Merve Ertufan



Merve Ertufan makes installations, videos and sounds. Her practice engages with what might be called the microphysics of the mind, observing inconsistencies, gaps and dead-ends in language and habit. Minor autobiographical fictions are made in the process, entangled in riddles and impossible stories.

Her recent solo exhibition has taken place at Depo (2020); and her works have been featured in museums and institutions such as Bahar, the Istanbul off-site project of Sharjah Biennial 13, Arter, Tanas, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, CNAC, SPOT Production Fund, Corridor Project Space, and Verkstad. She was awarded a residency at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo (2010) and a production grant from Bstart Production Fund, Istanbul (2016).

She was a fellow at the Home Workspace Program, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2016) and received her BA from Sabancı University (2007), and MFA from Konstfack (2010). She was born 1985 in Istanbul and is currently based in Turkey.


2015-2016: Fellowship, Home Workspace Program (HWP), Ashkal Alwan, Beirut/Lbn
2008-2010: MFA, Art in the Public Realm, Konstfack, Stockholm/Swe
2003-2007: BFA, Visual Arts, Sabancı University, Istanbul/Tr

Artist in Residence

Apr-July 2013: PIRPIR studios, Pangalti, Istanbul/Tr
Jun-July 2010: Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo/Jp
Apr-Aug 2008: Art Center Istanbul, Borusan, Istanbul/Tr


2016: Bstart Production Fund, Istanbul/Tr
2009: Beata Brummers Foundation, Project grant for "me | you", Stockholm/Swe
2009: ResArtis Award, at BJCEM, Skopje/Mkd

Selected Exhibitions & Performances

2020: Waiting on a scratch, Depo, Istanbul/Tr
2020: Billboard Istanbul 2020, Istanbul/Tr
2020: The New Chronic, Corridor Project Space, Amsterdam/Nld
2019: Devir, Galeri 5, Istanbul/Tr
2017: BAHAR, The Istanbul Off-site Project for Sharjah Biennial 13, Istanbul/Tr
2016: Play is Freedom, Bstart, Istanbul/Tr
2016: Open Studio, HWP, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut/Lbn
2015: Take You There Radio, École du Magasin, Magasin-CNAC, Grenoble/Fr
2015: MABL- Mobile Artist's Books Library, Istanbul/Tr
2014: Produce 2, SPOT Project Fund, Istanbul/Tr
2014: Liebe, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein/Deu
2014: Character, Gallery Tankut Aykut, Istanbul/Tr
2013: Schwanengesang (Swan Song), Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin/Deu
2013: Suspended Song, Co-Pilot Gallery, Istanbul/Tr
2013: ISKELE 2. The Unanswered Question, TANAS, Berlin/Deu
2013: Ward Robe in Spare Oom, Gallery 1:10 at Konsthall K, Karlstad/Swe
2013: Ward Robe in Spare Oom, Gallery 1:10 at Galleri Verkligheten, Umeå/Swe
2013: Envy, Enmity, Embarrassment, Arter, Istanbul/Tr
2012: Pnin, Exhausted, Open Studio, Stockholm/Swe
2011: Liljevalchs Vårsalongen, Stockholm/Swe
2011: I Am Not A Poet, Totalkunst Gallery, Edinburgh/Uk
2010: Repeaters, Verkstad, Norrköping/Swe
2010: Jet-lagged, Open Studio, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo/Jp
2010: Degree Exhibition, Konstfack College of Arts, Design and Crafts, Stockholm/Swe
2009: 4th International Biennale for Artists Books, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria/Egy
2009: "me | you" in Vita Havet, Konstfack, Stockholm/Swe
2009: 14th Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and Mediterranean, Skopje/Mkd
2009: Skopje0909, Kasa Galeri, Istanbul/Tr

Selected Reviews & Interviews

Interview, 2021: Riddles, Deaths, and Detours. By Tomris Melis Golar. Borderless, Jan, 2021.
Video Tour, 2021: Sergezen: "Waiting on a Scratch". By Onagöre. Manifold, 15/01/2021.
Review 2021: Bir çift mavi-siyah kabuk. By Sena Başöz. Art Unlimited. Jan-Feb 2021.çift-mavi-siyah-kabuk
Exhibition text, 2020: Art, existence and mind games. By L. İpek Ulusoy Akgül. ‘Waiting on a scratch’ exhibition flyer, Depo Istanbul.
Feature, 2020: Devir Teslim. Art Unlimited. Feb, 2020.
Review, 2017: Merve Ertufan, Geriye Doğru: İki-Yüzlü Hatıralar Üzerine. By Naci Emre Boran. Sanat Dünyamız, Issue No:161. Nov- Dec 2017. YKY
Interview, 2016: Merve Ertufan. By Yasemin Özcan, XOXO The Mag, Feb 2016.
Review, 2015: Sohbetin Profesyonelleri ve Aşıkları. By Süreyyya Evren. Istanbul Art News, Jan 2015.
Interview, 2013: Iltifatlar ve Taklitçiler. By Didem Sandıkçı. artam Global Art & Design. Issue No:25. Nov-Dec 2013.
Feature, 2013: Merve Ertufan: Haklı Olan Kazansın. By Hüseyin Sidar Emen. Sanatatak.
Review, 2013: What's Up: Istanbul. By HG Masters. Art Asia Pacific.
Exhibition text, 2013: If you envy me, I'll envy you. By Başak Doğa Temür. Envy, Enmity, Embarrassment Catalogue 1/2, Arter.
Review, 2013: Eski İtirazlar, Yeni İtiraflar. By Fatih Özgüven. Radikal, 03/02/2013.
Review, 2010: Två dåliga förlorare? By Mats Granberg. Norrköpings tidningar, 21/09/10.