Nancy Atakan

Born 1946, Lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey since 1969


1995 PhD, History of Art, Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey

1982 MA, Educational Psychology, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey

1968 BA, Fine Arts and History of Art, Mary Washington College, Virginia, USA

Solo Exhibitions

2020 Remembering the Future, Vortic Collect, online exhibition, London.

2020 It still is as it always was, (with Kalliopi Lemos), Pi Artworks London, UK.

2020 Translation in Motion, (with Maria Andersson), Stockholm, Sweden

2019 Forward, March, (with Maria Andersson), Salt Beyoğlu, Istanbul

2019 Marking a Shift, (with Maria Anderssson) Galleri Box, Gothenburg, Sweden

2018 Under the Radar (with Volkan Aslan), ISCP, Brooklyn, NYC

2017 Marking a Shift, (with Maria Andersson), Nordic Art Association, NFK, Stockholm, Sweden

2017 A Community of Lines, Pi Artworks Istanbul, Turkey

2016 Sporting Chances, Pi Artworks London, UK

2014 Incomprehensible World, Istanbul Culture and Art Foundation (IKSV) Hamlet Theatre Festival, Istanbul, Turkey

2013 Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Pi Artworks Istanbul, Turkey

2011 How Do We Know We Are Not Impostors?, Pi Artworks Istanbul, Turkey

From Here 1970-2011, Pi Artworks Istanbul, Turkey

2009 Holding On, Apartment Project, Istanbul, Turkey

I Believe / I Don’t Believe, Pi Artworks Istanbul, Turkey

Obsession, Manzara Perspectives, Istanbul, Turkey

2007 And, Proje 4L Elgiz Contemporary Art Museum, Artvarium, Istanbul, Turkey

2003 People Objects, Istanbul-Rotterdam Cultural Exchange, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2002 Lives within Lifetimes, International Longevity Center, New York, NY, USA

2000 And, Mary Ogilvie Gallery, St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

1990 Environmental, MD Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Group Exhibitions

2022 Mitler ve Hayallar, Arkas Art Center, Izmir, Turkey

Lorem Ipsum,  Odeabank Akaretler Sıraevler No. 11, Istanbul, Turkey 

The Event of the Thread, MOMus, Experimental Center for the Arts, Thessaloniki, Greece

Don’t Look Back Deep is the Past/Maziye Bakma Mevzu Derin, Odunpazar Modern Museum (OMM), Eskişehir, Turkey

2021  Dönüşüm/Transformation, Taksim Maksim, Istanbul Turkey.

Terra Incognita, Fişekhane, Istanbul, Turkey.

Müdahale/Intervention, The Artisan, İstanbul, Turkey.

Geleceği Yemek/Eating the Future, Bat Art Lab, Diyarbakır, Turkey.

Music to my eyes, BodrumBodrum Art Gallery, Tikicik Koyu, Yalikavak, Turkey.

Adi Sen Koy, Mine Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey.

Adı Sen Koy, Senkron, Be.Contemporary, Urla, Turkey.

Borderless: Digital Practices in Changing Times, Noyes Museum, Pennsylvania.

Ubiquity/ Aynı Anda Her Yerde, Akbank Art Center, Istanbul. 

2020    Horses Fluent in the Wind or Flying from the Nest, Halka Art Project, Istanbul, Turkey

2019 Arcadia Mundi, Macroasilo , Rome, Italy 

Weave, Braid, Attach (with Maria Anadersson), Vasteras Konstmuseum, Vasteras, Sweden

Shores, Open Club, Moscow, Russia

Bağlantılar/Connections, Plankton Group, Gündoğdu Gallery, Adana, Turkey

2018 Before the Past – After the Future, 6. Canakkale Biennial, September, Canakkale, Turkey

Birlik II, Antonina Art Gallery, İstanbul, Turkey

Kek sever misiniz? Kadın Eserleri Kütüphanesi, İstanbul, Turkey

At the Borderline of Vitality, Corridor Project Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands

At the borderline of Vitality, Videoist, Hacetepe University Fine Arts Faculty, Adnan Turani Conference Center, Ankara, Turkey

Printed ’18, Mixer, Istanbul, Turkey

2017 At the borderline of Vitality, Videoist, Corridor Project Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands 

transID, Surp Yerrortutyun Church, Exhibist/Space Debris exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey

AFSAD Symposium Exhibition, Cankaya Municipal Contemporary Art Center, Ankara, Turkey

 At the Borderline of Vitality, Credo Bonum Gallery, Videoist, Sofia, Bulgaria

Our Stories, Video art and films from Switzerland, Palestine, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkey, White Frame, Stadtkino Basel, Treibsand compiler screenings, Basel, Switzerland

Even My Mum Can Make A Book, Corridor Project Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Unfold, Arte, Ankara, Turkey

Whose Art History?, Uniq Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Return to the Subject, Inonu University, Malata, Turkey

You and I, 5533 Artist Initiative Space, Istanbul,Turkey

A Room of Our Own, Ark Kültür Gallery , Istanbul, Turkey

Letter from Istanbul, Pi Artworks London, UK

Treibsand Online Exhibition Space, Volume #2, Spring – Fall edition, Zurich, Switzerland

2016 Stay with Me, WOW, Hamburg, Germany

Sharing IV, CKM Art Gallery, Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey

2015 Small Faces, Large Sizes, Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul, Turkey

ODTU Sanat 16, Second Nature, Middle-Eastern Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Stay with Me, Depo, Istanbul, Turkey

Stay with Me, Wesenburg Museum of Modern Art, University Bremen, Bremen, Germany

2014 Stay with Me, Apartment Project, Berlin, Germany

40 Videos  From 40 Years of Video Art in Turkey, 25th Ankara International Film Festival, Goethe Institute, Ankara, Turkey

The Feeling of Happiness, Homa Art Gallery Tehran, İran

Moving Image, Art International, Istanbul, Turkey

ODTU Sanat 15, Middle Eastern Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

2013 Video Screening, Berlinerpool, Apartment Project, Berlin, Germany

Between Two Voids, Video Screening Berlinerpool in cooperation with 

Apartment Project, Berlin, Germany

Retaining People, Circulating Objects, 5533 Off Space, Istanbul, Turkey

A Protest Against Forgetting, Gallery Art Claims Impulse, Berlin, Germany

Me, Myself and I, Me as a Dilemma, CerModern, Ankara, Turkey

Video Art Made in Istanbul, Art Market Budapest, Hungary

2012 On Landscape, Mine Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Places of Memory – Fields of Vision, Invisible Cities Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece

Art of Migration, Cezayir Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Keeping on Keeping on, Triebsand Exhibition on DVD, Launch at Salt Galata, Istanbul, Turkey

Who Left? What Behind, Ankara Contemporary Art Center, Ankara, Turkey

Trading Stations, Curve Gallery, Parallel to Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK

Familiar, SPAS Gallery, Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA

In Several Aspects, Halka Art Project, Istanbul, Turkey

About Woman, Mine Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Pi @ Q, Q Contemporary, Beirut, Lebanon

2011 Ultramemoir #4, L’Institut Français d’Istanbul Et La Galerie Nivet – Carzon, Istanbul, Turkey

Machine Raum, Vejle Art Museum, Vejle, Denmark

The Shadows of the Public, Videoist, Brunswiker Pavillion, Kiel, Germany

Dream and Reality – Modern and Contemporary Women Artists from Turkey, Istanbul Modern Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

Art Beat Istanbul, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey

8 Artists – 8 Contemporary, Mine Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Trade Routes, Pi Artworks Istanbul, Turkey

Where Fire Has Struck, Human Rights Foundation 20th Exhibition, DEPO, Istanbul, Turkey

Once Upon a Time … Place, Diyarbakir, Turkey

Floating Volumes III, Kunst Nah Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

Random Access Memory, Micamoca Project, Berlin, Germany

Public Ideas, Brunswiker Pavillon, Kiel, Germany

2010 Floating Volumes II, 5533 Off Space, Istanbul, Turkey

Floating Volumes I, Frise, Hamburg, Germany

Ids Please!, CerModern, Ankara, Turkey

Out of Context, Pi Artworks Istanbul, Turkey

Public Ideas, 5533 Off Space, Istanbul, Turkey

Invisible Play, Independent Space in Tophane, Istanbul, Turkey

Invasion Exhibition, Architect’s Center, Istanbul, Turkey

Videoist 10, International Festival of Media Art, Goethe Institute, Ankara, Turkey

The Shadows of the Public, Videoist Video Screening, DEPO, Istanbul, Turkey

2009 Public Ideas, ECOC 2010 / Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts And Design, Istanbul, Turkey And Kiel, Germany

Under My Feet I Want the World, Istanbul Next Wave, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Germany

Projected Visions 35 Years of Turkish Art, Apollonia, Strasbourg, France

Temporary Harassment, Istanbul 2010 Portable Art Project, Kartal Bulent Ecevit Culture Center, Istanbul, Turkey 

Antique and Avant-Gard, International Contemporary Art Festival, National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, Criema, Sevastopol, Ukraine

Once Upon a Time, 5533 Off Space, Istanbul, Turkey

Once Upon a Time, Istanbul Off-Spaces, Kunstraum Kreuzbert/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

Forschungsstationen, Kunstverein Langenhagen, Langenhagen, Germany

35 Years of Video Art, Ankara Film Festival, Ankara, Turkey and Bethanien, Germany

2008 Especially Small Things, Cankaya Municipality Contemporary Art Center, Ankara, Turkey

Videoist 2010, Istanbul 2010 Portable Art Project, Istanbul, Turkey

Multiple Connections, Pogmahon Gallery, Vienna, Austria

Memory City, Istanbul 2010 Portable Art Project, Istanbul, Turkey

Multiple Connections, Kent Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Dirty Movies, Part of 54th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany

I Believe/I Don’t Believe, Galata Perform, Istanbul, Turkey

Centennial Alumni Exhibition, Ridderhof Martin Gallery, Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA, USA

2007 Everything’s Going to Be Alright, Apartment Project, Istanbul, Turkey

Interdisciplinary Art Workshop and Exhibition, Nicosia, Cyprus

Bad Luck Show, Marlan Gallery, Lexington, KY, USA

Big Family Business, 10th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (parallel event), IMC Shopping Center, Turkey

Border Line, 44th International Troy Festival, Canakkale, Turkey

From the Owner with a View, Independent Art Space, Istanbul, Turkey

Imagining the Book I, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

2006 LA Freewaves, 10th New Media Art Festival, The Hammer Museum, CA, USA

All About Lies, Apartment Project, Istanbul, Turkey

Coding: Decoding: Exhibition, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

Golyazi Project, Outdoor Site-Specific Workshop, Golyazi, Bursa, Turkey

Thinking Garbage, Video Festival: Incheon Contemporary Art Museum, Korea;

International Multimedia Art Festival, Odzaci, Serbia and Montenegro;

River’s Edge Film Festival, Kentucky, USA; Video in The Built Environment, University Film and Video Association Conference, CA, USA; V1B3 Summer Curatorial Project, London Study Center, London, UK

Babel, Babble, Rabble, Other Gallery, Telus Studio, Banff Art Centre, Alberta, Canada

2005 Cosmopolis I: 1st Balkan Biennial, Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece

Secret Memories, Select Media IV Festival, Chicago, IL, USA

Life and Blind Destiny, Karsi Art Works, Istanbul, Turkey

Secret Time, Ankara City Contemporary Art and Culture Center, Ankara, Turkey

Thinking Garbage, (Project with Ipek Duben), 9th Istanbul International Biennial (Beyond: Simultaneous Project), Turkey

Rio De Janeiro Electronic Media Festival, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Obsession, Gallery X, Istanbul, Turkey

Honoring The Book, First International Biennial for The Artist’s Book, The Borowsky Gallery, PA, USA

Identityscapes, Cologne On-Line Film Festival, Cologne, Germany

Free/Neutral Zone, Roxy Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

ABA, Mersin University, Mersin, Turkey

Artist … Work, Istanbul Modern Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Tele-Kent, Siemens Nomad Collection, Istanbul, Turkey

2004 The Shaman Diary, Proje 4L, Elgiz Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

Change/Tradition, Ifsak 20th Istanbul Photography Days, Istanbul, Turkey

First International Artist Book Biennial, Bibliotheca Alexandrina Art Center, Alexandria, Egypt

D-Art 2004, Virtual Digital Art Gallery, London, UK and Penang, Malaysia

Turkish Delight, Rio Modern Art Museum, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 

European Cultural Days: A Bridge from West to East, BBK, Karlsruhe, Germany

2003 8th Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba

International Tunel Art Festival, Italian Cultural Center, Istanbul, Turkey

 Art at Akmerkez, Akmerkez Shopping Center, Istanbul, Turkey

Good+Bad+Ugly, 3rd Performance Days, Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey

7th International Video Festival Video Medeja, Novi Sad, Serbia

Families Only, Karsi Art Works, Istanbul, Turkey

Storm, pixel motion art, underpass pier 7 and 8 of the Esplanade Bridge, Singapore

2002 IV International Digital Art Exhibiton, Pablo De La Torriente Brau Cultural Center, Havana, Cuba

6th International Video Festival Video Medeja, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia

Artist Respond to War, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA, USA

Look Again, Proje 4L, Elgiz Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

2001 Re-Duchamp, Traveling Exhibition, 7th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey

Voices from The Homeland, Karşı Art Works, Istanbul, Turkey

2000 Young Art III, Ankara Contemporary Art Center, Ankara, Turkey

Local Products, Elhamra Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

1999 Between ’99, Resmi Görüş Güncel Sanat Seçkisi, Istanbul, Turkey

International Women’s Art Festival, Shebani Building, Aleppo, Syria

Between ’99, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

1998 Project/Work, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey 

Back to Back, Arnavutkoy Studio, Istanbul, Turkey

Artagora, Bilgi University and Dolmabahce Cultural Center Via Internet, Istanbul, Turkey

1997 Between, Ataturk Cultural Centre, Istanbul, Turkey

1996 Logos (Aphasia) Semeion (Asemasia)-(Non) Signification (Non)Comm/Uni/Cati/On, Aynali Passage, Istanbul, Turkey

1995 Work, Sanart, Ankara, Turkey

1994 Work, STT, The Art Definition Group, Faruk Ilgaz Center, Istanbul, Turkey


2017 Nordic Art Association, NFK, (supported by IASPIS), Stockholm, Sweden 

2006 Banff Art Center, Alberta, Canada

Curatorial Work

2008 Co-Founder of 5533 Off-Space, Istanbul, Turkey 

Artist Books

2008 Sanatta Alternatif Arayislar (Searching for Alternatives in Art), Karakalem Kitabevi publications, Izmir, Turkey

1998 Arayışlar (Searching for Alternatives to Painting and Sculpture), Yapı Kredi publications, Istanbul, Turkey

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