Servet Kocyigit ©


Servet Kocyigit (b. 1971, Kaman, Turkey). He studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and currently lives and works between Amsterdam and Istanbul. He participated in the artist residency programs: JoBurg Now, Johannesburg, South Africa (2016), JCVA Jerusalem Center for the Visual Arts, Jerusalem, Israel (2006), Wilhelm Lehmbruck Residency, Duisburg, Germany (2000), De Ateliers Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1999).

His work has been exhibited widely in museums, festivals, and galleries namely in Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, and Turkey. Servet Kocyigit’s solo exhibitions: Rampa Gallery, Istanbul (2015 and 2012), Officine Dell’Immagine Gallery, Milan, Italy (2014), Outlet Independent Art Space, Istanbul, Turkey (2010), Givon Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel (2008), and the Nederlands Foto Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2001).

He has participated in numerous biennials including Biennale Cuvée Linz, Austria (2008), 27th Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil (2006), De Kleine Biennale, Utrecht, the Netherlands (2006), and 9th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2005). Selection of group exhibitions participated include Center of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, CSW, Torun, Poland (2016), The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel (2016), Centrum Kultury ZAMEK, Poznan, Poland (2015), Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey (2014), Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2014), Lianzhou Foto Festival, China (2012), HOK (Henie Onstad Kunstsenter), Oslo, Norway (2012), ARTER Space For Art, Istanbul, Turkey (2010), TANAS, Berlin, Germany (2011), Palais Des Beaux Arts De Lille, Lille, France (2009), Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2008), Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel (2007), Herzliya Museum Of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Israel (2006), MuHKA- Media, Antwerp, Belgium (2005), Proje 4L, Istanbul, Turkey (2002), De Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2001), Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany (2000).

He is the winner of the Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography 2016 and the winner of the New Best Photographer of the Year, Lianzhou Foto Festival (2012), China. He has received The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts grant (2008), Wilhelm Lehmbruck Fellowship (1999), the OC&W scholarship from the Dutch Ministry of Culture (1997), Working Grant from FBKvB. He has been nominated for the PrixPictet (2010), and for the Fritschy Award (2006).


b.1971 Kaman Turkey

Lives and works in Amsterdam and Istanbul



1997-99   De Ateliers, Amsterdam

1993-97   Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam


Residency Programs

2016       JoBurg Now, Maboneng, Johannesburg, South Africa

2014       Residency at Ateliers Hoherweg Dusseldorf, Germany

2006       JCVA Residency, Jerusalem Center for the Visual Arts, Jerusalem, Israel

1999-00  Wilhelm Lehmbruck Residency, Duisburg-Germany


Solo Exhibitions    

2015   “This Is My Island” RAMPA gallery Istanbul-Turkey

2014   “Truth Serum” Curated by Silvia Cirelli, Officine Dell’Immagine, Milan- Italy

2012   “Ask ve diger meseleler / Love and Other Matters” RAMPA gallery Istanbul-Turkey

2010   “Under The Counter” OUTLET-ISTANBUL, Istanbul-Turkey

2008   “Good Things Are Much Better In Pairs” GIVON ART GALLERY, Tel Aviv-Israel

—          “1000 Penguins” TWEETAKT Theater Festival Utrecht-The Netherlands

2005   “Servet Kocyigit” GIVON ART GALLERY, Tel Aviv-Israel

2004   “Inside Out” #3 GALLERY SAFE – Art, Dalfsen- The Netherlands

2002   “Chasing Dragons” Prefab 4, ARTIS Den Bosch- The Netherlands

—         “My Pretty Sugar Sailor” (Duo with Anthea Bush) HEDAH Modern Art Center,Maastricht

2001   “Poetic Accident” NEDERLANDS FOTO INSTITUUT, Rotterdam- The Netherlands

1999   “Servet Kocyigit” De Ateliers Amsterdam-The Netherlands


Group Exhibitions

2016   “Wire(less) Connections” Curated by Daniella Shalev , Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

—         “This Yearning is Ours” Curated by Lora Sariaslan Center of Contemporary Art Torun,Poland

—        “ReplacedRAMPA gallery Istanbul-Turkey

—        “Place of non Place” ( DUO with Hamza Halloubi ) Corridor Project Space Amsterdam

—        “From a place of Darkness” video screening Raum D/q21 Museum Quartier Wien , Austria

—        “En Public” video screening at PuntWG Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015   “Artists in Their Time” New Collection exhibition, Istanbul Modern Museum, Turkey

—        “By a Hair/O Wlos” Curated by Marta Smolinska , C. K. Zamek, Poznan, Poland

—        “The Gift” Curated by Nirith Nelson, Herzliya museum of Contemporary Art, Israel

—        “Illusion” Video Screening at Rampa Gallery Istanbul, Turkey

2014   “Plurivocality / Cok sesli” curated by Celenk Bafra & Levent Calikoglu Istanbul Modern,Turkey

—        “In Search of Lost Time” curated by Ronit Eden, Castrum Peregrini Amsterdam, The Netherlands

—        “Driftwood” at Ateliers Hoherweg Dusseldorf, Germany

2013   “Les Choses De Ce Coté Du Monde” curated by François Cheval, MuCEM, Marseille, France

2012   Lianzhou Photo Festival 2012 curated by François Cheval and Duan Yuting, Lianzhou, China

—        “Learning for Life” curated by Tone Hansen, HOK ( Henie Onstad Kunstsenter) , Oslo, Norway

—        “Terra Mediterranea-In Crisis” curated by Yiannis Toumazis, Nicosia Municipal Art Centre, Cyprus

—        “No. 1″ Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, Istanbul , Turkey

—        “Keep on Keeping on” TREIBSAND, C. art in Istanbul, curated by Susann Wintsc & Necla Ruzgar

2011   “Zwolf im Zwolften” curated by René Block and Ece Pazarbasi,TANAS, Berlin-Germany (cat.)

—        “Recent History of daily utopias” video Screening, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich-Germany

2010   “Starter” curated by René Block , ARTER Space For Art, Istanbul-Turkey (cat.)

—        “Not easy to save the world in 90 days” curated by René Block 44 MØEN, Askeby- Denmark (cat.)

—        “Silent Partner” LOOP#2010 Video Festival, Barcelona , Spain (cat.)

—        “Videographies 21″ Festival Des Images Experimentales, Liége, Belgium

2009   “Istanbul traversée” curated by Caroline Naphegyi, PALAIS DES BEAUX ARTS DE LILLE – Fr.

—        “Not easy to save the world in 90 days” curated by René Blok, TANAS, Berlin- Germany (cat.)

—        “Tamam” APOLLONIA, European art exchanges, Strasbourg, France (cat.)

—        “RIOT//REVOLT” Video screening, CENTER POMPIDOU, Paris, France

—        “Darbe/Coup” OUTLET-ISTANBUL, Turkey

—        “Small distortions in the order” 28th ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL, video screening, Istanbul-TR

       20th ANKARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Video screening, Ankara-Turkey

2008   “Biennale Cuvée” 08 World selection of contemporary art,OK-CENTRUM, Linz-Austria (cat.)

—        “Field Work” curated by Hilde Bruijn, SMART PROJECT SPACE, Amsterdam-The Netherlands

—        “KAAP” curated by Mark Kremer, Fort Ruigenhoek Utrecht-The Netherlands (cat.)

—        “I refuse to become what you call normal” OUTLET-ISTANBUL, Turkey

—        “700is” ALSAGAR Arts Centre, Manchester-UK (cat.)

—        “700is” ASU Media Art Centre, Arizona-USA (cat.)

—        “700is” Experimental film and video festival Egilsstadir, Iceland (cat.)

—        “Little Room Downstairs” WG-Punt Exhibition Space, Amsterdam-The Netherlands

2007   “Boys Craft” curated by Tami Katz-Freiman, HAIFA MUSEUM OF ART, Haifa-Israel (cat.)

—        “The Stability of Truth” curated by Una Henry, SMART PROJECT SPACE, Amsterdam (cat.)

—        “Crossings, a Contemporary View” The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre-Cyprus (cat.)

—        “Nobody’s Story” , Issue/05 Leeds University-UK

—        “Crossings, a Contemporary View”, Pôle Cathédrale, Amiens-France (cat.)

2006   “How We Live Together” curated by Rosa Martinez, 27th SAO PAULO BIENNIAL, Brazil (cat.)

—        “Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art“, The ISRAEL MUSEUM, Jerusalem-Israel

—        “Fata Morgana” curated by Tami Katz-Freiman, HAIFA MUSEUM OF ART, Haifa-Israel (cat.)

—        “De Kleine Biennale” curated by Mark Kremer, Utrecht-The Netherlands (cat.)

—        “Uberhaupt-What Dutch”, GUTLEUT 15, Frankfurt-Germany

—        “Summerise”, GIVON ART GALLERY, Tel Aviv-Israel

—        “Voices Of Silence”, HERZLIYA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART-Israel

—        “Crossings, a Contemporary View”, Fort Saint Angelo, Birgu-Malta (cat.)

2005   9th INTERNATIONAL ISTANBUL BIENNIAL, curated by Vasif Kortun / Charles Esche, Turkey

—        “Film Lounge”, MuHKA-media   Antwerpen-Belgium

—        “Cinema Continu”, Langhous & De Stad Als Theater Festival Zwolle Den Haag- The Netherlands

2004   “Inside Out” #3 GALLERY SAFE – Art, Dalfsen- The Netherlands

2003   “Non-Members Only”, ARTI ET AMICITIAE, Amsterdam- The Netherlands

—        “Film Lounge” Interactive Exhibition in 7 Film Theaters in The Netherlands

—        “Short & Sharp”, 291 GALLERY, London-England

2002   “Look Again” curated by Vasif Kortun, Proje 4L ,MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART-Turkey

—        “My Pretty Sugar Sailor”, HEDAH Modern Art Center Maastricht-The Netherlands

—        “Terloops”, ART WALK AMSTERDAM– The Netherlands

—        “10 Künstler Geisterbahn”, JPR Gallerie, Koln-Germany

—        “Cinema Sculpture”, Provincieplein, Den Haag- The Netherlands

—        Film screening, Street theater festival, Delft- The Netherlands

—        “Film Lounge”, NEDERLANDS FOTO INSTITUUT, Rotterdam-The Netherlands

—        “Blue Print / Blauw Druk”, Site specific video installation, Delft-The Netherlands

2001   “Unlimited. NL#4″ curated by Vasif Kortun, De APPEL , Amsterdam-NL (Cat.)

—        “Miss Germany”, PROJECT ATELIER, Leiden- The Netherlands

2000     WILHELM LEHMBRUCK MUSEUM Duisburg-Germany (Cat.)

1999   “Modern communications”, Essen post office-Germany

1996   “Secretly Watching The Tigers”, WESTERGASFABRIEK, Amsterdam-The Netherlands

1995   “A circle of light”, Netherlands Foto Museum, Sittard-The Netherlands (cat.)


Permanent   installations

2004   “The Butterfly”, GALLERY SAFE ART, Dalfsen-The Netherlands

1996   “Room 563″, HOTEL EDEN, Amsterdam


Scholarships / Prizes

2016   Winner of the “Shpilman International Prize for excellence in photography 2016″

2016   Grant for JoBurg Now Residency, Johannesburg, South Africa by Mondriaanfonds Amsterdam

2012   Winner of  “New best photographer of the year” at Lianzhou Foto 2012, China

2010   Nominated for PrixPictet 2010 “Growth”

2008   Working Grant, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts ( Fonds BKVB )

2006   Working Grant, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts ( Fonds BKVB )

2005   Nominated for The Fritschy Award 2006, City of the Sittard-Geleen-NL

2004   Basis Stipendium, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts ( Fonds BKVB )

2001   Basis Stipendium, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts ( Fonds BKVB )

2000   Starts Stipendium, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts ( Fonds BKVB )

1999-00  Wilhelm Lehmbruck Fellowship, city of Duisburg Germany

1997-99  OC&W study scholarship from Dutch Ministry of Culture.


Lectures / Workshops / Conferences

2016     Fine Art DIVA TALK , Wits school of Arts , Johannesburg , South Africa

2015     Artist talk/debate “De turk Bestaat Niet”, Holland Festival, De BALIE Amsterdam

2015-2011  Worked as a commissioner at the werkgroeptoewijzing at atelierWG Amsterdam

2011     Artist talk “Zwolf im Zwolften”, TANAS, Berlin

2008     Studio visits at Bezalel Academy, MFA program, Tel Aviv-Israel

2007     Lecture at Hochchule fur Bildende Kunste, Dresden-Germany

—           Round Table “Crossings: Movements of People and Cultures” Nicosia-Cyprus

2006     Lecture at Bezalel Academy, MFA program, Tel Aviv-Israel

2005     Workshop & conference in Garikula & Tbilisi Georgia organized by E.Council of Artists

2001     Lecture at Willem De Kooning Academy, Rotterdam-The Netherlands



2016   “This yearning is ours” Exhb. Cat. Text by Lora Sariaslan, CoCa Znaki Czasu, Torun, Poland

—        “Onderweg naar Ergens” Jorien Kleine Deters TUBE LIGHT 15-12-16

2015   “Users Manual 2.0″ Turkish Contemporary Art 1975-2015 Art-ist & Revolver Publication

—        “The artists renew himself by producing” Interview w. Refik Akyuz for Artfull Living

—        “World is not very big place” interview w. Ozge Kara for Milliyet Sanat, April

—        “Where we separated, where we also meet” intw. Fisun Yalcinkaya, Time Out Istanbul

—        “This is my Island” text Rumeysa Kigers at Todays Zaman

—        “This is my Island” text Dugu Demir at Art Agenda

—        “This is my Island” text Kaya Genc at Daily Sabah

—        “A conceptual Globe’s story” Silay Sildir Istanbul art News

—        “Servet Kocyigit” interview w. Seza Bali for XOXO MAG

2014   Servet Kocyigit “Truth Serum”, Exhb. Cat. Text Silvia Cirelli, Gallery Officine dell’Immagine ,Milan

2013   “Contemporary and The common, art in Globalizing World” Chantal Pontbriand

—        “Contemporary art in Turkey” Hasan Bulent Kahraman, Akbank Culture and Art,Istanbul

2012   “Narratives and Narrative Forms”, Exhb. Cat. , Lianzhou Foto 2012, text by Duan Yuting and François Cheval

—        “Learning for Life”, Exhb. Cat. HOK, text by Tone Hansen & Ane Hjort Guttu

—        “In Crisis”, Terra Mediterranea NIMAC Exhb.Cat. text by Yiannis Toumazis

—        “Around the World in flip-flops” by S.Kocyigit at CoCAin Magazine, No1,Nov.2012

—        “Art Bridges”, Turkish-Dutch cultural relationships after 2000, Boekmanstudies/Bilgi University

—        “Turkse Tulip” a documentary directed by Lillian Boza, AVRO Kunstuur, Dutch TV

2011    “At Home Wherever” Edited by René Block, YKY ( Yapi Kredi Publishing) , Istanbul

—        “101 Works” in Turkish contemporary art, Art-ist Publishing, Istanbul

—        “Zwolf im Zwolften” text Rachel Simkover, Bpigs online magazine, Berlin, DE

2010   “Starter”, Works from Vehbi Koc Collection, Exhb. Cat. P58-59, Arter, Istanbul

—        “Unleashed”, Contemporary art from Turkey, Trans Globe Publishing , London

—        “Tezgah Alti/Under the Counter”, Fisun Yalcinkaya, 13/03/2010 Sabah Newspaper,Turkey

—        “Tezgah Alti/Under the Counter” Elif Turkolmez 27/03/2010 Radikal Newspaper, Turkey

2009    “Istanbul traversée”, Exhb.Cat. text Caroline Naphegyi, p94-174 Lille 3000, Lille-France

—        “Rencontrer l’Europe, Istanbul”, p18-21, APOLLONIA, Strasbourg, France

—        “Darbe/Coup”, Exhb. Cat. p 20-25 OUTLET-ISTANBUL, Turkey

—        “Almanak 2008-2009″, p 26-27 OUTLET-ISTANBUL, Turkey

2008    “How to live Together”, 27th Sao Paulo Biennale, exhibition catalogue.

—        “Biennale Cuvee”, World selection of Contemporary Art, Exhibition catalogue, OK-CENTRUM, Linz-Austria

—        “Biennale Cuvee”, Exhibition Guide, OK-CENTRUM, Linz-Austria

—        “Who wants to be abnormal”, Levent Calikoglu, Milliyet Sanat, Oct. P.61-Turkey

—        Outlet-Istanbul, Trendsetter no 78, volume 7, P64-65, October 2008- Turkey

—        700is Reindeer Icelandic Film Festival Catalogue, p. 41, Iceland

—        “KAAP” Exhb. Cat. Text Mark Kremer, publisher Stichting Storm, Utrecht-NL

2007    “Boys Craft”, text Tami Katz-Freiman p.132-134, Haifa Museum of Art-Israel

—        “Monsoon Art Collection” text Nicholas Serota, Peter Simon, Simon Alford-UK

—        “User’s Manual”, Contemporary art in Turkey 1986-2006 Art-Ist publishing, Turkey

—        “Crossings, a contemporary view”, text F. Flahuterz, Y. Toumazis, A. Michael-Cyprus

—        MUHTELIF Contemporary art publication Istanbul 2007/2 Turkey

—        “The 27th Sao Paulo Biennial”, text Christian Rattemeyer, ARTFORUM Feb. 2007 NO:6

—        “The Stability of Truth” text Hilde de Bruijn, Smart Papers, Smart Project Space p 8-11

—        “Crossings,Une vue contemporaine”, text F. Flahuterz, Y. Toumazis, A. Michael-France

2006   “27th Biennale von Sao Paulo” text Thomas Wulffen, KunstForum International no183 p266

—        “Fata Morgana”, Tami Katz-Freiman p.124-127, Haifa Museum of Art-Israel

—        ARTECONTEXTO art magazine, Cover page, April 2006, No:12

—        “Servet Kocyigit Interview”, Exhb.Guide, text Fulya Erdemci 27th Bienal de Sao Paulo p.218-219

—        “Crossings,a contemporary view”, F. Flahuterz, Y. Toumazis, A. Michael -Malta

—        “de Kleine Biennale” text Sacha Bronwasser, de Volkskrant 1/6/2006

—        “de Kleine Biennale”, text Mark Kramer , Stichting Storm Utrecht-The Netherlands,

2005   “If The Walls Had Ears”, 30 Years of De APPEL1984-2005, Amsterdam

—        Smadar Sheffi Haaretz-Galeria 25/11/2005, Ruti Director Yediot Achronot 11/11/200

—        Uzi Zur Haaretz 25/11/2005, Dana Gillerman Haaretz Galeria 3/11/2005

—        “Servet Kocyigit”, text November Paynter 9th International Istanbul Biennial p23-26, IKSV

—        Susannae Boecker, 9th Istanbul Biennial KunstForum International no178 p165

—        Chantal Pontbriand “Istanbul Biennial” Parachute no121

—        Madeline Nusser “Istanbul biennial” Contemporary ISSUE 78,2005

—        Annemarie Hogervorst “Crossing Continents” DAM No 4 Nov-Dec 2005 P85-89

—        Allison Carroll & Caroline Williams “Istanbul Biennial”, Artlink Vol26 No1

—        Etienne Boileau “Istanbul Biennial 2005″ BK informatie 2005-7 p.16-17

—        Rob Perree “Op De Handkar” Kunstbeeld 2005-11 p.25

—        Smadar Sheffi Haaretz-Galeria 19/9/2005

—        Metropolis-M, Milliyet Sanat September 2005, NTV, CNN Turk, TRT, Kanal D,

—        “9th Istanbul Biennial” Sweedish National Tv, Radio Forex, , Radikal, Genis Aci, Zaman, Aksiyon, Hurriyet, Tempo,Time out

—        “ECA International artists Encounter” Georgia, Workshop catalogue

—        Michel Krielaars “Het Panthervel van Roestaveli” NRC Handelsblad, 27.05.2005

2003   “Sanat Dunyamiz”, “Laminart”, “Cumhuriyet” , “Arredamento” and “RH+ Sanat” Various Articles about “Short & Sharp”

2002   “S.Kocyigit” GENIS ACI Photo magazine P.60-61, Istanbul

—        “SKRIEN” Film magazine P.8 May 2002, The Netherlands

—        NFI News “Film Lounge” May 2002

2001   “Donker Oranje” Dominic van den Boogerd HP/DE TIJD,23.Mart.01

—        Vasif Kortun “Unlimited NL#4″, De APPEL , Amsterdam

2000   “Formlar ve kokular” Arredamento , Number 8,p.65-66, text Necmi Sonmez.

—        “Servet Koçyigit”, exh.Cat. Dominic van den Boogerd and Christoph Brockhaus, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum , Germany

1996   Eden Hotel Magazine p.6 -7

1995   Rob Slooten and Bert Taken “A circle of light”, p31, Exhb.Cat. The Netherlands

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