The work of multimedia artist and writer Işıl Eğrikavuk finds its core in social and political realities that she blends with fiction. In her regular newspaper column, mock TV shows and other works, Eğrikavuk creates absurd situations that highlight the manipulative power of the media. She primarily works with stories with a fantastical or absurd element that challenge the viewer’s ability to believe them. For example, A dinner performance called Pluto’s Kitchen (2017) compared Pluto’s planetary demotion both to the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union and a personal break up story. For this artist talk, Eğrikavuk will share examples of recent projects and a framework of how current politics can be read through the lens of art.
About the Artist
In 2012 Eğrikavuk received the Full Art Prize, the first contemporary art prize of Turkey. She is also the first recipient of SPOT Production Fund’s artist grant. Eğrikavuk has participated in numerous international exhibitions and residencies, and her work has been published in journals worldwide. Select exhibitions and performances include Block Universe, London; the Lenbachhaus, Munich; YAMA, Istanbul; SALT Galata, Istanbul and SALT Ulus, Ankara, Turkey; Rampa Gallery, Istanbul; Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; Egeran Galeri, Istanbul; SESC Pompeia, São Paulo; Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, South Korea, and the 11th Istanbul Biennial.
Eğrikavuk studied literature in Istanbul and received an MFA in Performance Art from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She currently lives in Berlin, where she is on at faculty at Universität der Künste (UdK), Media Department.
This program is presented in partnership between the Block Museum of Art and Keyman Modern Turkish Studies, and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University