Isin Önol (1977, Turkey) is a curator based in Vienna. She is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Cultural Studies, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria. She has completed her Master of Advance Studies on Curating at ZHdK, Zürcher Hochschule der Kunst, Zürich, Switzerland (2009-2011). She participated to Ecole du Magasin, International Curatorial Training Programme, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France (2009-10) and Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course, Gwangju, South Korea (2009). She received her MFA on Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design from Sabanci University (2003), and her BA on Art Education from Marmara University (2000), Istanbul, Turkey.
After working as the art coordinator at Bosporus International Schools, Istanbul (2003-2006), she worked as the project manager/director and curator of Proje4L/Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul from 2006 to 2009. At this space, besides curating shows with selections from the museum collection, she functioned as the project manager of numerous international exhibitions. Beside that she has curated number of exhibitions with emerging artists at the project room of the museum. Independently she has curated/co-curated the following shows:
June 2012, In Growing up Amid the Historical Mysteries of Proximity: Pros & Cons of Being Neighbours, ITS-Z1, Belgrade, Serbia (co-curated with Dimitrina Sevova);
March 2012, embeddedinvisible, Hu.fAk-off Space, Vienna, Austria;
January 2012, Invisible City – Technologies of the Body, Wäsherei-Kunstverein Zurich, Switzerland (co-curated with Dimitrina Sevova);
June 2011, Fascinations with Cast Shadows: Artistic and Curatorial Perspectives Re-visited (A documentary research exhibition in participation with the program participants) MAS Curating ZHdK, White Space, Zurich, Switzerland;
October 2010, Handle With Care, Uni-Credit Studio, Milan, Italy (co-curated with Maja Ciric and Vyara Mlechevska);
June 2009, Seriously Ironic: Positions in Turkish Contemporary Art Scene, Centre Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland (co-curated with Dolores Denaro);
May 2009, Getting Even, Sabanci University Kasa Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey;
December 2008, Privacy, La Giarina Arte Contemporanea, Verona, Italy (co-curated with Elena Forin);
October 2008, Accumulated: Put Aside, Left Aside, 5533, Istanbul, Turkey (co-curated with Asli Cetinkaya).
Isin Onol undertook the curatorship of the 4th Sinopale – International Sinop Biennale, Sinop, Turkey, that took place in August – September 2012, for which she has written the concept text entitled Wisdom of Shadow: Art in the Era of Corrupted Information where she has invited other curators to collaborate: Aslı Çetinkaya, Elke Falat, Dimitrina Sevova. She has worked as one of the co-curators for the 1st MediaScape Biennale entitled Tactical Topics – Topical Tactics, that took place in October 2012 in Zagreb, Croatia.
Isin Onol organised and moderated the panel discussion entitled Educational Critique: How to Swot Curating (A Critical Review Of Curatorial Study Programmes) in the framework of the Symposium “Institution as Medium: Curating as Institutional Critique?” that took place at Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel 26-27 March 2010. She presented her research entitled Investigating the Invisible: Hidden Connotations behind Shadows on 4th December 2010 at the Pixxelpoint – 11th International New Media Art Festival, Nova Gorica, Slovenia. She presented her paper entitled Challenges of Interaction between the Host and the Guest through Artistic Mobility (A Critique of Nation Based Exhibitions and Self-Orientalism) at the symposium “Exploring Mobility around the Mediterranean” on the 2nd June 2011, Amman, Jordan. She participated to the panel discussion at “Revolutions In The Digital Mediterranean: The Southern Mediterranean Forum” within the framework of ISEA 2011 Istanbul, the 17th International Symposium Of The Electronic Arts with her presentation entitled Mediterraneanising The Mediterranean: Altering Definitions In The Digital Media Era on the 19th of September, 2011. She participated to the International Symposium of Skopje Electronic Arts Fair ’11 entitled “Energy, Biopolitics, Strategies of Resistance and Cultural Subversion” with her presentation entitled Dark Possibilities in Reconnecting with the Notion of Truth. She presented her text Cast Shadows as Readymade Images Amid the Status of Representation and Reality at the symposium: “Reality Manifestos, or Can Dialectics Break Bricks? A study of détournement as Art Forms”, Organised by Dimitrina Sevova, WUK Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria in January 2012. At the same symposium she held a panel discussion under the title Orders of Perception, with artist Bernd Oppl. In May 2012 she has been invited to present her recent performance project Renergy at “Subtle Technologies” Symposium/Festival at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.
Her texts have been published in various exhibition catalogues and art magazines.
Her Primary Research Interests
Curatorial and artistic occupation with notions of darkness, shadow, invisibility, absence as strategies for participation, transmitting information, hidden political connotation. Strategies in occupation of spaces dealing with notions of censorship, discrimination, otherness.
Tactics and Strategies to critique the notion of national representation, within nation based exhibition conceptions.