Reader in Fine Art
Ergin Çavuşoğlu (born in Bulgaria) studied at The National School of Fine Arts ‘Iliya Petrov’, Sofia in the early 1980s. He consequently received a BA in painting from the University of Marmara, Istanbul, MA from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a PhD from University in Portsmouth.
Central to his practice are concepts that probe the notions of place, non-place, liminality and the conditions of cultural production, which he has been exploring in a diversity of media, including film, video and sound installations, sculpture and drawing. The contextual framework of his practice examines the different registers of mobility looking at the concept of a progressive sense of place, the notion of borders and journeys from a multitude of perspectives. His recent large-scale anamorphic floor and wall drawings reiterate further his interest in the Duchampian by probing the concept of post-object and thus presenting a critical discourse around representability.
He represented Turkey at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. He was shortlisted for the Beck’s Futures Prize in 2004, and most recently in 2010 for Artes Mundi 4 – the UK's largest contemporary art prize. Recent solo exhibitions include Alterity, RAMPA Istanbul (2011), Crystal & Flame, PEER, London (2010), Ergin Cavusoglu, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen (2009-10), Place after Place, Kunstverein Freiburg (2008), Quintet Without Borders, ShContemporary, Shanghai and Haunch of Venison (2008), Zurich, Point of Departure, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton and NGCA Sunderland (2006), and Entanglement, DCA, Dundee (2004). Group exhibitions include The Best of Times, The Worst of Times. Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art, The First Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Paradise Lost, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain (2010), fast forward 2 The Power of Motion, Media Art Sammlung Goetz, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany (2010), The First Mediterranean Biennial of Contemporary Art, Haifa, Israel (2010), All Inclusive – A Tourist World, Schirn Kunsthalle (2008), Frankfurt, Between Borders, MARCO Vigo (2006), the 8th Istanbul Biennial, British Art Show 6 and the 3rd Berlin Biennial.
Ergin Çavuşoğlu is a member of the Diaspora, Difference and Other Cultures Research Cluster.