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Övül Ö. Durmusoglu
Övül Ö. Durmusoglu is a curator, writer, and educator living in Berlin. As a curator, she acts between exhibition-making and public programming, singular languages and collective energies, worldly immersion, and political cosmologies. Currently, Övül is a guest professor and program co-leader in the Graduate School at the University of the Arts in Berlin and a visiting professor in Hochschule für Bildende Kunst Braunschweig. She has co-initiated “Die Balkone: Life, Art, Pandemic and Proximity” in Berlin with Joanna Warsza in April 2020. Her recent curatorial project ‘Stars Are Closer and Clouds Are Nutritious Under Golden Trees’ took place in the MMAG Foundation, Amman in 2019. In the past, Övül was curator for steirischer herbst festival in Graz; curator/director for YAMA public screen in Istanbul; curatorial advisor for Gülsün Karamustafa’s ‘Chronographia’at Hamburger Bahnhof, artistic director for the festival Sofia Contemporary 2013 titled as ‘Near, Closer, Together: Exercises for a Common Ground’. She curated programs within 10th, 13th, and 14th Istanbul Biennials; coordinated and organized different programs and events at Maybe Education and Public Programs for dOCUMENTA (13).
Watch Now! Övül Ö. Durmusoglu (Curatorial Intensive, Inhotim ‘12) and Joanna Warsza, co-curators of Die Balkone, in conversation with curators Elena Sorokina and Tiago de Abreu Pinto (Curatorial Intensive, Summer NY ‘12). The four discussed how they activated their communities during quarantine, claimed public space for art and structured their responsive approaches on values of solidarity, generosity, and mutual support.read more »
The Liverpool Biennial Associate Artists Programme is a three-year partnership led by the Biennial, with ICI and CACTUS Gallery in Liverpool.read more »