Bio & CV

Kerem Ozan Bayraktar is an Istanbul based artist. Bayraktar's works focus on spheres of influence, individuation, and transformation of objects. He uses multi-part and distributed forms of expression with an intense emphasis on relationality and fluidity. His most recent installations and researches have involved objects of various scales and qualities, such as weedy urban plants, invading ships, generative images, and robot toys. Bayraktar who participated in BAK, Fellowship for Situated Practice, 2022; SAHA Studio, Istanbul, 2020 and Berlin Senate Residency Program, ZK/U, Berlin, 2019 completed his MFA and DFA at Marmara University Institute of Fine Arts. Some of the group projects that he recently participated in include Hosting Bodies, Sanatorium, Istanbul, 2021; Sentient Matter, D21, Leipzig, 2021; Busan Sea Art Festival, Ilgwang, 2021; 2021 and Sandstorm – And Then There Was Dust, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin, 2021. Bayraktar is a faculty member at Marmara University and his latest publications are the Spirits on the Ground, 2021 and Maps of the Worlds [Turkish], 2021.


2011-17 Doctor of Fine 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 University, School of Arts and Cultures
2003-07 Bachelor, Marmara Üniversitesi Faculty of Fine Arts

Research, Studio & Residency Programs

2021-22 Fellowship for Situated Practice: Spectral Infrastructure, BAK, IKSV ÇAP
2020 Gate 27, Balıkesir
2020 Saha Studio, Istanbul
2019 Berlin Senate Residency Program (supported by DEPO & nGbK), ZK/U, Berlin
2018-19 The Istanbul Biennial Production and Research Programme, IKSV, Istanbul
2014 Trelex Residency, Nyon


2021-22 Studio (Fine Arts), Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts
2020-22 Schöne Kunste, Marmara University, Faculty of Economics, Istanbul
2018-22 Introduction to Digital Image, Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Istanbul
2020 Introduction to Philosophy of Art, Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts
2020 Aesthetics, Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Istanbul
2019 Plastic Arts, Marmara University, Faculty of Dentistry, Istanbul
2018-21 Digital Image Design, Mimar Sinan University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Istanbul
2011-20 Printmaking, Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Istanbul


2021 Spirits on the Ground (ed. Ulya Soley), SAHA, Sanatorium, Istanbul
2021 Dünyaların Haritaları (ed. Doğa Okay), Sanatorium, Istanbul
2019 Rocks and Winds, Germs and Words (ed. Kevser Güler), Sanatorium, Istanbul

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Rocks and Winds, Germs and Words, Sanatorium, Istanbul
2019 Phases of Nix, Bilsart, Istanbul
2018 Chance and Necessity, with Sergen Şehitoğlu, Sanatorium, Istanbul
2015 et cetera, PGArt, Istanbul
2015 Minor Perceptions, Şekerbank Açıkekran, Istanbul
2013 Circus, PGArt, Istanbul
2012 Rules, Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, İstanbul
2011 Stasis, PGArt, Istanbul
2010 Tinnitus, PGArt, Istanbul
2009 Echo, PGArt, Istanbul

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022 What Water Nows, Pilot, Istanbul
2021 Hosting Bodies, Sanatorium, Istanbul
2021 Sentient Matter, D21, Leipzig
2021 Busan Sea Art Festival, Ilgwang, Busan
2020 Cadavre Exquis, Galeri Nev, Istanbul
2020 At the End of the Day, Odunpazarı Modern Museum, Eskisehir
2020-21 Sandstorm – And Then There Was Dust, DEPO, Istanbul; Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin
2020 Regular Insanity, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul
2019 Ubiquitous Surfaces, Open Space, Seager Gallery, London
2019 flesh and bone, Operation Room, Istanbul
2018 colony, Abud Efendi Konagi, Istanbul; Schwules Museum, Berlin
2018 Monomit, Galeri Nev, Ankara
2017 Deep, Darkness and Splendor, Galerist, Istanbul
2017 aRb, Sanatorium, Istanbul
2016 Ohne, Mekan68, Vienna
2016 Habitat, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul
2015 Backyard,Plato Sanat, Istanbul
2015 VIVO, KASA Galeri, Istanbul
2015 Redefining the Space of Everyday Life, Gaia Galeri, Istanbul
2014 Focus: Turkey, Landskrona Foto, Landskrona, Sweden
2014 [ ] PG Art, Istanbul
2013 Hypologie, Sanatorium, Istanbul
2013 Please do not disturb! Istanbul Modern, Istanbul
2012 Simulation Crisis, Plato Sanat, Istanbul
2009 Temporary Harresment, Istanbul 2010, Kartal, Küçükçekmece, Atakent, Ümraniye Cultural Centers, Istanbul
2009 You can’t kiss away a murder, Galerist, Istanbul

Screenings & Live Events

2021 Digital Aura, Open Media Art Festival, The Oil Tank Culture Park, Seoul
2021 Waterline (with Aslı Uludağ), Istanbul Unbound, Istanbul Research Institute
2020 I Haven’t Told My Garden Yet, (video screening), Monitor, İzmir
2020 Proyector Video Art Festival 2020, Debris (video screening), Sala El Águila, Madrid
2019 Ruderal Manifesto (lecture performance), Istanbul Biennial Digestion Program – Concrete, MSGSU, Istanbul
2019 A Horn in The Neck: Verfremdungseffekte May Occur Everywhere (lecture performance), Apartment Project, Berlin
2017 Landslide with Ali Miharbi, Sergen Şehitoğlu, Yağız Özgen (lecture performance), SALT Galata, Istanbul
2015 Art Speaks Out, Til It’s Done (video screening), Istanbul Modern, Istanbul
2015, (broadcast screening), Berlin
2015 The Sense of the Body (video screening), FISAD 2015, Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti di Torino, Torino
2015 Art Market: Budapest (video screening), Budapest
2014 Contemporary İstanbul ’04, CI 90 Minute Shows (installation), Istanbul
2013 Composition with Pills (video screening), Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, Istanbul
2010 – 15 Sanat Tanımı Topluluğu (Conceptual Art Activities & Performances) STT-M, Istanbul

Seminars, Talks & Workshops

2022 Silent Studio  (workshop), Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts
2022 Ways to Look Good on Facebook: The Post-Press Era with Erkan Saka, Pera Museum, Istanbul
2021 Planet Design (workshop), OMM, Eskişehir
2021 Aesthetics of Everyday Life, with Kültigin Kağan Akbulut, Ataşehir Kültür Sanat (online talk), İstanbul
2021 Art After and Before the Artwork, with Süreyya Evren, Küçükçekmece TV (online talk), İstanbul
2021 First Steps Towards Contemporary Art: Conceptual Art (online seminar), Saint-Joseph High School & Poşe, Istanbul.
2020 Open seminar: Distributed Life (online seminar), Saint-Joseph High School & Poşe, Istanbul.
2020 Rethinking ”Rocks and Winds, Germs and Words” during Pandemic days, with Ulya Soley (online talk), Sanatorium, Istanbul
2020 Dünyalar Nasıl Yapılır? (artist talk), Istanbul Biennial Research Program, IKSV Alt Kat, Istanbul
2019 Istanbul Biennial Digestion Programme – Concrete, Istanbul
2019 Pandora’nın Kara Kutusu, (workshop), Galata Greek Primary School, Istanbul.
2019 Looking at Everyday Life from System Aesthetics, 3rd Turkish Congress of Aesthetics, Middle East Technical University, Culture and Convention Center, Ankara
2019 Urban weeds (artist talk), Istanbul University Landscape Architecture Dep., Istanbul
2019 Photography in Post-medium age, Gaziantep University Art and Aesthetics Symposium, Gaziantep
2018 Plant talks: Urban weeds (artist talk) GreenSquareMeter & Nadas, Istanbul
2018 Photography in Post-medium age (Seminar) SALT Galata, Istanbul
2018 Materialist Media Ecology and Art (workshop) Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts
2017 Image as a Question with Metehan Özcan, Murat Germen, Orhan Cem Çetin, Selim Süme (artist talk), Base Talks, Galata Rum Okulu, Istanbul
2016 Erasure (workshop leader), Fkare Photography Festival, Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul
2012 – 13 Kurt Gödel & Gotlob Frege Workshop, System Studies, Yağız Özgen & Guido Casaretto Studio, Istanbul
2011 Systems in Art with Yagiz Ozgen (seminar), Mersin University Faculty of Fine Arts, Mersin
2010 Representation in Digital Space (lecture), Mersin Universtiy Faculty of Fine Arts, Ugur Oral Lecture Room, Mersin

Selected Essays & Articles

2020 Thermodynamic fantasies, dreams and boundaries, trans. Ulya Soley in Deniz Gül, Meydan (ed. Deniz Gül, Kevser Güler), Yapı Kredi Kültür Sanat Yayıncılık, Istanbul, 80-100
2020 Post-medium condition and Fine Arts Education in Turkey Sanat-Tasarım Dergisi 2020 : 11
2020 Cevdet Erek’s Mappings (Turkish), Art Unlimited, 56, 24-28
2019 Different speculations on how to transport a poem, trans. Naz Beşçan in Guido Casaretto: Ghosts of Matter, MOCAK, Krakow, 14-22
2019 One the borderline of empiricism: Yagiz Ozgen’s Instructions trans. Ulya Soley, Catalogue text, Sanatorium.
2019 Problem of didacticism and a suggestion: complexity (Turkish), Medium (online)
2018 What does football say? (Turkish), Medium (online)
2018 New media or formalist pornography (Turkish), Post Magazine
2017 Why is there still art? (Turkish), Post Magazine
2017 Ways of worldmaking, exhibition review: Erinç Seymen, Homo Fragilis, XOXO Digital
2016 Ai Weiwei: Notes on Politics, Representation and System, Post Magazine (online)
2015 Skin of Image, exhibition review: Guido Casaretto, Synesthesia
2015 About the word ‘fine’ (Turkish), Apofani (online)
2013 Digitization of photography in the context of trace and reality (Turkish), Kontrast, 38, November

Book Features

2021 On Celestial Bodies (ed. Kevser Güler, Süreyya Evren), Arter, Istanbul
2020 Sandstorm (ed. Sarah Maske), Istanbul
2017 Prix Pictet: Space (ed. Stepher Barber, Michael Benson), teNeues, Italy
2016 La Ventura, Masa, Istanbul
2015 Modern And Contemporary Approaches To Photography In Turkey, Yem, Istanbul
2015 Habitat, Istanbul Modern, Mas, Istanbul
2015 Il Senso del Corpo, Edizioni Albertina Press, Torino
2015 Landskrona Foto Focus, Turkey: From the Ottoman Empire to Istanbul Modern, Landskrona stad, Sweden
2013 Please do not disturb, Istanbul Modern, Ofset, Istanbul
2013 On Elsewhere (Ege Kanar) in Mobility and Fantasy In Visual Culture (ed. L. K. Johnson), Routledge, London
2010 Temporary Harassment (ed. Marcus Graf), Istanbul

Selected Reviews, Texts and Interviews

2019 Rocks and Winds, Germs and Words, Kevser Güler, in Rocks and Winds, Germs and Words (ed. Kevser Güler), 978-605-031-178-5, Sanatorium, Istanbul
2019 Lets start from the end, Teo Jing Yi,
2019 On space, time, planets and plants: A conversation with Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Ulya Soley, border_less
2018 Myths about Seeing, Believing and Knowing Marcus Graf, Artful Living
2013 Philosophical inquiries inspire Kerem Ozan Bayraktar’s new show, Rümeysa Kiger, Today’s Zaman
2013 Interview with Ertuğ Uçar in Please Do Not Disturb, Istanbul Modern, Mas, Istanbul
2012 Mapping and functionality in Bayraktar’s work, Yagiz Ozgen, in Rules exhibition catalogue, Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, Istanbul

in Turkish:

2018 Urban Plants, Interview with Yasemin Ülgen, Yeşil Gazete
2018 Chance and Necessity, Ulya Soley, Ağustos 18, Art Unlimited
2018 Conceptual Laboratory on Learning Process, İpek Yeğinsu, Sanatatak
2018 Colony, Lusyen Kopar, Agos
2017 Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Artist and Horticulturist, Nisan 17, Art Unlimited
2016 Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Seza Bali, XOXO The Mag
2015 Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Burcu Kuru, KeinMag
2015 Shapeless, “Light” Weight, Ali Şimşek, Sanatatak
2015 Meteors ve Other Things, Ahmet Ergenç, Birgün
2010 Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Ümit Özdoğan, Kasım 10, Time Out Istanbul

Prizes & nominations

2016 Nomination, Prix Pictet, Geneva
2016 Long list, ING Unseen Talent Award, Amsterdam
2008 Success Award, Painting and Sculpture Museums Association, Istanbul
2008 Borders & Orbits 04, Siemens Sanat, Istanbul
2008 26. Contemporary Artists, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul
2007 Borders & Orbits 01, Siemens Sanat, Istanbul
2007 First Prize in Graduation Project, Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts, İstanbul
2007 Second Best Degree Achievement Prize, Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts, Istanbul


Selected reviews & essays

2022 Sugar and heat: red, blue, green, purple, orange
Aslı Seven,border_less, 03.02.2022

2019 Let’s Start from the End
Jing Yi Teo, so-far, 03.10.2019

2019 Bad Encounters: Crisis, death, extinction, and the end of the World as we know it
Gaye Çankaya Eksen, Rocks and Winds, Germs and Words (ed.Kevser Güler), Sanatorium, 09.2019

2019 Rocks and winds, germs and words
Kevser Güler, Rocks and Winds, Germs and Words (ed.Kevser Güler), Sanatorium, 09.2019

2018 Myths about Seeing, Believing and Knowing
Marcus Graf, Artful Living, 09.05.2018

2012 Mapping and Functionality in Bayraktar’s work
Yağız Özgen, Rules (2012), Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, 05.2012


2019 On space, time, planets and plants: A conversation with Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Ulya Soley
Ulya Soley,border_less, 07.02.2019

2013 Book interview with Ertug Ucar
Ertug Ucar, Please do not disturb (ed.Pelin Dervis), Istanbul Modern, 07.02.2013

2012 Interview with Marcus Graf
Marcus Graf, Simulation Crisis, Plato Sanat, 02.2012

Selected Talks (Turkish)

2021 Çağdaş Sanat Buluşmaları: Gündelik Yaşam Estetiği
moderatör: Kültigin Kağan Akbulut
26.04.2021, Ataşehir Kültür Sanat, çevrimiçi
︎ Aesthetics of the everyday

2021 Yapıttan Önce Sonra Sanat
moderatör: Süreyya Evren
24.03.2021, Küçükçekmece Dijital Festival, çevrimiçi
︎ Art after and before the artwork

2021 Etüt: Güncel Sanata Doğru İlk Adımlar: Kavramsal Sanat
programlama: Murat Alat
03.03.2021, Nilüfer Sanat, çevrimiçi
︎ An introduction to conceptual art

2020 Symbiosis: Ortak Yaşam Üzerine Araştırmalar / Dağıtık Yaşam
programlama: Murat Alat
16.05.2020, İstanbul Özel Saint-Joseph Fransız Lisesi, çevrimiçi
︎ Symbiosis: research on symbiosis / distributed Life

2020 Sokak Otları ve Onların Kent Ekolojisindeki Yeri
program: Benan Kapucu, Botanitopya
23.02.2020, Açık Radyo
︎ Urban weeds and their place in urban ecology

2019 Pandemi Döneminde ”Kayalar ve Rüzgarlar, Mikroplar ve Kelimeler” Sergisini Yeniden Düşünmek
Ulya Soley ile söyleşi
02.05.2019, Sanatorium
︎ Rethinking "Rocks and Winds, Germs and Words" Exhibition During the Pandemic

2019 Bilsart Sanat Konuşmaları: Kerem Ozan Bayraktar & Ulya Soley
Ulya Soley ile Nix’in Evreleri üzerine söyleşi
31.01.2019, Bilsart, Istanbul
︎ Talk with Ulya Soley on Phases of Nix

2019 Kerem Ozan Bayraktar ile Sokak Otları
program: Melis Oğuz, Mekan ve İnsan
︎ Urban weeds

2019 Sokak Otları
program: Nurhan Keleer, Biofilia
07.02.2019, Açık Radyo

2019 Sokak Otları
21.03.2019, İstanbul Üniversitesi Cerrahpaşa Orman Fakültesi / Diker Atölye
︎ Urban weeds

2019 Medyum-sonrası Çağda Fotoğraf
moderatör: Tevfik Çağrı Dural
19.01.2019, Ortaformat, SALT Galata
︎ Photography after the post-medium age