Nazlı Gürlek Hodder


Nazlı Gürlek Hodder is an artist, curator and ritual facilitator based in Istanbul. She is currently developing her own healing method offering ritual practices of freedom, agency, resistance and empowerment. This method merges the artistic knowledge that she has accumulated over many years as a practicing artist and curator with therapeutic knowledge that she has been mastering at her more recent art therapy, family constellation and the physiology of the nervous system trainings. 

Her work as an artist and curator has been exhibited broadly nationally and internationally at Arter, Borusan Contemporary, Çanakkale and Mardin Biennials, SALT, Ujazdowski Castle Warsaw among others. Her solo exhibition “In The Body” featuring her visual artworks on embodiment took place at Evliyagil Dolapdere in 2019. Her live performance “ONE” took place at ANAMED Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations as part of “The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük” exhibition in 2017. Her recent curatorial projects include the 4th Mardin Biennial: Beyond Words (2018). She has been part of the “Systemic Constellation and Ancient Body Wisdom” course with Feride Gürsoy at Istanbul Healing Academy since 2022. Between 2017-20 she took part in the Life/Art Process® method workshops with Daria Halprin at the Tampa Institute in California, Introduction to Dance Therapy Master at Codarts Rotterdam and Skinner Releasing Technique workshops at Mimar Sinan University Modern Dance Department in Istanbul. 

She holds a BA in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts Florence and an MA in Curating from Goldsmiths College London.


Born in 1981, Istanbul, Turkey
Lives and works in Istanbul 

Selected Solo Show
2020 "In The Body", Evliyagil Dolapdere, Istanbul

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022 "Bodfa Continuum", curated by Julie Upmeyer, Plas Bodfa, Anglesey, Wales, UK

2022 "Elsewhere", curated by Begüm Güney, Decollage Art Space, Istanbul
2020 “Crystal Chateau”, curated by Can Akgümüş, Evliyagil Museum, Ankara
2019 "Gaia Has 1000 Names", curated by Tara Londi, Elgiz Museum, Istanbul
2019 "Happening Now", curated by Özge İnal, Artnivo, Akaretler Art Weeks, Istanbul
2018 6th International Çanakkale Biennial: “Before the Past, After the Future”, curated by CABININ, Çanakkale, Turkey
2017 “Floating Tactics After a Sunken Island”, curated by Sibel Horada, Daire Gallery, Istanbul


2019 "Phenomenal Hole", curated by Özge İnal, Artnivo at Akaretler Art Week, Istanbul
2017 “ONE”, curated by Simge Burhanoğlu, Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilisations (RCAC), co-produced by RCAC and Performistanbul, a parallel event to the 15th Istanbul Biennial in the context of "The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük" exhibition at RCAC

Selected International Press

Matt Hanson, "On next-wave feminism: An installation by Nazlı Gürlek Hodder", Daily Sabah, December 28, 2020

Hatice Utkan Özden, "Exploring art as healer and alchemy", Hürriyet Daily News, December 24, 2020 
Gesualdo Busacca, “Being ONE with the Past”, Art Unlimited, December 2017
İrem Yasar, “Ancient wall painting inspires modern performance artist”, Daily Sabah, September 08, 2017
Kaya Genç, “Adventurous exhibition explores 'Floating Tactics After a Sunken Island'”, Daily Sabah, November 03, 2017
Syskia Lissens, “Edging Toward Arabia: Istanbul Hosts Jameel Prize 4”, Harpers Bazaar Art, June 2016

2008 MFA Curating, Goldsmiths College, London
2006 BA Painting, The Academy of Fine Arts of Florence 

Education and Workshops in Expressive Arts Therapies

2020 The Singing Body, with Dohee Lee, Tamalpa Institute, San Rafael, California

​2019 Life/Art Process® with Daria Halprin, Tamalpa Institute, San Rafael, California
2018 “Bring Your Imagination to Life: An Introduction to Scoring & Performance" with Joy Cosculluela, Tamalpa Institute, San Rafael, California
2018 Skinner Releasing Technique Level 1 Training, Mimar Sinan Unviersity of Fine Arts Contemporary Dance Department, Istanbul
2017 Introduction to Dance Therapy Master, Codarts, Rotterdam