Bahar Yürükoğlu

Using photography, video, sound and installation, Bahar Yürükoğlu’s practice oscillates between the two-dimensional plane and three-dimensional space, investigating the process of translation from one to the other.

She records spaces “desaturated from the human-made where she becomes highly aware of the cultural conditioning.” In her photographic practice, she seeks to redefine these landscapes by staging temporary interventions with mirrors and colorful plexi sheets. Yürükoğlu’s work examines the contemporary societal space that requires existing somewhere between a state of utopia and dystopia. Artist’s work challenges physical and conceptual perceptions while pointing to the tension between real and fake, natural and artificial, desire and repulsion.

Born in 1981 in Washington DC., Bahar Yürükoğlu earned her MFA in 2011 from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston and her BFA in 2003 from the School of Visual Arts, New York City. Selected solo shows include "Flow Through" curated by Duygu Demir, ARTER, Istanbul (2016); "Self-Titled", Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, Istanbul (2014); "Melting North", Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA (2013). Two-person and group exhibitions include "Intimate Horizons", Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland OR (2014); the 2013 Biennial, Decordova Museum and Sculpture Garden, Lincoln, MA. She has been artist in residence at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (2013), the Arctic Circle (2015) and in 2017 with the Clipperton Project in Antarctica. She lives and works in Istanbul.