Primary Department: Art History
Began Graduate Studies: 2017
Area(s) of Research Interest: My research concerns transnational histories of late modern and contemporary art, with a focus on Turkey and the Middle East. In particular, I am interested in the historiography of contemporary art and the performativity of canonical art historical narratives in relation to the formation of art historical subjectivities in artistic contexts outside of Western Europe and North America. I received a B.A. in Visual Arts from Sabancı University in Istanbul and an M.A. in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I wrote a thesis on the genealogy of some major art terms in the Turkish language, tracing their complex semantic histories in relation to the Arabo-Persian, French, German, and Anglophone art discourses as well as Turkey's twentieth-century intellectual, political, and economic histories.