The works of Çınar Eslek are about the possibilities of the body, as a complex existence to experience and be experienced, to think and be thought, to position itself and be positioned. The artist, mainly through autobiographical references, ponders on the forces of the body to exist and be exposed to action while following the traces of bodily movement as a dependent component of space. She focuses on the issue of representation -with all the metaphorical meanings it includes- of the whole range of bodies, the transformation of beings, their borders and our ways of understanding them. While searching for strong attitudes in those fearless, uncontrollable, sometimes isolated and hybrid bodies who make use of art, she also discovers how how they are affected by exterior elements and by each other.

Through her use of media such as canvas, photograph, video, three-dimensional installation and, lately, fabric, she proposes uncanny image abstractions with a macro perspective. Her works which originate in her subjective universe reach a wider range of problematics and find poetic ways to refuse what is conventional.

Eslek who works and produces in İstanbul received her undergraduate degree in painting in Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts and earned her Master’s degree with the thesis entitled “Transformation of Bodily Pain as an Experience into a Work of Art”. She won the “Borders and Orbits” award (2006, Siemens Art), 26th “Artists of Today” award (2008, Aksanat) and İstanbul Rotary Art Award (2011). She participated to “Cité des Arts” residency program in Paris. Her works have been included in several press articles, tv broadcasts, festivals and private collections. Over the years, she has had solo shows and group exhibitions in art galleries such as Pi Artworks, Pg Art, Kasa Gallery, Bilsart, Koç Museum, Mixer Gallery, Martch Art Gallery, Rem Art Space, Zilberman Gallery to name a few. She has attended renown art events in Turkey which include Çanakkale Biennial, Istanbul Biennial, Mardin International Biennial, Istanbul Contemporary Art Fair and Art Weeks but also participated to international events, namely, Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair in Tel Aviv, Imago Mundi in Palermo, Art Thessaloniki International Contemporary Art Fair in Thessaloniki, and several other shows in Seoul, Skopje and Strasbourg. 


Eslek, who is looking for ways to cooperate and to “co-ferment”, has brought together artists, directors and writers within the project “Ak-sayanlar”, which she has been preparing for the Art Unlimited magazine for the last two years. Additionally, together with curator and art critic Yekhan Pınarlıgil, she is the co-creator of the XXY article project, in which she focuses on stories about the body. In 2022, Eslek joined The Alternative Art School Platform, with the support of Saha, an association founded to assist artists working in visual arts in Turkey to strengthen their ties and interactions with international art networks. At The Alternative Art School Platform, she took the course entitled “All the World’s A Stage” by Nato Thompson, which focused on how art meets the public. Designed as both a lecture and a practice-based seminar, Thompson’s course provided Eslek with the opportunity to join workshops and present various forms of her art, as well as getting a deeper knowledge on several subjects such as interventionist art, community art, public art and problematics such as art across difference. She also joined a course by Amber Eve Imrie entitled on “Artists on Social Media”, which took the form of a workshop and which questioned the ontology of being an artist on social media while exploring the inner dynamics of the medium, as well as its effect on power structures and creativity.  


Eslek was also one of participants of the İstanbul Biennial in 2022. Crip Magazine, a self-published magazine and a platform for ideas, with 80% of its contributors identifying as disabled, which aims to overturn ableism, categorization and the capitalist view of bodies, welcomed Eslek as a painter and  speaker. In the same year, she published the art book entitled Karabasan (Incubus) together with Yekhan Pınarlıgil. She lastly participated to the exhibition Present in the Void organized by Istanbul municipality which focused on the relationship between art and space, the sound, the light and the city.


2007 - 2011

Marmara University,  Institute of Fine Arts, Istanbul

Painting, MFA, İstanbul


Mimar Sinan University Faculty of Fine Arts

Painting, İstanbul




‘’Koyaanisqatsi’’ PGArt Gallery, İstanbul


‘’Away from Clarity'’ Pi Artworks Gallery, İstanbul


‘’Besides"  Pi Artworks Gallery, İstanbul


‘’Therefore’ Pi Artworks Gallery, İstanbul


‘’Parallel Lands’ Pi Artworks Gallery, İstanbul


‘’I Am Unaware’  Pi Artworks, İstanbul



2022 ''Exist İn Space''  Taksim Gallery, Curator:Derya Yücel 

2020  ''Show Me Colour''Kasa Galery, Curator:Yekhan Pınarlıgil

2019 ''Bashibazouk IV'''Ekavart Galery

Curator Kerimcan Güleryüz


2019  Artweeks, Akaretler, Empire Project

2019 ''Flesh and Bone'' Bilsart,

Curator:Kevser Güler




Before The Past-After The  Future

6.İnternational Çanakkale Biennial

Artists:Adrian Paci, Agnes-Meyer Brandis, Akın Aksu, Cem Demir, Hertog Nadler, Çınar Eslek, Deniz Sağdıç, Derviş Zaim, Emre Zeytinoğlu, Fani Zguro, Ferhat Özgür, Georgios Katsagelos, Guy Ben Ner, Hayri Esmer, Hülya Özdemir, Jakob Gautel, Janis Rafa, Jason Karaindros, Josephine Turalba, Katrin Korfmann & Jens Pfeifer, Krassimir Terziev, Larissa Sansour & Søren Lind, Mehmet Erim, Nancy Atakan, Nazlı Gürlek, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Pınar Yolaçan, Serhat Kiraz, Servet Koçyiğit, Seydi Murat Koç, Seyhan Boztepe, Tufan Baltalar, Ugo La Pietra, Yeni Anıt

Curator: Seyhan Boztepe, Deniz Erbaş


‘’Blue Hotel’’ İstanbul İnternational Contemporary Art Fair

Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus

Artists: Ani Setyan, Kirkor Sahakoğlu, Çınar Eslek,Levent Morgök, Tan Polatoğlu, Ayça Ceylan

Consultant: Ayşegül Sönmez


‘’’Night Notes March Art Project, İstanbul

Artists: Çınar Eslek, Fulya Çetin, Furkan Akhan, İlhan Sayın, Sadık Arı



‘’The Animal Side’’ Mixer Gallery, İstanbul

Artists Sadık Arı, Fulya Çetin, Sinem Dişli, Ece Eldek, Didem Erbaş, Çınar Eslek, Eda Gecikmez, Hatice Çiçek, Ata Kam, Huri Kiriş, İhsan Oturmak, Gümüş Özdeş, Mert Öztekin, Deniz Pasha, Ekin Saçlıoğlu, Ahmet Sarı, İlhan Sayın, Yusuf Sevinçli ve İrem Sözen

Curator: Ahmet Ergenç



 ‘’Ay Kocaman At Kara’’ Türkiye Jokey Kulübü, İstanbul,

 Special Video Screening 8 Mart ,Women’s Day 

Consultant: Ayşegül Sönmez


Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair, Tel Aviv, İsrail

Artists: Melis Buyruk, Elsa Ers, Çınar Eslek, Reysi Kamhi, Ayşe Gül Süter, Kemal Tufan


 "Imago Mundi","Imago Mundi – Mediterranean Routes", Palermo, İtaly


Art Thessaloniki International Comtemporary Art Fair, Selanik, Yunanistan

Artists: Ahmet Albayrak, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar,Corey Bond, Melis Buyruk, Manolya Çelikler, Elsa Ers, Çınar Eslek, Reysi Kahmi, Mehmet Sinan Kuran, Devran Mursaloğlu, Hale Güngör Oppenheimer, Günnur Süter, Ayşe Wilson



İstanbul İnternational Contemporary Art Fair, İstanbul, PGArt Gallery

Artists: Jak Baruh, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Melis Buyruk, Elsa Ers, Çınar Eslek, Reysi Kamhi, Yonca Karakaş, Mehmet Sinan Kuran, Devran Mursaloğlu, Hale Güngör Oppenheimer, Günnur Özsoy, Ayşe Gül Süter, Candaş Şişman, Kemal Tufan ve Ayşe Wilson


‘’A Sharp Cliff After A Shoft  Landing’’ Rem Art Space ve Gaia Gallery, İstanbul

Artists: Ali Miharbi, Ani Setyan, Burçak Konukman, Çınar Eslek, Elif Süsler, Emre Zeytinoğlu, Erdem Ergaz, Ferhat Özgür, Gözde İlkin, Serda Çamlı, Vahit Tuna, Yasemin Özcan, Yıldız Çintay

Curator: Mehmet Kahraman



İstanbul İnternational Comtemporary Art Fair, İstanbul, PG Art Gallery

Artists: Baruh, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Melis Buyruk, Elsa Ers, Çınar Eslek, Reysi Kamhi, Yonca Karakaş, Mehmet Sinan Kuran, Devran Mursaloğlu, Hale Güngör Oppenheimer, Günnur Özsoy, Ayşe Gül Süter, Candaş Şişman, Kemal Tufan ve Ayşe Wilson


‘’The Dust Of Time’ Rem Art Space, İstanbul

Artists: Çınar Eslek, Çağrı Saray, Maik Armstrong, Metehan Özcan, Nermin Er, Sırma Doruk, Uygur Yılmaz, Uygar Demoğlu 

Curator: Mehmet Kahraman



’Weltschmerz’’ 42 Maslak Art!SPACE, İstanbul

Artists: Candaş Şişman, Çınar Eslek, Devran Mursaloğlu, Jak Baruh,Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Yonca Karakaş 

Curator: Pırıl Arı Konmaz



‘’Dilemma’’ Mixer Art Gallery, İstanbul

 Artists: Burçak Konukman, Çınar Eslek, Erdal İnci, Gülşah Bayraktar, Kerem Ağralı, Ozan Türkkan, Saniye Dönmez   ve Tuba Yalçınkaya.

 Curator: Mehmet Kahraman



İstanbul İnternational Contemporary Art Fair, İstanbul, PGArt Gallery

Artists: Jak Baruh, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Elsa Ers Brosh, Çınar Eslek, Reysi Kamhi, Yonca Karakaş, Devran Mursaloğlu, Hale Güngör Oppenheimer, Günnur Özsoy, Ayşe Gül Süter, Candaş Şişman, Kemal Tufan ve Ayşe Wilson


‘’The Way We Were’’, CDA Project, Zilberman Gallery,İstanbul

Artists: Ruti Sela-Maayan Amir, Burçak Bingöl, Çınar Eslek, Serkan, Demir, Shaun Gladwell, Ahmet Elhan, Mustafa Kula, Franticek Klossner, MANON, Serkan Özkaya, Kazım Şimşek,Yuan Shun ve Roi Vaara

Curator: Ferhat Özgür



 İstanbul İnternational Contemporary Art Fair, İstanbul, Piartworks Gallery


"EncountersTurkish Contemporary Art in Korea, Ararat, SEOUL 


Sexpression”, Association of Fine Artists of Macedonia and N.U. Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, MACEDONIA 

Artists: Ruti Sela-Maayan Amir, Burçak Bingöl, Çınar Eslek, Serkan, Demir, Shaun Gladwell, Ahmet Elhan, Mustafa Kula, Franticek Klossner, MANON, Serkan Özkaya, Kazım Şimşek,Yuan Shun ve Roi Vaara

Curator: Derya Yücel


“Uncanny Encounters, İstanbul Modern, 

Artists: Silva Bingaz, Banu Cennetoğlu, Çınar Eslek, Zeren Göktan, Zeynep Kayan ve Melisa Önel

Curator: Çelenk Bafra



İstanbul İnternational Comtemporary Art Fair, İstanbul, Piartworks Gallery

Artists: Turan Aksoy ,Volkan Aslan, Nancy Atakan, Çınar Eslek, Susan Hefuna, Mustafa Horasan, Juan Botella Lucas, İrfan Önürmen, Nejat Satı, Ahmet Sel, Gülay Semercioğlu,Tunca Subaşı, Mehmet Ali Uysal, Ayten Turanlı


Koç Museum, İstanbul

 Artists: Neda İsmail, Çağdaş Erçelik, Çınar Eslek, İhsan Oturtmak,Abdülkerim Bozan, Batural Cırık, Bahadır Çolak, Meryem Denizkıran, Özge Enginöz, Çigdem Gökçen, Engin Konuklu, Ezgi Nadir, Mehmet Örs, Seranay Özen, Gülfidan Özmen, Derya Özparlak, M.Cevdet Teksen, Işıl Ulaş,Y.Bahadır Yıldız, Ezgi Yüksel

Curator: Başak Şenova



Art Beat İstanbul, Pi Artworks Gallery, İstanbul

Artists Nejat Sati, Volkan Aslan, Ayten Turanlı, Çınar Eslek


İstanbul İnternational Comtemporary Art Fair, İstanbul, Piartworks Gallery

Artists Volkan Aslan, Nancy Atakan, Çınar Eslek, Susan Hefuna, Mustafa Horasan, Juan Botella Lucas, İrfan Önürmen, Nejat Satı, Ahmet Sel, Gülay Semercioğlu, Mehmet Ali Uysal, Ayten Turanlı


‘’AbbaraKadabra’' Mardin İnternational BiennialMARDİN 

Artists: Adrian Paci, Ahmet Müderresioğlu, Alen Floricic, Alina Viola Grumiller, Arzu Başaran, Ben Rivers, Bertrand Ivanoff, Burak Bedenlier, Canan Budak Canan Dağdelen, Chloe Brown, Çınar Eslek, Daisy Frossard, Devran Mursaoğlu,Erdağ Aksel, Erdal Duman, Eset Akçilad, Fatih Tan, Ferhat Özgür, Gani Llalloshi,Goran Skofic, Gül Bolulu, Gülay Semercioğlu, Hakan Irmak, Heike Weber, ,Helene Kazan, Hondartza Fraga, Hussein Chalayan, Hülya Özdemir,Kezban Arca Batıbeki, Lale Delibaş, Lawrence Weiner,Levent Morgök, Margaret Salmon,Matthias Schamp,Maurizio Pellegrin, Mehmet Ali Uysal,Mehmet Çeper, Mithat Şen,Mladen Stilinovic, Necmettin Tarkan, Nezaket Ekici, Nurullah Görhan,Osman Kerkütlü, Özgür Önürme, Richard Bartle, Sarah Jane Palmer,Sen Williams,Selim Birsel, Serhat Kiraz, Serkan Demir, Shaun Gladwell, Su Yücel, Tomur Atagök, Tony Kemplen, Twin Gabriel, Ursula Mayer, Vlatka Horvat, Yeni Anıt

Curator: Döne Otyam


‘’Chaotic Metamorphosis, Proje 4L Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art

Artists: Can Aytekin, Elif Çelebi, Çınar Eslek, Murat Germen, Genco Gülan, Gözde İlkin, Bahar Oganer, İrfan Önürmen, Ferhat Özgür, Ekin Saçlıoğlu

Curator: Burcu Pelvanoğlu



‘’Cold Element’’ Beyoğlu Akademililer Sanat Merkezi, İstanbul

Artists: Ercan Akın, Ali Elmacı, Seçil Erel, Çınar Eslek, İsmet Değirmenci, Burcu Perçin, Coşkun Sami, Şevket Sönmez, Serkan Yüksel, Semih Zeki


İstanbul İnternational Contemporary Art Fair, Pi Artworks Gallery, İstanbul


St - Art 14th European Contemporary Art Fair, STRASBOURG 


“(Very) Small Distortions in the Order", 28th International Istanbul Film Festival, Video Screening, Aksanat, İstanbul

Curator: Yekhan Pınarlıgil


Sınırlar ve Yörüngeler 04Siemens Sanat, İstanbul

Jüri: Ahu Antmen, Levent Çalıkoğlu, Mürteza Fidan, T. Melih Görgün, Marcus Graf, Berika İpekbayrak, Borga Kantürk, Gülsün Karamustafa, Alp Yörük

 Artists: Seçil Alkış, Güler Aşık, Sena Başöz, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Çınar Eslek, Cemile Kaptan, Sema Kayaönü, Selin Kocagöncü, Elif Öner, Ayşe Topçuoğulları 

Curator: Mürteza Fidan, T. Melih Görgün


 "Do Not Ask Why", Hafriyat Karaköy, İstanbul

Artists: Erkin Gören, Çınar Eslek, Sevil Tunaboylu


‘"Place We Walked Pass’’ Cadde Bostan Cultural Center, İstanbul

Artists: Elçin Poyraz, Şeref Erol, Çınar Eslek, Mustafa Akkaya, Ani Setyan, Ceyhun Konak,

Curator: Emre Zeytinoğlu


 ‘’Sobe’’ Bilsar Building, Galerist, İstanbul

Artists Melis Ağazat, KOP-ART, Semiha Balcı, Banu Birecikligil, Çınar Eslek, Karolin Fişekçi, İnci Furni, Minna Henriksson, Gözde İlkin, Burçak Kaygun, Gülşah Kılıç, Gül Kozacıoğlu, Tamsin Morse, Ceren Oykut, Gökçe Süvari, Güneş Terkol, Elif Uras, Nalan Yırtmaç, Pınar Yolaçan ve Gökçen Cabadan:

Curator: Leyla Gediz


25. Contemporary Artists Exhibition

Akbank Sanat, İstanbul

 Artists Ardan Özmenoğlu, Burcu Yağcıoğlu, Yener Pınarbaş, Mehmet Vanlıoğlu, Mahbube Akar, Ahmet Albayrak, Bahar Arı, Hülya Bakkal, Bengisu Bayrak, Nevin Berkay, Bülent Bulduk, Ufuk Doğan, Çınar Eslek, Tamara Fleming, Betül Güney, Hatice Karadağ, Ayce Kartal, Altuğ Katmer, Nazlı Eda Noyan, Esra Oskay, Arzu Otto, Yasemin Özkaya, Seval Şener, Özlem Uzun

Jury ve Cüratör: Hasan Bülent Kahraman


City of London College, ISTANBUL 



İstanbul Rotary Art Award

Jury: Ayşegül Sönmez, Başak Şenova, Can Elgiz, Haşim Nur Gürel, Prof. Kaya Özsezgin, Özalp Birol, Nural Denker Turgay Ağralı

Curator: Başak Şenova


Borders & Orbits

Simens  Sanat Galery, İstanbul
Jury: Ahu Antmen, Levent Çalıkoğlu, Mürteza Fidan, T. Melih Görgün, Marcus Graf, Berika İpekbayrak, Borga Kantürk, Gülsün Karamustafa, Alp Yörük

Artists: Seçil Alkış, Güler Aşık, Sena Başöz, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Çınar Eslek, Cemile Kaptan, Sema Kayaönü, Selin Kocagöncü, Elif Öner, Ayşe Topçuoğulları

Curator: Mürteza Fidan, T. Melih Görgün


25. Günümüz Sanatçıları Sergisi 

Akbank Sanat, İstanbul

Artists: Ardan Özmenoğlu, Burcu Yağcıoğlu, Yener Pınarbaş, Mehmet 

Vanlıoğlu, Mahbube Akar, Ahmet Albayrak, Bahar Arı, Hülya Bakkal, Bengisu 

Bayrak, Nevin Berkay, Bülent Bulduk, Ufuk Doğan, Çınar Eslek, Tamara 

Fleming, Betül Güney, Hatice Karadağ, Ayce Kartal, Altuğ Katmer, Nazlı Eda 

Noyan, Esra Oskay, Arzu Otto, Yasemin Özkaya, Seval Şener, Özlem Uzun Contemporary Artists Exhibition

Sanat, İstanbul

Jury ve Curator: Hasan Bülent Kahraman