Ayşe Erkmen

Biography of Ayşe Erkmen

Ayşe Erkmen (born 1949 in Istanbul, Turkey) is an artist without a studio. Her use of conceptual materials is so vast should she try to adapt her practice to a workplace she would need to reimagine it as often as her inspirations differ. Instead, the artist chooses to take her ideas directly to architects and curators who help push her reactions to places, contexts, and events as she grapples with such concepts as necessity, transformation, perception, time, and space. With a background in sculpture from the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Istanbul, Erkmen has been a professor in the Hessen province of Germany since 2010. Her body of work includes sculpture, film, and installation and she has employed everything from boats to live tigers in the execution of her visions.


Erkmen has had many important solo exhibitions in renowned institutions including Barbican Art Center London; Witte de With Rotterdam; Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin; Sculpture Center New York; Magasin III and Konsthall, Stockholm; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; and Secession, Wien. In 2011, she represented Turkey at the 54th Venice Biennale.

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