GÜL ILGAZ

Gul Ilgaz (b. 1962, Istanbul) lives and works in Istanbul. Graduated from Mimar Sinan University Painting Department in 1988, the artist has been actively involved in national and international art platforms since the 1990s. In 2003, she participated to the Turkish Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale. While her works consist of photographic images, video projects and installations, as an artist coming from the tradition of painting, it is possible to see the traces of this tradition in her compositions. Gul Ilgaz’s work mostly covers the issues of identity, cultural hybridity, gender and social roles, internal conflicts, memory and the city. The autobiographical process, which forms the common denominator of her works, is a product of her personal experiences and emerges by overlapping with the social subconscious. Instead of photographing the world, she uses photography as a tool to transform the world she fictionalizes with images into a work. It recreates the images that it collects with the camera or edits it by means of digital technology. Gul Ilgaz's works have been exhibited in countries such as the USA, Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, South Korea, France, the Netherlands, England, Spain, Italy, Canada, Macedonia, Slovenia and Uzbekistan. Selected exhibitions include; Breaking Point (solo), Milli Reasürans, Istanbul (2020/21); Imago Mundi – Luciano Benetton Collection, Mediterranean Routes Exhibition, Palermo, Italy (2017); Dream and Reality (2011), Artist and Their Time (2015), Neighbors (2014), Past and Future (2013), Istanbul Modern, Turkey; Istanbul Next Wave, Akademie Der Künste Berlin, Germany (2010); Save As… Contemporary Art from Turkey, La Triennale di Milano, Italy (2008). The artist's works are included in the collections of Achmea Kunts Collection and Istanbul Modern, as well as private collections.