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İlknur Demirkoparan is a Turkish-born American artist whose interdisciplinary practice spans across painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and digital media. Her earlier work explores the bizarre and often baffling narratives of identity and otherness by evoking the mechanisms of power that enable their manifestations.  With her more recent work, her interest shifts towards a theoretical exploration of Turkish aesthetics and material culture. She has performed and exhibited her work locally and internationally including at the Berlin Biennial Art Wiki Project 2012, Highways Performance Space and Gallery in Los Angeles, and FAR Bazaar 2017. She holds an MFA in Art from California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Art from University of California, Riverside. Her recent residencies include ChaNorth in Pine Plains, New York, and GlogauAIR in Berlin, Germany. She is the recipient of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Max H. Gluck Foundation fellowship awards. Demirkoparan is also the co-founder of the MinEastry of Postcollapse Art and Culture; a curatorial project focusing on artists from Eastern Europe, Western and Central Asia, and their diasporas since the fall of Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain. She 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


2020 Residency. GlogauAIR. Berlin, Germany.

2019 Residency. ChaNorth Artists Residency. Pine Plains, NY

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

2009 – 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


2020 Open Studios Exhibition. Virtual Edition. GlogauAIR, Berlin, Germany

2020 Showcase. GlogauAIR. Berlin, Germany.

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

2019 Postcollapse Manifesto distribution (September 2019). Yoğurtçu Parkı. Istanbul, Turkey

2019 Open Studios Exhibition. ChaNorth Artist Residency. Pine Plains, NY

2019 [three-person] The Other Is Not. Evergreen State College. Olympia, Washington. Curated by Vuslat D. Katsanis.

2017 FAR Bazaar 2017. Cerritos College, Cerritos California. Curated by James MacDevitt. 

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. Curated by Isabel Theselius and Yaron Hakim. 

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


“The Postcollapse Life: A Conversation on Creative Resilience Beyond the Anthropocene,” with Ilknur Demirkoparan, Vuslat D. Katsanis, and Mirela Kulovic. Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. Special Issue, “Beyond Post-Humanism. [Forthcoming 2021].

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.


2021 Panel discussant. Presentation: “Collapsing the East/West False Dichotomy: Art as Intervention”. Panel: The MinEastry of Postcollapse Art and Culture: Contemporary Artists and Cultural Workers Networked For Resilience Beyond The Anthropocene. College Art Association 109th Annual Conference. New York, NY. [forthcoming] 

2019 Artist Talk, Pine Plains Free Library, Pine Plains NY

2019 Artist Talk with Arzu Arda Kosar and Gul Cagin, The Evergreen State College, WA

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

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

2004 Organizing Committee. UCR is Improvising: A 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. Organized as a part of the Andrew Mellon Fellowship Grant.


2019 – Present. Cofounder. Mineastry of Postcollapse Art and Culture.

2003 – Present. Member. IronBreaker Sisters Art Collaborative.

2016 – 2017. Member. Improvised Alchemy Art Collective.