Ipek Duben does artist's books and installations, sculpture, painting and video art. Her works focus on notions of identity, gender, migration and cultural prejudices.

Born in Istanbul 1941

Mimar Sinan University (PhD) 1984
New York Studio School For Painting Drawing and Sculpture (1972-76)
University of Chicago (MA) 1965
University of Chicago (ABD all except dissertation) 1971
Agnes Scott College (BA) 1963
American College For Girls Arnavutköy 1961

Lives in İstanbul
1991-2001 lived and worked in New York

Solo Exhibitions +

9 December 2021- 8 May 2022, The Skin, Body and I, İpek Duben Retropective, Salt Beyoğlu, İstanbul
2020 Angels and Clowns, PiArtworks, İstanbul
2018 (in)SOCIAL WORKS, Frieze London
2018 in via incognita, PiArtworks, London
2017 ONLAR/THEY, Fabrica, Brighton, UK
LoveGame, Merdiven Art Space, İstanbul
2015 ONLAR/THEY, Salt Galata, İstanbul
2013 What is a Turk?, The Agency, London
2013 İstanbul Binali
2012 2012, Gallery Zilberman, İstanbul, [cat.] 2011
2011 Extracted Objects, CDA Projects, Gallery Zilberman, İstanbul, [cat.]
2010 Manuscript X, İstanbul Contemporary Art Fair
2009 İPEK DUBEN: A selection 1994-2009, Aksanat , İstanbul, [cat.]
2007 Crossing, ART 101 Gallery, New York
2001 LoveYouForever, Stephen Gang Gallery, New York
LoveBook, The Catherine G. Murphy Galleries, St. Paul, Minnesota
1996 Manuscript 1994, The Catherine G. Murphy Galleries, St. Paul, Minnesota
1994 Manuscript 1994, İstanbul Taksim Municipal Art Gallery Manuscript 1994, Gallery Nev, Ankara
1991 Traces/İzler, Maçka Sanat Gallery, İstanbul
1989 İpek Aksüğür Duben, Gallery Nev, Ankara
1988 Portraits, Maçka Sanat Gallery, İstanbul
1985 Drawings, Burgh House, London
1982 Şerife, İstanbul State Gallery of Fine Arts

Selected Group Exhibitions +

2022-2023 Artists Making Books Poetry to Politics, The British Museum
2022-23 Multi Perpective:In a Multiple Perspective, Yarat Art Center, Baku
2022-23 Guilty,Guilty,Guilty!:Towards a Feminist Criminology, Kunstraum Kreuzeberg, Berlin
2022 Nature and State, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
2018 (In) SOCIAL WORKS, Frieze London
2018 Mardin Biennial, Turkey
2017 ONLAR/THEY, Fabrica (2017), Brighton Festival, UK
2016 Nev Nadir, Galeri Nev, Ankara
Pi Arworks, İstanbul Contemporary
Stay With Me, Belvedere Museum - 21er Haus, Vienna
2015 ODTÜ SANAT 16
2014 Poetry and Exile: contemporary art from the Middle East, The British Museum
3rd EIAB – European International Book Art Biennale, Moscow
Stay With Me, Apartment Project, Berlin
2013 13th. İstanbul Biennial
Fifith International Artists’ Book Exhibition, King St. Stephen Museum, Hungary
Art Basel Hong Kong
2012 Aftermath, Akbank Sanat, İstanbul, [cat.]
Familiar, SPAS Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York
“Mail-art-book” 8th Moscow International Artist’s Book Fair
2011 Dream and Reality, İstanbul Modern, [cat.]
The (UN)Framed Photograph, Center for Book Arts, New York, [cat.]
Selection fromTurkish Contemporary Art, Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts, Baku, [cat.]
Femme Affranchies, Institu Français d’Istanbul
Ateşin Düştüğü Yer, 20th Exhibition of The Turkish Human Rights Foundation,Tütün Deposu, Istanbul
2010 A Dream... But Not Yours, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. [cat.]
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Fourth International Biennale for the Artist’s book, [cat.]
Who’s Who, 6-th Moscow International Artist’s Book Fair [cat.]
Thinking Garbage (video), Videfesta ’10-International Festival of Media Arts, Goethe-Institute, Ankara
2009 New Works New Horizons, İstanbul Modern, [cat.]
Istanbul Next Wave:Under my feet I want the world, not heaven, Akademie der Künst, Berlin, [cat.]
Threads: Interweaving Textu[r]al Meanings, Center for Book Arts, New York, [cat.]
2008 MemoryCity, Kartal and Ümraniye Municipal Cultural Centers, istanbul, [cat.]
Thinking Garbage, (video), International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany
2007 Modern and Beyond: 1950-2000, Santralistanbul, İstanbul, [cat.] Everything is Alright, Apartment Project, İstanbul
Farewellmyhomeland, (video) shown at: “Homeland Borders and Boundaries”, Video Festival, Mexicali, Mexico
Baja California’s Culture Institute, Arts Latina video festival Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY
“Team Players for Plausible Art Worlds”, Event Series, Ica, Philadelphia
2006 Substance and Light: Ten Sculptors Use Cameras, Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute, Utica, New York, [cat.]
Fourth International Artist’s Book Exhibition, King St. Stephen Museum, Hungary, [cat.]
Contemporary Art from Turkey and Korea, Incheon Center For Contemporary Art, Korea
Oriental Underground in Europe, Liteside Festival, Amsterdam
Significant Works (Ağır İşler), Piramid Art Gallery, istanbul
The First International Sinop Biennial, Turkey, [cat.]
Thinking Garbage, (video) shown at: River’s Edge Film Festival, Kentucky
“Too Much Freedom”, L.A. Freewaves, 10th New Media Art Festival, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
“Coding: Decoding: Exhibition”, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen
“(In) Place of Fear”, Imaf 8th International Multimedia Art Festival, Serbia and Montenegro
2005 Nations and Origins, Gallery Nord, Berlin
Bir Bilanço (An Accounting), Karşı Sanat Gallery, İstanbul
2004 Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s First International Biennial for Hand Printed Artists’ Books Egypt, [cat.]
Call Me Istanbul, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
The Art Incubator Inaugural Art Exhibition, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York
Time Lines Reading the City of Signs:Istanbul:revealed or mystified?, Aksanat, İstanbul, [cat.]
2003 Time Lines Reading the City of Signs:Istanbul:revealed or mystified?, The Architecture Centre, Bristol, UK İstanbul Bilgi University University of Nottingham, UK London College of Communication, [cat.]
2001 The Fifth Sharjah International Arts Biennial, U.A.E., [cat.]
Re:Duchamp Travelling Exhibition, İstanbul
Justice and Politics, Modena, Italy Fifth Annual Loft Pioneer, Puffinroom Gallery, New York
2000 Istanbul Round Trip III, Borusan Art Gallery, İstanbul, [cat.]
Veritas Omnia Vincit, TÜYAP, İstanbul Cleaning Materials, Apartment Project, İstanbul
1999 Private Mythologies, Westbeth Gallery, New York
1998 Karamustafa Import-Export, Museum fur Volkerkunde, Vienna
1997 Karamustafa Import-Export, Echoraum, Vienna and Feriye Art Gallery, İstanbul
1996 Figuring in the Figure, Montclair State University Art Galleries, New Jersey
Maps-Charts-Routes, Irvine Fine Arts Center, California
Content and Context, The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, St. Paul, Minnesota
1995-97 OpPositions, Museum voor Volkenkunde Rotterdam
1995 Ephesus-The Imagination of History, Ephesus, Turkey
1994 Hunter College Invitational, Hunter College Galleries, New York
1993 Women Artists from the Beginning of the Republic to the Present, İstanbul Museum of Archeology, [cat.]
1992 Mersnevi-i Şerif and Garipname, Sixty-six Squares, TÜYAP, İstanbul New York–Istanbul, Atatürk Cultural Center, İstanbul
Drawers, Gallery Maison dela Ceramique, Mulhouse, France
1991 Recollection/MemoryI (Anı/Bellek1), İstanbul Taksim Municipal Art Gallery

Collections +

İstanbul Modern
The British Museum
Arter Museum, İstanbul
Bibliotheca Alexandrina-Egypt
Museum voor Volkenkunde Rotterdam
Wien Museum (in Karamustafa Export Import Project)
King St. Stephen Museum, Deak Collection, Székesfehérar, Hungary
Center for Book Arts-New York
Moscow Artist’s Book Archive
Zorlu Foundation, İstanbul
ONLAR/THEY, Salt Online, 2016
Private collections in USA, Turkey, Japan, France, United Kingdom

Publications +

SALT e-publication İpek Duben Yazı ve Söyleşileri 1978-2010 [İpek Duben Essays and Interviews], 2016
Seksenlerde Türkiye’de Çağdaş Sanat: Yeni Açılımlar [Contemporary Turkish Art in the Eighties: New Perspectives], ed. I. Duben and E. Yıldız, Istanbul Bilgi University Press, 2008
Türk Resmi ve Eleştirisi: 1880-1950 [Turkish Painting and Its Criticism], Istanbul Bilgi University Press, 2007
“Introduction”, Çağdaş Düşünce ve Sanat [Contemporary Thought and the Arts], ed I. Duben and D. Şengel, Istanbul AIAP/PSD, 1991 (2. ed 1993)

Lecturer +

Sabancı University (İstanbul),
Istanbul Bilgi University (İstanbul),
Istanbul Technical University (İstanbul),
Boğaziçi University (İstanbul),
Roosevelt University (Chicago)