Mehtap Baydu | Şubat-Eylül 2020
Mehtap Baydu, born in Bingöl, Turkey, lives and works in Berlin. After studying fine arts/sculpture at Erciyes University, Kayseri, and Hacettepe University, Ankara, she completed her degree at the Kassel Art Academy, where she was a master’s student in Dorothee von Windheim’s class. Baydu became known for her performance and installation works, in which she focuses on gender roles and sensitive religious and political issues in multicultural contexts. She also uses the media of sculpture and photography as artistic means of expression. Her works have been featured in many solo and group exhibitions, including State and Nature (Baden Baden, 2021), Alone Together (STUK, Leuven, Belgium, 2020), DE-HEIMATIZE IT! (4th Berliner Herbstsalon, 2019), Words Are Very Unncessary (Arter, Istanbul, 2019-2020), Cuma (Edition Block, Berlin, 2017–2018), Şimdinin Peşinde (Istanbul Modern, 2018–2020), Dêrık (Badischer Kunstverein, 2018), Papierrepublik (Paper Republic) (Art International Istanbul, 2015), and at venues such as the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2014) and Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2009).
Mehtap Baydu was a resident at Tarabya Cultural Academy from February to September 2020.