Zeynep Akgün

Biography:
Born in 1975, Uzunköprü, Edirne, Turkey
1993-1997 Mimar Sinan University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Painting
1998-2000 Mimar Sinan University, Institute of Social Sciences, Post Graduate Program

Awards:
1997 Ayşe & Ercüment Kalmık Foundation, 5th Painting Competition, First Prize
1997 ARTIST Tuyap Art Fair, Young Talents Competition, Honorable Mention
1996 Ayşe & Ercüment Kalmık Foundation, 4th Painting Competition, Honorable Mention

Personal Exhibitions:
2012 Coma (Koma), Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2009 Stop Talking-Talk! (Suskonuş), Karşı Art Works, Istanbul, Turkey

Group Exhibitions:
2018 A New World (Yeni Bir Dünya), ODTU Sanat 19, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
2017 Fragility of Now (Şimdinin Kırılganlığı), Daire Galeri, Istanbul, Turkey
2015 Editing of Reality (Gerçekliğin Kurgusu), Russo Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2012 Doomsday (Kıyamet), Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2012 2nd Artgalerim Contemporary Art Symposium, Bodrum, Turkey
2012 Together Vol.V (Hep Birlikte V), Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 Together Vol.IV (Hep Birlikte IV), Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 1st Artgalerim Contemporary Art Symposium, Bodrum, Turkey
2011 Together Vol.III (Hep Birlikte III), Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 1st. Istanbul Summer Exhibition, Beyaz Art-Art Harbour, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 Dream Night (Rüya Gecesi), Swiss Otel, Izmir, Turkey
2011 Connection (Bağlantı), Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2010 Near to Us (Vicino A Noi), Ufficio Cultura e İnformazioni dell’Ambasciata di Turchia a Roma, Italy
2010 Quintessences (Quintessenze), Scuderie Aldo Brandini, Frascati, Roma, Italy
2009 Synthesis (Sintesi), Turkish-Italian Painting Exhibition, Ipsar, Roma, Italy
2009 Synthesis Movement in Istanbul (Movimento Sintesi in İstanbul), Caddebostan Cultural Center-CKM, Istanbul, Turkey
2009 My Name Is Casper, 216 Thought&Production Platform, Karşı Art Works, Historical Sümerbank Building, Istanbul, Turkey
2009 Selection from Contemporary Youth (Çağdaş Gençlerden Seçmeler), Casa Dell Arte, Istanbul, Turkey
2008 Synthesis (Sintesi), Caddebostan Cultural Center-CKM, Istanbul, Turkey
2007 ARKHE Group Exhibition, Caddebostan Cultural Center-CKM, Istanbul, Turkey
2004 ARKHE Group Exhibition Vol.4, Akademililer Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2003 ARKHE Group Exhibition Vol.3, Mine Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2000 61st State Painting Competition Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey
1999 Group Exhibition, Galatea Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
1999 ARKHE-ARCHE Group Exhibition Vol.2, Elhamra Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
1998 ARKHE Gorup Exhibition Vol.1, Galatea Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
1998 Adventure of Paint (Boyanın Serüveni), Akademililer Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
1998 Young Activity Vol.2 (Genç Etkinlik 2), KAOS Exhibition, Tuyap, Istanbul, Turkey
1997 Turkish Heart Foundation Painting Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey
1997 Today’s Artists (Günümüz Sanatçıları), Ataturk Cultural Center-AKM, Istanbul, Turkey
1996 Habitat II, ÖTEKİ Contemporary Art Exhibition, Antrepo, Istanbul, Turkey


Fairs:
2017 Art Ankara 3rd Contemporary Art Fair, with Sevil Dolmacı Art Consultancy, Ankara, Turkey
2012 Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, with Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2012 Art Bosphorus Contemporary Art Fair, with Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, with Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 Art Bosphorus Contemporary Art Fair, with Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2010 Art Bosphorus Contemporary Art Fair, Arte Vista booth, Istanbul, Turkey
2010 ARTIST 20. Tuyap Art Fair, Manic Attack (Manik Atak) exhibition, 216 booth, Istanbul, Turkey
2009 ARTIST 19. Tuyap Art Fair, System Failure (Sistem Arızası) exhibition, 216 booth, Istanbul, Turkey
2009 Immagina, Reggio Emilia Art Fair, Italy
2009-2004 ARTIST Tuyap Art Fair, ARKHE Group Exhibitions, Istanbul, Turkey

Performance:
1996 OPUS 29 Performance with Eric Anderson, Atatürk Cultural Center-AKM, Istanbul, Turkey


Zeynep Akgün was born in 1975, in Uzunköprü. She has graduated from Painting Department in Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in 1997, where she has also done her master’s degree in 2000. She has participated in several exhibitions and art fairs in Turkey and abroad, while also collaborating with the initiatives “Arkhe” and “216” in several group exhibitions. She currently resides in Istanbul, where her workshop is located in.

Zeynep Akgün often depicts “human conditions”. She challenges the necessity of humankind to live in the grip of contrarieties such as those between the natural and the artificial, as well as the ambiguous & the conspicuous, at times existing as the victim and other times as the executioner, sometimes conscious sometimes unawake; all the while signifying that other possibility which we can never ignore.

We are guided by our instantaneous instincts whilst choosing our side between the contrarieties which are indispensable facts of universal life and human nature.

The artist puts the female in focus of the human condition. In Akgün’s paintings, the female figure is encircled with enormous sized knots, ribbons and all sorts of shiny ornaments, alluring us with their cheap lustre. These flashy items are there as elements that restrict the freedom of movement for the women, and are highly disturbing with their menacing existence. The relation between the woman and these contrasting images are more like that of a state of “being subjected to”. The woman seems like almost awakening from this semiconscious condition, to make her intuitions into action.

Artist’s forms in her compositions are situated in an empty space on the canvas per tradition dictates all the while leaving the more real proportions behind them, benefitting thus from the limitless flexibility of contemporary sense of art. More sharp contrasts in figural patterns serve to create a tense atmosphere in her work.