Azade Köker

Prof. Azade Köker's earlier works are mainly concerned with identity and belonging. The artist proposes hybridity as an inevitable survival mechanism, which is achieved through a subjectivity based on discrepancy, transparency and vulnerability. In her later works, nature is negotiated as a cultural construct. She creates images of nature inhabited by traces of human intervention, which she then deconstructs by a repeating pattern on the surface. Through this layering and reworking of the surface, she disrupts the perfection and legibility of the represented image and comments on the possibilities of paintings.


Azade Köker (1949, Istanbul) lives and works between Berlin and Istanbul. She used to be a professor at the Braunschweig Technical University, Berlin, Germany. Her recent solo exhibitions include: Murder of a Mannequin (Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, 2021), Verblendet (Zilberman Gallery, Berlin, 2018), Everywhere, Nowhere (Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, 2016), Azade Köker (Proje 4L, Elgiz Museum, Istanbul, 2015), Moving Spaces (Zilberman Gallery, 2013), Human Nature (Milli Reasürans Art Gallery, Istanbul, 2007), Transparenz der Abwesentheit (Otto-Gallery, Münich, 2004), and Transparenz des Gartens (Kunstverein, Bielefeld, 2001); and her recent group exhibitions include: Women Defining Women (LACMA, Los Angeles, 2023), Everything will be just like now – just a little different (Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Austria, 2023), Resonating Tides (Women's pavilion of Expo City Dubai, 2023), Under Two Suns (OMM-Odunpazarı Modern Müze, Eskişehir, Turkey, 2023), Interactions (Istanbul Modern Art Museum, 2021), At The End of the Day (OMM-Odunpazarı Modern Museum, Eskişehir, Turkey, 2020), Nature in Art (MOCAK, Krakow, Poland, 2019), The Spirit of the Poet (Zentrum für verfolgte Künste, Solingen, Germany, 2019), Ultrahabitat (Zilberman Gallery Berlin, 2016), Minor Heroism (Zilberman Gallery, İstanbul, 2015), Meeting Point (Kunstverein Konstanz, Germany, 2015) and Dream and Reality (Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, 2011). 


Her works are in numerous public and corporate collections including Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles; Akbank, Istanbul; The British Museum, London; Berlinische Gallery, Berlin; Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul; Lebendiges Museum, Berlin; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Wisconsin; Istanbul Modern Museum. She has public sculptures in Cuvry-Brunnen (Berlin), Bundesgartenschau (Berlin), Menschenlandschaften (Berlin), Frechen Museum (Düsseldorf), Bremen-Nord Zentralkrankenhaus (Bremen), Schule am Barbarossaplatz (Berlin), Schlosspark (Wolfsburg), Building of Turkish Embassy (Japan), Altınpark (Ankara), Istanbul Stock Exchange (Istanbul), Aspat Art Park (Bodrum) and Park of German Embassy (Ankara).

> CV
  - Landscape of Memories
  - Ivy
  - Murder of a Mannequin
  - Unlock
  - A highlight of “Verblendet”
  - Verblendet
  - Ultrahabitat
  - Minor Heroisms
  - Moving Spaces