Online talk by the next UMPRUM Visiting Artist Özlem Altin

Online talk by the next UMPRUM Visiting Artist
Özlem Altin

Dec 16, 2022 at 10:00 a. m.
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Online talk by the next UMPRUM Visiting Artist Özlem Altin

Özlem Altın - Pulse and grief (encapsulated, reactivated), 2022, print on canvas with ink and oil, 112 x 280 cm

Özlem Altın (she/her) explores the body at rest and the inanimate in action in her paintings, collages, photographs, and artist books. To create her work, Altın digs through a photographic collection she has assembled over the years, combining found images with her own photographs into a dense constellation of amalgams. By finding connections between layers of photomontage and ink, the artist prompts viewers to create narratives by “acknowledging what is happening in between the images.” Some emotionally resonant images—the mask, the mermaid, the heron—are symbols that she frequently returns to; they embody something part human and part animal, or a state of in-betweenness, and are recurrent in her work. Her flowing yet complex nets of images contribute to elaborate a narrative, at times mythological, on the bodily existence.

Özlem Altın is part of the 59th Venice Biennale The Milk of dreams curated by Cecilia Alemani. 
Her most recent exhibitions include Kunstverein Braunschweig; Tongues of Time in Villa Romana, Florence (2021); Companion Pieces, MoMA, NY (2020); The 16th Istanbul Biennial (2019); The 10th Berlin Biennial (2018). Furthermore she participated amongst others in The 4th Mardin Biennial (2018); To Walk A Line, Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne (2016); Always Yours, Lost Objects, Monuments, Balice Hertling, Paris (2013);

Altın received a Master of Fine Art in 2006 following the postgraduate studies at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2004-2006). Altın was a guest-professor for photography in HGB Leipzig in 2020-2021, and currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.