Gülbin Ünlü's artistic practice celebrates the mash-up, which is evident not least in her interdisciplinary approach that includes artistic collaborations, photographic and video works, installations, performances, music and painting. Her works search for orders outside the guidelines of conventions. They cannot be sorted encyclopedically or chronologically. The thematic fields called upon are too intertwined in their superimposition and overload of derivations and references, encompassing the private and the political, the biological and the cultural in equal measure. Likewise, through the multi-layered combinations of fragments, digital and analog source material combine in individual works and become indistinguishable from one another. In doing so, Ünlü also breaks down genre boundaries, as in the hybrid technique between print and painting developed by the artist, and works installatively with the possibilities of space. The resulting works question the usual categories and classifications, while Ünlü undertakes a reevaluation of values that takes place as a dismantling of existing hierarchies.
Gülbin Ünlü lives and works in Munich, where she studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich with Prof. Markus Oehlen and graduated in 2018, for which she was awarded the Erwin and Gisela von Steiner Foundation Prize. She was involved in the artist collectives T.A.G. and VKP, committee member of the art space FLORIDA Lothringer 13 and is part of the artist duo TAF since 2022. Since 2016, Ünlü has published various publications and music albums, and her work has been exhibited at the Pinakothek der Moderne Munich in 2020, among others. In 2021, she received the scholarship for visual arts of the City of Munich. In 2022 she was awarded with the Förderpreis für Bildende Kunst of the city of Munich.
Concept: Gülbin Ünlü, Karin Hoefling
Texts: Matthieu Chladek, Gürsoy Doğtaş, Stephanie Weber, Katja Kobolt, Maison Zeki Müren, Bernhart Schwenk, Daniela Stöppel
Translation: Anna McCarthy
Proofreading: Hammann von Mier Verlag, Karin Hoefling
Photography: Stefan Freund, Side Effect’s, Andreas Bärnthaler, Constanza Meléndez, Barbara Hartmann, Fabian Beger, Paulina Nolte, Susi Müller, Gülbin Ünlü
Printing and Binding: druckwerk, Munich
164 p., 4c digital print, softcover, with extra poster, 17 x 24 cm
1st edition of 150