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ILKNUR DEMIRKOPARAN is a Turkish-American transmedia artist. Her interdisciplinary practice spanning across a variety of media evokes the often baffling narratives of identity and otherness. While her earlier work traces the stereotype of “The Turk” in western art and literature, her later work explores the mechanisms of power that enable hyper-accentuated identities. She has performed and exhibited her work in Turkey, Canada, Germany, Sweden, and the United States including the Berlin Biennial Art Wiki Project 2012, Highways Performance Space and Gallery in Los Angeles, and FAR Bazaar 2017 at Cerritos College marking the 40th anniversary of Foundation Art Resources in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in Art from California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Art from University of California, Riverside. She is the recipient of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Max H. Gluck Foundation fellowship awards. She is a member of the artist collaborative The IronBreaker Sisters and currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.


My work evokes the baffling, and often bizarre narratives of femininity, masculinity, and otherness. I mix traditional and new media, physical and virtual, static and time-based to trace the many layers of existence within these narratives. While I use a variety of materials and processes, my work is linked by recurring themes and subject matter. Each project continues my thoughts on concepts that progressively unfold my larger body of work.

Artist Statement


California Institute of the Arts – MFA in Art 2006

University of California, Riverside – BA in Art 2004


2019 Residency. ChaNorth Artists Residency. Pine Plains, NY

2019 Residency. Visiting Artist. The Evergreen State College. Olympia, Washington.

2010 Residency. K2 Contemporary Art Center. Izmir, Turkey.

2003-2004 Fellowship. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. University of California, Riverside, California 

2003-2004 Fellowship. Gluck Fellowship Program of the Arts. University of California, Riverside, California


2019 PARTITA II, Durden and Ray Fundraiser. Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, California.

2019 [three-person] The Other Is Not. Evergreen State College. Olympia, Washington.

2017 FAR Bazaar 2017. Cerritos College, Cerritos California. (event pages at FAR & Cerritos College)

2016 [three-person] Sympathetic Resonance: An Evening of Improvised Alchemy. Highways Performance Space and Gallery. Los Angeles, California.

2016 [two-person] Are We There Yet? Demo launch. University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

2013 Chapul San Diego! Mesa College. San Diego, California.

2013 Chapul’LA: An Evening of Art, Music, Food, and Chapulling. Highways Performance Space and Gallery.  Los Angeles, California.

2012 Letter To Los Angeles. Collaborative work with Vuslat Demirkoparan. Mulholland Dérive. Los Angeles Road Concerts. Los Angeles, California.

2012 [solo] This Never Happened # 2. Kwartnik. Irvine, California.

2012 7th Berlin Biennale. ArtWiki Project

2010 The Moment of Privacy Has Passed: Sketchbooks by Artists, Architects, and Designers. The Usher Gallery. Lincoln, United Kingdom.

2010 [solo] This Never Happened. K2 Contemporary Art Center. Izmir, Turkiye.

2009 [solo] Untitled Installation. Ozdere Belediyesi Art Gallery. Ozdere, Turkiye.

2008 Corrective Lenses: Challenging Representations of Women of Color in Art. Jock Turcotte Centre, University of Ottawa, Canada.

2006 Improvisations. Open Fist Theater. Hollywood, California

2006 Collisions and Pileups: Calarts 2006 MFA Graduate Exhibition. The Armory Center for the Arts. Pasadena, California

2006 [solo] Tijen the Turk Leaves Her Barbarian Mark… Mint Gallery. CalArts, Valencia, California

2005 [solo] MFA Mid Residency Exhibition. CalArts, Valencia, California

2005 [solo] Sims Old Town Gallery v2. Stevenson Blanche Gallery. CalArts, Valencia, California

2005 [solo] Sims Old Town Gallery v1. Her Majesty’s Project Space, H.M.P.S. CalArts, Valencia, California

2004 Untitled 31, 04 Senior Thesis Exhibition. Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside, California

2004 Improvisations. California Museum of Photography. Riverside, California

2004 Teknika Radica: Powering Up / Powering Down. University of California, San Diego, California

2003 Showcase Alive. University of California, Riverside, California

2003 [solo] Move, Leave the Meaning to Dry. University of California, Riverside, California

2002 New Media, New Work. Roy O. Disney Hall. CalArts, Valencia, California


Senn, Evan.  “A Breath of Fresh Air in the Season of Art Fairs: The FAR Bazaar,” Art And Cake, January 16, 2017.

Hines, Dave. “Actor Wesley Elder and Ilka Foods!” The Dave Hines Show. iHeartRadio. December 10, 2016.

Jones, Anna. “A One-Day-Only Art Exhibit Along All of Mulholland Drive,” LA Weekly Blogs, December 10, 2012.

“Sweeney Art Gallery Allows Artist to Take the Next Step,” UC Riverside Fiat Lux, Vol. 14, no 2, Spring 2004, pg 35

Lawson, Jeremy, “Jamming Like They Just Don’t Care”, UCR Highlander, April 20, 2004, pg 22.

Lawson, Jeremy & Clare, Jessica, “Improvisation Makes Fresh Art From Scratch”, UCR Highlander, April 6, 2004, pg 18-20.


2003 – Present. Member. IronBreaker Sisters Art Collaborative.

2016 – 2017. Member. Improvised Alchemy Art Collective.

2007  Art Director (documenting the 10th Istanbul Biennale).

2006 Panelist on Visual Studies Conference at the University of California, Irvine. Conference: Failure: Ethics and Aesthetics. Panel: MEDIAting Failure. Presentation: “On Fantastic Turks.”

2004 UCR is Improvising: Festival of Spontaneous Art Music and Dance. The event brought together 20 artists from around the Globe for three days of performances and workshops in and around Riverside, CA. The event was organized as a part of the Andrew Mellon Workshop grant.

2004 – 2006: Member of the Los Angeles based art collective; Adaptable Girl