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Biography


Born in 1980, Işıl Kurmuş Aleksandrov has lived in many countries, Canada, Pakistan, France, Hungary and Tunisia. She is currently living and working in Turkey in Ankara. She studied law in Paris, then turned to artistic studies. She obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the Fine Arts in Tunis, where she has started her doctoral work. Her work is based on a multidisciplinary practice that crosses a variety of temporalities and media. She combines different types of printing techniques so as to invest, question and provide an offset and illustrated reading of places and objects that daily surround us. This concern for exploration is not confined to spaces, objects or persons, and expands to systems where rules are well-defined. Her practice is renewed as she strives to push the limits of a pre-established order, while inventing parallel worlds and networks with multiple meanings. This is manifest in the physicality of her approach: each work relates to the hand, to the touch. The reproduction and combination of the printing methods – whether manual or digital – require a contact with the invested surface and allows her to weave the threads of the networks.

Her recent works includes installations made out of soft sculptures combined with printed work. Her other works includes: the colonization of Google’s“images” page in order to rectify what she considers as “closer to the reality”of that moment; the transformation of school equipment into engraving tools, calling into question the learning skills taught in schools;the interpretation of ornamentations by incorporating well-known feminine silhouettes of art history; or linear silhouettes of old medical studies in order to use them in pictures that remind our life style between four walls and a screen.

Her work has been exhibited in Deventer/Netherlands (Kunstenlab and Kunstcircuit), in Istanbul/Turkey (Tophane-İ Amire Kültür ve Sanat Merkezi), in Ankara/Turkey (Galeri’Nev), in Radès/Tunisia (Musée Safia Farhat) and Tunis/Tunisia, Bibliothèque Nationale de Tunis, Galerie AGorji, Palais Kheïreddine, Palais El Abdelliya, Galerie Kanvas), among others. In 2011 she was awarded the first prize in a competition organized by Aicha Fillali at the Centre Des Arts Vivants de Radès. She had her last solo show traces in 2018 at Kunstenlab in Deventer

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CV

Solo Exhibitions 

2018      Traces, Kunstenlab, Deventer, Netherlands

2018      Passage, in collaboration with the Turkish Consulate, Kunstcircuit, Deventer, Netherlands

2016      #foundandlost, AGorgi Gallery, Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia


Outdoor Projects

2015      Looking for the right one – Masks, Bilkent University Main Campus, Ankara,Turkey (ongoing project)

2014      You were here, Bilkent University Main Campus, Ankara, Turkey

2012      Please consider before printing, Bilkent University Main Campus, Ankara, Turkey

2011      Cover up, in collaboration with the Turkish Embassy in Tehran, Iran


Selected Group Exhibitions &Performances

2021       Vivre et créer dans l’incertitude, Musée Safia Farhat, Radès, Tunisia

2021       Touched and Thrilled // Tahassüs  ve heyecan, Galeri’Nev, Ankara, Turkey

2020      Paysage,  Musée Safia Farhat, Radès, Tunisia

2018       Utopia,  Festival Kerkennah01, Kerkennah, Tunisia

2018      Love from G., Sigristerei Breitenrain church, Bern, Switzerland

2017      Corps et Graphie, Bibliothèque Nationale de Tunis, Tunisia

2016      Shaman of the vanishing city, Tosca Gallery, Ankara, Turkey

2016      En temps réel / Urgence, Talan, Tunisia

2015      Neighbors, Bilkent University Blok 12, Ankara, Turkey

2014      At your place, 1681 Walnut Street, Halifax, Canada

2013      Contact, Renggerstrasse 17, Zurich, Switzerland

2010      Marks, Tophane-iAmire, Istanbul, Turkey

2010      From here on, Mimar Sinan Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2010      Collection, KanvasArt Gallery, La Soukra, Tunisia

2010      Cahier d’écolier, Palais Kheireddine, Tunis, Tunisia

2009      De Nasir… à Melassine, Centre des Arts Vivants de Radès, Tunisia

2009      Objet+, AGorgi Gallery, La Marsa, Tunisia

2009      Printemps des Arts, Palais El Ebdeleya, La Marsa, Tunisia

2008      Printemps des Arts, Palais El Ebdeleya, La Marsa, Tunisia

2007      Prints and more, Gallery of the Fine Arts of Tunis, Tunisia

2006      Vous êtes ici, Centre de Photographie de Tolbiac, Paris, France

2005       La Météorologie, Centre de danse de l'Université de Paris I, France

2001       Moon, Trafo House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest, Hungary

1999       La relation du corps à l’œuvre, French Institute of Ankara, Turkey

1998      Between things, French Institute of Ankara, Turkey


Honors & Awards

2009     Valedictorian - Master of Fine Arts

2009     Awarded first prize for « In images » - Concoursof« Centre Des Arts Vivants De Radès » headed by Aïcha Filali

1997      Performance in Paris – honored with a 3rd place at the competition ofcontemporary dance / Championnat de France UNSS 

1996      Performance in Paris – honored with a 5th place at the competition ofcontemporary dance / Championnat de France UNSS


Workshops & Residences

2016      Residence at AGorgi Gallery, Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

2010     10th Mediterranean Art schools’ meeting - organized by ECUME –Istanbul, Turkey

2009    Workshop at Centre Des Arts Vivants De Radès – Tunis, Tunisia


Collections

Private collections TR, TN, FR, CA, US, UK, NL, CH, DE & HU.

The Turkish Consulate in Deventer, Netherlands


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