Ceren Oykut (1978, Istanbul)

Graduated from Mimar Sinan University Painting Department on 2002. 
Lives and works in Berlin since 2017.
Her drawings which often cover small scraps of paper as well as paper rolls extend classical techniques in terms of size and space. Focusing on small details, Oykut conveys a condensed image of an ungraspable panorama that explores the absurdity of daily life and circumstances. She makes site-specific works, films and animations. She also focuses on different disciplines of art, expanding the action of drawing with the light and the shadow. She makes drawing performances on stage and collaborates with the artists from different disciplines. She participated in projects in France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Belgium, Slovenia, Cyprus, Poland, Austria, Georgia, Iran, Armenia, Palestine, Egypt and Serbia.  


Solo Exhibitions

2018   -Still Here, Apartment Project, Berlin, Germany
2016   -Swimmers In The Field, Comic Salon Erlangen, Germany
          -You Are Here, Gallery Herold, Bremen, Germany
2015   -Konstantiniye Ve Ayasofya Defterleri/ Scetchbooks Of Constantinople And Hagia Sophia, Galata Greek                                                     School, Istanbul
          -Tarlada Yüzenler/ Swimmers In The Field, x-ist, Istanbul
2013   -What Is My Name, solo project in Present Future exhibition, Artissima art Fair, Torino, Italy
          -Hayal Meyal / Indistinct, x-ist, Istanbul
2011   -Mayom İçimde*/ With Bathing Suit On Underneath, artSümer, Istanbul
2010   -Orijinal, Altyazısız / Original, No Subtitles, artSümer, Istanbul
2008   -Kayıp Pasaport / Lost Passport, Kibla Multimedijski Center, Maribor, Slovenya / Slovenia
2006   -Müzikal Desenler, Karaburun Festivali, Izmir
          -Şehir Konservesi / City Can, Under Construction Contemporary Art Space, Istanbul
          -Şehir Konservesi Kuştepe Şubesi/City Can Kuştepe Bench, Under Construction Contemporary Art Space,
           Istanbul
2005   -Ütopya / Utopia, Karaburun Festivali, Izmir2002   

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019  - Elsewhere, exhibition together with Ekin Saçlıoğlu, Sofa Hotel Istanbul, Turkey
         - Temas, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Fine Arts Department, Istanbul, Turkey

2018  - Built Temporality, curated by Sophia Tabatadze & Tinatin Gurgenidze, part of architecture Biennale in      Tbilisi, former KGB building, Gldani, Tbilisi, Georgia

2017   -Rumble In The Jungle, Gallery Neurotitan, Berlin, Germany

·               -SİS, Depo, Istanbul, Turkey
·               -No Matter, Apartment Project, Berlin,Germany
2016   -Don't Be Late Home, Istanbul Modern, Iatenbul, Curated by Cem Sorguç
          -Inverse Grayscale, Passinger Fabrik, curated by Ceren Erdem, Munich, Germany
          -Stay With Me, Artist Diaries From İstanbul, 21er Haus, Wien, Austria, project leader Selda Asal
2015   -Line, Art Rooms, Kyrenia, Cyprus, Curated by Basak Senova
          -Kentsel Adalet, Cer Modern, Ankara
          -Istanbul, Passion, Joy, Fury, MAXXI, Rome, Curated by Hou Hanru and Ceren Erdem
2014   -Stay With Me, Apartment Project, Berlin
          -Jerusalem Show, part of Qualandia International, curated by Basak Senova
          -The Nature Of The Material, Polistar, İstanbul, curated by Adnan Yildiz
          -A Universe Supplementary To This One, curated by Fatoş Üstek, x-ist, Istanbul
2013   -Online, Kuad Gallery, Istanbul
          -Kirli Çıkı, Bant Mag mekan, Istanbul
2012   -Journeys. Wanderings in contemporary Turkey, curated by Hervé Mikaeloff, Espace Culturel Louis 
            Vuitton, Paris
          -Hesaplaşma/Aftermath, curated by Başak Şenova, Akbank Kültür Ve Sanat Merkezi, Istanbul
          -Siyah/White, curated by Başak Şenova, CDA Projectis, Istanbul
2011   -La Production de l’Espace: Kent Üzerine Bir Sergi, ALANistanbul, Istanbul                  
          -Destroy Istanbul, organized by Bant Magazine, Neurotitan Gallery, Berlin
2010   -Le Strade / Roads, Fondazione Teseco per l’Arte, Pisa
          -Diverçity: Learning from Istanbul, Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujadowski, curated by Serra 
           Özhan and Kaja Pavelek, Warsaw
          -Park:bir ihtimal / Park: a possibility, curated by Can Altay, Maçka Cumhuriyet Parkı, Istanbul
2009   -İz Sürmek / Tracing, Kasa Galeri, Istanbul
          -The Spectacle Of The Everyday, 10. Uluslararası Lyon Bienali / 10th International Lyon 
           Biennial,curated by Hou Hanru, Lyon,
          -Quel Istanbul?, curated by François Saint Pierre, Centre de Photographie de Lectoure, Lectoure
          -Telaşa Mahal Yok / No Room For Panic, Galeri Outlet, Istanbul
          -I Dream But..(with Selda Asal and Serdar Ateşer) Maison Folie Moulins de Lille, Lille
          -Istanbul Traversée, curated by Caroline Naphegyi, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Lille
2008   -Zig-Zag, Curated by Koray Kantarcıoğlu and İnci Furni, Hafriyat Karaköy, Istanbul
          -Index. Zeichen des Alltags, curated by Deniz Ova and Daniela Gregori, Kunstraum Palais Porcia, Vienna
          -İstanbul Üzerine Olasılıklar, Sezgiler, Kurgular/Coincidences, Intuitions, Fictions on Istanbul, curated 
           by Deniz Erbaş, Atlas Pasajı, Istanbul
          -Save as..., curated by Derya Yücel, Trienniale Bovisa, Milano / Milan
2007   -Allah Korkusu, Hafriyat Karaköy, Istanbul
          -Işık, Aydınlanma ve Elektrik / Light, Illumination and Electricity, curated by başak şenova, Enerji 
           Müzesi, Istanbul
          -Slow Space Fast Pace,curated by Rana Öztürk, Cork
          -2+1, Nice Kids, with Selda Asal and Neriman polat, 10th Istanbul Biennial, curated by Hou Hanru, 
           Istanbul
          -Hafriyat Group Exhibition, Hafriyat Karaköy, Istanbul
          -Sahibinden Manzaralı / From The Owner With View, curated by Derya Yücel, Ortaköy, Istanbul
          -Hiç Bir Şey Yolunda Gitmiyor / Nothing Is Going To Be Allright, Apartment Project,Istanbul
          -Ardından Değil Karşısına, street exhibition organized by Radikal Newspaper, curated by Övül 
           Durmuşoğlu, Istanbul.
2006   -Herşey Çok Güzel Olacak / Everything’s Gonna Be Allright, Apartment Project, Istanbul
          -Tepki Nöbetleri / Rejection Episodes, curated by Basak Senova,  Vooruit Arts Center, Ghent, Belçika / 
           Belgium
          -Yerel Cennet / Local Heaven, Hafriyat Group Exhibition, Diyarbakır
          -Topkapı, Spedition, Bremen, Almanya / Germany
          -Yalanla İlgili Her Şey / All About Lies, Apartment Project, Istanbul
          -Postcards from Stockholm/Istanbul, Botkyrka Konsthall, Stokholm / Stockholm,(with Selda Asal)
          -İstanbul Defterdarları, Karşı Sanat, Istanbul
2005   -Procje: İmalat Hatası / Project: Production Fault, Hafriyat Group Exhibition, Antrepo, Istanbul
          -Young Art Europe, Museum of Young Art, Viyana / Vienna
          -Öcü, Neurotitan Gallery, Berlin
          -Hırsız Kent / Thief City, curated by Levent Çalıkoğlu Aksanat, Istanbul
2004   -Ziyaretçi / The Visitor, curated by Emre Baykal and Rob Peree Galerist, Istanbul
          -23. Uluslararası Günümüz Sanatçıları Sergisi / 23. International Contemporary Artists Exhibition,
           curated by basak senova, Eyal Danon, Istanbul-Diyarbakır
          -Sıkıntı ve Gökkuşağı, Aksanat, Istanbul
2003   -Belvü Apartmanı / Belvü Apartment, Istanbul
2001   -Dükkan Dövmeciyan, Anabala Han, Istanbul

Residences

2017   Guest artist, 11.11.2017/15.11.2017, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Germany
2010   Le Strade / Roads, Fondazione Teseco per l’Arte, Pisa, İtalya / Italy
2009   hosted by Lille3000 for the exhibitions "I dream but.." and "Istanbul Traversée", Lille
2007  -Light, İllumination and Electricity, Santral Istanbul, Istanbul           
         -Topkapı, Spedition, Bremen  
         -Open Sound Studio, with Anabala, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo
2005   K-34 Köln/Istanbul Partnership Project, Turkis-German artists colaboration, hosted by Stad Köln, Köln
2004   K-34 Köln/Istanbul Partnership Project, Turkis-German artists colaboration, hosted by Stad Köln, Köln
2003   K-34 Köln/Istanbul Partnership Project, Turkis-German artists colaboration, hosted by Stad Köln, Köln
2002   K-34 Köln/Istanbul Partnership Project, Turkis-German artists colaboration, hosted by Stad Köln, Köln

Publications

-Roll, İstanbul (2004-2009)
-Express, İstanbul (2004-2005)
-Bant, İstanbul (2006-2011)
-Bir-Bir, İstanbul (2010-2011)
-Radikal Newspaper (2010, 2012)
-Vs. Dergi, İstanbul (2004)
-L-inc Magazine For Contemporary Drawing, Wien (2006)
-KONTROL, perspectives on control in the course of contemporary art, culture, technology, information  
 channels, and politics, internet magazine (2006)
-Fuct-D Magazine For Contemporary Drawing, Berlin (2007)
-Visitor guide for the group exhibition “Istanbul Traverseé”, Lille (2009)

Books Contributed

-Hurrem, Writer: Barış Pirhasan, İletişim Yayınları (2011)
-Lapses, Editor: Başak Şenova,Venice Biennal Turkish Pavillon (2009)
-Istanbul Zombi 2066, Mery Cuesta, Tan cemal Genç, Göksu Gül, Emir Yardımcı, Cem Dinlenmiş, Ceren Oykut  
 (2010)
-Define Bahçesi, Writer: Görkem Yeltan, Büyülü Fener Yayınları (2007), Kırmızıkedi (2013)
-Hafriyat Ameleleri, Derleme, Hafriyat Yayınları (2007)
-İstanbul Defterdarları, Compilation, Collector: Tan Cemal Genç, Hafriyat Yayınları (2006)



Home, pen on A4 paper, Istanbul, 2003