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Selin Kocagöncü (b. 1982, Toronto) lives and works in Istanbul. She earned a BA from Wesleyan University in 2005 and, in 2010, an MFA from Marmara University, Istanbul. For Anyone sitting?, Kocagoncu’s 2011 solo show at Manzara-Perspectives (Istanbul), she orchestrated a cathartic drinking game dealing with failure of communication. Her work has been exhibited, screened, and/or performed at White Box (NYC), Akbank Art Center (Istanbul), The Usher Gallery (Lincoln, UK), AC Institute (NYC), Siemens Art (Istanbul), GalataPerform (Istanbul), and in House of Legacy for Real Presence 8 in 2008 (Belgrade), where her performance series SK Vending Machine debuted. SK Vending Machine has since been realized in Istanbul and most recently in Stockholm, as part of Die Fabrikanten's Exchange Radical Moments! In recent years Kocagöncü has been primarily concerned with the role of ethics in artistic practice. Related, since 2012 she has been focusing on SK Stüdyo which she founded as a project inquiring into an alternative education in the arts, and since 2013 she has been working with Mahal, an initiative doing mainly theoretical work on new genre public art. Also related, Kocagöncü has been engaged with forging a more authentic approach to realizing and documenting performative works. To this end, she is continuing to develop #solo, a series of performative experiments in verbal and nonverbal communication that aim to reclaim femininity in contemporary Istanbul.

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