Assistant Professor, Kadir Has University
Biographical Info: Eser Selen is an artist and writer. Her visual work works keep regularly encompassing performance, sound, and video in which the ideas of body and space become entangled with one another. She attempts to question the body’s conditions of existence and its traces, either in terms of its spatial limits or in the condition of the body as a space. Her works have always been about the transitivity between the body and spatial limits, as her performances display the body that has just come into existence in space. She has exhibited and performed in Europe, the United States and the Middle East. She has performed at Art Dubai (2013), ARCOmadrid (2013), CerModern, Ankara (2011) had solo exhibitions at Aksanat, Istanbul (2005), Kasa Gallery, Istanbul (1999). Her work has been included in the exhibitions held at METUArt, Ankara (2014); Triennale Bovisa Milan (2008); in museums and galleries such as Contemporary Art Center (2007), Kasa Gallery, Istanbul (2002) Ram Gallery, Rotterdam (2003). She obtained her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Fine Arts at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey; Masters degree and a PhD from the Department of Performance Studies at the TISCH School of the Arts of New York University in 2010 with her dissertation titled “The Work of Sacrifice: Gender Performativity, Modernity, and Islam in Turkish Contemporary Performance.” Her research interests include contemporary art, feminisms, performance studies, gender and sexuality, communication design, visual culture and new media. Other than numerous presentations made at national and international conferences, her writings have been published in such journals as Gender Place and Culture, Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, International Journal of the Humanities, Artful Living, ICE: Contemporary Arts and Gündoğan Edebiyat. She currently lives in Istanbul and teaches with an Assistant Professor position at the Communication Design Department at Kadir Has University, Turkey.