Pınar Öğrenci (b. 1973, Van, Turkey) is an artist with an architectural background, an activist and a writer based in İstanbul. Öğrenci uses various media in her artistic practice, including photography, video, film, performance and installation. Her works address subjects such as migration, war, collective movements, nationalism, cultural assimilation,  stories of heroism and urban transformation. Using the video as a tool to record her daily life practices, she benefits from her personal video archive and ready-made footages. Her works have been exhibited widely at museums and art institutions including at Kunst Haus Wien- Hundertwasser Museum, 2017; WKV Stuttgart, 2017; the Istanbul off-site project for Sharjah Biennial13, 2017; Angewandte, Vienna, 2016; MAXXI Museum, Rome, 2015-6; SALT Galata, Istanbul, 2015-6;  De Las Fronteras Biennial, Tamaulipas, 2015; Sinop Biennial, 2014; Çanakkale Biennial, 2014 and Depo, Istanbul, 2014. The artist had her first exhibition at MARSistanbul in 2015, “Awaiting the Onset of the Sense of Life”. Her first solo exhibition abroad was realized at Kunst Haus-Hundertwasser Museum in Vienna, “A Gentle Breeze Passed Over Us” in 2017.

She is the founder and organizer of MARSistanbul, an art initiative launched in 2010. Since the late 1990s, Öğrenci has extensively written on contemporary art and architecture in magazines, including Agos, Radikal, ArtUnlimited, m-est, SALT Online, Arkitera, Arredemento Mimarlık, XXI, İstanbul, among others. She has participated in residency programs in HIAP, Helsinki, Finland, 2017; Henie Onstad Kunstcenter, Oslo, Norway, 2016; R.A.T., Mexico City, 2015; Willa Waldberta, Munich, 2010, as well as in festival, workshop and research programs, such as Public Calling Conference at National Theatre Oslo, 2016; Middle East Festival, Henie Onstad Kunstcenter, Oslo, 2016; “Plataforma Editable, Desplazamientos Curatoriales: Santiago, Valparaiso, Antofagasta, Tarabaca” in Chile, 2015; “Public Space and Museums” at the CIMAM conference in Rio de Janerio, 2013.

solo shows 

2017 A Gentle Breeze Passed Over Us, Kunst Haus Wien-Hundertwasser Museum, Vienna.

2017 Under the Red Sky, Depo Istanbul.

2015 Awaiting The Onset of The Sense of Life, MARSistanbul, Istanbul.

group shows

2017 Bahar, the Istanbul off-site project for Sharjah Biennial13, Istanbul.
2017 Post Peace, WKV, Stuttgart.
2017 Artist At Risk Pavillion Athens, Perpetuum Mobilisation.
2017 Camouflaged Pearls, Bruthaus Gallery, Waregem.
2016 Luminous Perception, Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna.
2016 Inverse Greyscale, Pasinger Fabrik, Munich.
2016  When Home Won’t Let You Stay, University of Applied Arts (Angawandte), Vienna.
2016  Shadow Communities, Fluc, Vienna.
2015-6 Apricots From Damascus, SALT Galata, Istanbul.
2015 İstanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury MAXXI Museum, Rome.
2015 1th. Frontiers Bienal, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
2014 4 th. Çanakkale Biennial, Canakkale.
2014 5 th. Sinop Biennial, Sinop.
2014 Technical Ecstasy, KUAD Gallery, Istanbul.
2014 Learned Helplessness, Bergsen&Bergsen Gallery, Istanbul.
2014 Homo Homini Lupus, m1886, Ankara.
2013 Art Barter, 5533, Istanbul.
2012 Die Neu Eröffnung, Halle 10, Munich.
2012 Reality Terror, Depo, Istanbul.
2012 Prescription, Rumeli Han C Blok, Istanbul.
2011 Cyristal City, Marsistanbul, Istanbul.
2011 Soft City, Alan Istanbul, Istanbul.
2011 Floating Volumes 1-3 – Istanbul Transfer, Kunst-nah&Frise, Hamburg, 5533-Istanbul.
participated programmes and residencies

2017 HIAP, Helsinki, Finland

2016 Henie Osntad Kunstcenter, Residence Programm, Oslo, Norway

2016 Public Calling Conference, National Theatre, Oslo, Norway

2016 Middle East Festival, Henie Osntad Kunstcenter, Oslo, Norway

2015 Plataforma Editable, Desplazamientos Curatoriales: Santiago,
Valparaiso, Antofagasta, Tarabaca; Chile

2015 R.A.T Residancias Artisticas Intercambios, Mexico City, Mexico

2013 CIMAM Annual Conference (supported by SAHA), Rio De Jeneiro, Brazil

2011 Altonale Festival and Artist in Residence Programm, Hamburg, Germany

2010 Willa Waldberta, Artist in Residence Programm, Munich, Germany

2010 Frise, Artist in Residence Programm, Hamburg, Germany



publishing and talks

2015 Lost Photographs of Anatolia (Vahap Avsar Exhibition, Salt Beyoglu), December,        Artunlimited, 2015
2015 Francis Alys, Artunlimited, No:33 September, 2015
2015 Sınır Ötesindeki İmgeler ve Yüzler, Artunlimited, January, 2015
2015 Lübnan’dan Parçalı Görüntüler (Exploded Views from Lebanon, critic of Akram Zaatari’s exhibition at SALT Beyoğlu İstanbul), Agos / issue:974, January, 2015)
2014 Çağdaş Sanatın Gelecekle İmtihanı (Examination of Contemporary Art with future, Artunlimited, Nowember / December issue, 2014
2014 Architect Constantin P.Pappa, Studio X Istanbul, seminer talk part of Tayfun Serttas’s exhibition, ‘Cemetery of Architects’.
2014 Körleşme Biçimleri (Ways of Blinding, critic of exhibition ‘Inattentional Blindness’ curated by Işın Önol)
2013 X-ray of our diseased world, Agos 20 Aralık 2013 and M-est (critic of Vahap Avşar’s exhibition ‘Black Album’)
2013 Vaad Edilen Mutluluk Senaryoları (Scenarios of happiness that were promised), XXI, November issue, Critic of Burak Delier’s exhibition ‘Play your part and script will fallow’)
2013 Interviev with Burak Delier, Displacing Silence, art-ist
2013 Mimarlığın Simgesel Anlamı ve Gezi Parkı Direnişi (Symbolic Meaning of Architecture and Gezi Parc Resistance
2012 ‘The Utopia Collection’ in Siber Genosis April-May issue
2011 The text about artist Gül Ilgaz in Floating Volumes Catalog
2004 Anatolia Moderne, Published by French -Anatolian Research Institute, ‘Transformations Dans L’Architecture Des Maisons’
2005 The article published on a realised restoration in ‘Natura’, stone and Architecture Magazin, ‘The Restoration of Akbank Beyoğlu Building’.
2001 French – Anatolian Research Institute, Semposium of a research on Ottoman society ‘The transformation of neighborhood in Ottoman society’
2001 Istanbul Magazin issue 36, published article, Architect Constantin P.Pappa
2001 French -Anatolian Research Institute, Semposium of a research on Ottoman society, ‘Sarıca Family Buildings – Arif Paşa Apartment House’
1999 A published article in special summer issue of ‘Arredamento Architecture’ magazine,’Sarıca Family Buildings; Köşkler(Pallazios), Apartment Houses and its contribution to Istanbul dwelling architecture by 19th century’

curation & organization

2015 Veritas, Şafak Gürboğa, Mars, Istanbul, Turkey, Organizator
2015 Asisting and organizing Francis Alys’s video work ‘Silence of Ani’ for the İstanbul Biennial, 2015
2013 Un-founded, Mars, Istanbul, Turkey.
2013 Colourless Burden by Ayça Köseoğulları, Mars, Contemporary Istanbul, Turkey, Organizator
2013 Vienna Fair, Marsistanbul, Vienna, Austria, Organizator
2013 Slick Art Fair, Marsistanbul, Brussels, Belgium, Organizator
2012 Utopia Collection by Luk Berghe, Mars, Istanbul, Turkey.
2011 Cyristal City, Mars, Istanbul, Turkey.
2011 ‘Return: Innocent Nostaljia’ curated by Emre Zeytinoğlu, Mars, Istanbul, Turkey, Organizator
2010 ‘Spring Exhibition’ of Erim Bayrı, Mars, Istanbul, Turkey, Organizator
2009 Tobacco Depot – 2 nd Building Design for 11th International Istanbul Biennial
2008 ‘Exercise’, Vahit Tuna, Hafriyat, Istanbul, Turkey, sponsorship and application