Barış Seyitvan

Barış Seyitvan (1982) is a Turkish born artist and curator based in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, working around the themes of contemporary art and migration, conflict, imprisonment and torture, nomadism, and exile. Graduating in 2004 in Fine Arts Education at Dicle University, Seyitvan went on to complete a Masters in Artuklu University in 2017, while continuing his curatorial and artistic practice in Turkey and the EU. From 2009 to 2017 Seytivan was curator at the Amed Art Gallery and Municipality Art Gallery, Diyarbakır-Turkey, where he promoted enquiry through contemporary art within a local context.

In his artistic practice Seyitvan strives to make visible the realities that reach the west only as distant stories, he uses a variety of media, including drawing, photography, installation, performance, and video. Seyitvan has exhibited in the UK Switzerland, Poland, Holland, and France.

Barış Seyitvan is an Artist at Risk (AR) Resident currently staying at HIAP Suomenlinna. The Artists-at-Risk Safe Haven Helsinki project is curated by Perpetuum Mobile (PM) and co-organized by PM and HIAP. Safe Haven Helsinki is funded by the Division of Culture and Leisure of the City of Helsinki.