Gözde Ilkin

Artist’s residency June-July 2019
Exhibition “MAC VAL Garden”, 5 October 2019 to 5 January 2020
as part of the exhibition of the collection “Persona grata?”

The work of Gözde Ilkin is deeply rooted in history and contemporary reality, both internationally and in her own country.
This young Turkish artist uses sewing, embroidery, drawing and painting as well as video and sound installations to explore social and political subjects through the distancing medium of familiar, domestic techniques. Bringing together the personal and the social, the private and the public, she highlights the historical and contemporary forms of power and domination, the relations between culture and nature, and the way humankind destroys and transforms nature.
During her residency at MAC VAL, Gözde Ilkin continued her work on nature, exploring communal gardens and the notions of community and territory.

Gözde ĺlkin was born in Kütahya (Turkey) in 1981. She studied painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Mimar Sinan University and then at Marmara University, Istanbul. She lives and works in Istanbul.

Gözde Ilkin’s residency was organised within the framework of the Istanbul Biennale.