About the Artist
Elif Uras lives and works in New York and Istanbul. Notable solo exhibitions include: Déjà Vu (The Box, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, 2017); Hayal Meyal (Galerist, Istanbul, 2016); Nicaea (Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut, 2015); Panorama Arcade (Galerist, Istanbul, 2008); Drawing Disconnect (Kirkhoff, Copenhagen, 2008); The Occidentalist (Smith-Stewart, New York, 2007); Industry (GAVLAK, West Palm Beach, 2006); Private Collection (Kenny Schachter/ROVE, New York, 2004) and What You Want (Galerist, Istanbul, 2004). Her works have also been exhibited at MoMA PS1, Salon 94, New York, 9th Shanghai Biennale, Proje 4L/Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, and Pera Museum. They are included in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ringier Collection, Zurich, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, among others. Uras has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, a BA in Economics and International Relations from Brown University and a JD from Columbia Law School. She received her MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts in 2003.
About the Curator/Editor
L. İpek Ulusoy Akgül is an independent editor, curator, and writer currently based in Istanbul. Most recently, she has consulted for editorial projects in English at SALT, Istanbul (2017-18) and acted as the Managing Editor of ArteEast Quarterly (2014-16). Her selected curatorial projects include: Reading Room (Mathaf, Doha, 2015), Proposals on Monumentality (Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2014), A.i.R Dubai Open Studios (Dubai, 2014) and many new media exhibitions including Brigitte Kowanz: Cut a Long Story Short (associate curator) at Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul (2012-13). She contributed to Artforum.com, Ibraaz, ArtAsiaPacific, m-est.org as well as various exhibition catalogs and artist books. She completed graduate coursework in History at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul after receiving her BA in Cultural Studies from Sabancı University, Istanbul. She was granted a Fulbright Scholarship for her MA in Museum Studies at NYU.
Founded in 2001 in Istanbul, Galerist has established a reputation for nurturing the careers of emerging Turkish contemporary artists and introducing their work to a national and global audience. In addition to the ongoing exhibition program in Istanbul, Galerist continues to participate in prominent art events abroad, strengthening their position and network in the international art world.
Galerist’s bimonthly publication Art Unlimited has positioned itself as one of the country’s leading art magazines since 2006 and a key supporter of the growing contemporary art scene in Turkey.
Other publications from Galerist include Yusuf Sevinçli: Oculus (2018), Semiha Berksoy Catalogue Raisonné (2017), Nil Yalter Monograph (2013), Taner Ceylan: 1997-2009 (2011), Haluk Akakçe: Reincarnation (2009) and Leyla Gediz Monograph (2008).
Since its establishment in 1957 as Canakkale Ceramic Factories Corporation, Kale Group has been a pioneer in Turkey’s ceramics industry, becoming an international giant with its investments in this sector. Kale Group is currently comprised of 17 companies, and is regarded as one of the leading industrial enterprises of Turkey with over 5,000 employees and factories in Canakkale and all over the country. Kale Group is Europe’s fifth and the world’s 17th largest ceramics manufacturer. In the construction chemicals sector, it is ranked first in Turkey and fifth in Europe in terms of production and sales volume. Moreover, as a fully private Turkish company, it has taken on a leading and influential role in defense and aviation sectors.
With a growing focus on design, technology, and the human element, one of Kale Group’s missions is to support art and artists, particularly those working with ceramics. Last year, Kale Group realized the first retrospective of distinguished ceramic artist Füreya Koral to commemorate the 60th anniversary of its founding. The comprehensive exhibition of works by Koral, the first contemporary ceramicist in Turkey, was considered to be one of the most acclaimed and visited exhibitions in 2017.