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Adnan Yildiz participated in the traveling curatorial research program, Curatorlab/Konstfack in Stockholm (2006-2008), and was supported by Si (Swedish Institute). He was awarded a research fellowship and independent study program at the Valand Art Academy (2008). Yildiz was a nominee for ICI’s Independent Curatorial Vision Award in 2012. Yildiz co-curated the video program Nightcomers for the 10th Istanbul Biennial (2007), and also Hot-Desking (Curatorlab) for Manifesta 7 (2008), in collaboration with Raqs Media Collective. He received the Montehermoso Curator Research Grant 2009 and manifested the project, There is no audience, an exhibition about public imagination at Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, as well as Time-Challenger, an exhibition on critical reconstruction at HISK, Gent, Belgium. Yildiz participated in curatorial education programs such as the Curatorial Intensive, organized by ICI, New York (during Performa 2011); the curatorial seminar at Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2008); and Fast Forward within the framework of the 4th Berlin Biennial, Young Curators’ Workshop, KW, Berlin (2006). He has contributed to international periodicals such as Metropolis M, Mousse, Paletten, Idea, art- ist, Bidoun, Politiken, Manifesta Online Journal, Res-Art, as well as Radikal, Taraf, Bianet, and Milliyet Sanat in Turkish. Yildiz has given lectures in Istanbul, Berlin, Bucharest, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Taipei, and Venice. Since January 2011, Yildiz has been the Artistic Director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, currently focusing on the solo exhibitions series, Artistic Dialogues, at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Methodical Inquiries at Polistar Gallery, Istanbul, and a discussion-based event program, Critical Voices, at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart and Platform3 in Munich.
PROJECT 35 VOLUME 2 at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart from October 10, 2013 through December 8, 2013read more »
Adnan Yildiz will talk about his program at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart and other projects in relation to his approach to transforming the institutional space into the conceptual form of an artist studio.read more »
Following the widespread popularity and success of PROJECT 35, ICI is collaborating with 35 more international curators to produce PROJECT 35 VOLUME 2. This program of single-channel videos is selected by 35 international curators who each chose one work from an artist they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today.read more »
Participants in ICI’s fall Curatorial Intensive present new exhibition proposals in a daylong symposium.read more »