Istanbul-based Gözde İlkin’s work is made out of repurposed domestic fabrics that she has been collecting over time. Table cloths, curtains and bed duvets act as memory objects that stage İlkin’s motifs and images. She deftly reworks the material with an arrangement of loose threads and thin layers of paint. Her artworks which incorporate stitching, drawing, painting as well as video and sound installations, construct forms of confrontational interactions that tend to manipulate borders, gender dynamics and ferocious urban transformations. Her stories never quite unfold into their logical conclusion. They enact political relationships, feelings and promises that are failing to reach a solution, remaining abstract and in limbo.
Gözde İlkin was born in Kütahya in 1981 and lived in various regions of Turkey until her university years. She has exhibited at numerous spaces and institutions in Turkey, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States, which include 15th Istanbul Biennale: A Good Neighbor, curated by Elmgreen & Dragset (2017); Spaceliner, curated by Barbara Heinrich, Arter, Istanbul (2015); No One Belongs Here More Than You, curated by Red Min(e)d, 54th October Salon, Belgrade (2013); Dream and Reality, Istanbul Modern (2011); Hyper Real: The Passion of the Real in Painting and Photography, curated by Susanne Neuburger and Brigitte Franzen, MUMOK, Vienna (2010); Under My Feet I Want the World, Not Heaven as part of Istanbul Next Wave, Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2009). Her solo exhibitions include The Trap, Gypsum Gallery, Cairo (2016); Stained Estate, Françoise Heitsch Gallery, Munich (2015); Please Clear the Dance Floor, artSümer Gallery, Istanbul (2010). İlkin studied painting in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Mimar Sinan University. From 2005 to 2006, she attended European Union Education and Youth Programs: Leonardo da Vinci Program at the RAM and Ram Foundation in Rotterdam. She completed her master’s degree at Marmara University in 2008. İlkin lives and works in Istanbul.