Darzanà. Turkish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2016

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Venue
Sale d'Armi,Fondamenta Arsenale,30122 Venezia, Italy.
Dates
From May 28 to November 27 2016

Feride Çiçekoğlu-Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu-Ertuǧ Uçar CURATORS TURKISH PAVILION

Feride ÇİÇEKOĞLU
After receiving her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Middle East Technical University’s (METU) Faculty of Architecture, Feride Çiçekoğlu earned her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. Following her doctoral thesis criticising Philadelphia’s urban renewal, her academic career, which she began in Turkey in the field of architecture, was interrupted by the military coup of September 12, 1980. Her first book Uçurtmayı Vurmasınlar (Don’t Let Them Shoot the Kite), which was based on the memories of her four years as a political prisoner, also formed the basis for her first script. The film’s success steered Çiçekoğlu towards cinema, and in addition to screenwriting, she also became a professor, building an academic career in the field. Maintaining her connection to architecture, Çiçekoğlu focused on the relationship between cinema and the city. She is still a faculty member at Istanbul Bilgi University’s Department of Film and Television.
 
Mehmet V. KÜTÜKÇÜOĞLU
He graduated from the METU’s Faculty of Architecture in 1989, and completed his graduate work, which he began in Switzerland that same year, at the SCI-ARC School of Architecture in Los Angeles in 1992. Alongside his professional output, Kütükçüoğlu has also lectured at SCI-ARC, METU, Yıldız Technical University, and Istanbul Technical University as part of his academic career. He was also a studio coordinator at the Istanbul Bilgi University’s Master’s Programme in Architecture. His articles on the city, its relationship with architecture, and the architecture profession have been published in various media. He continues his professional work as a partner at TEGET, with projects such as the Istanbul Naval Museum, the Izmir Opera House, and the Yapı Kredi Cultural Centre in Galatasaray.
 
Ertuğ UÇAR
After completing Antalya High School, he graduated from the METU’s Faculty of Architecture in 1993. He completed his master’s degree in 1999 in the same department and received awards at both national and international competitions. He writes for trade publications as well as popular periodicals, and has also published four books of short stories. During the spring semesters of 2006-2007, he was a coordinator at Yıldız Technical University and Istanbul Technical University Architectural Design studios. He has curated exhibitions, including the second exhibition of VitrA Contemporary Architecture Series, Lütfen Rahatsız Etmeyin (Please Do Not Disturb) and designed Istatistiklal exhibitions at ZKM Karlsruhe and Siemens Art. He is currently continuing his professional career as a partner at TEGET, with projects such as the Istanbul Naval Museum, the Izmir Opera House, and the Yapı Kredi Cultural Centre in Galatasaray.
 

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