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Eylem Aladogan

Oct 2010 to Jan 2011
1975 lives and works in Amsterdam

Eylem Aladogan says her sculptures and drawings are born from experience and from a fascination with the concept of power. “What interests me is the way it is generated, especially the willpower. it means overcoming often unavoidable existential fears”. Her work involves an attempt to control the uncontrollable. The use of specific materials and techniques plays an essential role in her work. She likes to mix traditional craftsmanship and modern technology. Aladogan searches for the purest form when she creates sculptures but, at the same time, the properties and limitations of the material are literally part of the work’s content: “the material is a defining feature of the state of mind that the work reflects”.

By involving the space in her work and vice versa, Aladogan tries to create a functionally effective sculptural installation involving the viewer literally and figuratively in the work.

Aladogan studied at the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam (95-99) and was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie (2004-2005). Her work has been exhibited in national and international exhitibitions, solo shows at: Volkskrant Kunstprijs, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2009; Eylem Aladogan, Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2009; Eylem Aladogan, Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, The Netherlands, 2008. And group exhibitions as: 'Verlangen naar volmaaktheid 21 jaar verzamelen', Kröller-Müller Museum, Ottorlo, The Netherlands, 2012; 12th Istanbul Biennial (curated by Adriano Pedrosa en Jens Hoffmann), Istanbul, Turkey, 2011; Co/Lab, Art Platform, Los Angeles, USA, 2011; Mogen we ook tijdelijk.. (Een ode aan het onvolmaakte), 21 Rozendaal, Enschede, The Netherlands, 2010

She has won several awards for her work, like the Volkskrant Beeldende Kunstprijs (2009) and the Abn-Amro Kunstprijs (2005).