Aykan Safoğlu | January-August 2019
Aykan Safoğlu, born in Istanbul, lives in Vienna and Berlin. He received his master’s degree (MFA) in photography from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, New York, and a master’s degree (MA) from the Art in Context master’s program at the Berlin University of the Arts. His works create relationships, even friendships, between cultural, geographical, linguistic, and temporal boundaries. Located somewhere between film, photography, and performance, they pose open questions of cultural affiliation, creativity, and kinship. His recent exhibitions include Revolving Dreams (Kıraathane Istanbul Literaturhaus, 2020), weekend (The Pill, Istanbul, 2020) and ziyaret, visit (Kevin Space, Vienna, 2019). Selected group exhibitions include VIDEONALE.18 – Fluid States. Solid Matters (2021), Der Riss beginnt im Inneren (The Crack Begins Within) (11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2020), Imagined Communities (21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil, 2019) and Klassensprachen (Class Languages) (Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2018). Safoğlu is currently a PhD candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, where he was awarded the Birgit Jürgenssen Prize in 2021.
Aykan Safoğlu was a resident at Tarabya Cultural Academy from January to August 2019.