Contributor Bios

Nazlı Gürlek

Nazlı Gürlek is an independent curator and writer based in Istanbul. Most recently she served as Guest Curator of the Collection at Borusan Contemporary, where she curated Common Ground: Earth, Water, Air - Selections from the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection (2014-15). In 2011-12 she directed the 35th year anniversary program of exhibitions, talks, performances, and archival projects at Istanbul's Maçka Sanat Galerisi, a pioneering gallery founded in 1976 with the aim of providing space and support to the radical tendencies in the art of their time. In 2013 she was a resident at CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, and took part in ICI's curatorial intensive programs 'From Official History to Underrepresented Narratives' at CCA Derry-Londonderry, and 'Curatorial Seminar in Istanbul' in collaboration with SAHA. Previously held positions include Assistant Curator of the of the Pavilion of Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), and Vice President of AICA Turkey (2011-14). Her writings appear in Frieze, Art Asia Pacific, Flash Art International, The Exhibitionist, Camera Austria among others. She is the author of 'Sarkis and When Attitudes Become Form', the book of an oral history project published by SALT (2013), and the editor of the first major monograph on İnci Eviner (Revolver & Gallery Nev, 2011). She holds a BA in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, and an MA in Curating from Goldsmiths College. She is a member of TurkishWIN, a working women's network between Istanbul and New York.