Özlem Şimşek is an artist and PHD candidate working with photography, video and performative arts. Her works are based on notions of visual representation of identity, gender and modernity. She was born on İstanbul; graduated from Marmara University Communication Faculty. She received scholarship from Swedish Institute and studied photography in Nordens Fotoskola/ Sweden in 2004. Şimşek finished her master degree in photography at Dokuz Eylül University with the thesis “Photography as a New Way of Expression in Contemporary Art After 1980 in Turkey”. She is currently working on her PHD in art and design at the Yıldız Teknik University Institute of Social Sciences, with the thesis statement “Masquerade, Role Playing and Persona Performances in Contemporary Art.” Her artwork has been included in several personal and group exhibitions Turkey and abroad, in galleries and museums including Malmö Museum, Pera Museum, Elgiz Museum and Istanbul Modern Museum. Şimşek, lives and works in Istanbul.
Solo Exhibitions
2018-
"Atlas Of Idealized Women" 
Consulate General  of Sweden, Tiny Office Art Project
2014
Özlem Simsek
K29 Ricarda Fox Galerie , Essen, Germany
2013
"Dramatic Persona"
Cda-Projects, İstanbul, Turkey
2011
"Epic Seduction"
Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul, Turkey
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017
“Look  at me” Abject Gallery, Newcastle, England,
    With Bengü Karaduman, Gizem Karakaş, Çiğdem Menteşoğlu, Ferhat Özgür, Dila Yumurtacı
“Sis: In the blink of a bird”, DEPO, Istanbul, Turkey
     Main Team: Belkis Isik, Borga Kantürk, Elmas Deniz, Evrim Kavcar, Gökçe Suvari, Gümüs Özdes, Merve Ünsal, Selda Asal, Sevgi Ortaç
    As a contributor  with Ali Miharbi, Artıkişler Collective, Alp, Esin, Atalay Yeni, Azra Deniz Okyay, Bengi Güldoğan, Berk Asal, Burak Delier, Ceren Oykut, Didem Pekün,…
2016
'La Ventura', Curated by: Karoly Aliotti ve Nilüfer Şaşmazer, Ark Kültür, İstanbul,TR
'Impact Videofest', Curated by Ebru Nalan Sülün, Adnan Saygun Culturel Center, İzmir, Turkey
    With  Nezaket Ekici, Komet, Cengiz Bodur, Erdal İnci, Ferhat Özgür, Genco Gülan, Handan Dayı, Hülya Özdemir, İpek Duben, Neriman Polat, Yeni Anıt
“Impenitent / Istanbul”, Concept: Neriman Polat, Arzu Yayıntaş, Ark Kultur, İstanbul Turkey
    With Yeşim Ağaoğlu, Gizem Aksu, Sena Başöz, Deniz Bilgin, Banu Birecikligil, Fulya Çetin, Elif Varol Ergen, Nurcan Gündoğan, Gülsün Karamustafa, Neriman Polat, Özlem Şimşek, Aydın Teker, Güneş Terkol, Sevil Tunaboylu, Arzu Yayıntaş ve Zulal.
'Life is Returning to Normal',  Studyo Açık Collective Exhibition, İstanbul, Turkey
    With Elçin Acun, Mehmet Çeper, Gülhatun Yıldırım, Fatih Tan, Alp Esin, Mehmet Fahracı, Mehmet Ali Boran, Fatoş Irwen, Mahmut Koyuncu, Engin Sustam, Kenan Nuraydın, Gözde Üçok, Caroline May, Mutlu Dölek, Elvan Ekren, Onur Girit, Beste Erener, Pınar Derin Gencer, Gülsün Odabaş, Özgür Demirci, Gümüş Özdeş, Sevil Tunaboylu, Kaan Kurtuluş, Meral Candan
2015
“Bare, Naked, Nude, A Story of Modernization in Turkish Painting”,  Curated by: Ahu Antmen, Pera Museum, İstanbul,  Turkey
    With Namık İsmail, İbrahim Çallı, Melek Celal Sofu, Feyhaman Duran …and  ….
“Don’t Let Me Upset You”  Studyo Açık Artist Collective Exhibition, İstanbul, Turkey
    With Elçin Acun, Sedat Akdoğan, Eylül Alnıaçık, Mehmet Ali Boran, Mehmet Çeper, Gülay Doğan, Alp Esin,Mehmet Fahracı, Jesse Gagliardi, Onur Girit, Fatoş İrwen,Mahmut Koyuncu, Kenan Nuraydın, Hasan Pehlevan, Fulya Poyraz, Engin Sustam, Kubilay Mert Ural, Gözde Üçok, Fatih Tan
2014
FotoFest 2014 Biennial,The Houston Club, Houston. U.S.A
2013
Close Quarters,  The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, TR
    With Özgür Atlagan, Fatma Belkıs, Dilan Bozyel, Yusuf Darıyerli, Cemil Batur Gökçeer, Ege Kanar, Korhan Karaoysal, Metehan Özcan, Civan Özkanoğlu, Emir Özşahin, Muhitin Eren Sulamacı, Sinan Tuncay, Gözde Türkkan, Devin Yalkın, Begüm Yamanlar, Sarp Kerem Yavuz, Cemre Yeşil
“Second Eye /Women Photographers from Turkey”, Created by: Ahu Antmen and Laleper Aytek, Consulate General of Greece in Istanbul, TR
    With  Silva Bingaz, Melisa Önel, Sebla Selin Ok, Bikem Ekberzade, Serra Akcan, Gülşin Ketenci, Şenay Öztürk,  Şehlem Sebik, Begüm Koçum, Cemre Yeşil, Dilara Arısoy, Pınar Gediközer, Larissa Araz, Zeynep Kayan, Senem Sinem , Gözde Türkkan….
2012
“Museum Inside a Museum”, Curated by Fırat Arapoğlu, Elgiz Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
    With Ali İbrahim Öcal, Alper İnce, anti-pop, Çağrı Saray, Eda Gecikmez, Elif Öner, Hülya Özdemir, İnsel İnal, Mehmet Çeper, Orhan Cem Çetin, Özlem Şimşek ve Rafet Arslan
Figure Out: Turkish Contemporary Art, Artsawa, Dubai, UAE
    with ASLI TORCU |ELIF VAROL ERGEN |ESREF YILDIRIM |FUNDA ALKAN |GÜLIN HAYAT TOPDEMIR |LEVENT MORGÖK |ONUR GÜLFIDAN|VOLKAN ASLAN |ÇINAR ESLEK |FIRAT NEZIROGLU |GÖKÇE ER |NAZLI EDA NOYAN |ÖZGÜR KORKMAZGIL |ZEYNEP KAYAN |BURÇAK BINGÖL |NEJAT SATI |AYSEGÜL SAGBAS |ZEREN GÖKTAN
“Eyeballing” Curated by yaygara Art Collective, Çankaya Contemporary Art Gallery, Ankara
    With, Gavin Turk / Genco Gülan / Genç Proje / Gisele Trembleau / Gi̇zem Şendur / Johannes Vogl / Mehmet Ali̇ Boran / Mehmet Ali Uysal / Mustafa Duyuluer / Osman Dinç / Osman Bozkurt / Özlem Şi̇mşek / Sarki̇s / Serkan Demir / Sibel Horada / Sinem Dişli / Şeniz Aksoy / Şevket Arik / Tanzer Ariğ / Timur Çeli̇k / Tim Hailey / Tuba Merdeşe / Tufan…

2010
“Weib`S Bild IV – Fokus Türkei”, Alte Feuerwache, Cologne, Germany
2009    
Past is Over, Now Pay The Bill, Daire Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey
2008
Turkish Photography Today,Curated by A. Zlatopolskaia, FotoDepartament, St. Petersburg, Russia
Ne Halin Varsa Gör (Knock Yourself Out), Play Studio, Istanbul, Turkey
    With Elçin Acun Banu Alpay Melike Ataç Orhan Cem Çetin Meral Candan Emre Çayla İbrahim K. Deniz Bilal Eroğlu Alp Esin Murat Germen Lara Sayılgan, Alex Waldman
Narratives from the Private, Curated by Serdar Darendeliler, Malmö Museum, Sweden
    With Silva Bingaz, Korhan Karaoysal, Ali Taptık and Serkan Taycan
2007
Young Talents in Turkish Photography, Geniş Açı   
Çetin Emeç Art Galery, İzmir
5th. Çanakkale Photography Festival, Çanakkale

Artist Book and displays
Atlas of Idealized Women, (Dummy Book) 168 page, 50 ed., 2016
2016 Cosmos Arles Books, Arles, France
2016 Polycopies Photography Book Fair,  Paris, France
2016 Istanbul Photobook Festival, Turkey

Publications books & catalogues & press
“Turkey: Istanbul Codex, Contemporary Artists from Turkey”, Imago Mundi - Luciano Benetton Collection, 2016
“PROBLEMATIZATION BY REFERENCING THE TRADITIONS DURING THE PRODUCTION OF WORKS OF ART” Yrd.Doç. Özlem Gök , http://www.ifas.selcuk.edu.tr/ (ISDN:2093950) international fine arts symposium november 12-13 2015
“Hanımlara Mahsus Beylere Vazife” in book titled “Kimlikli Bedenler Sanat, Kimlik, Cinsiyet” , by Ahu Antmen, Sel, 2014, Istanbul,TR
Otoportre, Role Bürünme ve Kadın Kimliğine Bakış, Tuba Parlak, Hürriyet Keyif Daily Newspaper,18-05-2013
Entretien ‘jouer avec I'origine des mythes’, Dypcik Magazine, October-November 2011
Temellük Etme Yolunda, Jülide Karahan, Zaman Daily Newspaper, 4-07-2011
Tarih Boyu Kadınlık Halleri, Ezgi Atabilen, Hürriyet Keyif Daily Newspaper, 9-07-2011
Muzip Bir Taklit, Jülide Karahan, Fotoğraf Magazine, August-Semptember 2011
 Take Care of Yourself, Geniş Açı Magazine, Special Issue 4, 2007
Catalogues
Nude, Bare Naked, Pera Museum Exhibition Book, 2015
Second Eye, Women Photographers from Turkey”, 2015
Dramatic Persona, Cda Projects, İstanbul, Exhibition Catalogue
Close Quarters, The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Exhibion Catalogue, 2013
Christies Dubai Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art, October 2012
Christies Dubai Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art, April 2012
Museum Inside a Museum, Elgiz Modern Art Museum İstanbul, Exhibition Catalogue, 2012
Epic Seduction, Cda-Projects, İstanbul, Exhibition Catalogue

Artist Residencies, Workshops & Talks
2018, SALT Galata, Talk:  Rise of Camera Culture and Identity Performance
2016,  Atlas of Idealized Women book presentation, İstanbul Fotobook Festival, Mimar Sinan Fine Art University Istanbul Turkey,
2016, Photobook workshop with with tutors MATTHIEU CHARON & REMI FAUCHEUX from RVB Books (in FUAM/Istanbul)
2015, Workshop:Clue in Salt Galata /İstanbul
2012, Artist talk in 3th Photography Days, İTU
2007,Workshop in Akbank Sanat, Nazif Topçuoğlu
2004, Fellowship and residency , Nordens Fotoskola, Stockholm, SWEDEN,

Contact
Web: www.ozlemsimsek.com
e-mail: ozlemsmsk@gmail.com
Phone: 0090 543 792 32 57
Studio phone: 0090 212 361 51 75
Address of Artist’s Studio: Kamerhatun Mah. Çatıkkaş Sok. No:21A Beyoğlu İstanbul












 

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