Artist biography

Mîrkan Deniz lives and works in Zurich. Deniz works with sculpture, video, and installation. Her conceptual works are often reconstructions and citations. One of her interests is the tension between materials and immaterial effects (trauma, ineffable experiences, and memories). How could an object (a sculpture) maintain this tension while investigating the relationship between past, violence, and subjectivity?


2021  Artist in Residence, AIR-Atelier, Zurich

2020 Kunststipendien der Stadt Zürich, Zurich

2019  Swiss Art Award, Basel

2018  Junge Akademie Preis der Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Solo exhibitions and actions

2021 «I feel Blue» Grand Palais, Bern

2021 Untitled «Walking through barriers» Helvetiaplatz, Bern

2021 «Performing in a Room with History» Public art action and Performances, Bern

2020 «What is your survival strategy?» o.T Raum für aktuelle Kunst, Luzern

2017 «Wir waren nur Gastgeberin» Akademie der Künste, Berlin

2017 «Akrep» Kunstraum Les Complices*, Zurich

2016 Public art action with the work «Masa» in front of Bundeshaus, Bern

2015 Public art action with the work «Masa» in front of Palais de Rumine, Lausanne

Group exhibitions

2022 «Swiss Art Awards», Basel

2021 «Art as connection» Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau

2021 «Staatles Drawings» Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich

2021 «Shared spaces in change» Kornhausforum, Bern

2020 «Sîwan - On the illusion of safety» Museum Helmhaus, Zurich

2020 «Censorship and Freedom of Expression» Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana

2020 «Cenzura i sloboda izražavanja» Galerija Forum, Zagreb

2019 «All animals am I» Saarländische Galerie, Berlin

2019 «Zensur und Meinungsfreiheit» Galerie Rudolf Leeb, Wien

2019 «Swiss Art Awards», Basel

2019 «Agora Artes» Akademie der Künste, Berlin

2019 «All animals am I» Galerie der HBKsaar, Saarbrücken

2017 Untitled «(911 Kilometer)» Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich

2015 «The others have arrived safely» Shedhalle, Zurich

2014 «Can hope be disappointed?» Lochergut, Zurich


2015 «Uncounted» Kunsthalle, Zurich