Gizem Karakaş


Gizem Karakaş is an artist and cultural worker based in Istanbul.

In her practice, she focuses on the struggles, ironies, comedy and poetry of everyday life with semi-fictional narratives of an individual becoming, navigating interpersonal and context-based relationships. Her photo, video, sound, performance, and text-based works explore the concept of intimacy and sincerity in relationships through the ambiguous areas that are left between the intimate and the public, reality and fiction, art and life.

Considering the value of art in the context of the relationships that surround it is at the core of her approach. She is interested in exploring collaborative working methods and using hospitality and comradery as strategies of survival. Therefore, relationships are not merely a concept that she explores through her works, but an attitude, gesture, and method that she has adopted as a part of her creative process.

Ongoing collective processes are central to Karakaş’ practice. She is a member of the collectives, HAH since 2017 and Medyartiz since 2011. She is one of the faces of Hayırlı Evlat since 2017.


Gizem is doing her residence in July 2024.