Artist Talk Gülsün Karamustafa

Thursday, Feb 16, 2023, 7 pm

Artist talk
Event on site
In English

With Yilmaz Dziewior (Director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne) and Gülsün Karamustafa, moderated by Lidiya Anastasova (Curator, Head of n.b.k. Artothek)

Gülsün Karamustafa is one of Turkey’s most significant artists, who strongly influenced younger generations of artists – not least because of her fight for democracy and freedom of expression. Since the 1990ies, Karamustafa’s artistic practice is mostly based on profound historical, site-specific and socio-political research, and explores themes of migration, exclusion, state violence, religion, urbanization, feminism, and gender. 

The artist talk will provide insight into Gülsün Karamustafa’s multifaceted oeuvre as well as her project Irreversible Remnants, which is on view until February 24, 2023 as part of the series n.b.k. Billboard.

Free admission

Video documentation of the talk on February 16, 2023


Gülsün Karamustafa (b. 1946 in Ankara, lives in Istanbul and Berlin) was awarded the prestigious Roswitha Haftmann Prize in 2021; in 2014 she received the Prince Claus Award. Solo and group exhibitions include: Istanbul Biennial (2022); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Lunds Konsthall, Sweden (both 2022); Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (2021); Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2016); Villa Romana, Florence (2015); SALT Istanbul (2014); EMST, Athens (2012); Kunstmuseum Bonn (2008); Tate Modern, London (2016); Malmö Konstmuseum; Jewish Museum, New York (both 2015); São Paulo Biennial (2014); Gwangju Biennial (both 2014).

Yilmaz Dziewior has been director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne since 2015. From 2009 to 2015 he was director of the Kunsthaus Bregenz (KUB). Before working in Bregenz, he was director of the Kunstverein in Hamburg and also taught as professor of art theory at the academy of fine arts in Hamburg (HFBK). He was curator of the German pavilion for the 2022 Venice Biennale, and curated the Austrian pavilion for the 2015 Venice Biennale. Dziewior has also been a regular contributor to Artforum, Camera Austria, and Texte zur Kunst. He has edited numerous books, including exhibition catalogues, on twentieth- and twenty-first-century art.