Professor of Contemporary Art
Ergin Çavuşoğlu is a member of the Diasporas Research Cluster.
Ergin Çavuşoğlu (born in Bulgaria) studied at the National School of Fine Arts Iliya Petrov in Sofia in the early 1980s. He received a BA from the University of Marmara, Istanbul, an MA from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a Ph.D. from the University of Portsmouth.
Central to Çavuşoğlu's conceptual art practice are themes that examine different registers of mobility, place – non-place, borders, liminality and the conditions of cultural production, which he has been exploring in a diversity of media, including narrative film, video and sound installations, sculpture and drawing. The pattern of literary references in his large-scale narrative installation works unfold a series of moral parables that have a hypothetical relevance to contemporary art and furthermore comment on the creative processes at large. 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. These concepts are very much fabricated from the position and ability of art to complement, to differentiate and present alternate views of similar contexts from the fields of literature, human geography, anthropology and ethnography.
Çavuşoğlu co-represented Turkey at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. He was shortlisted for the Beck’s Futures Prize in 2004, and in 2010 for Artes Mundi 4 – the UK's largest art prize. Solo exhibitions include, Which Sun Gazed Down on Your Last Dream?, Rampa, Istanbul (2016); Cinefication (Tarot and Chess), in The Image Generator II, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp (2016); Liquid Breeding, YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku (2015); Dust Breeding, The Pavilion, Dubai (2011); Alterity, Rampa, Istanbul (2011); Ergin Cavusoglu, Zilkha Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2011); Crystal & Flame, PEER, London (2010); Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen (2009); Place after Place, Kunstverein Freiburg (2008). Group exhibitions include, But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa, Galleria d’Arte Moderna Milano (GAM) (2018); On Anam? Where are we going?, Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Palma, Majorca (2018); Your Story! Geschichten von Flucht und Migration, Kunsthalle Emden (2017); But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2016); Artists in Their Time, Istanbul Modern (2015); 4th International Canakkale Biennial (2014); First Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art (2012); Seven New Works, Borusan Contemporary Museum, Istanbul (2011); Paradise Lost, Istanbul Modern Art Museum (2011); Manifesta 8, Murcia (2010); fast forward 2 The Power of Motion, Media Art Sammlung Goetz, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe (2010); All Inclusive – A Tourist World, Schirn Kunsthalle (2008), Frankfurt; the British Art Show 6 (2005); the 8th Istanbul Biennial (2003); and the 3rd Berlin Biennial (2003).
Personal website: www.ergincavusoglu.com