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"In her series 'ChaosTantin', Siir Özbilge depicts the bizarre yet vivid characters of Istanbul. The city is a playground where all sorts of personalities and backgrounds encounter to form a sort of primordial soup, cooking up unfamiliar social hybrids: a space where cultures and time clash, the heaven of controversies, the meeting point of the West and the Orient, a city that is consumed but that also devours its own inhabitants, that chews up and spits out those that can't handle its beauty, creating characters that are morphed to some sort of collage people, fitting nowhere but here, in this utopian yet twisted harmony. Siir Özbilge's work functions as a mirror of society. "
Sine Özbilge

Siir Ozbilge is a contemporary Turkish woman artist. In the 90's she lived and worked in Vienna and Madrid  then moved back to Istanbul, her hometown in 2002. Siir devised her own technique in painting. Şiir Özbilge mostly concentrating on art studies with children since 1996, continues to work with children between the ages of 4 and 14 .

“I have been carrying out art workshops together with children now, for more than 20 years. We have organized workshops at the Art Platform Hayaka Artı for four years, where children of the neighborhood came together and worked with several artists. These studies turned into exhibitions, toys, objects they could make use of. So that they could realize the permanent pleasure of producing rather than only consuming, so that they would be aware that dreams can come true, that thinking and designing is possible even with very little/few things…”

“My art studies with children are still in progress in my studio. I produce toys, pillows, special books for children, whenever I find the time. You can send drawings/paintings of your children to me per e-mail at any time.”

For further information please contact: siir.ozbilge(at)gmail.com


  2016  Art Sümer - "İndie-Line group show"  Art Sümer. 

  2014  Novacancy - "Karaköy Solo exhibition Kaostantin-Memory" 

  2014  Kare Sanat - "Müphem - Karma Sergi"  Kare Sanat. 

  2013  Hayaka Arti - "Different 4  Dilara Akay, Argun Okumuşoğlu, Şiir Özbilge, Gündüz Vassaf"  Catharsis. 

  2013  Gallery G-Art - Solo Exhibition Kaostantin - Inside Out (Hafriyat).

  2013  KargART - "ben ölümü eskittim, geliyorum."  - Group Exhibition  KargART.

  2012  Gallery G-Art - Solo Exhibition  Kaostantin-ist.

  2012  2. Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial, Artist Participation.

  2009 - 2011  BABYLON - Alaçatı – Aya Yorgi Children Art Platform Coordinator.

  2009 - 2011  44A Art Gallery and Hayaka Artı Art Platform Child Traces – Encounters with Artists.

  2010  1. Istanbul Children and Youth Art Biennial, Artist Participation .

  2010  BAYER Art Workshops with Adults.

  2009 – 2010  SANTRAL İSTANBUL Children Art Workshops.

  2008 - 2010  Istanbul – UNEP BAYER Children art workshops – Project Coordinator.

  2007 - 2009  Istanbul - Eti Kids' Ship Education Project Painting & Art Workshops with Children – Project Coordinator.

  2007  Istanbul - Cezayir Street Fair Painting & Drawing Workshops with Children.

  2005 - 2006  Istanbul - La Fontaine Pre-School Education Painting & Drawing Workshops with Children.

  2005  Istanbul - American Cultural Association Art Gallery Solo Exhibition.

  2004  İstanbul – Hayalet Publishing Book Cover Design.

  2003 – 2004  Istanbul – Cey Fine Arts Gallery Painting & Drawing Workshops with Children.

  2002  Vienna – Interkult Theater Solo Exhibition "Metaphern mit Haltung".

  2000 – 2008  San Francisco - Golden Horn Records Co. CD Artcover ve Web Design.

  2000  Vienna – Cafe Purkersdorf Solo Exhibition.

  1999  Vienna – Institute of Sciences & Arts Feminist Theory & Women Studies Center Opening Exhibition by Women Artists.

  1996 - 1998  Vienna – Margareten Youth Center Painting & Drawing Workshop with Children.

  1994 - 1995  Vienna Fest - Children Theather Costume, Character and Stage Decoration Workshops with Children.  


  1990 - 1993  Madrid – Participation in Artist Programs.

  1985 - 1987  Vienna – Leslie De Melo WUK Ceramics & Paper Sculpture Workshops.

  1984 - 1985  Vienna – Künstlerische VHS (Silk Painting Techniques).

  1980 - 1984  Istanbul -Bosphorus University, The Faculty of Arts and Sciences, History Department.

"Creation, to me, is to try to orchestrate the universe to understand what surrounds us. Even if, to accomplish that, we use all sorts of stratagems which in the end prove completely incapable of staving off chaos."
Peter Greenaway

"... It is in vain that we say what we see, because what we see never resides in what we say."
Michel Foucault  

"The primitive begins alone; he inherits no practice. Because of this the term primitive may appear at first to be justified. He does not use the pictorial grammar of the tradition –hence he is ungrammatical. He has not learnt the technical skills which have evolved with the conventions –hence he is clumsy. When he discovers on his own a solution to a pictorial problem, he often uses it many times –hence he is naive. But then one has to ask: why does he refuse the tradition? And the answer is only partly that he was born far away from that tradition. The effort necessary to begin painting or sculpting, in the social context in which he finds himself, is so great that it could well include visiting the museums.

But it never does, at least at the beginning. Why? Because he knows already that his own lived experience which is forcing him to make art has no place in that tradition. How does he know this without having visited the museums? He knows it because his whole experience is one of being excluded from the exercise of power in his society, and he realizes from the compulsion he now feels, that art too has a kind of power.

The will of primitives derives from faith in their own experience and a profound skepticism about society as they have found it... "

John Berger