artwork biography — selected press

Serkan Ozkaya


Serkan Özkaya

Born in Istanbul, 1973.

Lives and Works in Istanbul.


1992 - 2005 Istanbul University, BA, M.A, Ph.D (German Studies)

1997 – 2000 Bard College, New York, MFA (Sculpture)

2000 – 2001 E.R.B.A.N., Nantes, Post-Diploma (Film and Video)

Artist Residencies:

2002 IASPIS, Malmo

2003 MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire

2003 ORTung, Salzburg, Austria

2003 – 2004 Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul

2006 Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Selected Solo Shows

2009 Chair Elevated by Three Balloons 1K Projectspace, Amsterdam

OH MY DESIGN! Daniska, Istanbul

Dear Sir or Madam Slag Gallery, New York

Today Could Be a Day of Historical Importance (with the Courier Journal, KY)

2008 Bring Me the Head Of… Changa, Istanbul

A Sudden Gust of Wind, Boots Space, St. Louis (curated by Georgia Kotretsos)

2007 Bring Me the Head Of… m on the bund, Shanghay & Freemans, New York

2006 When He Came Back to His Senses the Monster was Still Waiting in Front of the Cave Galerist, Istanbul

MONET: A RETROSPECTIVE! Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Today Could Be a Day of Historical Importance with the New York Times

2005 Freitag (curated by Christoph Tannert) Freitag newspaper, Germany

Kutu v. mini (with Borga Kanturk & Matts Leiderstam), Radikal Newspaper, Istanbul

2004 This Page Is Made By Hand. (curated by John-Peter Nilson) Aftonbladet Newspaper, Sweden.

Hermes SOX36, Berlin (with Borga Kanturk, Ahmet Ogut) (curated by Sureyyya Evren)

The Real McCoy Video Festival (with bdv) Institute Jean Vigo, Perpignan & Rooseum Center for Comtemporary Art, Malmo

Loverboy (with Matts Leiderstam), MiniGallery, Stockholm (curated by Erden Kosova)

2003 Today Could Be a Day of Historical Importance with Radikal newspaper, Turkey

The Real McCoy Video Festival (with bdv), French Cultural Institute, Istanbul & K2 Center for Contemporary Art , Izmir

Big Car Small Dick: A Retrospective Galerist, Istanbul

The Real McCoy Copies Borusan Art Gallery, Istanbul

2001 Four in a Row French Cultural Institute, Istanbul

Lives and Works In Utrecht Begane Ground, Utrecht (curated by Maria Hlavajova)

2000 New Art Museum ICAP, Istanbul (curated by Vasif Kortun)

1999 - 2000 SlideShow Galleries Istanbul, Copenhagen, Hudson, NY (curated by Judy Radul, Angelika Stepken, Vasif Kortun, Alexander Brener & Barbara Schurz)

1997 Keith Arnatt is an Artist BM Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul (curated by Beral Madra)

1996 Art Gallery Divided into Cubes Ataturk Cultural Center, Istanbul (curated by Beral Madra)

1995 Art Gallery Surrounded by Caution Tape Kadikoy Cultural Center, Istanbul

1994 Art Gallery Filled with Cubes Kadikoy Cultural Center, Istanbul

1993 The Gravity Exhibition BM Contemporary Art Center (curated by Beral Madra)

Selected Group Shows

2009 A Question of Staging , Manzara Perspectives, Istanbul (curated by Anna Heidenhain and Kristina Kramer)

Without Hintersinn , Bilsar, Istanbul (curated by Benjamin Fellmann)

Seriously Ironic , Centre Pasquart, Biel (curated by Isin Onol and Dolores Denado)

A Series of Coincidences , Cabinet, New York (curated by Regine Basha)

Lille 3000, Lille (curated by Caroline Naphegyi)

2008 Jagd und Kugelfang , Galerie Spesshardt & Klein Berlin (curated by Peter Lang)

Save as, Triennela Bovisa, Milano (curated by Derya Yucel)

Art Basel, Galerist.

2007 Modern and Beyond Santral Istanbul (curated by Fulya Erdemci)

PERFORMA07 , New York (curated by Roselee Goldberg)

ShContemporary, Shanghai

Notes on Utopia, Maya Stendhal Gallery, New York

2006 Altered, Stitched, and Gathered , PS1 New York (curated by Elna Svenle, et al)

Steiler Konter, Bregenzer Kunstverein (curated by Peter Lang)

Pre Emptive , Kunsthalle Bern (curated by Philippe Pirotte)

Strangers With Angelic Faces , Space London (curated by Levent Calikoglu)

SHIFTscale – Extended Field of Contemporary Sculpture Tallinn Museum of Modern Art (curated by Mika Hannula, Hanno Soans and Villu Jaanisoo )

2005 7th Biennial of Video and New Media, Santiago de Chile

Unheimlich Espace Appolonia, Strasbourg & Aksanat, Istanbul (curated by Ali Akay and Dimitri Konstantinidis)

9th International Istanbul Biennial (curated by Vasif Kortun, Charles Esche)

Situated Self City Museum Helsinki & Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Art (curated by Mika Hannula, Branco Dimitrijevic)

The Art of Artist Statement Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center Chicago (curated by Georgia Kotretsos, Maria Paschalidou)

2004 Secret Face K2 Izmir (curated by Borga Kanturk)

Made-For Platform Contemporary Art Center (curated by Vasif Kortun)

Placebo Effect Berlin Sparwasser HQ (curated by Vasif Kortun)

Democracy Is Fun White Box, New York (curated by Michele Thurz)

public.exe Exit Art, New York (curated by Anne Ellegood, Michele Thurz)

Power of Language, Keciburcu Diyarbakir (curated by Ali Akay)

Ghost Line Aksanat Cultural Center, Istanbul (curated by Ali Akay, Levent Calikoglu)

Side-Effects Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Art & Zagrep WHW Gallery (curated by WHW group; Natasha Ilic, Sabina Sabolovic and Ana Devic )

Portraits, K2 Center for Contemporary Art, Izmir

Poetics of Proximity Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, LA (curated by Gul Cagin)

Ortung Galerie 5020 Salzburg

2003 Tirana Biennale Tirana (curated by Edi Mucha)

60 Years 60 Artists Eczacibasi Sanal Museum (curated by Ali Akay, Levent Calikoglu, Hasim Nur Gurel)

TOUTAZEUNETRIE Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris (curated by Jean-Max Collard)

GO! Liquidation Totale , Madrid

2002 it s not your fault Rooseum Center for Comtemporary Art, Malmo (curated by Charles Esche)

please don’t please don’t please don’t make me stop Rooseum Center for Comtemporary Art, Malmo (curated by Charles Esche, Lene Crone)

Fundementalisms in the New Order Charlottenborg Museum, Copenhagen (curated by Lars Bang Larsen, Charlotte Brandt, Christina Recupero)

Rumour City TN Probe, Tokyo (curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist)

2001 Look Again Project 4L, Istanbul (curated by Vasif Kortun)

Blanches Neiges Centre National de la Photographie, Paris (curated by Stephanie Moisdon)

Short Stories Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan (curated by Vasif Kortun, Anne Pasternak, Eugenio Valdes)

2000 Confessions of a Voyeur Dulcinea, Istanbul (curated by Vasif Kortun)

Today's Attraction, Future Presentation Yapi Kredi, Istanbul (curated by Ozge Acikkol, Cem Ileri)

Guarene Arte 2000 Guarene Arte, Turin (curated by Vasif Korun et al.)

Springtime Nikolaj, Copenhagen (curated by Sanne Kofod Olsen, Lene Crone)

Iskorpit Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (curated by Rene Block, Fulya Erdemci)

1999 Iskorpit Haus der Kulturen, Berlin (curated by Rene Block)

Karma Sergi Galathea Art Gallery, Istanbul (curated by Vasif Kortun)

1998 L’Art Dans Le Monde Passage de Retz, Paris (curated by Beral Madra et al.)

Selected Bibliography and Publications

2009 Spradlin, Isaac J. “EXTRA! EXTRA! WORKS OF ART, 75 CENTS.” Sanat Dunyamiz 112, Istanbul.

Fellmann, Benjamin. “Without Hintersinn.” Bilsar & Slag Gallery, NY.

Luk, Audrey. “Serkan Ozkaya: Dear Sir or Madam.” May/Jun 2009. Art Asia Pacific.

Vartanian, Hrag. “Serkan Ozkaya Renders Louisville’s Courier-Journal as Art.” April 10, 2009.

Knight, Christopher. “Serkan Ozkaya, Dave Muller and the hand-drawn newspaper.” April 12, 2009. Los Angeles Times.

Wolfson, Elizabeth. “Serkan Ozkaya: A Sudden Gust of Wind.” Bootprint, St. Louis, MO.

2008 Bonetti, David.A gust of wind; a blast of hot air: one exhibit of installation art is a studied essay, the other a shoddy bore.” Post-Dispatch, STLTODAY.COM, F3, Sunday October 5, 2008, St. Louis, MO, USA

Cooper, Ivy.Serkan Ozkaya works magic.” St. Louis Beacon, Tuesday October 7, 2008, St. Louis, MO, USA

Baran, Jessica.St. Louis Art Capsules.” RTF, October 28, 2008, St. Louis, MO, USA

Gagnon, Rachel.Artist Interviews: Serkan Ozkaya and Pepe Mar.” Art:21 blog, October 16, 2008, USA

Kotretsos, Georgia. “An interview with artist Serkan Ozkaya with Georgia Kotretsos at Boots Contemporary Arts Space.”

Vartanian, Hrag. Bring Me the Head of Serkan Ozkaya.ARTCAL.

La Rocco, Claudia. Richard Dreyfus, Eat Your Heart Out. NYTimes, Arts.

Zengin, Nilufer. Serkan Ozkaya Serves Your Art on a Plate.Bianet, Istanbul.

Wolff, Rachel. Bring me the head of…” New York Magazine.

Ozarslan, Sevin. “Bring Me The Head of…” Aksam.

Erciyes, Cem. “I’d Like To Have a Sculpture, Well-Done Please!” Radikal.

Ozavci, Selin. “Bring Me The Head of…” Aksam.

Doganay, Erkan. “Bread and Blindness.” Birgun.

Akgun, Muge. “‘Bring me his head,’ a kitsch and violent work.” Turkish Daily News.

Kirmaci, Sebnem. “His Art.” Harper’s Bazaar.

Nigbolu, Seda. "The Cook Who Cooks Those Heads" Radikal 2.

2007 Zdjelar, ed. Reneé Ridgway and Katarina. “Self-portrait as Baker's Apprentice.” Another Publication. Maasstad, Rotterdam.

Brown, Eleanor. “Today Could Be a Day of Historical Importance.” The Newpaper. London, England.

Kortun, Serkan Ozkaya and Vasif. “ never give out your password or creditcard number in an instant message conversation” Bootprint. St. Louis, USA.

Ozmen, Sener. Trauma and Reform . Lis Publishing, Istanbul, Turkey.

Ozkaya, Willoughby Sharp and Serkan. “Have You Ever Done Anything Right?” Sanat Dunyamiz. Istanbul, Turkey.

Ozkaya, Serkan. “ Special Project.” Bidoun. Zurich, Switzerland.

2006 Kennedy, Randy. “Black, White and Read All Over Over.” The New York Times.

Smith, Roberta. “ Menace, Glitter and Rock in Visions of Dystopia.” The New York Times.

Akay, Ali. “Etrangeté en Soi.” Plato. Istanbul Turkey.

Sharp, Willoughby and Serkan Ozkaya. “Have You Done Anything Right?” Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien. Berlin, Germany.

Ozkaya, Serkan and Halil Altindere. “ Oh, no! It’s not working, I can’t do it!” Art-ist production and publishing. Istanbul Turkey.

Ozkaya, Serkan and Defne Ayas. “Son Why Did You Leave Me?” Sanat Dunyamiz. Istanbul Turkey.

Bay, Yasemin. “Serkan Ozkaya is Everywhere.” Milliyet Sanat. Istanbul Turkey.

Ozkaya, Serkan. “Kunstszene Istanbul.” spike, Wienna Austria

Ongoren, Hande. “Portrait of the Artist as a Loser.” Elle, Istanbul Turkey.

2005 Ozkaya, Serkan. The Real McCoy Copies Exhibition’s Discussions . Baglam Publications, Istanbul Turkey.

Ozkaya, Serkan (ed.) Modest Proposals . Charles Esche, Baglam Publications, Istanbul Turkey

Kortun, Vasif. “David is Down, Goliath Still Standing.” Radikal. Istanbul Turkey.

Paynter, November. “All That Glitters…” Bidoun, Zurich Switzerland

Ogut, Ahmet. “Today Has Already Been a Day of Historical Importance, Maestro.” Radikal, Istanbul Turkey

MacGlip, Alexandra. “Serkan Ozkaya.” Timeout, Istanbul Turkey.

Hannula, Mika. “Learning How to Lose.” Situated Self, Helsinki Finland.

Dimitrijevic, Branislav. “Attentive observations, situated motivations and displaced inquiries.” Situated Self, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro.

2004 Cotter, Holland. “ Politics That Makes Peace With the Beauty of Objects.” The New York Times.

Kortun, Vasif and Erden Kosova. Abseits, aber Tor. Jahresring. Berlin Germany.

Vesic, Jelena & Svebor Midzic. “What, How and for Whom in Belgrade.” IDEA. Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro.

Ozkaya, Serkan and Vasif Kortun. “Is it like giving someone a book you loved? Or more like reading an unknown writer and publishing him?” Manifesta Journal. Amsterdam Netherlands.

Cavusoglu , Asli. “When the Copy Becomes the Original.” XXI. Istanbul Turkey.

Ozkaya, Serkan. It’s Not What It Looks Like! I Can Explain . Baglam Publications, Istanbul Turkey.

Ozkaya, Serkan. The Next Documenta Should Be Curated by an Artist. (ed. Jens Hoffman) e-flux. Revolver Verlag. Berlin Germany.

Wei, Lilly. “Serkan Ozkaya at Galerist.” Art in America. New York United States.

Altug, Evrim. “Best of Serkan Ozkaya.” Radikal. Istanbul Turkey.

Ozkaya, Serkan and Vasif Kortun. “Never give out your password or credit card number in an instant message conversation.” Ortung. Salzburg Austria.

Sener, Yasemin. “Serkan Ozkaya is an Artist.” Elle. Istanbul Turkey.

Kosova, Erden, Judy Radul and Anri Sala. “in the middle of the conversation we.” C magazine. Toronto Canada.

2003 Bal, Gulsen. “You Can Never Come Out Of There.” Art Asia Pasific. New York U.S.

Bal, Gulsen. “Disari Cikamayacaksin.” Rh+. Istanbul Turkey.

Kosova, Erden. “ Feuer und Flamme.” Art-Ist. Istanbul Turkey.

Eden, Xandra. “An Interview with Vasif Kortun.” Xandra Eden. C Magazine. Toronto Canada.

Berkan, Ismet. “Bir Sana Hasretim Bir de Sabah Uykusuna.” Radikal. Istanbul Turkey.

Altug, Evrim. “This is a Work of Art!” Radikal. Istanbul Turkey.

Kosova, Erden. “Nasil Gecti Habersiz.” Art-Ist. Istanbul Turkey.

Hannula, Mika. Kaikki tai ei mitaan. Helsinki Art Academy Publishing. Helsinki Finland.

Massera, Jean-Charles. Fundamentalisms in the New Order. Charlottenborg. Copenhagen Denmark.

Kosova, Erden. “How Many More Possibilities?” Varlik. Istanbul Turkey.

2002 Weirup, Torben. “Den Ny Ordens Kaos.” Berlingske Tidende. Copenhagen, Denmark.

Jonasson, Unnar. “Serkan Ozkaya i Rooseums Arbetsrum.” Rooseum Provisorium. Malmo Sweden.

Ozkaya, Serkan. FOURINAROW . E.R.B.A.N. Nantes France.

Kosova, Erden. “What is Wrong with Wailing.” Rooseum Provisorium. Malmo Sweden.

Ozkaya, Serkan. “Dear Post.” POST-01. E.R.B.A.N. Nantes France.

Ogut, Ahmet. “Serkan Ozkaya’s Original Copies.” Elastik. Istanbul Turkey.

Ozkaya Serkan. “My Way.” Short Stories. Fabricca Del Vapore. Milan Italy.

2001 Figee, Door Thea. “Gigantisch diamozaiek op de Neudeflat.” Utrechts Nieuwsblaad. Utrecht Netherlands.

Ozkaya, Serkan. “Documentary: In Dialoog.” MeerTV. Utrect Netherland.

Hlavajova, Maria. Lives and Works in Utrecht .. BeganeGrond. Utrecht Netherlands.

Hlavajova, Mari a. “Utrecht’te Yasiyor ve Calisiyor.” Sanat Dunyamiz. Istanbul Turkey.

Kosova, Erden. “Can You Dance to My Beat.” Nihayet Icimdesin. Istanbul Turkey.

Kortun, Vasif. “Conversation with Serkan Ozkaya.” Resmi Gorus. Istanbul Turkey.

Ozkaya Serkan. “The Traveller or the Reader?” Milliyet. Istanbul Turkey.

Blake, Nayland, Nancy Shaver et al. “Serkan Ozkaya.” Art-ist. Istanbul Turkey.

2000 Ozkaya, Serkan. Genius and Creativity in the Art: Arts: Schoenberg, Adorno, Thomas Mann . Pan Publishers. Istanbul Turkey.

Kortun, Vasif, Erden Kosova, Kamil Senol. “Gondermeli Hayatlarla.” Young Art. Ankara Turkey.

Kosova, Erden. “The Painter, the Vandal, and His Work.” Resmi Gorus. Istanbul Turkey.

Oktulmus, Buket. “The Gallery on the Storefront.” Radikal. Istanbul Turkey.

Ozkaya Serkan. “Ulvy Came, Envy Saw, Ivy Conquered.” Guarene Arte. Turin Italy.

Ileri, Cem. “Today’s Attraction Future Presentation.” Yapi Kredi Publishers. Istanbul Turkey.

Kortun, Vasif. “Alles fuer die Kunst.” Guarene Arte. Turin Italy.

Radul, Judy. “Ulvy Came, Envy Saw, Ivy Conquered.” Springtime Catalogue. Copenhagen Denmark.

1999 Kortun, Vasif. “Halil Altindere’nin Gerekliligi.” Resmi Gorus. Istanbul Turkey.

1998 Stepken, Angelika. “Serkan Ozkaya.” Iskorpit Catalogue. Berlin Germany.

Elkatip, Demet. “Reference to Art and Violence.” Milliyet Sanat. Istanbul Turkey.

1997 Elkatip, Demet. “Ben de Sanatci miyim?” Milliyet. Istanbul Turkey.

1992 Madra, Beral. Reality . BM Contemporary Art Center. Istanbul Turkey.