* 1970 in Ankara, lives and works in Istanbul
Banu Cennetoğlu explores the political, social and cultural dimension of the production, representation and distribution of knowledge and asks how it feeds into a society’s collective thought and becomes part of its ideology. In 2006 she initiated BAS, a project space in Istanbul focusing on collection and production of artists’ books and printed matter. In 2016 she was a guest at the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program.
Solo exhibitions include Sculpture Center, New York, 2019; Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2018; Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, 2015; Salonul de proiecte, Bucharest, 2013; Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, 2011. Selected group exhibitions include Stories of Almost Everyone, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2018; documenta 14, Athens and Kassel, 2017; The Restless Earth, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan, 2017; 10th Gwangju Biennale, 2014; Manifesta 8, Murcia, 2010; 53rd Venice Biennale/Pavilion of Turkey, 2009; 5th Berlin Biennale, 2008; and 1st Athens Biennale and 10th Istanbul Biennial, both 2007.
Banu Cennetoğlu received a BA in psychology and then studied photography in Paris. She continued her studies at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam.
Banu Cennetoğlu plans to develop a new work in the public space of Sinop, pairing the Turkish terms “cennet” and “cinnet.” Based on the same etymological root, cennet (paradise) and cinnet (insanity) come from “cin” meaning to conceal, to hide, to camouflage. Yet, the terms have been used very differently or even contradictingly: While cennet includes the idea of strict borders, cinnet has been associated with ignoring borders or conventions.