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Ilknur 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.  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 at the Berlin Biennial Art Wiki Project (2012), Highways Performance Space and Gallery in Los Angeles (2013 & 2016), 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 the 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; an artist-run think tank and a curatorial project dedicated to rethinking our contemporary moment since the fall of the Berlin Wall.  She currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. 

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