Batu Bozoğlu


Bozoglu (1983) is a painter and performance artist, focusing on creating interactive performance platforms which explore the relationship between the audience and the artist, and the politics of participation in art. These platforms offer an invitation to partake on the production of the artwork, where the influence of the interaction has a definite and fundamental effect on the work itself. The works try to generate issues of authorship, a conflict of interest and initiate acts of empowerment and/or exploitation. They aim to broaden and/or challenge the roles of all parties involved, transforming media into a chaotic enterprise.

Bozoglu received his BA in Painting from Marmara FFA and his MA in VAVCD from Sabanci FASS, with his thesis titled “Practice of Life as a Work of Art”, arguing that the act of living can be transformed into an artistic medium by subjecting the artist’s life to strict manipulation by the audience, given the participatory impact is real and visible, and the process chronicled by aesthetic documentation. He is now continuing his PhD studies on the influence of Dada abd the Great War on modern art in Marmara IFA, Dept. of Painting.

Bozoglu lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey.

Artist C.V

2001 – 2005 Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, BA in Painting
2008 – 2010 Sabanci University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, MA in Visual Arts
2013 – … Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, PhD in Painting

Group Exhibitions:
2003 Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, “Inside-Out”, group exhibition, Istanbul (Turkey)
2005 Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Graduation Exhibition, group exhibition, Istanbul (Turkey)
2007 Pist///Reserved, Bobin Yayin Radio Project, group exhibition, Istanbul (Turkey)
2009 Gallery DA, Flat Printing Workshop Student’s Exhibition, group exhibition, Gdansk (Poland)
2009 SSM Sabanci Museum, “Flow”, .group exhibition, Istanbul (Turkey)
2010 Kasa Gallery, “Flow”, group exhibition, Istanbul (Turkey)
2010 Tuzla Municipality Gallery, group exhibition, Istanbul (Turkey)
2013 Antrepo, Mamut Art Project, Istanbul (Turkey)
2014 Globality and Locality, MU Cumhuriyet Museum, Istanbul (Turkey)
2014 Venice Experimental Cinema and Performance Festival, International Artexpo, Venice (ITALY)
2015 Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm (SWEDEN)
2015 ESSL Awards Turkey Nominees Exhibition, Tophane-i Amire, Istanbul (Turkey)
2016 Paslaşmalar IV, CKM, Istanbul (Turkey)
2016 Performance Night, Blokart Space, Istanbul (TR)
2017 Venice Performance Art Week 2017, Palazzo Mora, Venice (ITA)
2018 İhtiyaç: Sen, Performistanbul, Istanbul (TR)
2018 Dadamobile, Mobius, Boston (USA)
2018 Artist Lab ADAM 2018 Presentation, Hakka Cultural Center, Taipei (TAIWAN)
2018 This is not a Performance, Daire Sanat, Istanbul (TR)
2019 Ayn-i Galip, Galip Project//Pasaj, Istanbul (TR)

Solo Exhibitions:
2010 Fassart Gallery, Chronicles of an Insignificant Man, Istanbul (Turkey)
2012 Kasa Gallery, Homework: Make My Day, Istanbul (Turkey)
2017 Cycle, Sanatorium, Istanbul (TR)

Residencies / Workshops

2012 Kasa Gallery Summer Residency, Kasa Gallery
2012 BUG Game Lab Workshop, Bahcesehir Uni.
2014 BecomeBecome Masterclass, Plymouth Uni. / Planetary Collegium
2015 Dialogue Transformation, Turkey-Armenia Normalization Process (EU Grant)
2017 Considering Time by Marilyn Arsem, Venice Performance Art Week 2017
2018 Asia Discovers Asia Meeting 2018 (ADAM2)


Marmara Uni. Institute of Fine Arts, Turkey
2013 – Present
Sabanci Uni. Faculty of Arts and social Sciences, Turkey
2008 – 2010
Marmara Uni. Faculty of Fine Arts, Istanbul
2001 – 2005


  • painting
  • video art
  • illustration
  • drawing
  • performance
  • body art


Okan Uni. Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture, Istanbul
2016 – Present
Research Assistant
Okan Uni. Faculty of Fine Arts, Turkey
2013 – 2016