Born in 1984, Baysan Yüksel graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University Department of Sociology in 2007 and Marmara University Department of Painting (M.F.A.) in 2010. Since 2006, she has been working at her own studio in Istanbul and participating to national and international exhibitions.
The artist who creates critical and interdisciplinary work around the concepts of routine, beliefs, traditions and consumer culture, uses dreams and universal symbols as signs for the collective subconscious. Within this context, she also refers to her oeuvre as storytelling. Painting, drawing, collage, three-dimensional objects, artist books, video, installation and text are her most preferred disciplines. She sees all kinds of surfaces, be it canvas, paper, wall or found objects, as instruments on which she can transfer all these stories that she collects both from within and without.
Her most recent works consist of paintings and three-dimensional assemblages where she often uses the symbol of the snake and the octopus as the reflections of individual and social confrontations, reminiscent of sequences from dark fairy tales. Here the snake symbolizes change, renovation and rebirth, whereas the octopus with its flexible anatomy and multiple limbs represents the tension and the anxiety triggered by unfamiliar and unstable emotions.
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2022 Stories, with Art50.net, 39 Kalamış Marina Hotel – 39 Art Gallery
2022 Wonderland, solo exhibition, Curator: Marcus Graf, Ataşehir Cemal Süreya Etkinlik Merkezi
2022 Şahmeran 34 “Hayra Alamet”, ArtPublik – Istanbul
2022 Glass Celing, Den Art – Antalya
2022 Sis, solo exhibition, Büyükdere35 – Istanbul
2021 All In One 02, with Art50.net ile, Gallery Bu Galata – Istanbul
2021 Refleks, Studyo Sumo, Curator: Güneş Babür – Istanbul
2020 3 Kadın 3 Yol, Halka Art Project x Step İstanbul
2020 And Then: Stroies About What Happens Next, Curator: Gretchen Hasse, Agitator Gallery – ABD
2020 Goddess In Me, with Art50.net, Curator: İpek Yeğinsü, Swissôtel The Bosphorus – Istanbul
2020 Horses Fluent in the Wind or Flying From the Nest, Halka Art Project – Istanbul
2019 Festival Of Insignificance, Halka Art Project – Istanbul
2019 Printed 19, Mixer Art – Istanbul
2019 Contemporary Istanbul
2019 Myths and Dreams, with Art50.net, Kıraathane Istanbul
2019 All in one 01, with Art50.net, Gallery Bu Pavillion – Istanbul
2018 Bilinmeyen Uzuvlar, solo exhibition, Büyükdere35 – Istanbul
2018 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with Art50net, Casa Dell’Arte Bodrum
2017 Yeni Bir Dünya, Odtü Sanat’19 – Ankara
2017 Taktiksel Duruş, Cer Modern – Ankara
2017 Derler ki, Mardin Museum – Mardin
2017 Risha Project, Forum Factory – Berlin
2016 Cehennemde Bir Mevsim, Alan Istanbul
2016 Profiler, with Art50.net, Gallery Bu – Istanbul
2015 YeOynaSev|EatPlayLove, with Art50.net, Eataly – Istanbul
2015 Serpent, solo exhibition, ArtNext Istanbul
2015 Mamut Art Project – Istanbul
2014 Street Art Istanbul, Kassel – Germany
2013 Vahşi Batı, solo exhibition, ArtNext Istanbul