C24 Gallery is proud to present 201*, Nilbar Güreş’ first solo exhibition in the United States. The exhibition will consist of multidisciplinary and performative art, covering the full scope of the artist’s practice. 201* will showcase the Güreş’ explorations of gender, LGBTQIA identity, human rights, and environmental issues - work for which she is known internationally.
The opening reception will be held on Tuesday April 30th from 6pm - 8pm.
Born in 1977, Nilbar Güreş spent her childhood living between the Black Sea region and Southern Anatolia during a time of social, political, and economic upheaval in Turkey. Ever an artistic child, Güreş spent more time independently daydreaming than playing with her peers, and cites early memories of attempting to dance ballet. At fifteen she made one of her first artistic achievements, winning a local award for a painting dedicated to Mustafa Kernal Atatürk. After passing the university entrance exams for both industrial design and painting, Güreş began studying design at the Minar Sinan Academy of Fine Arts. However, missing the “freedom and spirit” of art, she changed course in order to study painting at Marmara University, and would later receive a Master’s degree in painting and graphics from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
Although trained as a painter, Güreş has an incredibly diverse artistic practice ranging from multimedia collage, installation, and sculpture, to performance and video. In almost all of her work, fabric plays an important role, and is often gifted to her by female companions and family members. By utilizing scrap fabric in collage, Güreş imbues the work with the history behind the piece of fabric, and summons associations with women’s work and domesticity.
Feminist themes have always been central to Güreş’ work. Before ever becoming aware of feminism as an ideology, she noticing discrepancies between the treatment of men and women, and common mistreatment of female peers during her school days. Frequently, Güreş explores the relationships between women as well as the ways in which they relate to the material and psychological space of the home. By doing so, Güreş often exposes the construction of gender and the ritualization of femininity.
Güreş’ work has grown to explore the way other marginalized individuals and communities manage to survive and live outside of hegemonically prescribed norms. This evolution is the natural result of the artist’s view of her art as a mode of speaking out by voicing her observations and experiences. As such, Güreş regularly produces work focusing on gender, LGBTQIA identity, immigration, human rights, as well as environmental issues. Stressing the importance of her own experiences, she often lives alongside her subjects in preparation for a work. Through her performative approach, Güreş’ art functions as an an unimposing, often humorous, and instantaneously communicating method of reporting on the contemporary world.
In the months leading up to 201*, Güreş has exhibited work with C24 Gallery in a group exhibition at Art Miami; in the group show Core Sample, in New York City; and in the solo exhibition of her work at Zsona Maco Sur, titled We Are Gender Costumes.
Nilbar Güreş has exhibited at museums internationally including The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey; Schwules Museum, Berlin, Germany; Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal; Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal; Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg, France. Selected exhibitions include the 20th Biennale of Sydney, Cockatoo Island, Australia (2016); Artspace Auckland (2015); SeMa Biennale Mediacity Seoul (2014); EVA International Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick City (2014); The 31. Bienal de Sao Paulo (2014); MAK, Vienna (2013); 6th Berlin Biennial (2010); Secession Vienna (2010); and 11th International İstanbul Biennial (2009).
Güres is the recipient of the 2018 De’Longhi Art Projects Artist Award. She received the Hilde Goldschmidt Prize in 2013, the Otto Mauer Award of 2014 and Fifth edition of the BC21 (Belvedere Contemporary) Art Award 2015 in Austria. Güres completed residencies at the Lutetia Building, FAAP’s Artistic Residence Program, São Paulo in 2014; International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York, supported by the Austrian Government in 2012.
Her work can be found in the public collections of Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany; Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Netherlands; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria; Steldelijk Museum, Amersterdam, Netherlands, among many others.
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