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Sümer Sayin

Sümer Sayın mainly works with objects and installations. She is interested in how we perceive the world and to what extent we create alternative realities. In the passage between these two territories, she addresses social
and scientific topics in a poetic way using a minimalistic form and material language. Visual elements involved in geography, space, time and language are consequently reinterpreted. In order to create new perceptions and
experiences. Sayın uses ready-made objects, graphic and linguistic signs or symbols and manipulates them through reflections, fragmentations, repetitions, loops etc. The space and the presence of the viewer are often
integral or interactive components of her works.

Sayın studied art in Istanbul and Lyon, and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Oslo Art Academy.
She had solo shows in Istanbul, Dresden, New York, Madrid and Oslo and participated in many international exhibitions, biennials and art events. She received various international art prizes and residency grants in Turkey, France, Montenegro, Sweden, Canada and the USA, among others.
In her first solo exhibition in Berlin, she shows a selection of her recent works since 2015. Sayın lives and works in Istanbul and Berlin.

CV

1985
born in Istanbul . Turkey
2003-2007
Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting Department, Istanbul . Turkey
2005-2006
Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts de Lyon, Erasmus
. France
2008-2010
Master of Fine Arts, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO). Norway
Sümer Sayın lives and works in Berlin und Istanbul. Turkey

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018
»An Inventory of Reflections« R E I T E R | Berlin prospect. Berlin
2017
»Oyunbozan / Deal-Breaker« DEPO, Istanbul
 . Turkey
»Passages« Ex14 Raum für zeitgenössische Kunst. Dresden
2016
»Duo Show: Distance from Horizon« mit Miriam Hamann, Apartment Project. Berlin
2013
»ONE« Sabrina Amrani Art Gallery. Madrid
. Spain
2012
»For A Moment« Art ON, Istanbul
. Turkey
2010
»Reverse Angle« Akershus Kunstsenter, Oslo
. Norway
»2,5 D« Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn, New York. USA
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)
2017
»Neighboring Galaxies« GaleriBu, Istanbul
. Turkey
»Rotary Club Art Prize Exhibition« Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul
. Turkey
»YARIN« Gaia Gallery, Istanbul. Turkey
»House of Wisdom« Dzialdov. Berlin

»The Fragility of Now« 42 Maslak Art!Space, Istanbul
. Turkey
»The Beauty of Concept« Plato Sanat, Istanbul
. Turkey
2016
»International Artist Space Agency« Dzialdov. Berlin

»O’Art Prize Exhibition« O’Art, Istanbul
. Turkey
»Mahal« Versus Art Project, Istanbul
. Turkey
2015
»Nonlinear Future« Mixer Gallery, Istanbul
. Turkey
»Rendez-Vous« Jeune Création Internationale / 13e Biennale de Lyon. France
»Stay With Me« Lloydhof. Bremen
»Stay With Me« DEPO, Istanbul
2015 Mamut Art Project'15, Istanbul
. Turkey
2014
»Stay With Me« Apartment Project. Berlin

»Nights of Museums and Galleries« Plovdiv
. Bulgaria
»Technical Extasy« Kuad Gallery, Istanbul
. Turkey
»Focus 1: Serbest Cagrisim« Daire Galeri, Istanbul
. Turkey
»Ruptures and Convergences« Kuad Gallery, Istanbul and OKiS, Wroclaw, Polen
»31 Kilo«- Dortmund-Istanbul exchange program, The Space Istanbul und Künstlerhaus Dortmund
2013
»Bufferzone: Checkpoint«, Depo, Istanbul. Turkey
»Sketching the Bufferzone« Polistar, Istanbul
. Turkey
»...with all the changes that loomed far behind the horizon« Mars Istanbul
. Turkey
»Penelopolis: Women’s Mapping of Mediterranean Town / Podgorica« Ribnica River. Montenegro
2012
»Sinopale 4« Turkey

»Encounters: Turkish Contemporary Art in Korea« Seoul. South Korea
»Coca-Cola« Red Gallery, Istanbul
. Turkey
2011
»Crossroads« Art ON, Istanbul
. Turkey
»The Knowledge Series 1 / Production« Plato Sanat, Istanbul
. Turkey
»Kat/Fold, Proje 4L« Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul

. Turkey
2010
»Gittikce« Simotas Building, Istanbul

. Turkey
»The Bibliotheca Alexandrina 4th International Biennale for the Artists Book« Alexandrina. Egypt
2009
»Sympathy for the Devil« Contemporary Art Museum, Oslo
. Norway
»Herre I Eget Hus« Galleri BOA, Oslo
. Norway
2007
»Borders and Orbits Contest Exhibition« Siemens Art Gallery, Istanbul

. Turkey
»Nothing Is Alright« Apartment Project, Istanbul

. Turkey
2006
»Everything Is Gonna Be Alright« Apartment Project, Istanbul
. Turkey

AWARDS / GRANTS

2017
Istanbul Rotary Club art prize
2016
O’Art Prize

January, Dos Mares Residency, Marseilles. France

2015
IKSV grant, Artist in Residency at Cité International des Arts. Paris

2014
Turkish Cultural Foundation Stipend, for my project in Nights of Museums and Galleries Plovdiv

2013
Bufferzone workshop in Istanbul and Nicosia, by Apartment Project, funded by Anna Lindh Foundation
Penelopolis project workshop in Podgorica, Montenegro, funded by Anna Lindh Foundation

2010
Bolu International Artist in Residence Program by Among Other Things. Turkey

2009
Res Artis Award in Skopje Biennial
Artist in Residence program in New York by freeDimensional. USA
Artist in Residency in Wasan Island, Canada, by freeDimensional
. Canada
2008
KUNO grant, workshop at Valand School of Art, Gothenburg. Sweden
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