Duygu Demir

Duygu Demir is a PhD candidate in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Art and Architecture program at MIT. Her dissertation is provisionally titled A Syncretic Modernism: Articulations of Painting in Turkey 1933-1964. She is interested in modern and contemporary art, especially but not exclusively of the non-Western variety. Her research topics include exhibition histories, transnational encounters, and moments of confluence between art and architecture. Before her graduate studies, she worked as a programmer (of time and space) at SALT in Istanbul. While there, she co-curated the archival exhibition From England with love, İsmail Saray (2014), the retrospective A Promised Exhibition - Gülsün Karamustafa (2013) and the inaugural exhibition I am not a studio artist (2011), a retrospective of the late Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin. She also worked on numerous solo and group exhibitions and accompanying public programs including Rabih Mroué (2014), subREAL (2013), Hassan Khan (2012), İstanbul Eindhoven SALTVanAbbe: Post ‘89 (2012) and Modern Essays: Across the Slope - Ahmet Öğüt (2011).  In 2011, she co-curated I Decided not to Save the World with Kyla McDonald, a group exhibition which was on view at Tate Modern in 2011 and traveled to SALT in 2012. Flow Through, a solo presentation of the work of Turkish-American artist Bahar Yürükoğlu opened at Arter Space for Art in Istanbul in March 2016. 

She has contributed articles and reviews to magazines and online platforms, including Art Asia Pacific, Art Papers, Broadsheet, and Ibraaz. She was one of the authors of Art Cities of the Future: Avant-Gardes of the 21st Century (Phaidon, 2013), nominator and contributor for Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing (Phaidon, 2013) as well as editor of Room of Rhythms-Cevdet Erek (2012, Walther König) and I am not a Studio Artist (SALT, 2011). 

Her most recent curatorial project, Projected Architectures is an irregular and peripatetic program of moving images that engage with the built environment, and will start at MIT’s Keller Gallery in the fall of 2017. She is also working on co-editing a monograph on conceptualist İsmail Saray, to be published in early 2018 by SALT. Her academic writing has appeared in Art Margins 3.3 in 2014, and her article "Another kind of Muralnomad:  Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu’s Mosaic Wall from the Turkish Pavilion at the Brussels Expo ’58" will be part of the “Scatter” issue of Thresholds, to be published by MIT Press in 2018.

 Duygu Demir received a combined BA degree in Art History and Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2008.