Gözde İlkin

Gözde İlkin primaily works with fabric along with other materials and techniques. Stitching, drawing, painting, photography, video and sound installations are her practices in making art. She collects especially domestic fabrics and materials to create a personal archive that she can refer to in accordance with her creative framework. She constructs forms, which offer confrontational interactions within the motifs of fabrics. Her figures are combined with abstract cloud-like forms that aim to represent feelings and unresolved promises that remain abstract and in limbo especially regarding social and political relationships/manipulation, borders, power issues, gender attitudes and urban transformation.


Gözde İlkin born 1981, is an artist based in Istanbul. She received her BFA in painting at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and completed her MFA at Marmara University in Istanbul. She took part in international artist exchange programs in the Netherlands (Leonardo da Vinci program/ RAM Foundation) and Germany.

Her work has been shown across Europe in many venues as well as in Korea, Egypt and the USA. Selected group shows include zeigedeine Wunde 2016 / Teil 2 – Das Environment at Maximilians Forum in Munich (2016), "Spaceliner" curated by Barbara Heinrich at Arter in Istanbul (2015), “no one belongs here more than you” curated by Red Min(e)d at 54th October Salon in Belgrade (2013), "Dream and Reality" at Istanbul Modern (2011) “Hyper Real, The Passion of the Real in Painting and Photography” curated by Susanne Neuburger and Brigitte Franzen at MUMOK in Vienna (2010), “Under my feet I want the World, not heaven” in 'Istanbul Next Wave' Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2009).


İlkin was a part of the artist initiative, Atıl Kunst between 2006 and 2013.

Gözde İlkin lives and works in Istanbul.