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NILBAR GURES (b. 1977, Istanbul)

Lives and works in Vienna and Istanbul.



2008   Art and Textile Pedagogy, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Vienna, Austria

2002   MA, Painting and Graphics, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Vienna, Austria

2000   BA, Fine Arts, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey



2023   Oustanding Artist Award for Photography, by Ministry for arts and culture Vienna, Austria.

             Research Grant Ministry for Arts & Culture Austria

2021   Prix Maud Mottier Award, Switzerland

2018   De'Longhi Art Projects Artist Award, United Kingdom

2015   BC21 Art Award, Austria 

2014   Msgr. Otto Mauer Award, Austria

2013   Professor-Hilde-Goldschmidt-Award, Austria


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021   ATEM, Vienna, Austria

             ‘Sour as a Lemon’, Pasquart Kunsthaus, Biel, Switzerland

             Breasts by Rose, Vortic Art, London, United Kingdom

2020   ‘The Sea Said Okay’, Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey

2019   ‘Magnet and the Moon’, Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey

             ‘Tell Me’, Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen, Germany

             ‘Lovers’, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany

2018  ‘See-Saw’, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, Austria

             ‘Overhead’, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz , Austria

             ‘Jumping Bed and Female Lovers’, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin, Germany

2017   ‘Heartache of a Stone’, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, Austria

2016   ‘Open Phone Booth’, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon, Israel

             ‘Double Headed Snake’, Rampa, Istanbul, Turkey

2014   ‘JesuitenFoyer’, Vienna, Austria

             ‘FO.KU.S – Foto Kunst Stadtforum’, Innsbruck, Austria

2013   ‘Pink Is The New Black’, Osmos, New York, United States

             ‘Nilbar Wien-Na’, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, Austria

             ‘Open Phone Booth’, Rampa, Istanbul, Turkey

2011   ‘Self-Defloration’, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

             ‘Nilbar Güreş, Undressing’, EIKON SchAUfenster: quartier21 / MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria

             ‘Nilbar Güreş’, Rampa, Istanbul, Turkey


2010   ‘Nilbar Güreş: Window Commission 2010’, INIVA Institute of International Visual Art, Rivington Place, London, United Kingdom

2009   ‘Unknown Sports, Indoor Exercises’, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria


Selected Group Exhibitions


2023     'Body and Territory', Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria
               'Paroles Paroles', Centre culturel Jacques Franck, St. Gilles, Belgium

               'She Devil', Biennale Sur Buenos Aires Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

               'Artissima Art Fair', Torino, Italy

               'HARD/SOFT: Textiles and Ceramics in Contemporary Art', The MAK MuseumVienna, Vienna, Austria

               'Delinking and Relinking', Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Austria

               'Coincidence of Wants', Wienne Museum, Vienna, Austria

               'Contemporary Istanbul BLOOM Art Fair', Contemporary İstanbul & Krank Art Galery, Istanbul, Turkey

               'The Collection', Lentos Museum, Linz, Austria

               'Always Here', Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey

               'viennacontemporary Art Fair', Kursalon, Vienna, Austria

               ‘What Really Matters to Us. Cultural Heritage – A Challenge’, Vorarlberg Museum, Bregenz, Austria

               'ARCOmadrid 2023 - The Mediterranean: A Round Sea’, Madrid, Spain

2022    ‘Biennale Bregaglia, Bregaglia‘, Switzerland

              ‘As Long As You Stand by Me‘, Toplocentrala/White Cube Regional Center for Contemporary Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria

              ‘ThisPlay‘, Arter - Gallery 1-2, Istanbul, Turkey

              ‘Avant-Garde And the Contemporary‘, Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria

              ‘GROW‘, The Tree in Art, Belvedere, Austria

              ‘Mixed Up With Others Before We Even Being‘, Museum of Modern Art Vienna - Mumok, Vienna, Austria

              ‘Le dernier des 8 solitaires‘, Galerie Martin Janda,Vienna, Austria

              ‘Was uns wichtig ist!‘, Volkskundemuseum Wien, Vienna, Austria
              ‘Empowerment‘, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
              ‘A LASTING TRUTH IS CHANGE - Viewing the collection differently‘, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Netherland

              ‘Sammlungspolitik‘, Neuzugänge im Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

              ‘Body and Territory: Art and Borders in Today's Austria‘, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria

              ‘Body and Territory: Art and Borders in Today's Austria‘, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Crotia

2021   ‘Real Wild Child’, Lentos Museum, Linz, Austria

             ‘Here is Ulay with: Pierre Bal-Blanc ft Nilbar Güreş a.o., de Appel Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

             ‘And if I devoted my life to one of its feathers?’, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

             ‘All Else Is Far’, Dirimart, Istanbul, Turkey

             Europe Day 2021, Towards a new community | Post Covid-19, Eliat, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Israel

             ‘Fragile Creation’, Dom Museum, Vienna, Austria

             ‘Solo Booth’, Spark Art Fair Vienna, Vienna, Austria

             ‘STEIRISCHER HERBST’21: The Way Out’, Graz, Austria

              Avant-Garde and the Contemporary, Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria

              STEIRISCHER HERBST’21: The Way Out, Graz, Austria

              THE TRAFO-CLIQUE, Material Narratives, Kunstverein Eisenstadt, Austria

              'Applause', Hamidrasha Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

2020   ‘Past Continuous’, Sumac Space

             ‘Not Fully Human, Not Human at All’, Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany

             ‘Fragile Creation’, Dom Museum, Vienna, Austria

             ‘Körper und Territorium’, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria

             ‘Keeping the Balance’, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany

             ‘Disturbance: witch’, Zitadelle Berlin, Berlin, Germany

             ‘Afterglow’, Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan

             ‘On Celestial Bodies’, Arter, Istanbul, Turkey


2019   SESC_VIDEOBRASIL, 21st Contemporary Art Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil

             ‘Collective Exhibition for a Single Body – The Private Score’, Wittgenstein Haus, Vienna, Austria

             ‘ZOO (Zones of Otherness)’, MOMus - Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, Greece

             ‘all natural. 100% Sammlungen’, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

             ‘Still Burning’, Varbergs Konsthall, Vaberg, Sweden

             ‘Ecology of Darkness’, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

             ‘Body in Progess’, Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin, Berlin, Germany

             ‘Nature in Art’, MOCAK, Krakow, Poland

             ‘Drawing Biennial 2019’, Drawing Room, London, United Kingdom

             ‘Dancing With Witches’, British Council, Ankara, Turkey

             ‘Über Leben am Land’, Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna, Austria

             ‘The Crime of Adolf Loos’, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Wijnegem, Belgium

             ‘Climbing Through the Tide’, Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis, Tunisia

             ‘Listen to Us - Artistic Intelligence. Works from the Art Collection Telekom’, City Art Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

             ‘Vienna Biennale for Change 2019’, MAK, Vienna, Austria

             ‘Imagined Communities, 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil’, São Paulo, Brasil

             ‘Flesh and Blood’, Operation Room, Amerikan Hastanesi, Istanbul, Turkey

             ‘Common Ground, Night/Plovdiv 2019’, Danchova House, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2018   ‘I AM THE MOUTH’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

             ‘colony’, Schwules Museum*, Berlin, Germany

             ‘Veiled, Unveiled! The Headscarf’, Weltmuseum, Vienna, Austria

             ‘Lesbian Visions’, Schwules Museum*, Berlin, Germany

             ‘A Pillar of Smoke, 49th Recontres d'Arles’, Arles, France

             ‘Atlantic Dialogue #3: Trans-Atlantic’, The Atlantic Project, Plymouth, United Kingdom

             ‘From the Inside Out’, DRAWING ROOM, London, United Kingdom

             ‘Rohkunstbau XXIV: Mind the Gap, Schloss Lieberose’, Spreewald, Germany

             ‘Shifting Horizons’, Krank Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

             ‘Mutterzunge’, Babylon Oval, Berlin, Germany

             ‘Cherchez la femme’, Jüdisches Museum, Berlin, Germany; Perücke, Kopftuch, Ordenstracht, Stadthaus Ulm, Ulm, Germany

             ‘The Time Needs Changing’, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

             ‘A Pillar of Smoke’, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France

2017   ‘Un-Working the Icon: Kurdish "Warrior-Divas"’, apexart berlin, Gallery Mario Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

             ‘Queer Arzu Yabandır’, Baki Kosar Culture & Art Festival, Izmir, Turkey

             ‘ğ – queere Formen migrieren’, Schwules Museum* Berlin, Berlin, Turkey

             ‘Cherchez la femme’, Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Berlin; Jüdisches Museum Franken, Fürth, Germany

             ‘Learning from Big Mistakes’, Galerie Tanja Wagner, New York, United States

             ‘ich weiß nicht. Wie die Beziehungen zwischen den Dingen wachsen’, MAK, Vienna, Austria

             ‘The Way Beyond Art’, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

             ‘Colony’, Abud Efendi Mansion, Istanbul, Turkey

2016   ‘The Future Is Already Here – It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed’, 20th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

             ‘Let us cultivate our garden’, Cappadox, Contemporary Art Programme Cappadox, Uçhisar, Nevşehir, Turkey

             ‘Wir Flüchtlinge – Von dem Recht, Rechte zu haben’, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany

             ‘South by Southeast. A Further Surface’, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China

             ‘SHE DEVIL 8 – IN THE MIRROR’, Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy

             ‘Poesie der Veränderung’, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria

             ‘Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia’, Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana, Bukarest, Romania

             ‘Freundschaftsspiel Istanbul : Freiburg’, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg, Germany

             ‘Aus der Sammlung: Landschaft’, Landesgalerie Linz, Linz, Austria

             ‘The Bill: For Collective Unconscious’, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand

             ‘Three Paths to the Lake’, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, Austria

             ‘A Kingdom of Hours’, Gasworks, London, United Kingdom

             ‘The Epicenter of Everything’, Galleri Syster, Luleå, Sweden

             ‘Lines of Passage (in medias res)’, The Municipal Art Gallery of Mytilene, Lesvos, Greece

             ‘VERCON LOSOIDOS. Poéticas de las Temporalidades, SIART 9’, Bienal Internacional de Arte Bolivia, La Paz, Bolivia

             ‘Jahresgaben 2016/2017’, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany


2015   ‘Artists in Their Time’, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey

             ‘Sweet Union’, Sofia Queer Forum 2015, Sofia, Bulgaria

             ‘Survival K(n)it 7 contemporary art festival’, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia

             ‘Mindsets’, Studio Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

             ‘Istanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury’, MAXXI, Rome, Italy

             ‘Rainbow in the Dark’, Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden

             ‘Kardinal König Kunstpreis’, Kunstraum St. Virgil, Salzburg, Austria

             ‘How to (…) things that don’t exist’ – an exhibition developed out of the 31st São Paulo Biennial, Serralves Museum of Contemporary                      Art, Porto, Portugal

             BC21 BostonConsulting & BelvedereContemporary Art Award 2015, 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria

             ‘So wilde Freiheit war noch nie. Für Christine Lavant’, Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt, Austria

             ‘Illusion’, RAMPA, Istanbul, Turkey

             ‘Cappadocia Struck’, Contemporary Art Programme Cappadox, Uçhisar, Nevşehir, Turkey

             ‘31st São Paulo Bienal Touring Program’, SESC Campinas, São Paulo; SESC São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brasil; Museu de Arte                            Murilo Mendes, Juiz de Fora, Brasil

             ‘Überschönheit’, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria


2014   ‘The Moving Museum Istanbul’, Sishane Otopark, Istanbul, Turkey

             ‘On the moment of change there is always a new threshold of imagination’, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand

             ‘Short’, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, Austria

             ‘How to (...) things that don’t exist’, 31st Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil

             ‘Fair Play’, MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, Italy

             ‘Fragile Sense of Hope’, ACT - Art Collection Terlekom, me Collectors Room/Stiftung Olbricht, Berlin, Germany

             ‘this secret world that exists right there in public’, Rampa, Istanbul, Turkey

             ‘Square(s)’, François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, United States

             ‘Meeting Points 7: Zehntausend Täuschungen und hunderttausend Tricks’, 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria

             ‘Hier und Jetzt/Hic et Nunc. 10 künstlerische Interventionen im Jubiläumsjahr’, Stift Klosterneuburg, Klosterneuburg, Austria

             ‘Ghosts, Spies and Grandmothers’, SeMA Biennial, Mediacity Seoul, Seoul, Korea

             ‘AGITATIONISM’, EVA International Ireland's Biennial, Limerick City, Ireland

             ‘Kunsttriennale für zeitgenössische Kunst’, Sion im Wallis, Switzerland

             ‘Customs Made: Quotidian Practices and Everyday Rituals’, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

             ‘Desiring the Real. Austria Contemporary’, Europian Parliament, Strassbourg, France, Art Gallery of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo                              (BIH), Moskau/Nischnij Nowgorod, Russia

             ‘One Night Stand’, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

             ‘Private Matters’, Apexart, New York, United States

             ‘WoWmen!’, Kaai Theather, Brussels, Belgium

             ‘Feminis-Arte II’, CentroCentro Cibeles, Madrid, Spain

2013   ‘New Continent: A Selection From the Video Collection of the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art’, İstanbul Modern – China, Minsheng                          Art Museum, Shanghai, China

             ‘Desiring the real’, Depo, Istanbul, Turkey

             ‘Unknown Forces’, Tophane-i amire, Istanbul, Turkey

             ‘S/HE IS THE ONE’, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna, Austria

             ‘Game Changer’, Meadow Bank Sports Centre, Art Festival Edinburgh, United Kingdom

             ‘Nouvelles Vagues/A History of Inspiration’, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

             ‘Istanbul Modern – Bahrain’, Bahrain National Museum, Manama, Bahrain

             ‘hetero q.b.’, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, Portugal

             ‘new, closer, together’, Sofia Contemporary, Sofia, Bulgaria

             ‘Zeichen, Gefangen im Wunder. Auf der Suche nach Istanbul heute’, MAK Vienna, Vienna, Austria; Kunstverein Hannover, Germany

             ‘Envy, Enmity, Embarrassment’, ARTER, Istanbul, Turkey

             ‘At the Gender Bazaar’, Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseilles, France


2012   ‘Rosa Arbeiter auf goldener Strasse’, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna, Austria

             ‘Eastern Vistas’, Smiths Row Gallery, Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom

             ‘Arrivals and Departures 2012: Mediterranean’, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy

             ‘Desiring the Real’, Museum MUAC, Mexico City, Mexico

             ‘Rapid Pulse Performance Festival, Defibrillator’, performance art gallery, Chicago, United States

             ‘Life is Elsewhere’, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin, Germany

             ‘In Which Language shall I tell my Story…’, Steldelijk Museum, Schiedam, The Netherlands

             ‘Desiring the Real’, MOCAB Museum Of Contemporary Art, Belgrad, Serbia

             ‘Passage’, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, Austria

             ‘Wie zusammen leben?’ Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria

             ‘Der Mensch. Der Fluss’, National Gallery Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria, Istanbul Modern, Museum Boijmans Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The                                Netherlands


2011   Der tägliche Aufstand, < rotor > association for contemporary art, Graz, Austria

             ‘Dream and Reality’, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey

             ‘Responding to the New Moon’, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin, Germany

             1. International Photo Festival, Bursa, Turkey

             ‘Tolerabilis’, Toskanische Säulenhalle im Zeughaus, Augsburg, Germany

             ‘Der Mensch der Fluss’, Donauschwäbisch Central Museum Ulm, Germany

             ‘The Daily Uprising’, < rotor > association for contemporary art, Graz, Austria

             ‘Austria Davaj!’, Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow, Russia

             ‘Tactics of Invisibility’, ARTER, Istanbul, Turkey

             ‘Zwölf im Zwölften’, Tanas, Berlin, Germany

             ‘Never that's when...’, Open Space Systems - Zentrum für Kunstprojekte, Vienna, Austria


2010   ‘Tactics of Invisibility’, TANAS, Berlin, Germany

             ‘Where do we go from here?’, Secession, Vienna, Austria 6th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany

             ‘Curated by’, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna, Austria ‘Starter’, ARTER, Istanbul, Turkey

             ‘On Paper’, Stalke Gallery, Kirke Sonnerup, Denmark

             ‘Not a Lens But a Prisma’, Eugenio de Almeida Foundation, Evora, Portugal

             ‘The Others’, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo, Italy

             ‘Derriére le rideau, une génération hors d’elle …’, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

             ‘Tactics of Invisibility’, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria

             ‘Ankara-Vienna’, Gallery Nev, Ankara, Turkey

2009   ‘Performance und Gender, Politik, Soziale Fragen und Intercultural Studies’, Fotogalerie, Vienna, Austria

             ‘13 Lessons in Performance Art’, Screening at Cinema TOP, Vienna, Austria

             ‘The Future is Analogue-Lomography’, MAK Vienna, Vienna, Austria

             ‘Video in Progress 3: Performans za video’, Center Urbane Kulture Kino Siska, ‘Ljubljana; Video in Progress 3’, Gallery Photon,                                        Ljubljana, Slovenia

             ‘quelques images de la scene turque contemporaine’, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg, France

             ‘Performance//Frame’, Gallery Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany

             ‘What Keeps Mankind Alive?’, 11th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey

             ‘Red Thread’, TANAS, Berlin, Germany

             ‘The Seen and The Hidden: Dis_covering The Veil’, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, United States

             ‘Photonic Moments IV’, ProArtOrg, Belgrade, Serbia

             ‘Positionen, Drei Drostei-Haus des Barock und der Moderne’, Pinneberg, Germany

             ‘Unfair Provocation’, Hafriyat Karaköy, Istanbul, Turkey


2008   ‘Emergency Exit’, Outlet Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

             ‘Bewegte Bilder’, Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

             ‘Ansichten Wien’, Galerie Kroart, Vienna, Austria

             ‘Try, Live / Photonic Moments’, Gallery Photon, Ljubljana, Slovenia

             ‘Urban Jealousy’, 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

             ‘World One Minutes’, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

             ‘Permanent Waiting Room’, Social Centre TPO, University of Bologna, Political department Bologna, Italy; Ajdovšina, Ljubljan, Slovenia

             ‘Seven Seven Contemporary Art’, London, United Kingdom ‘Seems to be’, Tiroler Künstlerschaft, Innsbruck, Austria ‘Abwesend’, Soho                      in Ottakring, Vienna, Austria

2007    Open Artist Studios’, BMSuma Contemporary Arts Center, Istanbul, Turkey

             ‘Be realistic, aim for the impossible!’, Karşi Sanat Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

             ‘Imagine there is an Art Work’, BMSuma Contemporary Arts Center, Istanbul, Turkey

             5th International Filmmor Women’s Film Festival, French Cultural Center Istanbul; Italian Cultural Center Istanbul; Ağrı; Diyarbakır;                           Van, Turkey

2006   ‘Art Auction: Human Rights’, MAK Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria ‘Arabesque Süperi Lothringer 13íer gallery, Munich,  Germany

             ‘Wir machen das schon wieder (We`re doing it again)’, Andreas Huber Galerie, Vienna, Austria

2005   ‘Hot Spots-Emerging Artists’, Collection Essl, Klosterneuburg, Austria


2003   ‘Installation for Marcus Omofuma’, Afrikadorf, Stadtpark, Vienna, Austria ‘New Suggestions / New Proposals’, Borusan Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

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