Özlem Ünlü


Özlem Ünlü was born in 1983, in Ankara. She graduated from the Painting department of Hacettepe University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Painting. She is a visual and performance artist living and working in Istanbul, since 2009. “My works -mainly composed of series - consist of erotic/pornographic drawings and paintings through which I investigate the notions of domination, power, gender and various relations through the human body and its sexuality. In my series such as Chat Roulette or Bindil, I have been working on live painting/drawing with dozens of live models in their ordinary milieu from all over the world. These series are comparable to research projects for me. I consider art as a healer for both the artist and the viewer. Focusing on both the body and its healing process as well as my interest to myths and legends brought me to explore and study ancient healing medicine and rituals from far east. The relation I have to my artistic practice also changed and I started to be more and more interested in using my own body as a medium. I still believe in initiating social change and healing through peformance art. In the construction process of my performances, I envision by also incorporating the issues depicted in my paintings, using different disciplines and materials with the involvement of the audience. Performance art brought new questions to my practice regarding the limits of body and the relation we have to time, space and others.” Since 2003, Ünlü held three solo exhibitions in Turkey and participated in various exhibitions as an independant visual artist. Since 2016, she is represented by Performistanbul (International Performance Art Platform). Among her performances; Kâla (Solo) in Needed: You 672 Hour Live Process, curated by Simge Burhanoğlu with Performistanbul (Istanbul, 2018), Domain of Things (performer), collaboration with Pedro Gómez-Egaña during the “15th Istanbul Biennial” (Galata Greek Primary School, Istanbul, 2017) and Tape (Solo) in “Daily Milk” Performance event and private event (Performistanbul-PCSAA, İstanbul, 2018 - Coop, İstanbul, 2016

Exhibitions

2020 Collective Commission, as part of Stay LIVE at Home - Home Performance Series realized by Performistanbul, displayed in The Home Cases: home/the/at/from, Curator: Seçkin Aydın, Online Exhibition by Batman Art Laboratory 2019 gözlerimiz birbirine değmesin, Bir Duvar Sergileri, Muaf Beyoğlu, Istanbul 2019 Mirasyedi Özlem, Dramaqueer, Istanbul 2018 This is not a Performance, Group Exhibition, curated by Simge Burhanoğlu, Daire Sanat, Istanbul. 2016 Bring Your Art, Group Exhibition, Istanbul 2016 Açık Stüdyo Günleri, Open Studio Exhibition, Istanbul 2016 Whatever Forever, Group Exhibition, C.A.M Galeri, Istanbul 2016 Değiş Tokuş Sergisi Group Exhibition, Ada Sanat , Istanbul 2015 Start Vol III, Group Exhibition, C.A.M Galeri , Istanbul 2014 God Save The Porn, Group Exhibition, Klup Külah , Istanbul 2013 Ben, Bizzat Kendim, Group Exhibition, CerModern Museum , Ankara 2012 Keçi Geçti, Group Exhibition, Ankara Meydan Sahnesi, Ankara 2010 Untitled, Group Exhibition, Piha Collective Art, İstanbul 2009 Kızılcahamam Art Festival, Ankara 2009 Untitled, Çankaya Municipality Contemporary Art Centre, Group Exhibition, Ankara 2007 ArtForum Fair Competition Exhibition, Ankara 2006 Drawing Exhibition, Solo Exhibition, Hayal Perdesi, Ankara 2005 Drawing Exhibition, Solo Exhibition, Hacettepe University, Ankara2004 - 2005 Şefik Bursalı Competition Exhibitions, Ankara 2004 Group Exhibition, Hacettepe University, Ankara 2003 Ankara State Art and Sculpture Museum Youth Exhibition, Ankara

Performances 2020 Collective Commission, 19 Session, Stay LIVE at Home - Home Performance Series no.33, Performistanbul Digital Series, Istanbul 2019 Dreams that Money Can Buy, Performance Series, Project Organizer Buğra Erol, Tab Gallery, Istanbul 2018 Tape, with Performistanbul, Istanbul 2018 Kâlâ, Needed: You 672 hours live process, Curated by Simge Burhanoğlu, Performistanbul Live Art Research Space, Istanbul. 2016 Allusion, How Far Are We From Downtown, Bring Your Art Space, Istanbul 2016 Tape, Günlük Süt, Coop, Istanbul Talks 2019 Live Art Talks - Needed: You Series No:5 “Algı ve Sınırlar”, PCSAA, Istanbul 2018 ‘’Başkalarının Seksine Bakmak’’, CETAD Xll. National Congress, The Marmara Otel, Istanbul 2018 ''Bindil'', Bakakai, Maya Sahnesi, Istanbul 2017 ''Hangi Aşk Nasıl Şefkat'', Logos Workshops, Matematik Köyü, Izmir Art Books 2020 Lulu ile Dukalar, 100 edition, with Performistanbul, Istanbul 2018 Bindil, Fail Books Publishing, 78 edition, Istanbul