Sag Harbor, New York, USA. 2022

Born Ankara, Turkiye


Iknur Demirkoparan is a Turkish-born American artist whose interdisciplinary practice spans 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. In her more recent practice, she explores Turkic material culture.


She has performed and exhibited her work at ZHdK OnCurating n Zurich, the Berlin Biennial Art Wiki Project 2012, Highways Performance Space and Gallery in Los Angeles, and FAR Bazaar 2017. Her writing appears in ASAP/j, FLAT Magazine, and Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. She holds an MFA in Art from the California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Art from the University of California, Riverside. Her recent residencies include the Future Memory Lab in Paraguay, funded by the Swiss Arts Council ProHelvetia and the Migliorisi Foundation, and ChaNorth in Pine Plains, New York. She is the recipient of fellowship awards from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Max H. Gluck Foundation. Demirkoparan is also the founding director of the MinEastry of Postcollapse Art and Culture. She currently lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland.



2006 — MFA, California Institute of the Arts. Valencia, CA, USA

2024 — BA, University of California, Riverside. Riverside, CA, USA


2024 — Residency. Future Memory Lab. The Migliorisi Foundation, Asunción, Paraguay & Pyxis, Lausannae, Switzerland, with support by ProHelvetia.

2021 — Grant. Regional Arts and Culture Council. Portland, OR, USA

2019 — Residency. ChaNorth. Pine Plains, NY, USA


2024 — [solo] Necessary Retrieve. OnCurating Project Space @DIENSTGEBÄUDE, Zurich, Switzerland. Curated by Elif Carrier.

2024 — Cerritos Collects: Recent Acquisitions. Cerritos College Art Gallery Norwalk, California, USA

2023 — [three-person] TRYST! Torrence Art Museum. Los Angeles, CA, USA

2023 — [three-person] Play. MinEastry of Postcollapse Art & Culture. Zurich, CH

2022 — January Group Show: Abstract Selections From 7 Artists. Mark Borghi Fine Art. Sag Harbor. NY, USA

2022 — Abstract Monochrome Figures. Mark Borghi Fine Art. Sag Harbor, NY, USA

2022 — [three-person] Three Women Walk into a Gallery. Mark Borghi Fine Art. Sag Harbor, NY, USA

2022 — Artists and Poems: Istanbul. Curated by Gul Cagin

2022 — [two-person] Hoscakal, Portland. MinEastry of Postcollapse Art and Culture. Portland, OR, USA


2023 — Panel Presentation at ASAP/14: Arts of Fugitivity. University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

2021 — Panel Presentation: “A Practice in Three Parts.” Panel: New Migrancies: Spatial Continuity as Creative Connection. ASAP/12: RECIPROCITY. The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present 12th Annual Conference. Virtual. New York, USA.

2020 — Panel 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.

2019 — Artist Talk, Pine Plains Library, Pine Plains, NY, USA

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


“Demirkoparan, Ilknur & Katsanis, Vuslat D. “The Postcollapse Manifesto.” Flat Journal, UCLA Department of Design Media Arts and the UCLA Arts Conditional Studio. 2023.


“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. Issue 57, Beyond Post-Humanism. March, 2022. (link)


“How I Arrived Here: An Artist’s Essay, Or A Long-winded Artist’s Statement, Or Possibly Both” Journal of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP/j). Special Issue on Postcollapse Art: Contemporary Art in ‘the East’ since 1989. Johns Hopkins University Press. December 2021.