Born in 1981, Istanbul
Lives and works in Istanbul and Menlo Park, California
Nazlı Gürlek is an artist based between Istanbul, and Menlo Park in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. She holds a BA in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence (2006) and an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College, London (2008). After 12 years working as an independent curator she has recently taken up her artistic practice.
Since then her artworks have taken part in the group exhibition “Floating Tactics After a Sunken Island” (2017, Daire Gallery, Istanbul) and 6th International Çanakkale Biennial: “Before the Past, After the Future” (2018, Çanakkale, Turkey). Her performative art piece “ONE” was staged in September 2017 at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilisations (RCAC) in the context of RCAC’s exhibition “The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük” celebrating the 25th year of the excavations and as a parallel event to the 15th Istanbul Biennial.
Recent curatorial positions include among others the 4th International Mardin Biennial: “Beyond Words” (Mardin, 2018); “CANAN: Behind Mount Qaf” (Vehbi Koç Foundation’s Arter - Space for Art, Istanbul, 2017-18), curator of the collection at Borusan Contemporary (Istanbul, 2014–15), curator of programmes at Maçka Sanat Galerisi (Istanbul, 2011–12) and assistant curator of the Pavilion of Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennial (2009). Gürlek has also worked as a curator-in-residence at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw (2013), and took part in Independent Curators International's curatorial intensive programs 'From Official History to Underrepresented Narratives' at CCA Derry-Londonderry, and 'Curatorial Seminar in Istanbul' where she presented her curatorial research papers at CCA Derry-Londonderry and SALT Galata (2013). She collaborated with and curated at institutions including Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Vienna Contemporary, LOOP Art Fair, London Art Fair among others. She is the author of a few publications including “Nature is Our Body” - ArteEast Quarterly: The Global Platform for Middle East Arts (Spring 2016), “Sarkis and When Attitudes Become Form” (SALT Istanbul, 2013) and İnci Eviner monograph (Revolver, 2011). Her writings have appeared in exhibition catalogues such as "Lawrence Weiner: WHEREWITHAL" (Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2017) and magazines such as Frieze, Camera Austria, Art Asia Pacific, Flash Art International, The Exhibitionist.