Zeynep Kayan

Zeynep Kayan’s artistic practice focuses on exploring the repetitive structural setup of the variations she creates by using video, photography, sound and performance. Through experimentation and chance, the artist articulates a personal vocabulary of the "self", or of the "human condition", but rather seems to escape categorization. Using repetition as an essential tool in her practise, Kayan chooses to define her works as experiments on the variations of a single image, a gesture, a sound or a line of words that is inspired by movement and change. 


Recent solo shows and presentations include: second time with the chair (Zilberman Istanbul, 2024); one one two one two three (Zilberman Gallery, Berlin, 2022); Zona Maco Foto, (Mexico, 2022); Temporary Sameness (Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, 2019), UNSEEN Amsterdam (Amsterdam, 2019), Constructed (Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, 2016). Kayan's work has been shown in numerous group shows including Rijksakademie Open studios 2023 (Amsterdam, 2023), İstanbul Modern (İstanbul, 2023), Volkskundenmsueum (Vienna, 2022), Protocinema (Istanbul, 2021), Asian Art Museum (San Francisco, 2021), Helsinki Contemporary Gallery (Helsinki, 2020), Salt Galata, (Istanbul, 2018); Field Meeting (New York, 2015). Kayan is currently a resident at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten until 2024. Besides she is one of the founders of the independent art space "Torun" in Ankara, which was active until 2020.


She lives and works between Ankara and Amsterdam.

> CV
  - second time with the chair
  - 2019
  - From the top, on repeat
  - Ivy
  - That Pause of Space
  - A highlight of ''one one two one two three''
  - one one two one two three
  - Recurrence 2
  - Unlock
  - Young Fresh Different 10: One Must Continue
  - Temporary Sameness
  - An Exile On Earth
  - Constructed
  - Pull the Rope We're Downstairs
  - Uncomplete