Born in Ankara, based in Berlin.
Artist, writer and researcher. 

İpek Çınar (she / her) completed her studies in Political Sciences at METU in 2018 and began her graduate studies in the Art in Context MA programme at UdK Berlin in 2020.

Working predominantly with the photographic medium since 2011, Çınar tells stories that seek to convey an idiosyncratic language by blending photography with writing and researching. She loves play, joy, and unexpected encounters as production methods. In addition to her art production, she contributes to various publications with essays, interviews and series of articles; and acts as a content advisor, particularly on photography. 

She opened solo exhibitions at Poligon “The Shooting Gallery” (İstanbul) and at Ka Atelier (Ankara) and took part in numerous group shows in Turkey, Italy, Latvia, Finland, Greece, Berlin, and Switzerland. She has been invited to international artist residencies, workshops and festivals where she participated in exhibition and lecture programs. İpek Çınar, who is also a member of AICA Turkey, is the co-editor of Orta Format since 2015 and she loves this initiative very much.

Solo Exhibitions

2018

“My Friend, Why are the Great Gods in Conference?”

in Ka Photography Enhancement Atelier, Ankara, TURKEY

2017

Mediation

in Poligon “The Shooting Gallery”, Istanbul, TURKEY

Group Exhibitions

2022

"Signals: Networks and Artistic Interventions" at Oyoun, Berlin, GERMANY

"Privilege of Dreaming" in Haus der Statistik, Berlin, GERMANY

2021

“The Danger of Synchronicity” in UdK Rundgang, Berlin, GERMANY

2019

“Aralık IV” in Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, TURKEY

2017

“Bolero” in EOS Gallery, Athens, GREECE

“Çekmeden Fotograf” in SALT Ulus, Ankara, TURKEY

2016

“Bolero” in Place des Augustins, Geneva, Switzerland

“ISSP 2016 Final Exhibition” in ISSP, Kuldiga, LATVIA

2015

“Glassbell” in Fotoistanbul, Istanbul, TURKEY

“Kuyudaki Tas” in CerModern, Ankara, TURKEY

“Bolero” in Torun, Ankara, TURKEY

“Haihatuksen Kevatnayttelty 2015” in Taidelaitos Haihatus, Joutsa, FINLAND

2014

“The Amateur Photography Festival” in Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul, TURKEY

“This is a guerrilla exhibition. Really!” in Fotoistanbul, Istanbul, TURKEY

2013

“Garden” in Ka Photography Enhancement Atelier, Ankara, TURKEY

Publications and Presentations

2021

"Üretim, dayanısma ve ögrenme alanı olarak kolektif yapı", artist talk

GAPO, digital, see here.

"Velhasıl Fotografın Niyetini Okumak", artist talk

Orta Format, digital, see here.

2020

"Üç Dakika: Ortanormal Forum", artist talk

Orta Format, digital, see here.

Overcoming Uncertainity in The Cultural Sector During the Covid-19 Crisis & Beyond, artist talk

Start Greece & Goethe Instiutut Thesalloniki, GREECE

2019

“Independent Initiatives and Organizations in Turkey’s Art Scene”, artist talk in Taiwan Annual, Taipei, TAIWAN

“West Asia and South Asia Art Spaces x Taiwan Art Spaces”, artist talk in Taiwan Annual, Taipei, TAIWAN

“Aralık IV”, group publication

in TURKEY

“Editörlük Askı Öldürür mü?”, artist talk in SALT Galata, Istanbul, TURKEY

2018

"Balkon Konusmalari II", artist talk 

in pose, Istanbul, TURKEY

"Ayrik Otu", artist talk

in SALT Galata, Istanbul, TURKEY

2017

Maps-Magazine, “Issue#3: Exploration”

in ITALY

2016

“ISSP 2016 Final Exhibition”

in Kuldiga, LATVIA

2015

“BLACKLIE. Vol II”

in Cagliari, ITALY

“Documentary Photography Days”

in Fotograf Vakfı, Istanbul, TURKEY

“FINAL WORKS I Personal Storytelling: Photography Workshop with Arja Hyytainien”, in Istanbul, TURKEY

"Aşina" at Bilsart, İstanbul, TURKEY