Iz Oztat performs on multiple fronts such as making, gathering, writing, translating, hosting and mediating. Although her work is dependent on the context within which it is produced, she revisits certain subjects: convergence of water and freedom, return of the suppressed past in the present, potentials of fiction in constructing historical narratives and ideological implications of display. Her process usually begins with archival research and initiated dialogues, which manifests as an animistic quest for the potential of objects and materials in conveying knowledge. Ongoing collective processes are central to Öztat's practice. She has been engaged in an untimely collaboration with Zisan (1894 - 1970) who appears to her as a historical figure, a ghost and an alter ego. She is a member of BACOY-KOOP (Printing, Duplication and Distribution Cooperative), a group that utilizes the mimeograph technology for collective, independent publishing.

Iz Oztat, b. 1981, Istanbul, lives and works in Istanbul


Selected exhibitions include; I am Nobody, Are You Nobody Too?, Mesher, Istanbul, Turkey (2022); Suspended, Pi Artworks, İstanbul, Turkey (2019)Love Letters, Tensta Konsthall, Sweeden (2018); The Colony, Scwules Museum, Germany (2018); Tamawuj, Sharjah Biennial 13, United Arab Emirates (2017); Flaneuses, French Cultural Center, Turkey (2017); The World Made Anew, PiArtworks, United Kingdom (2017); Land without Land, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany (2016); I prefer to answer questions, Maçka Art Gallery, Turkey (2016); Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms, 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015); Reunion, Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Turkey (2015); Conducted in Depth and Projected at Length, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany (2014); Rendez-vous 13, Institut d’art Contemporain, Lyon, France (2013); and Here Together Now, Matadero Madrid, Spain (2013); Second Exhibition, Arter, Turkey (2010).



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