Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu

Guest Professor Curatorial Theory and Praxis

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) lehrt als Gastprofessorin an der AdBK Nürnberg.

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. Durmuşoğlu 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, Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu 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. Durmuşoğlu also co-leads Solar Fantastic, a research, production, and publication project between Mexico and Turkey.

Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu 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 Künste (Vienna) and ESAD (Grenoble). 

As a writer, she has contributed to several print and online publications such as Frieze Online, WdW Review, Art Agenda. Durmuşoğlu 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.

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