Pinar Ögrenci

°1973,  Turkije

Lives and works in Istanbul

Guest Artist



(GB) Mawtini (My homeland) is a popular poem written by the Palestinian poet İbrahim Tuqan (1905-1941) in 1934. Muhammad Fuliefil (1899-1985) composed the original music for Mawtini as a national anthem. Since then it has been the national anthem of Palestine. It has been also recog-nized as the official anthem of the Palestinian independence struggle, by some other countries in the region, mainly by Syria and Algeria. In 2004, upon the order of the leader of the temporary coali-tion government Paul Bremer, Mawtini became Iraq’s national anthem as well. The video is a col-lection of such performances from Algeria, Palestine, Iraq and Syria, either as an anthem or a pop-song, which have been uploaded on YouTube. It is a display of the diversity surrounding a national anthem: from army choirs to pop-singers, from churches to street performances, from football games to television shows and concerts. Mawtini points out at various perceptions of the concepts of nation, national anthem and homeland, in the world where Mawtini originated, which differ from those of the West.


Pinar Ögrenci (b. 1973, Van, Turkey) is an artist with an architectural background, an activist and a writer based in İstanbul. Ögrenci uses various media in her artistic practice, including photography, video, film, performance and installation. Her works address subjects such as migration, war, col-lective movements, nationalism, cultural assimilation, stories of heroism and urban transforma-tion. Using the video as a tool to record her daily life practices, she benefits from her personal video archive and ready-made footages. Her works have been exhibited widely at museums and art insti-tutions including at Kunst Haus Wien- Hundertwasser Museum, 2017; WKV Stuttgart, 2017; the Istanbul off-site project for Sharjah Biennial13, 2017; Angewandte, Vienna, 2016; MAXXI Mu-seum, Rome, 2015-6; SALT Galata, Istanbul, 2015-6;  De Las Fronteras Biennial, Tamaulipas, 2015; Sinop Biennial, 2014; Çanakkale Biennial, 2014 and Depo, Istanbul, 2014. The artist had her first exhibition at MARSistanbul in 2015, “Awaiting the Onset of the Sense of Life”. Her first solo exhibition abroad was realized at Kunst Haus-Hundertwasser Museum in Vienna, “A Gentle Breeze Passed Over Us” in 2017.




- ’Mawtini’ - Video - 2016  -  3 edition+1 artist edition +1 exhibition edition



2017 A Gentle Breeze Passed Over Us, Kunst Haus Wien-Hundertwasser Museum, Vienna.

2017 Under the Red Sky, Depo Istanbul.

2015 Awaiting The Onset of The Sense of Life, MARSistanbul, Istanbul.



2017 Bahar, the Istanbul off-site project for Sharjah Biennial13, Istanbul.

2017 Post Peace, WKV, Stuttgart.

2017 Artist At Risk Pavillion Athens, Perpetuum Mobilisation.

2017 Camouflaged Pearls, Bruthaus Gallery, Waregem.

2016 Luminous Perception, Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna.

2016 Inverse Greyscale, Pasinger Fabrik, Munich.

2016  When Home Won’t Let You Stay, University of Applied Arts (Angawandte), Vienna.

2016  Shadow Communities, Fluc, Vienna.

2015-6 Apricots From Damascus, SALT Galata, Istanbul.

2015 İstanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury MAXXI Museum, Rome.

2015 1th. Frontiers Bienal, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

2014 4 th. Çanakkale Biennial, Canakkale.

2014 5 th. Sinop Biennial, Sinop.

2014 Technical Ecstasy, KUAD Gallery, Istanbul.

2014 Learned Helplessness, Bergsen&Bergsen Gallery, Istanbul.

2014 Homo Homini Lupus, m1886, Ankara.

2013 Art Barter, 5533, Istanbul.

2012 Die Neu Eröffnung, Halle 10, Munich.

2012 Reality Terror, Depo, Istanbul.

2012 Prescription, Rumeli Han C Blok, Istanbul.

2011 Cyristal City, Marsistanbul, Istanbul.

2011 Soft City, Alan Istanbul, Istanbul.

2011 Floating Volumes 1-3 – Istanbul Transfer, Kunst-nah&Frise, Hamburg, 5533-Istanbul.


participated programmes and residencies:

2017 HIAP, Helsinki, Finland

2016 Henie Osntad Kunstcenter, Residence Programm, Oslo, Norway

2016 Public Calling Conference, National Theatre, Oslo, Norway

2016 Middle East Festival, Henie Osntad Kunstcenter, Oslo, Norway

2015 Plataforma Editable, Desplazamientos Curatoriales: Santiago,

Valparaiso, Antofagasta, Tarabaca; Chile

2015 R.A.T Residancias Artisticas Intercambios, Mexico City, Mexico

2013 CIMAM Annual Conference (supported by SAHA), Rio De Jeneiro, Brazil

2011 Altonale Festival and Artist in Residence Programm, Hamburg, Germany

2010 Willa Waldberta, Artist in Residence Programm, Munich, Germany

2010 Frise, Artist in Residence Programm, Hamburg, Germany




publishing and talks:

2015 Lost Photographs of Anatolia (Vahap Avsar Exhibition, Salt Beyoglu), December, Artunlim-ited, 2015

2015 Francis Alys, Artunlimited, No:33 September, 2015

2015 Sınır Ötesindeki İmgeler ve Yüzler, Artunlimited, January, 2015

2015 Lübnan’dan Parçalı Görüntüler (Exploded Views from Lebanon, critic of Akram Zaatari’s exhibition at SALT Beyoglu İstanbul), Agos / issue:974, January, 2015)

2014 Çagdas Sanatın Gelecekle İmtihanı (Examination of Contemporary Art with future, Artunlim-ited, Nowember / December issue, 2014

2014 Architect Constantin P.Pappa, Studio X Istanbul, seminer talk part of Tayfun Serttas’s exhibi-tion, ‘Cemetery of Architects’.

2014 Körleşme Biçimleri (Ways of Blinding, critic of exhibition ‘Inattentional Blindness’ curated by Işın Önol)

2013 X-ray of our diseased world, Agos 20 Aralık 2013 and M-est (critic of Vahap Avşar’s exhibi-tion ‘Black Album’)

2013 Vaad Edilen Mutluluk Senaryoları (Scenarios of happiness that were promised), XXI, No-vember issue, Critic of Burak Delier’s exhibition ‘Play your part and script will fallow’)

2013 Interviev with Burak Delier, Displacing Silence, art-ist

2013 Mimarlığın Simgesel Anlamı ve Gezi Parkı Direnişi (Symbolic Meaning of Architecture and Gezi Parc Resistance

2012 ‘The Utopia Collection’ in Siber Genosis April-May issue

2011 The text about artist Gül Ilgaz in Floating Volumes Catalog

2004 Anatolia Moderne, Published by French -Anatolian Research Institute, ‘Transformations Dans L’Architecture Des Maisons’

2005 The article published on a realised restoration in ‘Natura’, stone and Architecture Magazin, ‘The Restoration of Akbank Beyoğlu Building’.

2001 French – Anatolian Research Institute, Semposium of a research on Ottoman society ‘The transformation of neighborhood in Ottoman society’

2001 Istanbul Magazin issue 36, published article, Architect Constantin P.Pappa

2001 French -Anatolian Research Institute, Semposium of a research on Ottoman society, ‘Sarıca Family Buildings – Arif Paşa Apartment House’

1999 A published article in special summer issue of ‘Arredamento Architecture’ magazine,’Sarıca Family Buildings; Köşkler(Pallazios), Apartment Houses and its contribution to Istanbul dwell-ing architecture by 19th century’

curation & organization

2015 Veritas, Şafak Gürboğa, Mars, Istanbul, Turkey, Organizator

2015 Asisting and organizing Francis Alys’s video work ‘Silence of Ani’ for the İstanbul Biennial.

2013 Un-founded, Mars, Istanbul, Turkey.

2013 Colourless Burden by Ayça Köseoğulları, Mars, Contemporary Istanbul, Turkey, Organizator

2013 Vienna Fair, Marsistanbul, Vienna, Austria, Organizator

2013 Slick Art Fair, Marsistanbul, Brussels, Belgium, Organizator

2012 Utopia Collection by Luk Berghe, Mars, Istanbul, Turkey.

2011 Cyristal City, Mars, Istanbul, Turkey.

2011 ‘Return: Innocent Nostaljia’ curated by Emre Zeytinoğlu, Mars, Istanbul, Turkey, Organizator

2010 ‘Spring Exhibition’ of Erim Bayrı, Mars, Istanbul, Turkey, Organizator

2009 Tobacco Depot – 2 nd Building Design for 11th International Istanbul Biennial

2008 ‘Exercise’, Vahit Tuna, Hafriyat, Istanbul, Turkey, sponsorship and application