Yeşim Ağaoğlu

Style of Art : Poet, visual artist
Branch of Art : Poetry, visual arts
Art Profile :

Yeşim Ağaoğlu was born in Istanbul. She graduated from the Department of Archaeology and Art History at Istanbul University. She completed her master’s degree in the Faculty of Communications, Department of Radio-TV-Cinema at her alma mater. She attended a film course using super 8 cameras at the New York School of Visual Arts and shot a short film called “Loneliness, Machines and Meditation”.

Ağaoğlu has published her poems in literary journals since the age of 18. Her seven poetry books have been published in Turkey and two poetry books in Azerbaijan. She has participated in numerous national and international literature and poetry festivals.

Since 1996, Ağaoğlu has been continuing contemporary art activities combining different disciplines. She has participated in many exhibitions in Germany, Norway, Italy, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Uzbekistan, and Korea.

Ağaoğlu is an honorary member of Turkish PEN Writers Club, Azerbaijan PEN Writers Club and Azerbaijan Artist Union. She also serves as a board member in BESAM (Creators of Scientific and Literary Works Association).

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2008, "I can do it too", Yeni Gallery, Baku
2008, "I can do it too", Caucasian House, Tbilisi
2009, "I can do it too", Turkish Culture  Center, Sarajevo
2010, "I can do it too", Tou Scene, Stavanger (Norway)
2012, "Our beautiful daily life", Contemporary Art Center, Baku

Selected Group Exhibitions and art activities:
2000, Group Exhibition, Gallery of the Naval Museum, Istanbul
2001, "We trust in Image I", Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum Association 21st Contemporary Artists Istanbul Exhibition, Ataturk Cultural Centre, Istanbul
2001, "Istanbul Women Group Exhibition", Tüyap, Istanbul
2002, "October Parade I", Gallery X, Istanbul
2002, "We trust in Image II", The Diyarbakır Art Centre, Diyarbakır
2002, "Sheshow", ATA Center for Contemporary Art, Sofia
2003, "International Tunel Art Festival", Italian Cultural Center, Istanbul
2003, "the peace for war 100 director 100 movie project", various places, Istanbul
2003, "the 15th Galata Festival", Istanbul
2003, "the 3rd performance days", Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul
2003, "belongs to family (guestroom), Karşı Sanat Gallery, Istanbul
2004, "International Contemporary Art Exhibition", Exhibition Hall of the Artists Union, Baku
2004, "10th European Film Festival", Bursa
2004, "Field of Vision", Gallery Lab, New York
2004, "Turkish Delight", Rio Modern Art Museum, Brazil
2004, "The sphinx will devour you", International Women Artist Exhibition, Karşı Art Gallery, Istanbul
2005, "3rd Aluminum International Contemporary Art  Biennial", Baku
2005, "Tashkent Biennial", Uzbekistan
2005, "1st Visibility Project", Galata, Theatre Z, Istanbul
2005, "5th Experiment International Artistic Meetings", Zbaszyn
2005, "Istanbul Modern Arts Gallery Opening Exhibition", Istanbul
2006, "International Caravansarai Festival", Uzbekistan
2006, "Rejection Episodes", Istanbul Express Festival in Vooruit Culture and Art Center, Gent
2006, "2nd Visibility Project", Galata, Istanbul
2006, "International Ganja Art Festival", Ganja
2006, "International Caravansarai Festival", Heart gallery, Paris
2007, "3rd Visibility Project", Galata, Istanbul
2007, "Realities of dreams", Aluminum 3rd International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Baku
2007, "6th Korean-Turkish Exchange Exhibition", Istanbul
2007, "Artist Residency Program", Dresden
2007, "2nd International Photography Festival", Baku
2007, "From Owner With View", Istanbul
2008, "Memory city" Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Portable Art Project, Kartal, Ümraniye, Küçükçekmece Cultural Centers, Istanbul
2008, "7848 km Korean-Turkish Exchange Exhibition", Inchon
2008, "Artisterium" International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Tbilisi
2008, "Immagino" Workshop, Genoa
2008, "Steps of time", Dresden Museum, Dresden
2008, "USSR-Remix", Center of Contemporary Art, Baku
2008, "Reasonable", Hafriyat, Istanbul
2009, "Istanbul next wave", Akademie der Künste, Berlin
2009, "Password Istanbul", Permanent Exhibition and Collection, Istanbul
2009, "Dirty Story", Group exhibition, BM Suma Contemporary Art Centre, Istanbul
2009, "1st International Artist Initiatives Meeting", Kadırga Cultural Centre, Istanbul
2009, "To accumulate life (solo)", Artık Art Space, Istanbul
2009, "Istanbul off Independent Art Space Exhibition & Forum", Bethanien, Berlin
2009, "Maidan Tower Art Forum & Exhibition", Baku
2009, "Istanbul Independent Art Space Exhibition", 5533 Independent Art Space, Istanbul
2010, "Stavanger Kommune Artist Residency", Norway
2010, "1st Land Art Biennale", Gobi Desert and National Modern art Gallery, Ulan Bator
2010, "Openly", Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Portable Art Project, Sanat limanı, Antrepo No:5, Istanbul
2010, "Family Lounge", Sanatorium Independent Art Space, Istanbul
2010, "On her own", C.A.M  Gallery Artists, BİZ Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey, Istanbul
2011, "World International Migrants Day", Cooperation with Creative Time and Queens Museum of Art, New York
2011, "WMD (Weapons of mass destruction)", Center of Contemporary Art, Baku
2011, "3rd Sadho Poetry Film Festival", New Delhi
2011, "Video Cube",(representing C.A.M Gallery), Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul
2011, "Art Istanbul"", Gallery Artium Modern, Istanbul
2011, "Scholarship in Artist Residency", Almeria
2011, "Poetry book launch and exhibition", Istanbul
2011, "Turkish Human Rights Association 20th year exhibition", Tütün Deposu, Istanbul
2011, "Poetry festival and photography exhibition in gender subject", Nagpur
2011, "Collective Privacy", C.A.M Gallery, Istanbul
2012, "Visual Poetry”, International Group Exhibition, Kempinski Hotel, Baku
2012, "Eye-hand", group photography exhibition, (Cooperation with Evrensel Newspaper and Turkish Writer’ Association),various places
2012, "Sekspression", IV. Dulum Winter International Video Art Exhibition, Skopje
2012, "Global Village", Alkmahar

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City : Istanbul
Country : Turkey
Phone : 0532. 710 60 40
Preferred Lang. : Turkish / English
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