Fatoş Irwen was born and raised in the historical Sûr neighbourhood in Diyarbakır, Turkey. Having received her bachelor's degree in visual art department in Dicle University, Diyarbakır, she taught in secondary schools in Batman, Diyarbakır and then Istanbul for approximately ten years. The artist examines issues such as justice, power relations, belief systems and gender politics within her continuous production process spanning years. She creates works that focus on the effects of these matters on the individual and society in various fields such as video, photography, painting, textile, installation and performance. Among the highlights of the artist's performance-based works are the reflections of the experiences of the individual on memory, subconscious and dreams, as well as the relationship between space and body. Her solo show entitled “Exceptional Times” (curators: Ezgi Bakçay and Wenda Koyuncu) took place simultaneously in Karşı Sanat and DEPO Istanbul in 2021. Her selected group shows include: Of Paper (curator: Selin Akın, Ferda Art Platform, Istanbul, 2021); Art in Dark Times (organized by bi’bak, Haus der Statistik, Berlin, Germany, 2020); Heritage / Matrimonio (curator: Gudrun Wallenböck, Gallery Enrique Guerrero, Mexico City, Mexico, 2019); Not What You Think! (Hinterland Galerie, Vienna, Austria, 2018); Post-Peace (curator: Katia Krupennikova, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany, 2017). Fatoş Irwen lives and works in Istanbul and Diyarbakır.
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