Artist Talk Artistic Nomad - Talk with Nezaket Ekici

Nezaket Ekici Fotos: Sidharth Patnaik & Nihad Nino Pušija


Goethe-Institut New York

Nezaket Ekici

Moderated by Billy Zhao

Join us for an artist talk with Nezaket Ekici about her intercultural experiences while traveling the world as a performance artist.
Register Many of her works are inspired by cultural traditions and behaviors around the world, including those surrounding identity, religion, art history, architecture, and tradition. Ekici finds inspiration for her work in the social and cultural atmosphere of everyday life, which she channels into performances and installations that employ her body as a narrative instrument. The talk will be facilitated by Billy Zhao of Marina Abramović Institute.

In her work-in-progress First Contact: 5 Boroughs of New York, developed during her digital residency at ISCP Brooklyn, Ekici develops performances with families in their private living spaces, offering them alternate “worlds” to explore separate from the working world, as well as a new understanding of contemporary art practices. During her month-long visit, Ekici has added to the series and will give insight into working with New York families and navigating art in a global pandemic.

Nezaket Ekici was born in Kırşehir, Turkey in 1970 and moved to Duisburg, Germany with her family at the age of three. In 2000, she completed a Master's in Art Education at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, while simultaneously studying Art Education in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In 2004, Ekici earned her Master's in Performance Art, studying under Dr. Marina Abramović at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Braunschweig. Ekici has presented over 250 works of her performance art in more than 60 countries on 4 continents. She describes her cultural setting as "German, Turkish, and International" – she is an artistic nomad. Nezaket Ekici is based in Berlin, Stuttgart, and Istanbul.

Billy Zhao is a cultural producer, writer, and curator based in New York. He is on the curatorial team of Marina Abramović Institute (MAI), a traveling organization that presents and supports performance art, focusing on long durational work.