Gizem Aksu is a contemporary dancer and choreographer, interested in art, politics and philosophy. She received her first BA in Political Science & International Relations from Boğaziçi University and the second BA in Contemporary Dance from Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts. She currently continues her MA degree at the same university.
Aksu has given theoretical and practical focus on autobiographic solo performances. Besides her professional dance engagement, she has been writing contemporary art critiques for journals on Internet (mimesis-dergi.org; bgst.org; feminisite.net).
She has been arranging body workshops for queer people experiencing sociopolitical pressure due to their sexual preferences and practices. She has also been doing public space performance in Ankara and Istanbul especially about ‘queering the body and sound’ with the collaboration of Ah! Kosmos. In addition to it, Aksu has performed with Ah! Kosmos as a live visual artist in the local and international concerts.
Since 2009 Aksu has participated as a creative performer in several international festivals and biennials in Holland, Germany and Turkey. In 2014, she was invited to Vienna by Ann van den Broek (Ward/waRD) and Meg Stuart for her new research project “Closer.” Aksu also participated in the residency program “Park In Progress” in Mons, Belgium. In 2015 she was invited to residencies in Berlin, Antwerp and Zagreb with her recent work “Now, I′m thinking about how hard it would be for you if you disappeared” by APAP (Advancing Performing Arts Project). In addition to them, she has been accepted to the danceWEB Scholarship for ImPulsTanz- Vienna International Dance Festival 2015. Aksu currently continues her work in Istanbul.