• CIGDEM AYDEMIR

  • Born 1983 (Sydney, Australia)


  • Academic Qualifications


  • 2015     Master of Fine Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University

  • 2010     Graduate Certificate (Sculpture, Performance and Installation), College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales

  • 2007     B. Design / Art Education, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales

  • 2002     B. Design (Fashion & Textiles), University of Technology, Sydney (2 years of course)



  • Solo Exhibitions / Public Art


  • 2017     Safe, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart

  • 2016     Integration Salon. Marrickville Garage, Sydney.

  • 2016     Plastic Histories. DARK MOFO, Hobart.

  • 2015     I WON'T LET YOU OUT OF MY SIGHT, Boxcopy, Brisbane

  • 2014     Plastic Histories. Johannes Stegmann Gallery, Bloemfontein, South Africa

  • 2014     Plastic Histories. (shrink-wrapped monuments and Augmented Reality App.) Vryfestival, Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • 2013     Freedom from Transparency. Free Fall program, curated by Naomi Oliver and John A Douglas, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney.

  • 2013     Nothing to see here. maumau Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

  • 2012     (dis)position. Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Chippendale

  • 2012     EXTREMIST ACTIVITY. A-M Gallery, Newtown

  • 2011     Archimedean solids, temple of kitsch. Mils Gallery, Surry Hills

  • 2011     Site Occupied, Alpha Gallery, Erskineville



  • Selected Group Exhibitions


  • 2016     Unbuttoned, Metro Arts, Brisbane

  • 2016     New Contemporaries, SCA, Rozelle

  • 2016     Blake Prize, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney

  • 2016     Day for Night, Performance Space, Sydney

  • 2016     Giving Voice, Fliners University, South Australia

  • 2016     Giving Voice, Goulburn Regional Gallery, New South Wales

  • 2016     Giving Voice, Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Victoria

  • 2015     MCA ARTBAR (April), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

  • 2015     Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship Exhibition, UNSW Galleries, Sydney

  • 2015     1001 Nights: Little Baghdad, Fairfield Museum and Gallery, Sydney

  • 2015     Gelibolu, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne

  • 2014     Blake Prize exhibition, UNSW Galleries, Sydney

  • 2014     Giving Voice, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart

  • 2014     Hide & Seek, Modern Art Projects, Blue Mountains

  • 2014     Common Woman, LEVEL project space, Brisbane

  • 2014     New Contemporaries, SCA, Rozelle

  • 2014     Negative Capability, Alaska projects, Kings Cross

  • 2013     Freedman Foundation exhibition, Ivan Doherty Gallery, Paddington

  • 2013     Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, National Art School Gallery, Darlinghurst

  • 2013     Cementa13 - Contemporary Art festival. Kandos, NSW

  • 2012     Taking Stock, A-M Gallery, Newtown

  • 2012     Building Bridges, UTS Foyer Gallery, Ultimo

  • 2012     SEXES, Performance Space, Sydney

  • 2012     Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown

  • 2012     Headgear 2, Mils Gallery, Surry Hills

  • 2012     John Fries Memorial Prize for Emerging Artists, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney

  • 2012     ALCHEMY, SCA Gallery, Rozelle

  • 2012     Unseen Sculptures, Callan Park, Rozelle

  • 2012     RENEW: Real Illusions, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, Hervey Bay, Queensland

  • 2011     IFAS (International Fine Art Symposium), Selcuk Universitesi, Konya, Turkey

  • 2011     RAGTIME (Redfern Artist's Group show), Global Gallery, Paddington



  • Awards and Grants


  • 2016     Finalist, The Blake Prize.

  • 2014     Early Career - New Work Grant. Australia Council for the Arts

  • 2014     Finalist, The Blake Prize.

  • 2014     Ian Potter Cultural Trust.

  • 2013     NSW Artist Grant.

  • 2013     Freedman Foundation Travelling Arts Scholarship.

  • 2013     Recipient, Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize: Emerging Artist category.

  • 2012     Edna Ryan Award for Creative Feminism.

  • 2012     Highly Commended, John Fries Memorial Prize for Emerging Artists.

  • 2012     Highly Commended, Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize.

  • 2011     Finalist, Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize.

  • 2007     Object Design Award for graduating students, College of Fine Arts.



  • Panel Discussions / Presentations


  • 2016     Live Art, Social and Community Engagement: Methodologies of Practice, UNSW Art & Design

  • 2016     Video Oediv, Campbelltown Art Centre
  • 2016     Controversial Thinkers Panel, Salamanca Arts Centre

  • 2015     A Turkish Australian perspective on Gallipoli, The Wheeler centre.



  • Publications


  • 2016     'Care Economy' Runway Magazine, Issue #32, October 2016

  • 2016     Talia Linz, Alexie Glass-Kantor and Lola Pinder, 'Reframing emerging art: The 2016 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging)',
                      Art Monthly 293, October 2016

  • 2016     Luke Letourneau, 'Scene, and being seen at Day for Night' UN MAGAZINE 10.2, October 2016

  • 2016     Liz Nowell, 'Finding Meaning in Giving Voice' fineprint #7.

  • 2016     Kate Hennessy, 'The 'queering' of Hobart's monuments: ridiculous pink condoms or important public art?', The Guardian,
                      Australia, June 22.

  • 2016     Andrew Stephens, 'Blake Prize entrant Sydney artist Cigdem Aydemir uses art to unveil', Sydney Morning Herald, February 1.

  • 2016     Andrew Stephens, 'A show of faith: Visual Arts', The Age, February 6: 22.

  • 2015     Courtney Coombs, 'Political feminism: Activist art in Australia', Art Monthly Australia, issue 286, December.

  • 2015     Fiona McGregor, 'Donna Obscura: A Look Behind the Veil of Cigdem Aydemir's 'Extremist Activity'. Power Institute,
                      The University of Sydney (lecture), 29 April.

  • 2015     Kelli Alred, 'Situate Arts Lab: From lab to creation to festival', RealTime issue #126 April-May, pg. 45.

  • 2015     'A Turkish Australian perspective on Gallipoli', ABC Radio National, Big Ideas, 23 April.

  • 2015     Sibusiso Tshabalala, '8 things to do with unwanted statues and monuments', Cape Town Partnership, 31 March.

  • 2015     Lola Pinder, 'Cigdem Aydemir', Creative Paddington on Australian Centre for Photography website, 23 Fabruary.

  • 2014     Judith Abell, 'Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent', Artlink, Vol 34, no 4.

  • 2014     Jonathan McBurnie, 'Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent', Sneaky Mag (online edition), 1 August.

  • 2014     Plastic Histories, exhibition catalogue, 14 July - 1 August 2014. Johannes Stegmann Gallery, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

  • 2013     Imran Ahmad, 'Cigdem Aydemir's burqas', Artlink, Vol 33, no 3.

  • 2013     Rachel Robinson, 'Redlands Art Prize winners announced', ABC Arts, 3 May.

  • 2013     Bridget Cormack, 'Burka artist reaches for sky', The Australian, 2 May.

  • 2013     Andrew Taylor, 'Monroe as undercover agent takes top spot' Sydney Morning Herald, 2 May.

  • 2013     Lauren Murada, 'Big issues tackled in Redlands Konika Minolta Art Prize 2013' Inner West Courier, 30 April.

  • 2013     Ella Mudie, 'sex: the bigger picture' RealTime issue #113 Feb-March pg.46.

  • 2012     Venita Poblocki, 'Fear-less' Catalogue essay for the John Fries Memmorial Prize.

  • 2012     Cover Image, Nava Quarterly, September 2012.

  • 2012     New Work Friday #106, The Art Life, 6 April.

  • 2012     Zacha Rosen, 'Cigdem Aydemir: Extremist Activity', Concrete Playground, April.