ABOUT

Artist and filmmaker Pınar Öğrenci’s films and installations deal with displacement, migration, survival, and resistance. Driving her works are difficult, everyday struggles; the stories she hears, observes, experiences, collects, and documents from different geographies. In earlier works, Öğrenci followed the rarely-spoken about stories of migrant communities around the Mediterranean, the Aegean, and in Berlin. Her film Aşît – The Avalanche gained international attention during documenta fifteen.

She has a background in architecture, which informs her poetic, atmospheric and experiential video-based works and site specific installations that accumulate traces of ‘material culture’ related to forced displacement. Her works are decolonial and feminist readings from the intersections of social, political and anthropological research, everyday practices, and human stories that follow agents of forced migration.

SELECTED WORKS

Hotel Miks
2023
Turkish Delight
2022
Aşît
2022
The nameless and the homeless stand side by side here
2022
A New Year’s Eve
2021
Inventory 2021
2021
Supreme Penalty
2021
Gurbet is a home now
2020
Un Peso
2018
A Gentle Breeze Passed Over Us
2017
Only Dead Fish Go with the Flow
2017
Erika and The Night
2016
LED Light City Istanbul
2015
Purple Panic: 43
2015 – Ongoing
Awaiting the Onset of the Sense of Life
2013
Collapsing of Newly Builts
2011 - 2013

EXHIBITIONS

Pınar Öğrenci
Glück auf in Deutschland
Apr 26 – Jun 08, 2024
Between the Lines
Elisa Giardina Papa, Šejla Kamerić, Kapwani Kiwanga, Pınar Öğrenci, Grit Richter, Anna Steinert & Angelika J. Trojnarski
Nov 25, 2023 – Jan 13, 2024
Vidéothèque
Angelika J. Trojnarski, Anna Steinert, Anna Witt, Annabel Daou, Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, Elisa Giardina Papa, Kapwani Kiwanga, Laurel Nakadate, Melanie - Jame Wolf, Pınar Öğrenci, Radha May, Šejla Kamerić, Ulf Aminde & Christoph Grund.
Feb 4 – Mar 4, 2023

VIEWING ROOM

CHANNEL

NEWS

Pınar Öğrenci
Verbindendes und Trennendes
Von Beate Scheder
TAZ
Jun 05, 2024
Pınar Öğrenci
Aşit (The Avalanche)
Solo exhibition
Frac Bretagne, Rennes
Jun 1 – Jun 11, 2024
Pınar Öğrenci
Gallery Weekend Berlin Roundup 2024
by Vashti Ali
MOUSSE MAGAZINE
May 14, 2024
Pınar Öğrenci
Unterwegs zur Kunst
Georg Imdahl
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Apr 27, 2024
Pınar Öğrenci
Gallery Weekend 2024 in Berlin: Diese Galerien sollten Sie unbedingt besuchen
Leonie Rolinck
AD Magazine
April 24, 2024
Pınar Öğrenci
Disobedience Archive
Group exhibition curated by Adriano Pedrosa
60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
Apr 20 – Apr 21, 2024
Pınar Öğrenci
ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 60TH VENICE BIENNALE
ARTFORUM
Feb 1, 2024
Pınar Öğrenci
Double Feature
Screening
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Sep 27, 2023, 7:30 pm
Pınar Öğrenci
Curated by: Thema verfehlt
Raimar Stange
artmagazine
Sep 10, 2023
Pınar Öğrenci
Moved, or What My Bones Know
Group exhibition curated by Lusin Reinsch
Galerie Nord | Kunstverein Tiergarten
Sep 1 – Oct 28, 2023
Pınar Öğrenci
Streaming-Tipps: 10 Kunst-Filme, die sich im Juni lohnen
Monopol-Magazin
Jun 01, 2023
Pınar Öğrenci
Aşît / The Avalanche
Solo exhibition
Berlinische Galerie
May 26 – Jul 31, 2023

BIOGRAPHY

PINAR ÖĞRENCi

Born 1973 in Van, Turkey
Lives and works in Berlin

Education

1990 – 1995
Yıldız Technical University (YTÜ), Architecture Department, Istanbul, Turkey

1995 – 1998

Yıldız Technical University (YTÜ), History of Architecture and Restoration Master Program, Architecture Department, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Awards and Nominations

2023
Villa Romana Prize, Florence

Nominated for Visions du Reel, International Medium Length Film Competition with Aşit

Nominated for National Documentary Film Competition of Istanbul Film Festival with Turkish Delight


2022
Nominated for Böttcher Strasse Kunst Prise 2022, Bremen



2021
Documentarist Film Festival, Special Jury Award with Gurbet is a home now

Nominated for National Documentary Film Award Competition of İstanbul Film Festival with Gurbet is a home now


2016 

Nominated for Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics at the New School in New York with Im Walking for Peace Initiative

 

Programmes and Residencies

2023

Villa Romana, Florence, Italy.



2018
Contemporary Geographies, Summer School, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Kuldiga Latvia.

2017
Migration and Symbols, Lecture Series, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany.


2016
Becoming Witness and Suspect in Times of War, Public Calling Conference, National Theatre Oslo, Norway.

Artist in Residence Programme, Henie Onstad Kulturcenter, Oslo, Norway.

HIAP, Artist in Residence Programme, Helsinki, Finland.

2015 

Plataforma Editable, Desplazamientos Curatoriales
Santiago, Valparaiso, Antofagasta, Tarabaca, Chile.



2013
CIMAM Annual Conference supported by SAHA, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

2011
Altonale Festival and Artist in Residence Programme, Hamburg, Germany.

2010
Willa Waldberta, Artist in Residence Programme, Munich, Germany.

Solo exhibitions (selected)

2024
Glück auf in Deutschland

Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

2023
The Avalanche, Video Room
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin.



2018
Mawtini, Tensta Museum Project
Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm.


Un Peso
Bilsart, İstanbul.

2017
A Gentle Breeze Passed Over Us

Kunst Haus Wien-Hundertwasser Museum, Vienna.

Under the Red Sky
Depo Istanbul.

2015

Awaiting the Onset of the Sense of Life
MARSistanbul, Istanbul.

Solo presentations & screenings

2024
Aşit (The Avalanche)
Frac Bretagne, Rennes

2023
Inventory 2021
Neu National Galerie, Berlin

Aşit – The Avalanche
Double Future
Schirn, Frankfurt


Turkish Delight

Film Screening & Discussion with Anne Bitterwolf
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin.

Aşit
Film Screening and Discussion

Art, Ancestors, Ghosts & The Death, Protocinema, New York


Aşit

Film Screening and Discussion 
Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel

2022
Aşit

Film Screening and Discussion
HFBK, Hamburg



Gurbet is a home now
Vienna Art Academy

2021
Gurbet is a home now
Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Berlinische Galerie & ARCHplus, Berlin.

Gurbet is a home now

Film Screening and Discussion
Brücke Museum, Berlin.

Gurbet is a home now
Film Screening
İstanbul Modern, İstanbul

Inventur
Film Screening and Discussion with Želimir Žilnik
Maxim Gorki Theatre, Berlin.

2019
Resisting Forest
Performative Reading
SAVVY, Berlin

Purple Panic:43
Lecture Performance
District Berlin



A Gentle Breeze Passed Over Us
Workshop at the 
Jewish Museum, Munich

Newcomers
Workshop
 at FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum, Berlin

Group exhibitions (selected)

2024
Biennale Matter of Art
National Gallery Prague, Lidice

Disobedience Archive
60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Venice

2023

Between the Lines
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

Moved, or What My Bones Know
Galerie Nord, Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin

Vielheit [Multiplicity]: Stories from the postmigrant society
Kunst Meran, Italy

A House for Mending, Troubling, Repairing
Villa Romana, Florence



Unfair Game
Curated by Exile, Vienna


2022

documenta fifteen

Kassel, Germany



2021

Offener Prozess

Stadtmuseum, Jena & Maxim Gorki Theatre, Berlin

Angst Keine Angst, Fear No Fear
Times Art Center, Berlin

Get Real: Exhibition about the housing question and new forms
Luda Gallery, St. Petersburg

Die Balkone
Prenslauberg 
Berlin

Ak-sayanlar

X-ist Gallery, Istanbul


2020
Porose Stadt / Porous City

Kunstraum Bethanien Kreuzberg, Berlin


2019

3rd Art Encounters Biennial
Timişoara, Romania



7th Sinop Biennial
Sinop


Survival Kit
Latvian Contemporary Center for Art, Riga


Say Shibboleth

Jewish Museum, Munich


Ce sont les îles qui se déplacent
Passerelle Contemporary Art Center, Brest


Revolt She Said
District Berlin


Gitmek mi zor kalmak mı? 
Agah Uğur Collection Exhibition
Akaretler, İstanbul


Last Acquisitions
Agah Uğur Collection, CI, İstanbul


2018
12th Gwangju Biennial
Gwangju


6th Athens Biennial

Athens


Exclusively Inclusive

Gerdarsfan Kópavogor Museum, Iceland

Konst och affarer
Tensta Konsthal, Tensta Centrum, Stockholm

How the weather will be tomorrow?
Between Bridges, Berlin


Say Shibboleth
Jewish Museum of Hohenems


First Raunt, Selection from Banu-Hakan Carmikli Collection
Greek School Karakoy, Istanbul

2017
Bahar, the Istanbul off-site project for Sharjah Biennial13
Istanbul


Post Peace
Württembergischer Kunstverein (WKV), Stuttgart

Non Persons, Spaces, Situations

Bruthaus Gallery, Waregem


Artist At Risk
Pavilion Athens, Perpetuum Mobilisation, Athens



Camouflaged Pearls

Bruthaus Gallery, Waregem

2016

When Home Won’t Let You Stay
University of Applied Arts (Angawandte), Vienna

2015
Apricots From Damascus
SALT Galata, Istanbul


İstanbul: Passion, Joy
, Fury
MAXXI Museum, Rome


1. Frontiers Bienal
Tamaulipas, Mexico

2014
4. Çanakkale Biennial
Çanakkale


5. Sinop Biennial

Sinop