, attempting to take a closer look at the ordinary, questioning the boundaries between private and public.

She received a BFA from Bilkent University in Ankara, an AAS from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She is an MA candidate at Sabancı University in Istanbul. Her work was recently selected to be included in the "Borders Orbits 09" exhibition organized by Siemens Sanat, 13 May–11 June 2011). Meltem's work will be exhibited at Contemporary Istanbul on 24-27 November 2011 and her first solo show is scheduled to be in March 2012 at Galeri Nev, Istanbul.


Övül Durmusoglu (born 1978) is a curator and writer who participated in the Critical Studies program at Malmö Art Academy, Malmö (2005-2006). In 2007 Durmusoglu was awarded the Premio Lorenzo Bonaldi Young Curators Award for Data Recovery, GAMeC, Bergamo, 2008, and in 2010 she received a Rave Scholarship to work on a collaborative project of the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa), Stuttgart and the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart. Recent curatorial projects include: Another Country-Eine andere Welt, ifa Galerie Stuttgart, 2010 and ifa-Galerie Berlin, 2010-2011; The New Horizon, STROOM, The Hague, 2010; and My Voice My Weapon of Choice, Kasa Galeri, Istanbul, 2010; Sweet Anticipation, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, 2010-11. Durmusoglu lives and works in Berlin and Istanbul.


Having graduated from METU Industrial Design Department, Özlem Özkal has received her M.F.A and Ph. D. degrees in Bilkent University. Her studies covering different topics on design, cinema and technology were published in various magazines; and her professional works ranging from posters to corporate identification systems were exhibited in joint exhibitions. She taught classes in typography, graphic design and basic design in METU, Bilkent University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Özkal is currently teaching at Bilkent University.




ARZU OZKAL | Website

Arzu Ozkal is a Turkish born media artist and designer. Her practice engages with different interpretations of the body and its relationship to the environment. She raises questions about dogmas, traditions, laws, and patriarchal value systems through videos, public interventions and performances.

Ozkal received her MFA from the Department of Visual Studies at University at Buffalo (SUNY) and BFA from Bilkent University. Her work has been exhibited broadly in exhibitions and festivals nationally and internationally. Prior to joining San Diego State University as Assistant Professor of Graphic Design in Fall 2011, she spent three years on the faculty of the Art Department at Oberlin College teaching new media practices.


Claudia Costa Pederson is interested in examining histories about the relationship of media with artistic and social energies. Before focusing on art history, she produced radio and video works in collaboration with activists and women artists in the Netherlands and Germany. She is currently concluding a doctorate at Cornell University on the work of artists using digital games and play for social critique.