Gökçen Dilek Acay


Acay is Turkish interdisciplinary visual artist and music performer. Acay brings together works in different mediums, connected with her extensive research on the evolution of Homo sapiens and notion of power. She employs an unusual variety of media, such as hair, soap, crochet and mechanical sculptures, through which she creates an environment that interlaces the organic and the inorganic, the animate and the inanimate. Acay invites the viewers to contemplate the origin, the past and the possible future of human kind.

Acay highlights the relations of hierarchy and power between mankind and animals. She aims to reveal how man′s relentless urge to objectify, and the way he interacts with other people is reflective of his relationship with animals.

Born in Istanbul in 1983, she graduated from Department of Music at Yıldız Technical University in Istanbul at 2009. In 2012, she completed her Masters degree in Fine Arts at Bauhaus University in Weimar. Acay was selected to Cite International des Arts, a prestigious artist residency in Paris in 2015. She was awarded 3rd Honorable mention in “New Generation Young Contemporary Artists in Turkey”, a competition organized by Saint Pulchérie Highschool. Acay′s works have been displayed in art fairs such as Contemporary Istanbul and Art Brussels by Galeri Nev Istanbul. Acay continues her practices in artist residencies and independent projects through different parts of the globe.


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