Kerem Ozan Bayraktar’s work centers around establishing physical and conceptual environments. Using digital visualizations, photographs, animations, models, everyday objects, texts and graphics, Bayraktar focuses on the behavior of natural and artificial systems, their occlusion points, boundaries, collapses, mutations, and how we make sense of them. These systems consist of organizations ranging from spontaneous urban plants to exoplanets, which are quite different in terms of content but have similar systemic principles.
Bayraktar recently participated in the “Berlin Senate Residency Program” and the “Istanbul Biennial Production and Research Programme“. Previous to his latest solo exhibition “Rocks and Winds, Germs and Words” (2019, Sanatorium), he had opened six solo shows. Some of the group projects that the artist participated in 2019 include: “Ubiquitous Surfaces” (2019, Seager Gallery, London), “The Sound of No-one Listening” (2019, The Corridor Art Space, Amsterdam), “Openhaus” (2019, ZK/U, Berlin), “Istanbul Biennial Digestion Program” (2019, MSFAU, Istanbul), “flesh and bone” (2019, Operation Room, Istanbul).
After completing his Master’s degree and Proficiency in Arts at Marmara University Fine Arts Institute, Bayraktar teaches courses on digital images, art theory, photography and print-making techniques at various institutions, writes about art and makes presentations for various platforms.
2011-17 Doctor of Arts, Marmara University, Institute of Fine Arts, Istanbul
2007-11 Master of Arts, Marmara University, Institute of Fine Arts, Istanbul
2009-10 Fine Arts (MFA), Exchange Program, Newcastle Uni., School of Arts and Cultures
2003-07 Bachelor, Marmara Üniversitesi Faculty of Fine Arts
RESIDENCIES, PRIZES, NOMINATIONS, JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2019 Berlin Senate Residency Program (supported by DEPO & nGbK), ZK/U, Berlin
2018-19 The Istanbul Biennial Production and Research Programme
2016 Nomination, Prix Pictet, Geneva
2016 Long list, ING Unseen Talent Award, Amsterdam
2014 Trelex Residency, Switzerland
2008 Success Award, Painting and Sculpture Museums Association, İstanbul
2008 Borders & Orbits 04, Siemens Sanat, İstanbul
2008 26. Contemporary Artists, Akbank Sanat, İstanbul
2007 Borders & Orbits 01, Siemens Sanat, İstanbul
2007 First Prize in Graduation Project, Marmara Uni.Faculty of Fine Arts, İstanbul
2007 Second Best Degree Achievement Prize, Marmara Uni. Faculty of Fine Arts, İstanbul
2019 Rocks and Winds, Germs and Words, Sanatorium, Istanbul
2019 Phases of Nix, Bilsart, Istanbul
2018 Chance and Necessity, coll. with Sergen Şehitoğlu, Sanatorium, Istanbul
2015 et cetera, PGArt, İstanbul
2015 Minor Perceptions, Curator: Ali Akay, Şekerbank Açıkekran, İstanbul
2013 Circus, PGArt, İstanbul
2012 Rules, Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, İstanbul
2011 Stasis, PGArt, İstanbul
2010 Tinnitus, PGArt, İstanbul
2009 Echo, PGArt, İstanbul
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2019 flesh and bone, Operation Room, Istanbul
2018 colony, Abud Efendi Konagi, Istanbul; Schwules Museum, Berlin
2017 Deep, Darkness and Splendor, Galerist, Istanbul
2017 aRb, Sanatorium, Istanbul
2016 Ohne, Mekan68, Wien
2016 Habitat,Istanbul Modern
2015 Backyard,Plato Sanat, İstanbul
2015 VIVO, KASA Galeri, İstanbul
2015 Redefining the Space of Everyday Life, Gaia Galeri, İstanbul
2014 Focus: Turkey, Landskrona Foto, Landskrona, Sweden
2014 [ ] PG Art, İstanbul
2013 Hypologie, Sanatorium, İstanbul
2013 Please do not disturb! Istanbul Modern, İstanbul
2012 Simulation Crisis, Plato Sanat, İstanbul
2011 Elsewhere, Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi, İstanbul
2009 Temporary Harresment, Istanbul 2010, Kartal, Küçükçekmece, Atakent, Ümraniye Cultural Centers
2009 You can’t kiss away a murder, Galerist, İstanbul
2015 Art Speaks Out, Video Screening in Til It’s Done exhibition, Istanbul Modern 2015
2015 Broadcast video screening: Icono.tv Berlin
2015 Video Screening in The Sense of the Body FISAD 2015, Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti di Torino, Italy
2015 Video screening in Art Market: Budapest,
2014 Site specific installation at Contemporary İstanbul ’04, CI 90 MINUTE SHOWS / Curator: Marcus Graf
2013 Composition with Pills, Solo video screening, Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, İstanbul
SEMINARS, TALKS & WORKSHOPS
2019 “Looking at Everyday Life from System Aesthetics”, 3rd Turkish Congress of Aesthetics, Middle East Technical University, Culture and Convention Center, Ankara, Turkey
2019 “Urban weeds”, Istanbul Uni. Landscape Architecture Dep., Istanbul
2019 “Photography in Post-medium age”, Gaziantep University Art and Aesthetics Symposium, Gaziantep
2018 “Plant talks: Urban weeds”, NADAS, Istanbul
2018 “Photography in Post-medium age”, SALT Galata, Istanbul
2018 “Materialist Media Ecology and Art” workshop, Marmara Uni. Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting dep.
2017 “Landslide” with Ali Miharbi, Sergen Şehitoğlu, Yağız Özgen, SALT Galata, Istanbul
2017 “Image as a Question” with Metehan Özcan, Murat Germen, Orhan Cem Çetin, Selim Süme, Galata Rum Okulu, “Base Talks”, İstanbul
2016 “Erasure” workshop, Fkare Photography Festival, Yıldız Technical Uni., Istanbul
2011 “Systems in Art” with Yagiz Ozgen, Mersin Uni., Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting Dep., Mersin, Turkey
2010 “Representation in Digital Space”, Mersin Uni., Faculty of Fine Arts, Ugur Oral Lecture Room, Turkey
2018-20 Introduction to Digital Image, Marmara Uni., Faculty of Fine Arts, Istanbul
2018-20 Digital Image Design, Mimar Sinan Uni., Faculty of Fine Arts, Istanbul
2011-20 Printmaking, Marmara Uni., Faculty of Fine Arts, Istanbul
CONCEPTUAL ART ACTIVITIES & COLLECTIVE INITIATIONS
2010 – 15 Sanat Tanımı Topluluğu, STT-M, İstanbul
2012 – 13 Kurt Gödel & Gotlob Frege Workshop, System Studies, Yağız Özgen & Guido Casaretto Studio, İstanbul
2020 “Cevdet Erek’s Mappings” (Turkish), Art Unlimited, 56, 2020, 24-28.
2019 “Different Speculations on How to Transport a Poem“, (Translated by Naz Beşçan) in Guido Casaretto: Ghosts of Matter, MOCAK, Krakow, 2019, 14-22.
2019 “One the borderline of empiricism: Yagiz Ozgen’s Instructions” (Translated by Ulya Soley), Catalogue text, Sanatorium, 19.04.2019
2019 “Problem of didacticism and a suggestion:“complexity” (Turkish), Medium (Online), 02.03.2019
2018 “What does football say?” (Turkish), Medium (Online), 11.03.2018
2018 “New media or formalist pornography” (Turkish), Post Magazine (Online), 22.03.2018
2017 “Why is there still art?” (Turkish), Post Magazine (Online), 04.12.2017
2017 “Ways of worldmaking” (Exhibition review, Erinc Seymen, “Homo Fragilis”) (Turkish), XOXO Digital (Online), 15.09.2017
2016 “Ai Weiwei, Notes on Politics, Representation and System“, Post Magazine (Online), 26.02.2016
2015 “Skin of Image“, (Exhibition review, Guido Casaretto, “Synesthesia”) (Turkish & English), 14.03.2015
2015 “About the word ‘fine’” (Turkish), Apofani (Online), 19.12.2012
2013 “Digitization of photography in the context of trace and reality” (Turkish), Kontrast, 38, November.
2017 Prix Pictet: Space, Italy: teNeues, Stepher Barber, Michael Benson [Ed.]
2016 La Ventura, Istanbul: Masa
2015 Modern And Contemporary Approaches To Photography In Turkey, Istanbul : Yem
2015 Habitat, Istanbul: Mas
2015 Il Senso del Corpo, Torino: Edizioni Albertina Press
2015 Landskrona Foto Focus, Turkey: From the Ottoman Empire to Istanbul Modern Landskrona stad
2013 Please do not disturb, Istanbul : Ofset Yapımevi
2013 Mobility and Fantasy In Visual Culture, On Elsewhere. In L.K.Johnson [Ed.] London: Routledge
2010 Temporary Harassment, Istanbul
2007 26. Contemporary Artist Exhibition Istanbul: Resim ve Heykel Müzeleri Derneği
SELECTED REVIEWS, TEXTS & INTERVIEWS
“Rocks and Winds, Germs and Words“, Kevser Güler, 09.19, Rocks and Winds, Germs and Words (Book), 978-605-031-178-5.
“Lets start from the end“, Teo Jing Yi, 03.10.2019, so-far.online.
“On space, time, planets and plants: A conversation with Kerem Ozan Bayraktar” (English & Turkish), Ulya Soley, 07.02.2019, border_less magazine.
“Myths about Seeing, Believing and Knowing“(English & Turkish), Marcus Graf, 09.05.2018, Artful Living.
“Philosophical inquiries inspire Kerem Ozan Bayraktar’s new show“, Rümeysa Kiger, 25.10.2013, Today’s Zaman.
“Interview with Ertuğ Uçar“, (English & Turkish), 07.02.2013, “Please Do Not Disturb” Exhibition Catalogue.
“Mapping and functionality in Bayraktar’s work“, (English & Turkish), Yagiz Ozgen, 05.2012, Rules exhibition text.
“Urban Plants“, (Turkish), Interview with Yasemin Ülgen, 13.10.2018, Yeşil Gazete.
“Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Artist and Horticulturist“, (Turkish), Nisan 2017, Art Unlimited.
“Kerem Ozan Bayraktar“, (Turkish), Burcu Kuru, 05.05.2015, KeinMag.
“Kerem Ozan Bayraktar“, (Turkish), Seza Bali, 08.02.2016, XOXO The Mag.
“Kerem Ozan Bayraktar“, (Turkish),Ümit Özdoğan, Kasım 2010, Time Out Istanbul.
“Chance and Necessity” (Turkish), Ulya Soley, 08.2018, Art Unlimited.
“Conceptual Laboratory on Learning Process” (Turkish), İpek Yeğinsu, 10.05.2018, Sanatatak.
“Colony” (Turkish),Lusyen Kopar, 03.02.2018, Agos.
“Shapeless, “Light” Weight” (Turkish), Ali Şimşek, 03.09.2015, Sanatatak.
“Meteors ve Other Things” (Turkish), Ahmet Ergenç, 01.09.2015, Birgün.
2018 MUZEM, Sivas
2017 Istanbul Modern Museum Photography Collection
2017 Hacettepe Museum Collection, Ankara