Nilbar Güreş explores notions of human power, social gender roles, relationships, identity, and culture in her work. Out of long-term research and cultural observation, Güreş creates narratives which are often marked by humour and playful, poetic irony but also with strong social-political undertones. She utilizes a performative approach, particularly in her photographic and sculptural works, but it is also visible in her collages, drawings, paintings, and videos. Nilbar Güreş‘ textile collages are combinations of her own intrinsically free-form use of techniques such as drawing, embroidery, appliqué and painting, to depict scenarios rich with associations. For the artist, textiles are not only an inexhaustible source of inspiration but also media that can transcend time and space, creating connections with bygone times and past cultures. Her artistic practice is based on subtle moments of resistance, whose staging on the fringes of everyday life seem prudently radical.
Nilbar Güreş, *1977 in Istanbul, lives and works in Vienna and Istanbul.
She has also won numerous awards, the most recent being the Prix Maud Mottier 2021 (CH). Other previous awards are the 2018 De’Longhi Art Projects Artist Award (UK), 2015 BC21 Art Award (AT), 2014 Msgr. Otto Mauer Award (AT) and 2013 Professor-Hilde-Goldschmidt-Award (AT).
1977 born in Istanbul, studied Fine Arts at Marmara University, Istanbul and Painting and Graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Vienna. Lives and works in Vienna and Istanbul
2021 Prix Maud Mottier; 2015 BC21 Art Arward; 2018 De’Longhi Art Projects Artist Award; 2014 Msgr. Otto Mauer- Award; 2013 Professor-Hilde-Goldschmidt-Award
Solo shows (selection):
2020 Kunsthaus Pasquart, Biel; 2019 Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Kunstverein Reutlingen; Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna; 2018 LENTOS Kunstmuseum, Linz; 2014 F.O.K.U.S, Innsbruck; 2013 Osmos, New York; 2011 Künstlerhaus Stuttgart; 2009 Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg
Group shows (selection):
2019 Austrian Cultural Forum, Berlin; 2018 Pera Museum, Istanbul; Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; 2017 Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; MAK, Vienna; 20th Biennale of Sydney; 2015 Cappadox, Uçhisar, Nevşehir; Malmö Konstmuseum; Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto; 21er Haus, Vienna; 31st Bienal de São Paulo; 21er Haus, Vienna; 2014 MAXXI, Rome; Artspace, Auckland; SeMA Biennial, Mediacity Seoul; SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul; 2013 Palais de Tokyo, Paris; National Museum of Contemporary Art Lisbon; 2010 6th Berlin Biennale; 2009 11th Istanbul Biennale
Galerie Martin Janda was founded in 1992 by Martin Janda as an alternative exhibition space. Over the following years the field of activities expanded to become a gallery. In 1999 the gallery moved to its present location in the centre of Vienna. Together with four other renowned galleries, a new centre for contemporary art and discussion was formed at close quarters to Vienna Secession, Academy of Fine Arts, Kunsthistorisches Museum and Museumsquartier.
The gallery programme concentrates on international contemporary art – conceptual art, painting, drawing, film/video, photography, sculpture as well as installation – and focuses on artistic positions that combine different experiences.