writer and theorist, Istanbul

Erden Kosova (born 1972) is a writer and theorist, currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, London, whose work focuses on the critique of nationalist ideology in contemporary art practice from the Balkans and the Near East. He is a regular contributor to two Istanbul-based contemporary art magazines: art-ist and Siyahi, and was co-author of the book Szene Turkei: Abesits aber Tor! (with Vasif Kortun) (2004). He was also co-curator (with Katerina Gregos) of the exhibition Leaps of Faith, the Green Line (UN buffer zone), Nicosia (2005). Kosova lives and works in Istanbul.

National Identity and Artistic Engagement _

Erden Kosova, a Ph.D. candidate in the Theory of Visual Culture department at Goldsmiths College in London, has done extensive research on issues of national identity and contemporary artistic practice’s critical elaboration, particularly in the context of the development of contemporary art in Turkey, as well as in the Balkan region. Also an anarchist and activist, Kosova is engaged in critical cultural and political writings and organizing “movements.” In 2006–2007, Kosova concentrates on completing his Ph.D. thesis, an extension and articulation of his research and related activities.