Berat Işık was born in 1976 in Diyarbakır, lives and works in Diyarbakır. Berat Işık has generally used video as medium after the 1990’s. Adopting a critical and ironical language on subjects such as immigration, culture, social problems, and social identities, the artist’s videos demonstrate their performative quality and utopic vision. 

       Işık’s videos are often underpinned with black humour,

questioning the influence of popular culture on the collective memory. He views contemporary society with a critical eye and highlights the sensitive position in which the minority in Turkey finds itself. As though refusing the hegemony of the industry that imposes an aesthetic that is too picture-perfect, Işık does not correct certain technical “flaws” in his videos. These elements intentionally left on the tapes highlight the resistance that the artist manifests against the micro managing of culture, as well as the urgency and necessity with which these works are produced.

      The forms created in various mediums in addition to the videos are monitored as manifestations of the layers of social memory which interlace with the individual identity 

and personal memory of the artist.

 Solo Exhibitions                                                                                                                                   

2018- "In The Beginning Dazzling Night" With Sarkis 

Merdiven Art Space, İstanbul

2016- Are You Still Alive?

Curator: Işın Önol, Depo, İstanbul 

2012- Ecology III '' Insight’’

Curator: Ali Akay, Açık Ekran, İstanbul 

 

 

2020- So Near Yet So Far Munich Germany

Curators: Ezgi Bakçay, Barış Seyitvan, Sophie-Charlotte Bombeck

2020- Back to Back Swedish Consulate İstabul Turkey

2019- Encounters Karşılaşmalar Diyarbakır, Mardin, İstanbul, İzmir Turkey

2019- Unter Demselben Himmel ZKM Karlsruhe Germany

Curator: Barbara Unfug, Barış Seyitvan

2019- “Winter is Coming” Mebusan 25 İstanbul Turkey

2018- "First Round"  Galata Greek School, İstanbul, Turkey

2017- Home 15th İstanbul Biennial Neighbour Event

Curator: Derya Yücel, Museum Evliyagil, Ankara, Turkey 

2017- Are You Still Alive

Curator: Işın Önol,  Graz, Austria

2017- The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

Curators: Özlem Ünsal, Gülben Çapan, 44A Galery, İstanbul

2016- B-Start/Play is Freedom

Curator: Derya Yücel, Bomontiada, İstanbul 

2016- Promised Light

Curator: Tanel Rander, Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia

2015- 77□13 Politische Kunst im Widerstand in der Türkei

Curators: Chiristian Bergman, NGBK, Berlin, Germany

2015- Dökümentarist 8. İstanbul Documentary Days

2015- 14. !f İstanbul İndependent Film Festival

2014- This Secret World That Exists Right There in Public 

Curators: Lara Fresko Esra Sarıgedik Öktem, Rampa, İstanbul

2014- Akbank Contemporary Artists Prize Exhibition

Curators: Fatoş Üstek, Katia Anguelova, Sara Raza, Aksanat

2014- Learned Helplessness: On Authority, Obedience And Control Curator: Işın Önol, Muse, İstanbul

2014- Inattentional Blindness 

Curator: Işın Önol, Zilberman Galery, İstanbul

2014- GPL Contemporary Curator: Işın Önol, Viyana, Austria

2013- Wiht/In/Significant Other Curator: Işın Önol, Viyana, Austria

2013- Akbank Contemporary Artists Prize Exhibition 2013

Curator: Hasan Bülent Kahraman, Aksanat, İstanbul 

2013- Odtü Art 14 

Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey 

2013- Envy-Enmity-Embarrassment

Curator: Emre Baykal, Arter, İstanbul  

2012- Tate Modern -The Silent University Screening Program Curator: Synthia Griffin, Tate Modern, Londra, İngiltere

2012-  Artists’ Film International

Curator: Çelenk Bafra, İstanbul Modern, İstanbul 

2011-  Centre Pompidou Video art Collection (1965-2010) 

Curator: Christine Van Assche - İzmir, Turkey

2011-  Where Fire Has Struck Depo, İstanbul

2010- When Ideas Become Crime/Fikirler Suça Dönüşünce

Curator: Halil Atındere, Depo, İstanbul

2010- état d'âmes. École nationale supérieure des 

beaux-arts Paris Curator: Yekhan Pınarlıgil Paris France

2010-  VIDÉO ET APRÈS “TURQUIE ET ALORS... 

Curator : Yekhan Pınarlıgil, Pompidou Musseum Paris, France

2010-  Emploi Saisonnier/Seasonal Work

Curator: Veronique Collard-Bovy, Celenk Bafra, Maerseille, France

2009-  No Room for Panic

Curator: Azra Tüzünoğlu, Outlet Galery, İstanbul

2009- 28. International İstanbul Film Festival (Very) Small Distortions In The Order Curator: Yekhan Pınarlıgil 

2007- Art Without Borders

Curator: Sonia Balassanian, Erivan, Armenia

2006- Art Without Borders 

Curator: Sonia Balassanian, İstabul 

2005- Free Kick, Curator: Halil Altındere, İstanbul

2005- Hilcot Shechenim/Chapter C 

Curators: Eyal Danon, Galit Eliat, Holon, İsrael

2004- Placebo Effect

Curator: Vasıf Kortun, Berlin, Germany

2004- The 23RD International Contemporary Artist İstanbul Exhibition

Curator: Anton Lederer, Eyal Danon, Başak Şenova, Aksanat 

2004- The Force Of Language II: Be Coming Minor

Curator: Ali Akay, Keçi Burcu, Diyarbakır

2003- I am Too Sad to Kill You

Curator: Halil Altındere, Proje 4L, İstanbul

2003- The Force Of Language 

Curator: Ali Akay, Diyarbakır, Turkey 

2003- Password İstanbul

Curator: Beral Madra, Diyarbakır Art Center, Diyarbakır, Turkey 

2001- Art and City Diyarbakır, Turkey

 

Awards                                                             

 

2014- The 33 RD Akbank International Contemporary Artist Award

2004- The 23 RD International Contemporary Artists

İstanbul Exhibition Achievement Award 2004

 Selected Group Exhibitions