was born in 1970 in Kirşehir / Turkey. She lives in Germany since she was three years old. After completing an apprenticeship as printer, she completed her Degree in M.A. in Art Pedagogy. at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and studied at the same time at the Academy of Fine Arts on sculpture. From 2001-2004 she studied performance art with Professor Marina Abramovic at The Braunschweig University of Art (HBK) and received her Degree in Fine Arts and MFA.
She lives and works in Berlin and Stuttgart. Currently she is stipend at Culture Academy Villa Tarabya in Istanbul. Her work includes mainly performance, video and installation. She presented more than 120 different performances in over 30 countries, more than 100 cities on 4 continents. Her first museum retrospective she had 2011/2012 with her solo exhibition “personal map, to be continued ...” , which was shown at museum MARTa Herford.
“The idea, the thought, the draft are the bases for the execution of my artwork. Ideas come from everyday life situations, social and cultural atmospheres. Then the idea expresses itself in the performances and installation art. As well as this, I use the body as a means of expression. The artistic idea is expressed using the body alone, as part of the installation and within the context of an audience.
The subjects I deal with are time, movement, space, material, body, action/interaction. I try to create works of art that leave for the viewer, free space for associations and new possibilities. I take a special situation from everyday life and without illustrating this one for one; I place it into a new context. I aim to create art where all of the elements are connected together to form a whole work of art (Gesamtkunstwerk).”
The workshop participants learn to find ideas for performances targeting the environment, the forest and the body as stage and instrument of expression. They learn to use this place to be inspired and to develop ideas. They learn to illustrate these ideas with their body in front of an audience and therefore to develop a presence. In the workshop, participants will discuss about, what is the meaning forest and nature - and will do as well research before and during the workshop. Participants will learn to classify the meaning of forest in regard of art history, for example in paintings, novels, personal stories and articles. This will help them to find performance-ideas.
The participants develop and present a long duration performance for at least 2 hours. The performance changes over the duration of the artwork and also the perception of the performance will change. The workshop participants will experience mental and physical changes during their performances. They learn not only how to deal with material, with which they perform but also the creation of spatial and temporal references to complete a performance as a total work of art. They learn, among other things, concentration exercises and have the opportunity to find ways to deal with physical and mental limits.
The workshop will held in the studio in the city as well in the forrest of ( Kultur Akademie Tarabya ist angefragt). The artist nezaket ekici introduces herself, gives examples of performance in the woods and in nature, performed by herself and and give some other examples. The students introduce themselves and may show works of themselfes. In advance, the students should research to find out as much as possible on the topic “forest”, inspired by the history of art, novels, personal stories, newspapers and more. This is reinforced in the workshop by discussions. Research and discussion constitute the basis for the idea generation for Performances.
the workshop will take place as well in the woods/forrest of tarabya ( Kultur Akademie Tarabya ist angefragt).Together we walk through the forest. Also there will be some concentration exercises, so that the participants can build up a relationship with their body and the forest. Each participant will choose in consultation with the others a favorite place in the forest. In collaboration with the artist, the participants develop performance ideas. Then the participants search for material and beginn the implementation and installation of the Performance-Ideas. The artist will support participants in implementation. The results are provided as a booklet prepared for the performance presentation. The students learn above all to make longer performances and learn to cope mental and physical limits. All performances will take place same time in the woods for 2 hours. Visitors have the opportunity to walk through the woods and discover the performances.