Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu | Foto © Berge Arabian, Agos Zeitung
Future Queer, 20th Year Anniversary of Kaos GL, Ark Kultur, Istanbul, 2016
What’s The Riddle, Pi Artworks, London, 2016
Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu (*1978) teaches as a guest professor at AdBK Nuremberg.
Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu is a curator, researcher, and writer based in Berlin and Istanbul. In 2015-16 she has acted as the director/curator of YAMA screen in Istanbul for which she commissioned site-specific works by Banu Cennetoglu, Pilvi Takala and Isil Egrikavuk. Alongside she was curatorial and public program advisor for Gülsün Karamustafa's retrospective exhibition 'Chronographia' at Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart (Berlin) where she co-edited the artist’s first extensive monograph. Durmusoglu has recently curated 'What’s The Riddle', Pi Artworks London (2016); 'In Search of Radical Incomplete #3: Black Hole Hunters', Kunstverein Langenhagen (2016); 'Future Queer', the 20th year anniversary exhibition for Kaos GL association in Istanbul (2016); 'In Search of Radical Incomplete #2: A Perfect Animal Within', Stacion Center for Contemporary Art, Prishtina (2015); 'Place an Image/Place in Image', Museum für Fotografie, Berlin (2014-15) and 'Tentura and Antitentura', FKSE Studio for Young Artists Association, Budapest (2014).
In the past, She organized different programs and events as a Goethe Institute fellow at Maybe Education and Public Programs for dOCUMENTA (13). She acted as the artistic director of the festival Sofia Contemporary 2013 titled as 'Near, Closer, Together: Exercises for a Common Ground' and public program curator and advisor for The Moving Museum in Istanbul. Durmusoglu also co-leads 'Solar Fantastic’, a research, production, and publication project between Mexico and Turkey.
She has lectured widely in institutions such as Dhaka Art Summit’ 16, Tensta Konsthall (Stockholm), Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (Sao Paulo), 98weeks (Beirut), SAVVY Contemporary (Berlin), Qalandiya International (Ramallah), Museo del Tlatelolco (Mexico City), Steirischer Herbst (Graz), Akademie der Bildende Kuenste (Vienna) and ESAD (Grenoble). In 2017-18, she will be a guest professor in Nuremberg Art Academy.
As a writer, she has contributed to several print and online publications such as Frieze Online, WdW Review, Art Agenda. Durmusoglu is part of the advisory board for Mezosfera, an online journal published by Tranzit Budapest and one of the research partners of 'Museal Episode', a think tank on the future of art museums from southern perspective organised by Goethe Institute São Paulo. She is among the recipients of Premio Lorenzo Bonaldi for Young Curators awarded by GAMeC Bergamo.