Elif Öner (Istanbul) graduated from the Marmara University Painting Department. She pursued a graduate degree at Marmara University and Weissensee Kunst-Hochschule Department of Painting. She then took part in the Artist Residency program of Borusan Art Center for two years. Focusing on the language of the medium, the artist has created works in different media including internet, video, animation, photography, painting, and documentary. Elif Öner’s most recent work focuses on concepts such as truth, reality, unconscious, moment and memory.
Her select personal exhibitions are “Out of Frame”, Tab Galeri, Istanbul (2019); “Dictionary of Sensitive Sounds”, PASAJist, Istanbul (2019, with Evrim Kavcar); “You Already Know Half the Story”, ArtSümer, Istanbul (2013); “Inside the Mirror”, Web-based Project (2012); “Artist Workshop”, Web-based Project (2011). She has been a part of group exhibitions including “Topsy Turvy”, Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Arts, Belgrade (2016, Curator: Zoran Eric); “Museum in Museum” Elgiz Museum, Istanbul (2012); “What I Love”, Borusan Müzik Evi, Istanbul (2012); “The Return; Innocent Nostalgia”, Mars Gallery, Istanbul (2011, Curator: Emre Zeytinoğlu), “Sleep and Shadow”, Siemens Art, Istanbul (2011); “Eurotopia”- “Silent Migration”, Freiburg State Theater, Germany (2017, Director: Emre Koyuncuoğlu); “Form-free: Fluid Truth in New Media Art”, Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Arts, Belgrade (2015, Curators: Derya Yücel & Una Popovic); “Proust”, Pamuk, Memory”, Istanbul Theater Festival, Poland-Istanbul (2014, Director: Emre Koyuncuoğlu); “Contemporary Video Art Festival”, Sofia (2009). The artist lives and works in Istanbul
Evrim Kavcar (Istanbul) has an undergraduate degree from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Sculpture Department (2000), a master’s degree from San Francisco Art Institute with a Fulbright fellowship (2003), and a Proficiency in Art degree from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (2011). Kavcar worked with Harun Farocki and Maren Grimm on photo-film and Thomas Renoldner on animation at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2010-2011). She has been teaching theory and studio classes in the Mardin Artuklu University Fine Arts Faculty since 2013. She focuses on the bizarre and fragile encounters in everyday life, and is interested in the contradictions inherent to witnessing and contact. Working on moments that get stuck in the mind like a fishbone activates a memory between the personal and the social. It enables forays into spaces and layers of memory through literature at the intersection of the poetic and the political, blending fiction into documentation. The artist enjoys making layered installations, using different techniques such as sculpture, sound, pattern, writing and animation concurrently. In her most recent work, she has utilized linguistic, historical and archeological elements to build narratives which explore the silent witnessing of the earth.
Evrim Kavcar took part in the Berlin Guest Artist Program 2018 and has had a number of exhibitions including “The Yellow Section’’, after the butcher, Berlin (2019); “On Performing Multiples”, Feminist Media Studio, Montreal (2019); “Dictionary of Sensitive Sounds”, PASAJ, Istanbul (2019); “Contact”, REM Art Space, Istanbul (2018); “You Are Here”, ARTE Sanat, Ankara (2017); “Hidden in Lost”, Karşı Sanat Çalışmaları, Istanbul (2016); “SiS Collective”, Apartment Project, Berlin (2016); “D as in Void”, Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul (2015); 5th International Sinop Biennial (2014). The artist lives and works in Istanbul and Mardin.