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Alper Turan is co-founder and curator of Das Art Project, literary translator and MA researcher based in Istanbul.
Das Art Project is a curatorial collective that aims to work outside ‘white cube’. Collective uses thematically-specific buildings, often with historical significance, to realize mostly ephemeral exhibitions with younger generation artists. As part of Das Art Project, he curated the exhibition project Genetically Modified, which was a part of the off-site exhibition of Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj (2017). Collective also curated a solo exhibition (Welcome to Homeland) of the artist Halil Altındere in 2017.
Apart from the collective, most recently, Turan curated an exhibition project on HIV/AIDS in Istanbul as an action part of his research-creation based master thesis. Closed on 2nd February of this year, “Positive Space”, bringing together mostly local artists, aimed at exploring the issues concerning the taboo topic HIV. Turan also works Turkish publishing houses and makes literary translations from French authors including Marguerite Duras, André Breton, Francis Picabia etc.
Turan earned a Bachelor of Linguistics and Comparative Literatures, University of Galatasaray, İstanbul (2017) and is currently pursuing a Master in Cultural Studies, University of Sabanci, İstanbul.
Born in 1993 in Ankara, Turan lives and works in Istanbul.
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