Ceylan Öztrük

Ceylan Öztrük

Cable factory studios
Visual Arts / Artist | Switzerland
Residencies: 04.06.2018 — 30.08.2018

Ceylan Öztrük opens up accepted forms of knowledge and focuses on how it was built to shift a specific flow and thus become tools of the structures of power in subjects as historiography, gender politics and recently orientalism, etc. she aims to break the flow of information in the mainstream with a multi-disciplinary approach.

She completed her practice-based Ph.D. (2016) in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (Istanbul) that she initiated her subject in Vienna studying with Prof. Marina Grzinic in Academy of Fine Arts on Post Conceptual Art Practices in 2014. She received her graduate (MFA-2011) and undergraduate (BFA-2006) degrees from the Fine Arts Faculty at Anadolu University. She'd been working as a researcher/lecturer in various universities since 2006: Villa Arson Contemporary Arts School, Nice (2015-Guest Lecturer); Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul (2012-2016) and Anadolu University, Eskisehir (2006-2012). Some of her shows and projects are, Venus Orient a try-out performance (Sharing), Tanzhaus, Zürich (2018); Eine Ausstellung Für Dich, Curated by Daniel Morgenthaler, Helmhaus, Zürich (2017); the Venuses of Monruz, Special Moments, Zürich, (2016), Research Laboratory, co-curated with Emilia Giudicelli, Gessneralle, Zürich, (2017); Episode 10: Boudoir Sulk, Oslo10, Curated by Agatha Valkyrie Ice, Basel (2017); Call me Venus, Mars, Istanbul, (2016); history in lowercase, AlanIstanbul, (2015).

I will develop my performance where I try to combine orientalism with a perspective of heteronormativity. I mainly question the position of women and the writing of history. With a new branch, this will result in a performance that I started in Tanzhaus Zürich. I will be researching/reading and writing about the related topics while composing the manifestation. My recent work is the continuation of the project, Call me Venus. The dance/lecture performance will also evolve as a film. The project aims to point out towards patriarchal transmutation of female figures and facts in history and exercise eliminating them. It questions how to banalize the male interpretation of the female body and dispel the heteronormativity; as the Venus figurines become strap-on dildos: a charged symbol for pleasuring self and other.—Ceylan Öztrük