From Istanbul Modern, to Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris or Sharjah Art Biennal, Inci Eviner is a familiar, yet distinctive presence, speaking her truth about self, identity, alienation and expression. Inci’s work is both universal, yet rooted in the native Turkey, a space serving very often as an implicit source of inspiration, analysis and opinion. Her work is included in some of the most respected collections worldwide, from Deutsche Bank, to Centre Pompidou, Guggenheim and TBA21Wien. Under “We, Elsewhere” umbrella, using an exquisite combination of handmade ceramics from Gorbon Tiles and video installation, Inci Eviner’s work was Turkey’s Pavilion revelation, at Venice Biennale.

1. What would make your soul sing? What makes you happy?

I want to speak out loudly through to see ”Everything will be beautiful in Turkey after the election”, that makes me happy. 

2. A childhood story that announced the creative person you are today:

 I was 6 years old when I was aware that I could draw whatever wanted, even recreate my face and body. But my mum didn’t let me go out with full painted red and green face with watercolour.

3. Best context ever for inspiration was:

Reading poems was always carrying me to a timeless dimension. That inspired me a lot. 

 4. The project you loved most:

”We, Elsewhere’ Venice Biennial work took a year and still continues in my dream, as a never-ending project. Every night in my dream, I add something or change somehow my work.

5. The project others loved most:

‘Harem’ 2008 is my first video, which get fast recognition all over the art world. It was a wonderful surprise for me.

6. Advice for international head hunters, related to Turkish creatives:

If you know any, please tell me …

 7. Best place in Istanbul:

For dinner; Karaköy Lokantası

For shopping; Çukurcuma antic shops

For living: Bosforous

8. Best Place in Turkey:

Istanbul, Istanbul, Istanbul

9.On spirituality:

Listening birds in the Belgrad forest, in Istanbul.

10. Recommend a book:

“My name is Red”, Orhan Pamuk

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