Gunes Terkol

Güneş Terkol is an artist from Turkey based in Istanbul. Güneş Terkol’s works are shaped by the artist’s personal history and the environment, the relationships and social conditions she encounters and is often realized using found materials. She applies ambiguous characters with no narrative beginning or end outlined in black needlework or ink drawn directly onto fabric. The framework of a piece is often determined by the size, quantity, texture or colour of cloth she finds. The vague nature of her work’s borders invite the viewer to shed a passive stance in order to assume the role of the narrator. Another source of inspiration for Terkol’s personal practise is her collective work; joint actions with feminist activists and the performances she takes part in as a member of the artists’ initiative Ha Za Vu Zu. These collaborative projects allow Terkol to explore unconventional production environments and creative and intellectual cross-pollination.

Güneş Terkol, born 1981, is a Turkish artist based in Istanbul. Selected solo exhibitions include Holographic Recording at Gallery NON in Istanbul (2014) and Dreams On The River at OrganHaus in Chongqing (2010). Selected group shows include the 10th Gwangju Biennale in Korea (2014), Better Homes at the Sculpture Center in New York (2013), Signs Taken in Wonder at MAK in Vienna (2012) and Dream and Reality at Istanbul Modern (2011).