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About Me

 

Bio/Artist Statement

Umut Azad Akkel (*1991 Izmir/Turkey) is a visual artist living and working between Berlin and Turkey

Currently, his works deal with (migrant) identity, space-body-politics in public space and urban transformations, especially the one between big cities and their inhabitants and whereby focusing on intersections/overlap of these themes.

Akkel works in a wide variety of disciplines and media, with the material becoming the object of research and thus co-determining the concept. In the conceptual work process, new media are added, creating a thought cycle between material and concept.

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That’s how Akkel combines objects, sculptures, drawings and writings with performances and video works among others.

 

Akkel prefers to set the dynamics of multiple concepts that come from his circular and intersectional practice, over the concept layers that are democratic/accessible. The deeper you go, the more complex the layers become. In this way, Akkel creates an atmosphere where the audience can decide how they want to interact with his works

 

Another important part of Umut Azad Akkel’s artistic work is his own initiative curating events and seminars on topics of cultural and political identity (such as Fava Connection’, ‘Iran 101’ and ‘Korean Nomad’. He is also one of the co-founders of the initiative I.D.A (Intersectionality/Diversity/ Anti Discrimination). Also, he is a member of the Soltity Collective (Fine Art Experimental Group) and BBK Berlin üyesi. In 2020 Umut Azad Akkel was awarded the DAAD Prizefor International Students. In 2021 he was awarded the Playground Art Prize (2nd place).

 

Since 2016 he studies at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin) in the class of Prof. Ina Weber. 2010-2015 he studied product design in Istanbul/Turkey.

 

Education

2010-2014: (BA) Product Design, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, TR
2016- (2022): Fine Arts(Bildende Kunst), Universität der Künste, Berlin, DE
Exstra: 2010-2011: Reji eğitimi, Kadir Has Üniversitesi Tiyatro Topluluğu
2010-2012 : Sahne tasarımı eğitimi, Kadir Has Üniversitesi Tiyatro Topluluğu
2019: Fine Arts, Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam, Hollanda (Erasmus değişim programı)

 

Exhibitions:
2018: Careful Unrest, Museum für Fotografie,Berlin
2019: Tongues, Pink Pank, Rotterdam
2020: Moving Between Place and Self, Kunstraum Studentenwerk, Berlin
2020: In Limbo, Apartment Project, Berlin
2021: Parkverbot, Kunstraum Studierendenwerk, Berlin
2021: Playground Art Prize 2021 Sergisi, Nürnberg, Germany
2021: The Meeting Has Not Started, Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin
2021: Mamut Art Project 2021, Bomonti Ada, İstanbul, Turkey
2022: (upcoming) Background Noise, Spoiler Zone, Berlin

 

Solo Exhibition:
2021: The Path, Oyoun Kultur NeuDenken and TemplehoferFeld, Berlin

 

Prizes and Scholarships:
2019: Deutschlandstipendium
2020: DAAD Prize
2021: Playground Art Prize (2nd Place)

 

Artists in residency programs:

2019: Daire Artists in Residency Program, Beyoğlu/İstanbul

 

Cultural Projects:
21-25 Nov. 2018: “IRAN 101”; a seminar about contemporary Iranian Art and Culture. It has been placed in Universität der Künste Berlin.
2-7 Dec. 2019: “Fava Connection”; a seminar about the cultural relationship and interaction of the People of Greece and Turkey. It has been placed in Universität der Künste Berlin and bi’bak.
22-26 Nov. 2021:“Korean Nomad”, A Symposium on South Korean Culture, Immigration Experiences and the Social Dynamics of the Korean Diaspora.
9 Sep.-15 Oct. 2021: “The Path”, at Oyoun Kultur NeuDenken and TemplehoferFeld Berlin. By looking at the relationship and connection between Berlin and Istanbul, the project focused on the intersection of public space, urban transformation, gentrification, immigration experience, the relationship between a city and individuals.

 

Curatorial Projects:
2020: “Moving Between Place and Self”, Kunstraum Studentenwerk, Berlin
2020: “In Limbo”, Apartment Project, Berlin
2021: “The Meeting Has Not Started”, Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin
2021: “The Path”, Oyoun Kultur NeuDenken and TemplehoferFeld, Berli

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