Gözde İlkin lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey. She studied painting at the Fine Arts Faculty of Mimar Sinan University and is pursuing a master’s degree at Marmara University in Istanbul. Using mainly stitching, drawing, and painting as well as video and sound installations, İlkin constructs forms of confrontational interactions within the motifs of found domestic fabrics. In the process, she refers to social and political relationships/manipulation, borders, power issues, gender attitudes, and urban transformation.
Selected solo exhibitions include: The Trap, Gypsum Gallery, Cairo (2016); Stained Estate at Françoise Heitsch Gallery, Munich (2015); and Please Clear the Dance Floor, artSümer Gallery, Istanbul (2010). Selected group exhibitions include the 15th Istanbul Biennale, A Good Neighbour (2017); Spaceliner, Arter, Istanbul (2015); and No one belongs here more than you, 54th October Salon, Belgrade (2013). Between 2006 and 2013, she worked with Gülcin Aksoy and Yasemin Nur Erkalır as a collective called AtılKunst.
Gözde İlkin’s residency is sponsored by the Saha Foundation, Turkey.