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Prof Ergin «avu?o?lu - Professor of Contemporary Art - ADRI
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Prof Ergin «avu?o?lu - Professor of Contemporary Art

Ergin «avu?o?lu

Professor of Contemporary Art - Programme Leader for MA Fine Art

Ergin Çavu?o?lu is a member of the Diasporas Research Cluster.

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Ergin Çavu?o?lu (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 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 biggest international contemporary art prize. Solo exhibitions include, Adaptation – Cinefication, Rampa Gallery, Istanbul (2014); Dust Breeding, The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (2011); Alterity, Rampa Gallery, Istanbul (2011); Crystal & Flame, PEER, London (2010); Ergin Çavu?o?lu, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen (2009-10); Place after Place, Kunstverein Freiburg (2008); Quintet Without Borders, ShContemporary, Shanghai and Haunch of Venison, Zurich (2008); Point of Departure, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2006); and Entanglement, DCA, Dundee (2004). Group exhibitions include 4th International Canakkale Biennial (2014); Other Waters, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland, New Zealand (2014); Plurivocality, Istanbul Modern Art Museum (2014); Kino der Kunst, Munich (2013); 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, 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 British Art Show 6 (2005); the 8th Istanbul Biennial (2003); and the 3rd Berlin Biennial (2003).


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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 «avu?o?luís research in the University Repository