Osman Bozkurt uses photography and video to produce civic memory, to witness the subliminal intricacies and forgotten paradoxes of life in urban dwellings. Mapping the fraught spaces that are between public and private, his scenes from everyday life are humbling quotidian portraits charged with political resistance.
His photography and video works have been exhibited at Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center/ Istanbul, Turkey (2006), Tate Modern/ London, UK (2007), Villa Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea/ Udine, Italy (2007), FRIEZE Art Fair/ London, UK (2008), Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, France (2009), Museo Madre/ Naples, Italy (2009), Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art/ Massachusetts, USA (2011), Asia Triennial Manchester’11 / Manchester, UK (2011), Arrow Factory/ Beijing, China (2012), ZKM/ Karlsruhe, Germany (2013), Kunsthaus Zürich/ Switzerland (2015), PRATT MANHATTAN GALLERY, NYC, USA (2015), MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, IT (2015), TALLINN ART HALL, Tallin, EE (2017), SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE, Frankfurt, DE (2018) and as well as many other group shows.
Bozkurt’s work was featured in numerous publications including Nafas Art Magazine, Camera Austria, The Independent, and IMAGES / Le Magazine de la Photographie. His work was included in compilations including 101 ARTWORKS-Forty Years of Turkish Contemporary Art/ Published by art-ist/Revolver, Art Works/ Deutsche Bank Collection, Szene Türkei: Abseits, aber Tor!, Triennial City:Localising Asian Art/ Cornerhouse Publication, Global Activism and Art, Conflict in the 21st Century / MIT Press and The Future of History / Neu Zürcher Zeitung Publishing.
Bozkurt is the co-founder and co-director of PiST/// Interdisciplinary Project Space, a non-for-profit, independent artist-run space in Istanbul, founded in 2006.