Many of the motifs in Semercioglu’s work relate to traditional crafts and particularly woven carpet tradition that is rooted since centuries in Anatolia.

Semercioglu gives the motifs a central role and prominence and brings attention to the symbols and values of the past and part of the actuality. Anatolian carpets tell the story of women, family, protection, fertility, happiness and gender roles.

Gulay Semercioglu, b.1968, Istanbul, lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey 
Major exhibitions include; Women Defining Women, LACMA, USA (2023), More than a Memory (solo), Pi Artworks Istanbul (2022); EVERYWHERE WAS NOWHERE AND NOWHERE EVERYWHERE (group), curated by Mustafa Hulusi, Pi Artworks London, UK (2022); Desire to Survive, Pi Artworks, İstanbul, Turkey (2019). Artist In Their Time, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey The Power of Form, Istanbul, Turkey (2016); The Woman on the Wire (solo), Pi Artworks London, UK (2015); Sublime Porte: An Exhibition of Contemporary Turkish Art, Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery in New York, USA (2013); Variations on Line (solo), Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA (2012); Dream and Reality, Istanbul Modern, Turkey, (2011); Abbara Kadabra, Mardin Biennial, Turkey (2010); and Istanbul Next Wave, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Germany (2009). Major collections holding her work include; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; Centene Centre for Arts and Education, Missouri, USA; Quinn Collection, Los Angeles, USA; Cocca Art and Design Institute, Coimbatore, India; RAK Art Foundation Collection, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain; The Farjam Foundation, Dubai, UAE; Sheika Fatima Suroor, Abu Dhabi, UAE; Wheelock Collection, Hong Kong; Michael and Saniza Collection, Hong Kong; Him Collection, Singapore; Istanbul Modern, Turkey; and the Papko Art Collection, Istanbul, Turkey.

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