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Kerem Ozan Bayraktar is an artist living in Istanbul.

Kerem Ozan Bayraktar’s works pertain to conditions in which objects unite to constitute environments. Using a wide range of representation objects, the artist focuses on the fuzzy boundaries between natural and artificial entities; their metamorphosis, decaying, and how we make sense of them. These entities range from spontaneous urban plants to exoplanets; from machines to animal bodies. While on the one hand Bayraktar’s works demonstrate similar organisational modes of different environments, on the other hand they explore the conditions of singularity that contradict these similarities.

The artist is particularly interested in elucidating  vitality and how an object sustains itself in an environment. Bayraktar’s latest exhibition, “Rocks and Winds, Germs and Words” (2019, Sanatorium) was structured around visualizing how the whole effort of understanding life evolved in parallel with semiotics and language, by focalising geological and biological processes, problematizing life’s nature as a network of relationships, and revealing the compulsory connections of digital and physical beings with matter and energy resources of the world. The exhibition featured forms that are difficult to explain through dichotomies such as digital/analog, life/death or animate/inanimate.

The artist’s work often refers to objects’ methods of  self-organization such as copying and variation, and to cultural and ideological classifications such as categorization. The video titled “Mimicry” (2017), which reveals the similarities between biological copying mechanisms and industrial mass production methods, shows the interaction between a machine and a living being in an orchid production facility. In the series “Circus” (2013), animal visualizations featuring the same sign repeating itself in different colors and textures indicates the relationship between biodiversity and the economy of computer games. In the series “Some Potentially Uninhabitable Planets” (2019), the issue of diversity  is tackled with exoplanet illustrations. The illustrations consist of pseudo-scientific interpretations of dead planets, which discuss the probability of matter getting organized, the chances of some of this organized matter to contain life, and the ideological ways of representing the quest for life. In the video and image titled “Phases of Nix” (2019), which discusses a similar issue through time, the artist makes an effort to create an impossible calendar of a natural satellite that performs chaotic turns around itself. Coincidence and spontaneity, movement and stability, cycles and oscillations, and images about expansions in space are among the elementary constituents that determine the flow in Bayraktar’s works.

The artist’s repertoire has recently expanded to include elements from popular culture. Works that focus on zombies or stuffed animals made in China, re-question the relationship between life, movement and consciousness through these hybrid beings.
Sergi yazıları ve değerlendirmeler

2022 Şeker ve ısı: kırmızı, mavi, yeşil, mor, turuncu
Aslı Seven,border_less, 03.02.2022

2021 Üreticiler, Ayırt Ediciler ve Arada Kalanlar
Ulya Soley, Güncel 26, 08.02.2021, Istanbul

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

2019 Kötü Karşılaşmalar: Kriz, ölüm, soy tükenmesi ve bildiğimiz Dünya’nın sonu
Gaye Çankaya Eksen, Kayalar ve Rüzgarlar, Mikroplar ve Kelimeler (ed.Kevser Güler), Sanatorium, 09.2019

2019 Kayalar ve rüzgarlar, mikroplar ve kelimeler
Kevser Güler, Kayalar ve Rüzgarlar, Mikroplar ve Kelimeler (ed.Kevser Güler), Sanatorium, 09.2019

2019 Her şeyi düzene sokma çabasının sonuçsuzluğu
Hüseyin Gökçe, İstanbul Art News, Mart 2019, Sayı:60

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


Röportajlar

2022 Akışkan Ekolojiler: Kerem Ozan Bayraktar’la Strands üzerine
Ezgi Yurteri, Argonotlar, 11.01.2022

2021 Su çizgisi (Aslı Uludağ ile)
VBenzeri, 24.04.2021

2019 Uzay, zaman, gezegenler ve bitkilere dair: Kerem Ozan Bayraktar ile sohbet
Ulya Soley,border_less, 07.02.2019

2019 Öğrenme Süreçlerine Dair Kavramsal Bir Laboratuvar
İpek Yeğinsu, Sanatatak, 10.03.2018

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


Seçilmiş Konuşmalar

2021 Çağdaş Sanat Buluşmaları: Gündelik Yaşam Estetiği
moderatör: Kültigin Kağan Akbulut
26.04.2021, Ataşehir Kültür Sanat, çevrimiçi

2021 Yapıttan Önce Sonra Sanat
moderatör: Süreyya Evren
24.03.2021, Küçükçekmece Dijital Festival, çevrimiçi

2021 Etüt: Güncel Sanata Doğru İlk Adımlar: Kavramsal Sanat
programlama: Murat Alat
03.03.2021, Nilüfer Sanat, çevrimiçi

2020 Symbiosis: Ortak Yaşam Üzerine Araştırmalar / Dağıtık Yaşam
programlama: Murat Alat
16.05.2020, İstanbul Özel Saint-Joseph Fransız Lisesi, çevrimiçi

2020 SAHA Studio: Kerem Ozan Bayraktar & Nazlı Yayla
09.2020, SAHA Studio, çevrimiçi

2020 Sokak Otları ve Onların Kent Ekolojisindeki Yeri
program: Benan Kapucu, Botanitopya
23.02.2020, Açık Radyo

2019 Pandemi Döneminde ”Kayalar ve Rüzgarlar, Mikroplar ve Kelimeler” Sergisini Yeniden Düşünmek
Ulya Soley ile söyleşi
02.05.2019, Sanatorium

2019 Bilsart Sanat Konuşmaları: Kerem Ozan Bayraktar & Ulya Soley
Ulya Soley ile Nix’in Evreleri üzerine söyleşi
31.01.2019, Bilsart, Istanbul

2019 Kerem Ozan Bayraktar ile Sokak Otları
program: Melis Oğuz, Mekan ve İnsan
22.04.2019, medyascope.tv

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