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Pinar Yolacan

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Ankara, Turkey

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Brooklyn, NY

The Cooper Union School of Art, 2004, BFA
Chelsea School of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, 2001, BA
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 2000, BA

Representing galleries


Pinar Yolacan works in the tradition of photographic portraiture.  Using a variety of unusual and unexpected meat and poultry products to adorn her sitters with, Yolacan investigates feminist, political and art historical concerns in her enigmatic and sometimes shocking work.


B. F.A Cooper Union School of Art New York, 2004

B.A, Chelsea School of Art and Design, Fine Art Media, London 2001

B.A. Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Fashion Design with Marketing, London 2000

Foundation Studies, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London 1999


2008   Maria, Yapi Kredi Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey

2007   Perishables, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki

            Maria, Rivington Arms, New York

            Perishables, Yapi Kredi Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey

2004   Perishables, Rivington Arms, New York


2008   Fotografie Forum International, Frankfurt, September

            Regional Delicacies: Alef's Art Mezze, XVA Gallery, Creek Art Fair, Dubai

            I Will Never Lie to My Mother Again, Mogadisni AAR, Aarhus, Denmark

2006   Wild Girls, Exit Art, New York

            Strangers with Angelic Faces, Akbank Cultural Center, Istanbul

            Strangers with Angelic Faces, SPACE Triangle Gallery, London

            Good Bye To All That, Rivington Arms, New York

2005   Entropy Interrupted, Two Trees Gallery Building, New York

            Art-Robe: Women artists in a nexus of art and fashion, UNESCO, Paris

            Surface Tension, Gallery 500 Portland

2004   Art + Commerce Festival of Emerging Photographers, New York

            Blueprint, Silo, New York


2007   HIAP, Helsinki International Artist-in-residence Programme, Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland

            UNESCO Aschberg Bursary for Artists, Instituto Sacatar, Bahia, Brazil


2008   "Maria" by Pinar Yolacan, Exhibition Catalogue published by Yapi Kredi Art and Culture Publishing, Istanbul

2007   "Perishables" by Pinar Yolacan, Exhibition Catalogue published by Yapi Kredi Art and Culture Publishing, Istanbul

2006   "The Portrait Now" by Sandy Naime and Sarah Howgate, National Portrait Gallery, London

Recent Exhibits

Pinar Yolacan participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2014 Vanitas: Fashion and Art
Bass Museum of Art
Jan, 2013 Alienation / Estrangement
Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art
Dec, 2011 you are here forever......
carol jazzar contemporary art
Nov, 2011 you are here forever...........
Carol Jazzar Contemporary
Jan, 2011 A Strange Alchemy
BRIC Arts | Media House
Jul, 2010 SIREN
Anna Kustera
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