Nilbar Güreş

Nilbar Güreş

Nilbar Güreş chooses a performative approach for her works, using photography, collage, drawing and video: she places everyday life realities in theatrical settings which deal with cultural identity codes, especially female or queer. The narrative presentation often depicts an exit strategy in a humourous way, without denying the brutal reality. Her work is based on long-term research and cultural observation by employing fieldwork practices; she lives with her protagonists and experiences their environment. The issues at stake always deal with a strong political standpoint and oppressing limitations of life which include sexims, violence and gender inequality.

Selected works

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

News

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Biography

Biography

Nilbar Güreş

Born 1977 in Istanbul, Turkey
Lives and works in Istanbul and Vienna

Education

2002
Malerei und Grafik, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna

 

2000

Fine Arts, Marmara University, Istanbul

Scholarships and awards

2015
BC21 Art Award

 

2014
Msgr. Otto Mauer-Preis

 

2013
Professor-Hilde-Goldschmidt-Preis

Solo exhibitions (selected)

2018
Lentos Museum, Linz

 

Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

 

2017
Heartache of a Stone
Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna

 

2016
Open Phone Booth
The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon, Israel

 

Double Headed Snake
Rampa, Istanbul

 

2014
JesuitenFoyer, Vienna

 

FO.KU.S – Foto Kunst Stadtforum
Innsbruck

 

2013
Osmos, New York, NY (US)

 

Nilbar Wien-Na
Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna

 

Open Phone Booth
Rampa, Istanbul

 

2011
Self-Defloration
Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart

 

Nilbar Güreş, Undressing
EIKON SchAUfenster: quartier21/MuseumsQuartier, Vienna

 

Nilbar Güreş
Rampa, Istanbul

 

2010
Nilbar Güreş: Window Commission 2010
INIVA Institute of International Visual Art, Rivington Place, London

 

2009
Unknown Sports, Indoor Exercises
Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg

Group exhibitions (selected)

2017
…between us…
Museum für Neue Kunst – Städtische Museen Freiburg

 

Un-Working the Icon: Kurdish “Warrior-Divas”
apexart berlin, Gallery Mario Kreuzberg, Berlin

 

Queer Arzu Yabandır
Baki Kosar Culture & Art Festival, Izmir

 

ğ – queere Formen migrieren
Schwules Museum* Berlin

 

Cherchez la femme
Jüdisches Museum Berlin

 

LEARNING FROM BIG MISTAKES
Galerie Tanja Wagner, New York

 

ich weiß nicht. Wie die Beziehungen zwischen den Dingen wachsen
MAK, Wien

 

The Way Beyond Art
Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven

 

2016
The Future Is Already Here – It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed
20th Biennale of Sydney

 

Let us cultivate our garden
Cappadox, Contemporary Art Programme Cappadox, Uçhisar, Nevşehir

 

Wir Flüchtlinge – Von dem Recht, Rechte zu haben
Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

 

South by Southeast. A Further Surface
Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou

 

SHE DEVIL 8 – IN THE MIRROR
Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome

 

Poesie der Veränderung
Museum der Moderne, Salzburg

 

Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia
Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana, Bukarest

 

Freundschaftsspiel Istanbul : Freiburg
Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg

 

Aus der Sammlung: Landschaft
Landesgalerie Linz

 

The Bill: For Collective Unconscious
Artspace, Auckland

 

Three Paths to the Lake
Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna

 

A Kingdom of Hours
Gasworks, London

 

The Epicenter of Everything
Galleri Syster, Luleå

 

Lines of Passage (in medias res)
The Municipal Art Gallery of Mytilene, Lesvos

 

VERCON LOSOIDOS. Poéticas de las Temporalidades
SIART 9, Bienal Internacional de Arte Bolivia, La Paz

 

Jahresgaben 2016/2017
Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

 

2015
Artists in Their Time
Istanbul Modern, Istanbul

 

Sweet Union
Sofia Queer Forum 2015, Sofia

 

Survival K(n)it 7 contemporary art festival
Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga

 

Mindsets
Studio Gallery, Budapest

 

Istanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury
MAXXI, Rome

 

Rainbow in the Dark
Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö

 

Kardinal König Kunstpreis
Kunstraum St. Virgil, Salzburg

 

How to (…) things that don’t exist – an exhibition developed out of the 31st São Paulo Biennial
Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto

 

BC21 BostonConsulting & BelvedereContemporary Art Award 2015
21er Haus, Wien

 

So wilde Freiheit war noch nie. Für Christine Lavant
Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt

 

Illusion
RAMPA, Istanbul

 

Cappadocia Struck, Contemporary Art Programme Cappadox, Uçhisar, Nevşehir

 

31st São Paulo Bienal Touring Program, SESC Campinas, São Paulo
SESC São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo
Museu de Arte Murilo Mendes, Juiz de Fora

 

Überschönheit
Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg

 

2014
The Moving Museum Istanbul
Sishane Otopark, Istanbul

 

On the moment of change there is always a new threshold of imagination
Artspace, Auckland

 

Short
Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna

 

How to (…) things that don’t exist
31st Biennal de São Paulo, São Paulo

 

Fair Play
MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome

 

Fragile Sense of Hope
ACT – Art Collection Telekom, me Collectors Room/Stiftung Olbricht, Berlin

 

Square(s)
François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles

 

Meeting Points 7: Zehntausend Täuschungen und hunderttausend Tricks
21er Haus, Vienna

 

Hier und Jetzt/Hic et Nunc. 10 künstlerische Interventionen im Jubiläumsjahr
Stift Klosterneuburg

 

Ghosts, Spies and Grandmothers
SeMA Biennial, Mediacity Seoul

 

AGITATIONISM
EVA International Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick City

 

Kunsttriennale für zeitgenössische Kunst, Sion im Wallis

 

Customs Made: Quotidian Practices and Everyday Rituals Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah

 

Desiring the Real. Austria Contemporary
European Parliament, Strasbourg
Art Gallery of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo
Moskau/Nischnij Nowgorod

 

One Night Stand
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

 

Private Matters
ApexArt, New York

 

WoWmen!
Kaai Theather, Brussels

 

Feminis-Arte II
CentroCentro Cibeles, Madrid

 

2013
New Continent: A Selection From the Video Collection of the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
Minsheng Art Museum

 

Desiring the real
Depo, Istanbul

 

Unknown Forces
Tophane-i amire, Istanbul

 

S/HE IS THE ONE
Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna

 

Game Changer
Meadow Bank Sports Centre
Art Festival Edinburgh

 

Nouvelles Vagues/A History of Inspiration
Palais de Tokyo, Paris

 

Istanbul Modern – Bahrain
Bahrain National Museum, Manama

 

hetero q.b.
Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon

 

new, closer, together
Sofia Contemporary, Sofia

 

Zeichen, Gefangen im Wunder. Auf der Suche nach Istanbul heute
MAK, Vienna
Kunstverein Hannover

 

Envy, Enmity, Embarrassment
ARTER, Istanbul

 

At the Gender Bazaar
Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseilles

 

2012
Rosa Arbeiter auf goldener Strasse
Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna

 

Eastern Vistas
Smiths Row Gallery, Bury St Edmunds

 

Arrivals and Departures 2012: Mediterranean
Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona

 

Desiring the Real
Museum MUAC, Mexico City

 

Rapid Pulse Performance Festival

 

Defibrillator
performance art gallery, Chicago

 

Life is Elsewhere
Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin

 

In Which Language shall I tell my Story…
Steldelijk Museum, Schiedam

 

Desiring the Real
MOCAB Museum Of Contemporary Art, Belgrade

 

Passage
Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna

 

Wie zusammen leben?
Salzburger Kunstverein

 

Der Mensch. Der Fluss
National Gallery Sofia

 

Istanbul Modern
Museum Boijmans Rotterdam

 

2011
Der tägliche Aufstand
< rotor > association for contemporary art, Graz

 

Dream and Reality
Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul

 

Responding to the New Moon
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

 

1. International Photo Festival, Bursa

 

Tolerabilis
Toskanische Säulenhalle im Zeughaus, Augsburg

 

Der Mensch. Der Fluss
Donauschwäbisch Central Museum Ulm

 

The Daily Uprising
< rotor > association for contemporary art, Graz

 

Austria Davaj!
Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow

 

Tactics of Invisibility
ARTER, Istanbul

 

Zwölf im Zwölften
Tanas, Berlin

 

Never that’s when…
Open Space – Zentrum für Kunstprojekte, Vienna

 

2010
Ex-Territory, Tel Aviv

 

Tactics of Invisibility
TANAS, Berlin

 

Where do we go from here
Secession, Vienna

 

6th Berlin Biennale, Berlin

 

Curated by
Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna

 

Starter
Arter, Istanbul

 

On Paper
Stalke Gallery, Kirke Sonnerup

 

Not a Lens But a Prisma
Eugenio de Almeida Foundation, Evora

 

The Others
Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia

 

Derriére le rideau, une génération hors d’elle …
Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris

 

Tactics of Invisibility
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna

 

Ankara-Vienna
Gallery Nev, Ankara

 

2009
Performance und Gender, Politik, Soziale Fragen und Intercultural Studies
Fotogalerie, Vienna

 

13 Lessons in Performance Art
Screening at Cinema TOP, Vienna

 

The Future is Analogue-Lomography
MAK, Vienna

 

Video in Progress 3: Performans za video
Center Urbane Kulture Kino Siska, Ljubljana

 

quelques images de la scene turque contemporaine
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg

 

Performance//Frame
Gallery Anita Beckers, Frankfurt

 

What Keeps Mankind Alive?
11th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul

 

Red Thread
TANAS, Berlin

 

The Seen and The Hidden: Dis_covering The Veil
Austrian Cultural Forum, New York

 

Video in Progress 3
Gallery Photon, Ljubljana

 

Photonic Moments IV
ProArtOrg, Belgrade

 

Positionen
Drei Drostei-Haus des Barock und der Moderne, Pinneberg

 

Unfair Provocation
Hafriyat Karaköy, Istanbul

 

2008
Emergency Exit
Outlet Gallery, Istanbul

 

Bewegte Bilder
Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt

 

Ansichten Wien
Galerie Kroart, Vienna

 

Try, Live / Photonic Moments
Gallery Photon, Ljubljana

 

Urban Jealousy
1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran

 

World One Minutes
Today Art Museum, Beijing

 

Permanent Waiting Room
Social Centre TPO
University of Bologna
Political department Bologna

 

Ajdovšina
Ljubljana

 

Seven Seven Contemporary Art, London

 

Seems to be
Tiroler Künstlerschaft, Innsbruck

 

Abwesend
Soho in Ottakring, Vienna

 

2007
Open Artist Studios
BMSuma Contemporary Arts Center, Istanbul

 

Be realistic, aim for the impossible!
Karşi Sanat Art Gallery, Istanbul

 

Imagine there is an Art Work
BMSuma Contemporary Arts Center, Istanbul

 

5th International Filmmor Women’s Film Festival
French Cultural Center Istanbul
Italian Cultural Center Istanbul
Ağrı, Diyarbakır, Van

 

2006
Art auction: human rights
MAK, Vienna

 

Arabesque Süperi Lothringer
13íer gallery, Munich

 

Wir machen das schon wieder (We`re doing it again)
Andreas Huber Galerie, Vienna

 

2005
Hot Spots-Emerging Artists
Collection Essl, Klosterneuburg

 

2003
Installation for Marcus Omofuma
Afrikadorf, Stadtpark, Vienna

 

New Suggestions / New Proposals
Borusan Gallery, Istanbul

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