Seher Uysal

visual artist and researcher
Seher Uysal (b.1983) is a visual artist and researcher based in Istanbul. Inquiries into the everyday often shape her artistic practice and her works are primarily artistic research based reflections on spatial, historical or cultural conditions. She is interested in the exploration of manifold perspectives and understandings of phenomenon, social memory, fact and fiction and specifically how people deal with the weight and expectations of cultural heritage.
Apart from the production of artworks Uysal’s practice also includes developing and curating site specific exhibition projects, writing academic texts, and participating in discourses on Turkish Art education and alternative teaching practices. In 2014 she received a Ph.D in Fine Art from Kocaeli University where she also worked as a lecturer in 2012 & 2013.

During the BAK Fellowship program, Uysal intends to investigate the “Heritage of Contemporary Art in Turkey,” through a specific archive: the Beral Madra Contemporary Arts Center Archive. Uysal will be exploring the archive, raising questions through it and looking into its challenges but also, and equally important examining the limitations and challenges of working in a documentary mode with documentary material. How can the artist produce something which constitutes more than just the presentation of information?

A selection of Seher Uysal’s recent exhibitions include:

Unfinished Histories, Botkyrka Konsthall Stockholm, 2022

Speculative Spaces Kare Art Gallery, Istanbul, 2019

Manifesto a Moderate Proposal, the Pitzer College Art Galleries, Los Angeles, 2018

Seher Uysal lives and works in Istanbul and is part of the BAK Cell, Istanbul, in the Fellowship for Situated Practice.