Terkol takes inspiration from her immediate surroundings, collecting materials and stories, which she weaves into her sewing pieces, videos, sketches, and musical compositions. The protagonists of her narratives, humorously represented by Terkol in her work, are usually women adapting or refusing to adapt to the social and cultural transformations that affect contemporary Turkey. The act of sewing and using recycled fabrics becomes, in itself, an act of resistance that claims back a form of independent production and widens access to contemporary art. She was born in Ankara in 1981. She graduated from Mimar Sinan University, Fine Art Faculty, Painting Department. She completed her master’s degree in Yildiz Teknik University, Interdisciplinary Art Department. She also a member of HaZaVuZu artist group and GuGuOu group keeps working.
She lives and works in Istanbul.


GÜNEŞ TERKOL 1981 – Ankara, TR


  1. 2018 “Borderline Offensive artist residencies”, Bulgaria [BG]
  2. 2016  Cité internationale des arts,  [FR]
  3. 2013 ISCP, New York, [USA]
  4. 2011 OrganHaus, Chongqing, [CN]
  5. 2010 Gasworks, London, [UK]


2020 “One Twoness” Krank Art Gallery Istanbul [TR]
2019 “She wasn’t there and She Couldn’t Believe Her Ears” Nev Gallery,
Ankara [TR]
2018 “Home is My Heart”, Krank Gallery Istanbul [TR]
2017 “ Storing Souls”, Nev Gallery, Ankara [TR]
2016 “ A Light Through the World Hey, Wait!” , Krank Gallery, Istanbul [TR]
2014 “Holographic Recording”, NON Galleryi Istanbul, [TR]
2012 “The Main Forces That Stir Up Action”, NON, Istanbul, [TR]
2011 “Dreams on the River”, OrganHaus, Chongqing, [CN]
2010 “They Were Trying To Climb Against the Current”, NON, Istanbul, [TR]
2008 “No Ceremony for Transition”, Apartment Project, Istanbul, [TR]


2020 “Protext!”, Luigi Pecci, Prato, [IT]
2020 Bilboard Istanbul, [TR]
2019 “16th Istanbul Biennial”, Istanbul, [TR]
2019 “Sis in the Blink of a Bird”, NGBK, Berlin [DE]
2019 “With Their Hearts, People Walk “,GuGuOu,Corridor Project Space [NL]
2019 “Alacakaranlık Anıları”, Krank Art Gallery, Istanbul [TR]
2019 “Temas”, MSGSU, Istanbul [TR]
2019 “Come on!” Plato Sanat, Istanbul [TR]
2019 “Paper”, Pilevneli Project, Istanbul [TR]
2018 “ Positive Space”, Operation Room, Istanbul [TR]
2018 “The Mahalla Festival, Malta [MT]
2018 “ The Cut & the Pit”, Uniq Gallery, Istanbul [TR]
2018 “Patterns of the city” workshop & exhibition Stockholm [SE]
2018 “Pursuit of the Present” Istanbul Modern Collection, [TR]
2018 “Ladies’ Paradise” , Grace Belgravia, London [UK]
2018 “İlk Raunt” , Rum School, Istanbul [TR]
2018 “Leaden Circles Dissolved in The Air”Elgiz Museum, Istanbul [TR]
2017 “ Art Night ”, London [UK]
2017 “The Centre Can not Hold”, NearEast, Istanbul [TR]

2016 “ Live Uncertainty”, 53 nd Bienal de Sao Paulo
2015 “Passion, Joy, Fury”, MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome,[IT]
2015 Stay with me, Depo, Istanbul, [TR]
2014 10th Gwangju Biennale, Korea, [KR]
2014 The Moving Museum, Istanbul, [TR]
2013 Better Homes, Sculpture Center, curated by Ruba Katrib, New York, [USA]
2013 Whitechapel Gallery, London (with Ha Za Vu Zu), [UK]
2012 Who told you so?! #4 Truth vs. Family, Onomatopee, Eindhoven, [NL]
2012 Signs Taken in Wonder, MAK, curated by Simon Rees and Bärbel Vischer, Vienna, [AT]
2012 What a Loop, performance with Ha Za Vu Zu, Berlin, [DE]
2011Dream and Reality, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, [TR]
2011 Destroy Istanbul, Galerie Neurotitan, Berlin, [DE]
2011 If the Nature Is Heaven, The City Is Hell, organized by YAYGARA
Contemporary Art Initiative, CerModern, Ankara, [TR]
2010 The 2nd International Antakya Biennial, curators: Arzu Yayıntaş, Dessislava, [TR]
2010 Dimova, Antakya, [TR]
2010 White Out, curators: Eva Liedtjens, Cassandra Mehlhorn, Kunsthaus Erfurt, [DE]
2010 SILENCE_STORM, curator: Necmi Sönmez, Izmir Port, Izmir, [TR]
2010 Etats d’ames, une generation horse d’elle, curator: Yekhan Pınarlıgil, ENSBA, Paris, [FR]
2009 For Whom Is It Too Late Today? – Between Stamp and Mars, (with Ha Za Vu Zu), Frac des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, [FR]
2009 10e BIENNALE DE LYON, (with Ha Za Vu Zu), curator : Hou Hanru, Lyon, [FR]
2009 BREADWAY, Urban stories: The X Baltic Triennial of International Art, (with Ha Za Vu Zu), Vilnius, [LT]
2009 Different Similarity / End Game, (with Ha Za Vu Zu), Curator: Pelin Uran, Loop Gallery, Seoul, [KR]
2009 Turkish Delights, video selection by Melis Tezkan, Paris, [FR]
2009 Unfair Provacation, Curator: Canan Senol, Hafriyat Karaköy, Istanbul, [TR]
2009 S.TARGEM., with Burak Delier and Eylem Akçay, PİST, Istanbul, [TR]
2008 Interchange, Organized by Tomas Harold- Mercy Events, (with Ha Za Vu Zu), Car, Park Gallery, Liverpool, [UK]
2008 Save As… Contemporary art from Turkey, (with Ha Za Vu Zu), Triennale Bovisa, Project coordination: Istanbul Bilgi University, Department of Art Management Curator: Derya Yucel, Bovisa, [IT]
2008 ZigZag, Curator: Koray Kantarcıoğlu,Hafriyat Karaköy, Istanbul, [TR]
2008 Connect the Dots 1/2, curator: Koray Kanatırcıoğlu, Stockholm
2008 Die Letzten Dinge / Son Şeyler, (with Ha Za Vu Zu), Westfalischer Kunstverein, Garanti Platform, Munster
2008 Connect the Dots, curator: Koray Kanatırcıoğlu, Hafriyat Karakoy, Istanbul, [TR]
2007 10th International İstanbul Biennial, (with Ha Za Vu Zu), Curator: Hou
Hanru, Istanbul, [TR]
2007 sobe!, Bilsar Building, Curator: Leyla Gediz, , Istanbul, [TR]
2007 Working Space, installation: ‘Is it possible to make a collaboration’, Yıldız
Technical University Faculty of Art and Design 2006 – 2007 Student Projects
Exhibition,Istanbul [TR]
2007 We Are Getting Vocalized, (with Ha Za Vu Zu), Galerist, Istanbul, [TR]
2006 Collaborations on Site, Workshop and exhibition part of ARS 2006, Kiasma,
Helsinki, [FI]
2006 Helicopter, “3 th. İnternational Student Trienal”, video and installation,
İstanbul, [TR]
2006 Radio Theatre, solo performance, P.A.P., Tel- Aviv, [IL]
2006 Sessodası (with Güçlü Öztekin) Performance Days, Galata Perform,
Istanbul, [TR]
2006 Dog, short film, Premiers Plans Festival D’Angers European First Film
Festival, Angers, [FR]
2006 İstanbul Defterdarları, Karşı Sanat, Istanbul, [TR]
2005 Good Bye (with: Güçlü Öztekin), 12th. London-Turkish Film Festival,
London, [UK]