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Prof Ergin Cavusoglu - Professor of Contemporary Art

Ergin Cavusoglu

Professor of Contemporary Art

Ergin Çavuşoğlu is a member of the Diasporas Research Cluster.

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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

PhD supervisions:

Sondos Baslouh: Islamic Art Elements in Contemporary Art.
Ken Devine: Social Spectrum.
Rebecca Key: Set Dressing: From Sketchbook to Gallery and Script to Screen: an Investigation into the use of mise en scène in Gallery Installation.
Shaun Martin: Compressed Space and Expanded Place.
Harry Willis Fleming: Richard Cockle Lucas

Ergin Cavusoglu's research in the University Repository

Places: one after another

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2018) Places: one after another. [Artefact] ...

Dust Breeding (2011 - 2018), Installation view, Galleria d’Arte Moderna Milano (GAM)

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2018) Dust Breeding (2011 - 2018), Installation view, Galleria d’Arte Moderna Milano (GAM). [Artefact] ...

Downward Straits (2004) [installation in The First Round, Banu - Hakan Çarmıklı Collection exhibition Galata Greek Primary School, Istanbul]

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2018) Downward Straits (2004) [installation in The First Round, Banu - Hakan Çarmıklı Collection exhibition Galata Greek Primary School, Istanbul]. [Artefact] ...

Liminal Crossing (2009) [video and sound installation in the exhibition: On Anam? Where are we going?]

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2017) Liminal Crossing (2009) [video and sound installation in the exhibition: On Anam? Where are we going?]. [Artefact] ...

Desire Lines /Tarot & Chess/, BüroSarigedik - Bilsart, Istanbul

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2017) Desire Lines /Tarot & Chess/, BüroSarigedik - Bilsart, Istanbul. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Your Story! Geschichten von Flucht und Migration (Stories of Flight and Migration)

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2017) Your Story! Geschichten von Flucht und Migration (Stories of Flight and Migration). [Artefact] ...

But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa (2016) Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2016) But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa (2016) Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. [Artefact] ...

Which Sun Gazed Down on Your Last Dream? (2016)

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2016) Which Sun Gazed Down on Your Last Dream? (2016). [Show/Exhibition] ...

Desire Lines /Tarot & Chess/

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2016) Desire Lines /Tarot & Chess/. [Film/Video] ...

Liquid breeding (2015)

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2015) Liquid breeding (2015). [Show/Exhibition] ...

Broom (2014)

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2014) Broom (2014). [Artefact] ...

Lundy, Louis, Barge and Troy (2014)

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2014) Lundy, Louis, Barge and Troy (2014). [Artefact] ...

Adaptation – Cinefication

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2014) Adaptation – Cinefication. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Résurrection des mannequins (2014)

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2014) Résurrection des mannequins (2014). [Film/Video] ...

Alterity

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2011) Alterity. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Dust breeding

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2011) Dust breeding. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Empire (after Andy Warhol) [at Whitechapel Gallery]

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2011) Empire (after Andy Warhol) [at Whitechapel Gallery]. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Backbench

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2010) Backbench. [Artefact] ...

Crystal & flame

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2010) Crystal & flame. [Film/Video] ...

Voyage of no return

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2009) Voyage of no return. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Liminal crossing

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2009) Liminal crossing. [Film/Video] ...

Place after place

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2008) Place after place. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Point of departure

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2008) Point of departure. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Quintet without borders [at ShContemporary]

Cavusoglu, Ergin and Bojanov, Konstantin (2008) Quintet without borders [at ShContemporary]. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Quintet without borders [at EIBANK Gallery]

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2007) Quintet without borders [at EIBANK Gallery]. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Quintet without borders [at Haunch of Venison]

Cavusoglu, Ergin and Bojanov, Konstantin (2007) Quintet without borders [at Haunch of Venison]. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Point of departure

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2006) Point of departure. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Poised in the infinite ocean and Tahtakale

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2004) Poised in the infinite ocean and Tahtakale. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Entanglement

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2004) Entanglement. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Vitrine

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2000) Vitrine. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Empire (after Andy Warhol) [at Fundación Proa]

Cavusoglu, Ergin Empire (after Andy Warhol) [at Fundación Proa]. [Show/Exhibition] ...