Dr. Işıl Eğrikavuk




Dr. Işıl Eğrikavuk studied Western literature at Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) then completed her MFA in Performance Art at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) with Koç Foundation scholarship. She earned her PhD degree in 2021 from Istanbul Bilgi University, with her thesis titled "From A Political Protest To An Art Exhibition: Building Interconnectedness Through Dialogue-Based Art". Eğrikavuk lives in Berlin and works as a faculty member at Berlin University of Arts (UdK), Media and Communication Department since 2017.

Eğrikavuk is the co-winner of Turkey’s first contemporary art prize, Full Art Prize in 2012. She is also awarded for 2022 Borderless Book Fund for publishing her PhD research. Eğrikavuk has participated in numerous international exhibitions, residencies, and her work has been published in both local and international journals. Recent exhibitions and venues include, La Casa Encencida, Madrid, Chicago Museum of  Contemporary Photography (2022), Arnis Residency, Germany (2021), Chicago Architecture Biennial (2021), Die Büehne, Berlin (2019), Art Souterrain, Montreal (2019), Pluto’s Kitchen, Block Universe, London (2017), Every Kind of Myth is Written With Care, Propaganda in 21st Century, Lenbachhaus Museum, Munich (2017), Art of Disagreement, Salt Galata&Ulus, İstanbul& Ankara (2016-2015), 11th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah (2013), Reverse Corner, Solo exhibition, Egeran Gallery, Istanbul (2013), Change Will Be Terrific, Salt Istanbul (2012), 11th Istanbul Biennial (2009), Endgame, South Korea (2009).



  • 2008– MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Performance Art
  • 2003– BA Bosphorus University, Western Languages and Literature

Selected exhibitions and performances


  • Pluto’s Kitchen, Block Universe Performance Art Festival, London
  • After The Fact, Propaganda in 21st Century, Lenbachhaus Museum, Munich
  • House of Wisdom, Dzialdov, Berlin
  • A room of Our Own, ARK Kültür, Istanbul


  • Choreography of A Court Case, Mo.e, Vienna
  • Art of Disagreement, Salt Galata, Istanbul
  • Time to Sing a New Song, YAMA Video Space, Istanbul


  • Art of Disagreement, Solo Exhibition, Salt Ulus, Ankara
  • Mother Tongue, Group exhibition, 3,14, Bergen, Norway
  • 3rd Mardin Biennial, Mardin, Turkey
  • Everything You Want to Know About Love and Art, Performance, Istanbul Culture and Arts Foundation
  • Printed, MixerArts, Istanbul


  • Solo exhibition, Infamous Library, Rampa Gallery, Istanbul
  • Group Exhibition, Delfina Foundation, London
  • Rundlauf (Roundwalk) Bochum, Germany
  • Theater Der Welt Festival, Germany


  • Solo exhibition, Reverse Corner, Egeran Gallery, Istanbul
  • Snapshot, 11. Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE
  • Penelopolis, Montenegro


  • Change Will Be Terrific!, SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Istanbul Agora, SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil
  • A MacGuffin and Some Other Things, Project Art Center, Dublin, Ireland


  • ISEA2010 Ruhr Exhibition, Dortmund, Germany (2010)
  • End Game, LoopSpace Seoul, South Korea (2010)
  • Explaining The Joke, Performance Studies Conference, Zagreb, Croatia (2009)
  • 11th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2009)
  • Awards (Grants/Fellowships & Scholarships)
  • SAHA Artist Support Grant with Delfina Foundation, London
  • Best Turkish Contemporary Artist, Full Art Prize, Grand prize co-winner, 2012, Istanbul
  • Spot Production Fund, Grand winner, 2012, Istanbul
  • Merit Scholarship, School of The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Merit Scholarship, Koç Foundation, Istanbul
  • Merit Scholarship, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul


  • Delfina Foundation, London, 2014
  • Hardware Media Art, Dortmund, 2010
  • Garanti Platform, Istanbul, 2009
  • Boots Gallery, St. Louis, 2008

Selected Publications

  • High on Contemporary Art, Weekly Column at Radikal Newspaper, Turkey
  • Under The Same Roof, Book, 2011, Istanbul
  • From Coal to Culture, My city Project Book, 2011, Istanbul
  • Don’t Fall of While Playing in the Street, My City e-journal, 2010
  • Explaining a Joke, Performance Studies Conference, 2009, Zagreb
  • If This Exhibition Doesn’t Wake Them Up IT Is Not My Fault, Boot Print, Issue II,
  • November 2008, St. Louis, USA
  • For Sale, Art-Ist Contemporary Art Magazine, Issue 6, Spring 2007, Istanbul,
  • Turkey
  • A Conversation with Fatos Ustek, Boot Print, Volume I, Issue 1, St. Louis, USA
  • Public Art Practices and Temporary Services, Arredamento, Summer Issue, 2006,
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Community Art Practices, Sanat Dünyamiz, Issue 97, January 2005, Istanbul,
  • Turkey


  • Performing Politics, On Işıl Eğrikavuk’s Art of Disagreement, Ibraaz, February 2016
  • You’ll never hear the end of contemporary art, Istanbul Art News, April 2015
  • Critics’ Picks, Art Forum, September 2013
  • It is Fun to ‘Read’ These Videos and Performances, Daily Radikal, 2012
  • Something Artsy is Going on in Tophane, Daily Zaman, 2010
  • Ali Yurtsever and Zerrin Boynudelik, “A Snapshot of Objectivity”, PAJ: A Journal of
  • Performance and Art”, Volume 31, No 2, 2009
  • Tim Ridlen, “The Interview”, Boot Print, Volume II, Issue II
  • Pelin Uran, “Deferring The Habitual”, Domus Magazine, December 2008
  • David Bonetti, “Art Review”, St. Louis Post Dispatch, February 27, 2008
  • Be A Realist/Demand The Impossible Exhibition Catalogue, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Hybrid Narratives Exhibition Catalogue, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Alan G. Artner, “Images extract visions from the commonplace,” Chicago Tribune – October 21, 2005