- TH / Issue 8
Born in Istanbul. In 1977, she graduated from Mimar Sinan University Department of Sculpture. In 1993, Erkmen went to Berlin for a year as part of the DAAD artist programme (Berliner Künstlerprogramm). During 1998-1999 she was the Arnold Bode Professor at the Kassel Art Academy and was also professor at the Frankfurt Staedelschule from 2000 to 2007. She has been professor in Hessen province, Germany since 2010. In 2002, she received the Maria Sibylla Merian award, a bi-annual award given by the Hessen province. Ayşe Erkmen’s work has been continuously on exhibition in local and international galleries and biennials for the last 20 years. Her solo exhibitions include among others, “Tactics of Invisibility”, Witte de With, Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2010); Weggefährten, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2008); K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein – Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2008); ‘Under the Roof’, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2005); ‘Busy Colours’, Sculpture Centre, New York (2005); ‘durchnässt’, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2005); ‘Kuckuck’, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen (2003); ‘Kein gutes Zeichen’, Secession, Vienna (2002). She has also participated in numerous group exhibition including Manifesta 1, Rotterdam (1996) and Skulpturen Projekte, Münster (1997). Moreover, she has contributed to the 2nd and 4th International Istanbul Biennial, the Shanghai, Berlin, Kwangju, Sharjah, Christchurch Biennials and the Folkestone and Echigo Tsumari Triennials.
Ayşe Erkmen lives in Istanbul and Berlin.