Ceyda Oskay

Curated by Miguel Amado in association with Cork Printmakers.

Studio 12 exhibition/projects space, First Floor Backwater Artists Group, Wandesford Quay, Cork T12 E26D.

12 June – 10 July 2020. Opens 11 June 6pm.

Cork Printmakers and artist Ceyda Oskay are producing a work that addresses the exclusion of racialised subjects from mainstream identities. This work is co-created with asylum seekers based in Cork.

Ceyda Oskay is a Turkish, London and Istanbul-based artist and human rights activist. She has an MA in Contemporary Art Practice from the Royal College of Art in London and obtained a BA in International Studies from the University of Chicago. Before furthering her art studies, she worked for the United Nations during ten years, occupying various positions within the field of humanitarian affairs, particularly involving people seeking asylum, in Turkey and other areas of the Middle East.

Oskay’s projects unfold through a participatory approach, collaborating with groups from underrepresented and/or underprivileged communities. She revisits the political emancipatory potential of crafts, combining textile traditions and printmaking techniques. She makes installations that address social issues, from gender to conflict-related questions. Specifically, she explores themes of forgotten histories and biographies in the context of migration using topics such as ritual and sleep.

“Migration is a major theme in my art as I have moved about once a year for a very long time. Art making is about expressing ideas and feelings, about exploring materials, about understanding places, and about developing relationships. Much of my work is done with fabric, because of its nomadic, transportable nature. I enjoy creating utilitarian items in different ways, sometimes clothes and pieces of fashion – and this too is influenced by migration.” – Ceyda Oskay.

Cork Printmakers is a print studio and gallery providing artists a creative and well-equipped environment in which to make art as well as offering audiences a diverse and inclusive environment in which to experience, appreciate, understand, and enjoy art. As a resource organisation, it generates professional development and commercial opportunities to members and guest artists. Through its showcasing function, it produces and presents art and critical discourse. It plays a key role in the cultural ecology of Cork and is recognised for its activity in Ireland and internationally.

Miguel Amado is Director & Curator of Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork. Previous key posts include Director of Cork Printmakers; Senior Curator at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, England; Curator at Tate St Ives, England; Curator at the Abrons Art Center, New York; Curatorial Fellow at Rhizome at the New Museum, New York; Curator-in-residence at the Independent Studio & Curatorial Program, New York. As a freelancer, he curated the Portuguese Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale as well as exhibitions and projects for apexart, New York; the Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon; and Frieze Projects at Frieze London. His education includes the the MA Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London.

Ceyda Oskay_view of artwork, Migration Museum, London, 2019

Ceyda Oskay, Migration Museum, London, 2019.

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