Ayse Erek is a researcher and writer based in Istanbul. She received a PhD in Art History at Istanbul Technical University on contemporary art and spatial practices, and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Humboldt University Georg-Simmel Centre for Metropolitan Studies in Berlin. She has contributed to numerous publications as writer and editor on exhibiting practices, histories of modernity and politics of aesthetics in the urban context, and was a member of the project team of the Pavilion of Turkey at the 57th Venice Arts Biennale. Her recent publications include ‘Stay Calm: Arts for the Future in Istanbul’ at the exhibition book of Istanbul. Passion, Joy, Fury published by Maxxi Museum (2016), and a co-authored book chapter titled ‘Disappearing History: Challenges of Imagining Berlin after 1989’ in Cultural Topographies of the New Berlin published by Berghahn Books (2017). She is Associate Professor at Kadir Has University in Istanbul where she serves as Director of Design Research Graduate Program focusing on methods and formats of transdisciplinary research on issues concerning art, design and the city.

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