GÜL ILGAZ

Gül Ilgaz (b.1962, İstanbul), lives and works in Istanbul. She completed her art education at Mimar Sinan University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Painting. In her works since 1990, the artist uses photographic images, video projects, and space installations, and Ilgaz took part in the Bard College Writing and Thinking program in 1992 and Banff Center Informal Architecture artistic program in 2004. Her works were exhibited at the 50th Venice Biennale Pavilion of Turkey and participated in international exhibitions at countries such as Spain, France, Canada, USA, Belgium, Macedonia, Bulgaria, China, Korea, Slovenia, Netherlands, and England. "Breaking Point", the last solo exhibition of the artist whose photography works are included in the permanent collection of Istanbul Modern, was exhibited in the Milli Reasürans Art Gallery in 2020-1.

NANCY ATAKAN

Nancy Atakan (b. 1946, USA) lives and works in Istanbul. The American born Istanbul based Nancy Atakan has been an active figure in the Istanbul art scene since the 1970s not only as an artist but also as a teacher and art historian. Atakan’s practice spans a multimedia approach encompassing installation, video, photography, digital printing, neon, and text. In her work, the artist incorporates references to femininity, gender politics, memory, globalization, and the relationship between image and word. In 2015, Passing On, a full-color monograph of works of the artist, edited by Art Critic and Curator Nat Muller from the Netherlands, has been published by the important art publisher Kehrer Verlag from Heidelberg and Berlin, Germany. Selected solo exhibitions include; It still is as it always was, with Kalliopi Lemos, Pi Artworks London, UK (2020); Translation in Motion, with Maria Andersson, Riksidrottsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden (2020); Forward, March!, with Maria Andersson, Salt Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey (2019).

AYÇA CEYLAN

Ayça Ceylan (b.1989, Çanakkale) lives and works in Istanbul. She continues her education at Istanbul Bilgi University, Department of Performance Arts. Ceylan is the founder and creative director of bodyinperform, founded in 2017. Performance artist, choreographer, and art writer Ayça Ceylan produces site-specific performances about our perception processes through employing disciplines such as dance, psychology, literature, and technology together. In her performances, Ceylan conducts research on how the body and space construct each other, our reparation processes, and body politics. The research process is carried out through performances and workshops, which include the changeable roles of the audience and the performer. In her performances and workshops, apart from art spaces, Ceylan prefers diverse spaces such as public spaces, abandoned places, and ancient cities that will affect our archetypical memory. Rituals, symbolism, and synchronization with nature are among her biggest supporters. The artist had carried out performances and workshops in numerous venues including Zorlu PSM, SALT Galata, STUDIO-X Istanbul, Contemporary Istanbul, Casa Dell Arte, Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, Patara Ancient City, and Narmanlı Sanat. The artist realized her first solo exhibition with her performance which took thirty months, “Nymph” and its documentation at Bilsart in 2020.