Işıl Eğrikavuk
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin


Işıl Eğrikavuk studied Western literature at Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) then went to The School of The Art Institute of Chicago with Koç Foundation scholarship for her MFA in Performance Art. She taught art and media at Istanbul Bilgi University between 2009-2017. She also wrote a weekly column, Güncel Sanat Kafası (High on Contemporary Art) at national newspaper Radikal for three years, where she commented on the intersection of daily news and contemporary art. She currently lives in Berlin and is part of faculty at Universität der Künste (UdK), Media Department.

Eğrikavuk is the winner of Turkey’s first contemporary art prize, Full Art Prize in 2012. She is also the first recipient of SPOT Production Fund’s artist grant. She has participated in numerous international exhibitions, residencies, and her work has been published in both local and international journals.

Selected exhibitions and performances:

Pluto’s Kitchen, Block Universe, London (2017)Every Kind of Myth is Written With CarePropaganda in 21st Century, Lenbachhaus Museum, Munich (2017)Time to Sing a New Song, YAMA, İstanbul (2016)Art of DisagreementSalt Galata&Ulus, İstanbul& Ankara (2016-2015)Infamous LibrarySolo Exhibition, Rampa Gallery, İstanbul (2014)11th Sharjah BiennialSharjah (2013)Reverse CornerSolo exhibition, Egeran Gallery, Istanbul (2013)Change Will Be TerrificSalt Istanbul (2012)Home IstanbulSao Paolo (2012)ISEA-10Ruhr-Germany (2010)11th Istanbul Biennial (2009)EndgameSouth Korea (2009)The InterviewSolo exhibition, Boots Space St. Louis, USA (2008).



2008– MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Performance Art

2003– BA Bosphorus University, Western Languages and Literature



Pluto’s Kitchen, Block Universe Performance Art Festival, London

After The Fact, Propaganda in 21st Century, Lenbachhaus Museum, Munich

House of Wisdom, Dzialdov, Berlin

A room of Our Own, ARK Kültür, Istanbul


Choreography of A Court Case, Mo.e, Vienna

Art of Disagreement, Salt Galata, Istanbul

Time to Sing a New Song, YAMA Video Space, Istanbul


Art of Disagreement, Solo Exhibition, Salt Ulus, Ankara

Mother Tongue, Group exhibition, 3,14, Bergen, Norway

3rd Mardin Biennial, Mardin, Turkey

Everything You Want to Know About Love and Art, Performance, Istanbul Culture and Arts Foundation

Printed, MixerArts, Istanbul


Solo exhibition, Infamous Library, Rampa Gallery, Istanbul

Group Exhibition, Delfina Foundation, London

Rundlauf (Roundwalk) Bochum, Germany

Theater Der Welt Festival, Germany


Solo exhibition, Reverse Corner, Egeran Gallery, Istanbul

Snapshot, 11. Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE

Penelopolis, Montenegro


Change Will Be Terrific!, SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul Agora, SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil

A MacGuffin and Some Other Things, Project Art Center, Dublin, Ireland


ISEA2010 Ruhr Exhibition, Dortmund, Germany (2010)

End Game, LoopSpace Seoul, South Korea (2010)

Explaining The Joke, Performance Studies Conference, Zagreb, Croatia (2009)

11th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2009)

Awards (Grants/Fellowships & Scholarships)

SAHA Artist Support Grant with Delfina Foundation, London

Best Turkish Contemporary Artist, Full Art Prize, Grand prize co-winner, 2012, Istanbul

Spot Production Fund, Grand winner, 2012, Istanbul

Merit Scholarship, School of The Art Institute of Chicago

Merit Scholarship, Koç Foundation, Istanbul

Merit Scholarship, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul


Delfina Foundation, London, 2014

Hardware Media Art, Dortmund, 2010

Garanti Platform, Istanbul, 2009

Boots Gallery, St. Louis, 2008

Selected Publications

High on Contemporary Art, Weekly Column at Radikal Newspaper, Turkey

Under The Same Roof, Book, 2011, Istanbul

From Coal to Culture, My city Project Book, 2011, Istanbul

Don’t Fall of While Playing in the Street, My City e-journal, 2010

Explaining a Joke, Performance Studies Conference, 2009, Zagreb

If This Exhibition Doesn’t Wake Them Up IT Is Not My Fault, Boot Print, Issue II,

November 2008, St. Louis, USA

For Sale, Art-Ist Contemporary Art Magazine, Issue 6, Spring 2007, Istanbul,


A Conversation with Fatos Ustek, Boot Print, Volume I, Issue 1, St. Louis, USA

Public Art Practices and Temporary Services, Arredamento, Summer Issue, 2006,

Istanbul, Turkey

Community Art Practices, Sanat Dünyamiz, Issue 97, January 2005, Istanbul,



Performing Politics, On Işıl Eğrikavuk’s Art of Disagreement, Ibraaz, February 2016

You’ll never hear the end of contemporary art, Istanbul Art News, April 2015

Critics’ Picks, Art Forum, September 2013

It is Fun to ‘Read’ These Videos and Performances, Daily Radikal, 2012

Something Artsy is Going on in Tophane, Daily Zaman, 2010

Ali Yurtsever and Zerrin Boynudelik, “A Snapshot of Objectivity”, PAJ: A Journal of

Performance and Art”, Volume 31, No 2, 2009

Tim Ridlen, “The Interview”, Boot Print, Volume II, Issue II

Pelin Uran, “Deferring The Habitual”, Domus Magazine, December 2008

David Bonetti, “Art Review”, St. Louis Post Dispatch, February 27, 2008

Be A Realist/Demand The Impossible Exhibition Catalogue, Istanbul, Turkey

Hybrid Narratives Exhibition Catalogue, Istanbul, Turkey

Alan G. Artner, “Images extract visions from the commonplace,” Chicago Tribune – October 21, 2005