​Uygur Yilmaz’s work focuses on liminality in terms of space and time. It studies popular beaches only in the off-season and sometimes at night, explores the less observed aspects of tourism and the flip side of leisure culture. While social and political questions inevitably come into frame, it plays with the idea of emptiness and experiments with traces. After actors have left and the stage is surrendered to the forces of nature and time once more, it observes the interaction between culture and environment, mind and space, and the structure imposed on the landscape. Through photography, the stage is once more emptied – of overt meaning. In terms of representation of reality, contemplating on the nature of the medium itself in a critical manner, Uygur Yilmaz’s work uses photographic practice as a tool of defamiliarization and dislocation, resulting in the uncanny tension between reality and surreality, corpus delicti and abstract. 

​   In recent years beside his photographic works, he began producing sculptural works increasingly, intervening into formal elements of ready-made objects. His obsession with "off-season" and his interest in the struggle between culture and nature continues in his three dimensional work. Experimenting with dysfunctionality and the idea of defeatedness, he chooses his materials from everyday objects and explores methods of how to shift meaning.
   ​Uygur Yılmaz (Mersin, 1975) lives and works in Istanbul.
He also published two poetry books of short and experimental pieces. 


Solo Exhibitions

2014    ​TAKEN, Co-Pilot Gallery, Istanbul
2012    Repeated Misunderstandings, ArtSumer, Istanbul
2010    Here But Where, Galeri NON, Istanbul 
2009    Missing Parts, Galerist, Istanbul 
2006    We Are Cold, Apartment Project, Istanbul


Group Exhibitions

2014    Small is Beautiful, Kuad Gallery, Istanbul 
2014    Ruptures Convergences, Kuad Gallery, Istanbul
2013    Happy Ready Made, Kuad Gallery, Istanbul
2013    Signs Taken in Wonder, MAK Museum, Vienna
2012    HHS, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York
2012    Mediterranean, Lanitis Cultural Center, Limassol
           Cyprus

2011    Mind the Gap, Kaleidoskop Gallery, Berlin
2011    Mysteries, Beers Lambert Contemporary Art,
           London

2009    Let The Good Times Roll, Sumerbank Istanbul 
2008    AOP Open, The AOP Gallery, London
2008    Tershane Fabrika Günleri 3, Istanbul

2007    Airpocket, Galerist, Istanbul