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Artist: Gülbin Ünlü

Sal, we gotta go and never stop going until we get there.
– Where we going, man?
I don’t know but we gotta go.

(Jack Kerouac, On the road)

Multimedia artist Gülbin Ünlü works with everything from painting, photography and video to performance, music and literature. For her, it is the idea itself that determines the form in which it is realized. If one technique is not enough to implement an idea, it will be used in combination with other techniques. Thus the artist finds her own visual language in each work, which she opens to the viewer through various forms of expression.
Gülbin Ünlü repeatedly challenges herself in her art: as a right-handed artist she paints with her left hand, she puts texts for her books through a text generator, and her music becomes a performance. Her work is always a matter of staying in the process, and to avoid falling into any kind of routine. Chance and spontaneity bring energy into her art; they release the subconscious and lead ever onward to new visual ideas.
Gülbin Ünlü deals with humans’ ambivalent relationships to animals and nature. The artist questions animals’ contradictory roles of farm animal, food, status symbol and beloved pet. Seemingly with ease, she succeeds in addressing this complex theme in a subtle visual language. Without passing judgement, the piece leaves the viewer a space in which they can explore their own relationships to nature and animals.

2018Diploma, Academy of Fine Arts Munich, GER (professor Markus Oehlen)
2012-2017Study of painting, graphics and sculpture, Academy of Fine Arts Munich, GER (professor Markus Oehlen, guest professors Martin Fengl, Kim Noble, Simon Starling, John Jordan & Isabelle Fremeaux)
Solo and Two Person Shows (Selection)
2019"freude" (with Boban Andjelkovic), Galerie Britta von Rettberg, Munich, GER
2015"Why so serious?", Weltraum, Munich, GER
2014"Nix verstehen ist besser als gar nix", Galerie art:ig, Munich, GER
"Ü und Marc Aurel", Galerie Robert Weber, Munich, GER
Group Shows (Selection)
2020„Die ersten Jahre der Professionalität“, Galerie der Künstler, Munich, GER
2019"Meze Evi", Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, GER
„Tacker 2019“, Galerie der Künstler, Munich, GER
“Wieder Sehen”, Kunstarkaden, Munich, GER
“Freie. Radikale. wer raubt, plündert oder stiehlt”, Galerie der Künstler, Munich, GER
"Schaustellung", Das Kapital, Berlin, GER
2018"no stop non stop", Lothringer 13 Halle, Munich, GER
"akkord: Gülbin Ünlü, Timur Lukas and Martin Wöhrl", Britta von Rettberg Gallery, Munich, GER
"Debütanten", MMA, Munich, GER
2017"Artificial Idiocracy", Raumschiff (Ars Electronica), Linz, AT
"Straußland", Galerie Verein Berliner Künstler, Berlin, GER
"Go to paradise – Arkadenale", Kunstarkaden, Munich, GER
“Straußland“, VBK, Berlin, GER
“Tiefes Loch auf Teppich“, Kunstpavillon München, GER
2016"Aus der Mitte entspringt ein Kreis", Kunstarkaden, Munich, GER
"Under my Thumb" NeuWestBerlin, Berlin, GER
“Bungalow #6-2, Chomjan, KohPayam, THA
“Contemporary Photography Pt.3“, 1 Page, Munich, GER
“Moves Matinee #129“, Image Movement, Berlin, GER
“Klasse Oehlen“, Mjunik Gallery, Munich, GER
“KD“, Werkstattkino München, Munich, GER
2015"ARTisFACTION", Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, GER
"I'll Architecture you", Die Färberei, Munich, GER
"Konglomerat", Kunstpavillon, Munich, GER
“Zimmer frei”, Hotel Mariandl, Munich, GER
“Meth-Brötchen für Alle!“, Kapital, Berlin, GER
“Oehlen Maschine 2“, Galerie Robert Weber, Munich, GER
2014"Oehlen Maschine", 1 Page Gallery, Munich, GER
2009-2013“Artaq Awards“, Paris, FR
“Street“, Istanbul, TUR
“Dial 9 for God“, Forum der Technik, Munich, GER
“Kloarbeit zur mentalen Erleichterung“, Import/Export, Munich, GER
Awards, Grants
2019Book Sponsorship, Golart Stiftung, GER
2018Diploma Award Erwin and Gisela von Steiner Foundation, Munich, GER
2017Research Fellowship “2:1”, Centrum für interdisziplinäre Studien/CX and Soziales Netzwerk München e.V., Munich, GER
2018“Buch 1”, VistVunkVerlag München, GER
2016 Exhibition Catalogue “Aus der Mitte entspringt ein Kreis”, Kunstarkaden Munich, GER
“Ich höre was was Du nicht hörst“, LP, Haufen Records
EP “VKP“, Haufen Records
Since 2015Member of the artist duo “VKP“, Munich, GER
Member of the artist collective “Temporäres Archiv der Gegenwart“, Munich, GER
Commitee member of “Lothringer13_Florida”, Munich, GER

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