Nilbar Güreş

1977 born in Istanbul (TR)
2000 BA, Fine Arts, Marmara University, Istanbul (TR)
2002 MA, Painting and Graphics, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (AT)
2013 Professor-Hilde-Goldschmidt-Award (AT)
2014 Msgr. Otto Mauer Award (AT)
2015 BC21 Art Award (AT)
2018 De'Longhi Art Projects Artist Award (UK)
lives and works in Vienna (AT) and Istanbul (TR)


Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2021
Kunsthaus Pasquart, Biel (CH)

2019
Lovers, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (DE)
Erzähl' mir., Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen (DE)
Magnet and the Moon, Galerist, Istanbul (TR)
See/Saw, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna (AT)

2018
Overhead, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz (AT)
Jumping Bed and Female Lovers, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin (DE)

2017
Heartache of a Stone, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna (AT)

2016
Open Phone Booth, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon (IL)
Double Headed Snake, Rampa, Istanbul (TR)

2014
JesuitenFoyer, Vienna (AT)
FO.KU.S – Foto Kunst Stadtforum, Innsbruck (AT)

2013
Pink Is The New Black, Osmos, New York (US)
Nilbar Wien-Na, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna (AT)
Open Phone Booth, Rampa, Istanbul (TR)

2011
Self-Defloration, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart (DE)
Nilbar Güreş, Undressing, EIKON SchAUfenster: quartier21/MuseumsQuartier, Vienna (AT)
Nilbar Güreş, Rampa, Istanbul (TR)

2010
Nilbar Güreş: Window Commission 2010, INIVA Institute of International Visual Art,
Rivington Place, London (UK)

2009
Unknown Sports, Indoor Exercises, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (AT)


Group Exhibitions (selection)

2021
And if I devoted my life to one of its feathers?, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (AT)
Jeju Biennale, South Korea (KOR)

2020
Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama (JPN)
SUM ERGO SUM – NEW FEMINISM, Stadt Museum Bruneck, Bruneck (IT)
New Beginnings..., Nicodim Gallery (online exhibition)
Keeping the Balance, Ludwig Museum, Budapest (HU)
Disturbance: witch, Stadtgeschichtliches Museumim Zeughaus der Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin (DE)

2019
Collective Exhibition for a Single Body – The Private Score, Wittgenstein Haus, Vienna (AT)
ZOO (Zones of Otherness), MOMus - Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki (GR)
all natural. 100% Sammlungen, 
Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg (AT)
Still Burning, Varbergs Konsthall, Vaberg (SE)
Ecology of Darkness, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin (DE)
Body in Progess, Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin, Berlin (DE)
Nature in Art, MOCAK, Krakow (PL)
Drawing Biennial 2019, Drawing Room, London (UK)
Dancing With Witches, British Council, Ankara (TR)
Über Leben am Land, Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna (AT)
The Crime of Adolf Loos, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Wijnegem (BE)
Climbing Through the Tide, Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis (TN)
Listen to Us - Artistic Intelligence. Works from the Art Collection Telekom, City Art Gallery, Plovdiv (BG)
Vienna Biennale for Change 2019, MAK, Vienna (AT)
Imagined Communities, 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil, São Paulo (BR)
Flesh and Blood, Operation Room, Amerikan Hastanesi, Istanbul (TR)
Common Ground, Night/Plovdiv 2019, Danchova House, Plovdiv (BG)

2018
I AM THE MOUTH, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (HR)
colony, Schwules Museum*, Berlin (DE)
Veiled, Unveiled! The Headscarf, Weltmuseum, Vienna (AT)
Lesbian Visions, Schwules Museum*, Berlin (DE)
A Pillar of Smoke, 49th Recontres d'Arles, Arles (FR)
Atlantic Dialogue #3: Trans-Atlantic, The Atlantic Project, Plymouth (UK)
From the Inside Out, DRAWING ROOM, London (UK)
Rohkunstbau XXIV: Mind the Gap, Schloss Lieberose, Spreewald (DE)
Shifting Horizons, Krank Art Gallery, Istanbul (TR)
Mutterzunge, Babylon Oval, Berlin (DE) 
Cherchez la femme, Jüdisches Museum, Berlin (DE)
Perücke, Kopftuch, Ordenstracht, Stadthaus Ulm, Ulm (DE)
The Time Needs Changing, Pera Museum, Istanbul (TR)
A Pillar of Smoke, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris (FR)

2017
Un-Working the Icon: Kurdish "Warrior-Divas", apexart berlin, Gallery Mario Kreuzberg, Berlin (DE)
Queer Arzu Yabandır, Baki Kosar Culture & Art Festival, Izmir (TR)
ğ – queere Formen migrieren, Schwules Museum* Berlin, Berlin (DE)
Cherchez la femme, Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Berlin; Jüdisches Museum Franken, Fürth (DE)
Learning from Big Mistakes, Galerie Tanja Wagner, New York (US)
ich weiß nicht. Wie die Beziehungen zwischen den Dingen wachsen, MAK, Vienna (AT)
The Way Beyond Art, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (NL)
colony, Abud Efendi Mansion, Istanbul (TR)

2016
The Future Is Already Here – It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed, 20th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney (AU)
Let us cultivate our garden, Cappadox, Contemporary Art Programme Cappadox, Uçhisar, Nevşehir (TR)
Wir Flüchtlinge – Von dem Recht, Rechte zu haben, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (DE)
South by Southeast. A Further Surface, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou (CN)
SHE DEVIL 8 – IN THE MIRROR, Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome (IT)
Poesie der Veränderung, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg (AT)
Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia, Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana, Bukarest (RO)
Freundschaftsspiel Istanbul : Freiburg, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg (DE)
Aus der Sammlung: Landschaft, Landesgalerie Linz, Linz (AT)
The Bill: For Collective Unconscious, Artspace, Auckland (NZ)
Three Paths to the Lake, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna (AT)
A Kingdom of Hours, Gasworks, London (UK)
The Epicenter of Everything, Galleri Syster, Luleå (SE)
Lines of Passage (in medias res), The Municipal Art Gallery of Mytilene, Lesvos (GR)
VERCON LOSOIDOS. Poéticas de las Temporalidades, SIART 9, Bienal Internacional de Arte Bolivia,
La Paz (BO)
Jahresgaben 2016/2017, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (DE)

2015
Artists in Their Time, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul (TR)
Sweet Union
, Sofia Queer Forum 2015, Sofia (BG)
Survival K(n)it 7 contemporary art festival
, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga (LV)
Mindsets
, Studio Gallery, Budapest (HU)
Istanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury
, MAXXI, Rome (IT)
Rainbow in the Dark, Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö (SE)
Kardinal König Kunstpreis, Kunstraum St. Virgil, Salzburg (AT)
How to (…) things that don’t exist – an exhibition developed out of the 31st São Paulo Biennial, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto (PT)
BC21 BostonConsulting & BelvedereContemporary Art Award 2015, 21er Haus, Vienna (AT)
So wilde Freiheit war noch nie. Für Christine Lavant,
Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt (AT)
Illusion,
RAMPA, Istanbul (TR)
Cappadocia Struck,
 Contemporary Art Programme Cappadox, Uçhisar, Nevşehir (TR)
31st São Paulo Bienal Touring Program,
 SESC Campinas, São Paulo; SESC São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo (BR); Museu de Arte Murilo Mendes, Juiz de Fora (BR)
Überschönheit,
  Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (AT)     

2014
The Moving Museum Istanbul, Sishane Otopark, Istanbul (TR)                   
On the moment of change there is always a new threshold of imagination, Artspace, Auckland (NZ)
Short, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna (AT)
How to (...) things that don’t exist
, 31st Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo (BR)
Fair Play, MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome (IT)
Fragile Sense of Hope
, ACT - Art Collection Terlekom, me Collectors Room/Stiftung Olbricht, Berlin (DE)
this secret world that exists right there in public, Rampa, Istanbul (TR)
Square(s)
, François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles (US)
Meeting Points 7: Zehntausend Täuschungen und hunderttausend Tricks
, 21er Haus, Wien (AT)
Hier und Jetzt/Hic et Nunc. 10 künstlerische Interventionen im Jubiläumsjahr
, Stift Klosterneuburg, Klosterneuburg (AT)
Ghosts, Spies and Grandmothers
, SeMA Biennial, Mediacity Seoul, Seoul (KR)
AGITATIONISM, EVA International Ireland's Biennial, Limerick City, Ireland (IE)
Kunsttriennale für zeitgenössische Kunst, Sion im Wallis (CH)
Customs Made: Quotidian Practices and Everyday Rituals, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah (UAE)
Desiring the Real. Austria Contemporary, Europian Parliament, Strassbourg (FR), Art Gallery of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo (BIH), Moskau/Nischnij Nowgorod (RU)
One Night StandKW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (DE)
Private Matters, Apexart, New York (US)
WoWmen!, Kaai Theather, Brussels (BE)
Feminis-Arte II, CentroCentro Cibeles, Madrid (ES)

2013
New Continent: A Selection From the Video Collection of the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art İstanbul Modern – China, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (CH)
Desiring the real, Depo, Istanbul (TR)
Unknown Forces, Tophane-i amire, Istanbul (TR)
S/HE IS THE ONE, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna (AT)
Game Changer, Meadow Bank Sports Centre, Art Festival Edinburgh (GB)
Nouvelles Vagues/A History of Inspiration, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR)
Istanbul Modern - Bahrain, Bahrain National Museum, Manama (BH)
hetero q.b., Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon (PT)
new, closer, together, Sofia Contemporary, Sofia (BG)
Zeichen, Gefangen im Wunder. Auf der Suche nach Istanbul heute, MAK Vienna, Vienna (AT);
Kunstverein Hannover (DE)
Envy, Enmity, Embarrassment, ARTER, Istanbul (TR)
At the Gender Bazaar, Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseilles (FR)

2012
Rosa Arbeiter auf goldener Strasse, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna (AT)
Eastern Vistas, Smiths Row Gallery, Bury St Edmunds (UK)
Arrivals and Departures 2012: Mediterranean, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona (IT)
Desiring the Real, Museum MUAC, Mexico City (MX)
Rapid Pulse Performance Festival, Defibrillator, performance art gallery, Chicago (US)
Life is Elsewhere, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin (DE)
In Which Language shall I tell my Story… , Steldelijk Museum, Schiedam (NL)
Desiring the Real, MOCAB Museum Of Contemporary Art, Belgrad (RS)
Passage, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna (AT)
Wie zusammen leben? Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (AT)
Der Mensch. Der Fluss, National Gallery Sofia, Sofia (BE)
Istanbul Modern, Museum Boijmans Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)

2011 
Der tägliche Aufstand< rotor > association for contemporary art, Graz (AT)
Dream and Reality, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul (TR)
Responding to the New Moon, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin (DE)
1. International Photo Festival, Bursa (TR)
Tolerabilis, Toskanische Säulenhalle im Zeughaus, Augsburg (DE)
Der Mensch der Fluss, Donauschwäbisch Central Museum Ulm (DE)
The Daily Uprising, < rotor > association for contemporary art, Graz (AT)
Austria Davaj!, Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow (RU)
Tactics of Invisibility, ARTER, Istanbul (TR)
Zwölf im Zwölften, Tanas, Berlin (DE)
Never that's when..., Open Space Systems - Zentrum für Kunstprojekte, Vienna (AT)

2010
Tactics of Invisibility, TANAS, Berlin (DE)
Where do we go from here?, Secession, Vienna (AT)
6th Berlin Biennale, Berlin (DE)
Curated by, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna (AT)
Starter, Arter, Istanbul (TR)
On Paper, Stalke Gallery, Kirke Sonnerup (DK)
Not a Lens But a Prisma, Eugenio de Almeida Foundation, Evora (PT)
The Others, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo (IT)
Derriére le rideau, une génération hors d’elle …, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris (FR)
Tactics of Invisibility, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (AT)
Ankara-Vienna, Gallery Nev, Ankara (TR)

2009
Performance und Gender, Politik, Soziale Fragen und Intercultural Studies, Fotogalerie, Vienna (AT)
13 Lessons in Performance Art, Screening at Cinema TOP, Vienna (AT)
The Future is Analogue-Lomography, MAK Vienna, Vienna (AT)
Video in Progress 3: Performans za video, Center Urbane Kulture Kino Siska, Ljubljana; Video in Progress 3, Gallery Photon, Ljubljana (SI)
quelques images de la scene turque contemporaine, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art,
Strasbourg (FR)
Performance//Frame,
 Gallery Anita Beckers, Frankfurt (DE)
What Keeps Mankind Alive?, 11th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (TR)
Red Thread, TANAS, Berlin (DE)
The Seen and The Hidden: Dis_covering The Veil, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York (US)
Photonic Moments IV, ProArtOrg, Belgrade (RS)
Positionen, Drei Drostei-Haus des Barock und der Moderne, Pinneberg (DE)
Unfair Provocation, Hafriyat Karaköy, Istanbul (TR)

2008
Emergency Exit, Outlet Gallery, Istanbul (TR)
Bewegte Bilder, Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main (DE)
Ansichten Wien, Galerie Kroart, Vienna (AT)
Try, Live / Photonic Moments, Gallery Photon, Ljubljana (SI)
Urban Jealousy, 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran, Tehran (IR)
World One Minutes, Today Art Museum, Beijing (CN)
Permanent Waiting Room, Social Centre TPO, University of Bologna, Political department Bologna (IT); Ajdovšina, Ljubljan (SI)
Seven Seven Contemporary Art, London (UK)
Seems to be, Tiroler Künstlerschaft, Innsbruck (AT)
Abwesend, Soho in Ottakring, Vienna (AT)

2007
Open Artist Studios, BMSuma Contemporary Arts Center, Istanbul (TR)
Be realistic, aim for the impossible!, Karşi Sanat Art Gallery, Istanbul (TR)
Imagine there is an Art Work, BMSuma Contemporary Arts Center, Istanbul (TR)
5th International Filmmor Women’s Film Festival, French Cultural Center Istanbul; Italian Cultural Center Istanbul; Ağrı; Diyarbakır; Van (TR)

2006
Art auction: human rights, MAK Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna (AT)
Arabesque Süperi Lothringer 
13íer gallery, Munich (DE)
Wir machen das schon wieder (We`re doing it again), 
Andreas Huber Galerie, Vienna (AT)

2005
Hot Spots-Emerging Artists, Collection Essl, Klosterneuburg (AT)

2003
Installation for Marcus Omofuma, Afrikadorf, Stadtpark, Vienna (AT)
New Suggestions / New Proposals, Borusan Gallery, Istanbul (TR)