Residency Unlimited


2018 | NYC | Artist

Arda Yalkin

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Artist Name: Arda Yalkin
Residency Dates: March - May
Born: 1974
Hometown: Ankara
Lives & Works: Istanbul

Education: Ankara University

Bio / Statement:

While in secondary school, Arda Yalkin developed an interest in computers (Commodore, Amiga, 8088 processors) and rock'n'roll music. Since 2014 he has worked with  sound technology and organized  live video performances for international musicians and festivals; directing music videos and commercials for major companies. As an artist Arda produces 2D and 3D animations, stop-motion, synthesizes sounds & images, photography and interactive media. He describes his practice as referring to “unpleasant subjects such as power dynamics, consumer society, assimilation, war, politics, religion and dissolution”. Arda attaches great importance to the tactics that drive consumer ads, mainstream movies and mass media. His methodology, which he describes as a form of  reverse engineering is a commentary on how capital and the power of politics apply refined and well crafted techniques of communication in order to exploit the masses.

Solo shows include: Everything is Awesome, Gaia Gallery, Istanbul (2016); Deep Fried Dreams 2, Cer Modern, Ankara (2015); Deep Fried Dreams, Gaia Gallery, Istanbul (2014); and Hardworking Little People, Alan Istanbul, Istanbul (2012). Recent group shows include; 2017 FIAC - Paris Moving Image Istanbul, Gaia Gallery, Istanbul; Contemporary Istanbul 2017, Gaia Gallery, Istanbul; Moving Image, Gaia Gallery, New York; The State Museum of Oriental Art Bilge Collection Exhibition, Moscow; Contemporary Istanbul 2017, Gaia Gallery, Istanbul; ODTU/METU Sanat 2017, Gaia Gallery, Istanbul; Moving Image, Gaia Gallery, Istanbul; Contemporary Istanbul 2016, Gaia Gallery, Istanbul; Alter-Hero, Gaia Gallery, Istanbul; Loop Barcelona Video Fest. 2016, Gaia Gallery, Barcelona; Call of Marsyas 2016, Gaia Gallery, Bodrum.

Gaia Gallery, Istanbul

Select Permanent Collections: Bilge, Polimeks, Aygüler, Global Holding, NGIM Holding, Borusan

Support: Arda Yalkin's residency is made possible with support from Ali Kerem Bilge.