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Aslı Çavuşoğlu

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Aslı Çavuşoğlu (b. 1982, lives and works in Istanbul) is an artist concerned with how history can be read so as to question who, or what processes, enabled its writing and toward what end. These investigations, which have been articulated through the means of various media, revisit key moments so as to locate the intertwined dance between rupture and continuity as consciousness and its related identities are constructed, and reconstructed.

Her recent film, In Diverse Estimations Little Moscow, 2011, shot in and with the residents of the small Turkish town of Fatsa on the Black Sea, sought to visit not only the town’s recent past—after establishing a collectivist government, the Turkish National Army lead a successful operation to retake the town, an operation which served as a test run for the Army’s eventual Coup d’etate and establishment of a Turkish Dictatorship 3 months later in 1980—but also to trace the degree of transformation in that location today as, for example, a factory repurposed by the army for use as an interrogation and torture facility is now an abandoned, if not forgotten, hall of the local University. Just as in this film, Çavuşoğlu’s work seeks to collect and look at incidents and fragments that often get deposited in and lost through the formation of dominant narratives.

Currently, she is turning her eye to the subject of the Turkish Modernization Period from the late 19th C., specifically, how the desire to westernize and its related rhetoric accelerated the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923, while also producing a state of amnesia as the population turned its back not only on the recent past typified by the decline of the Ottoman Empire and its customs, but also the rejection of its alphabet as well—thus making its historical archives illegible.

Recent group exhibitions include: Frieze Projects, London, 2012; The 11th Baltic Triennial of International Art, curated by Defne Ayas and Benjamin Cook, Vilnius, 2012; Turkish Art Nice and Superb, curated by Rene Block, TANAS, Berlin, 2012; Soundworks, curated by Anna Gritz, ICA, London, 2012; Performa11 NY, USA, 2011; Seven New Works, Borusan Contemporary, Perili Köşk, Istanbul, 2011; We Have Woven The Motherlands With Nets of Iron, Giza Hejaz Railway Station, Amman, 2011; Who Do You Admire?, La Box, Ecole Nationale Superieure D’artbourges, Bourges, FR, 2011; Transient Spaces – The Tourist Syndrome, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany, 2010;When Ideas Become Crime, DEPO, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010; Voices From Silence – Truths Unveiled By Time, Galerie Obdahl, Berlin, Germany, 2010; Fantasy & Island, FRAC Corse, Corsica, France, 2010; This Place You See Has No Size At All, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France, 2009; Everyday Challengers, Hisk, Gent, Belgium, 2009; Interferencia, Bogota, Colombia, 2009; Kein Ding, ACC Galerie, Weimar, Germany, 2009; End Game, Galery Loop, Seoul, Korea, 2009.




1982 – Istanbul, TR

Works and lives in Istanbul



2004     Marmara University, BFA in Cinema-TV, Istanbul, TR



2010     How I traveled around the world, Gallery NON, Istanbul, TR

2006     The Magnificent Seven, Kargart, Istanbul, TR




The 11th Baltic Triennial of International Art, curated by Defne Ayas and Benjamin Cook, Vilnius, LT

Turkish Art Nice and Superb, curated by Rene Block, TANAS, Berlin, DE.

Soundworks, curated by Anna Gritz, ICA, London, UK



Performa 11, New York, US

7 Works, curated by Mario Codognato and Slyvia Kouvali, Borusan Contemporary,  Istanbul, TR

Rehearsal, curated by Nazlı Gurlek, Gallery NON, Istanbul, TR

We Have Woven the Motherlands with Nets of Iron, curated by Eric Gottesman & Toleen Touq, Amman, JO

Fold, curated by Nazlı Gurlek, Proje 4L, Istanbul, TR

Qui admires-vous?, curated by Isabelle Le Normand and Florence Ostende, La Box, Bourges, FR



13 Eylül (December the 13th), curated by Azra Tüzünoğlu, DKM, Diyarbakır, TR

When Ideas Become Crime, curated by Halil Altındere, DEPO, Istanbul, TR

The Tourist Syndrome, curated by Marina Sorbello and Antje Weitzel, NGBK and Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin, G

Have a Look! Have a Look!, Formcontent, London, UK

Voices from silence –Truths Unveiled by Time, curated by Ilaria Gianni, Galerie Opdhal, Berlin, D

Fantasy&Island, curated by Adnan Yıldız and Çelenk Bafra, Frac Corse, Corsica, FR



This Place You See Has No Size At All, curated by Jennifer Teets, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, FR

Time Challengers, curated by Adnan Yıldız, HISK, Ghent, Belgium

Interferencia, curated by Irene Aristizabal, Bogota, CO

Kein Ding, curated by Frank Motz, ACC Galerie, Weimar, G

End Game, curated by Pelin Uran, Galery Loop, Seoul, KR



You can’t kiss away a murder, curated by Derya Demir, Galerist, Istanbul, TR

On Producibility, Alti Aylik (TR ) / Nuans (G), New Talents, Köln, G

Hypnosis Show, curated by Raimundas Malasauskas, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Fransisco, US ,

Variations For a Start, curated by Lotte Juul Peterson, The Factory of Art and Design, Copenhagen, DK



Be a realist, demand the impossible!, curated by Halil Altındere, Karşı Sanat Gallery, Istanbul, TR

Off the Record, curated b Adnan Yıldız, Çetin Emeç Art Gallery, Izmir, TR

10º Kunst: Wilhelmsburger Freitag, curated by Britta Peters, Hamburg, G

Urban Pedestals_Cph, curated by Lotte Juul Peterson, Copenhagen, DK



Caiet de Geografie, Masa, Istanbul, TR

Reserved, Pist, Istanbul, TR

InforNATION, PiartWorks, Istanbul, TR

Acid and Dust, K2 Contemporary Art Center, Izmir, TR



That from a long way off look like flies, Platform Garanti CAC, Istanbul, TR



Billboard Project, Public Space, Istanbul, TR



2012      Frieze Projects, London

2011      In Diverse Estimations Little Moscow, Borusan Contemporary




Delivery 6, Turkish/English, 610 p.

In Patagonia after Bruce Chatwin, Turkish/English, 52 p.



A Slight Hesitation of Petra Nacht, with the support of Platform CAC

The Unsubscribed Life of Peter Böse



Caiet de Geografie, with the support of Backyard Residency Program

Takip/Poursuite, BAS Istanbul, TR



2010         Wysing Arts Centre, Cambrigde, UK

2009         Cite des Artes, Paris, FR

2009         PA61, Mexico City, MX

2008       El Basilisco, Buenos Aires, AR

2008       ACC Galery, Weimar, G

2006         Backyard Residency Program, Iasi, R

2006       Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, TR




Broken English


A Short trip to Helgoland, Gift, D/SI


Frequently Questioned Answers, alphabet’, G/USA

Sometimes nothing continues to be nothing unless you talk about it, Artlies, Issue 63, USA

Pist Protta, Issue 63, DK (guest editor)


Monologues in Vain, Siyahi, Issue 10, TR

Monologues in Vain, Schreibkraft, Issue 17, A


Sanat Dünyamız, Issue 97, TR


Sanat Dünyamız, Issue 94, TR


The Book of Summaries, Kitap-lık, Issue 76/77/78, TR


The Ghost in the Machine, XXI, Issue 17



Uran, Pelin. Deferring the Habitual, DOMUS, issue 920, 2008

Sönmez Ayşegül. Bir Hatıra Kitabı Sergisi (A memory book exhibition), Birgün, December 3, 2006.

Erden, Osman. Aslı Çavuşoğlu as a liar and a reancarnated version of Pessoa, Art-Ist Contemporary Art Magazine, issue 5, 2006

Nae, Cristian. The Modest Narratives, Vector Magazine, March 20

Recent Exhibits

Aslı Çavuşoğlu participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2016 “On Exactitude in Science”
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA)
Feb, 2015 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience
New Museum
Oct, 2014 PROJECT 35 VOLUME 2
The DeVos Art Museum
Jan, 2014 The Crime Was Almost Perfect
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
Oct, 2013 Murder in Three Acts
Delfina Foundation
Jun, 2013 The Unexamined Experience is Not Worth Having
Galerie Fons Welters
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