Özkan Gölpinar (1968) is currently researching within the research programme Contemporary Art Beyond Boundaries (CAbB) of the University of Leiden. The research program refers to the following questions: What does globalising mean for the Dutch art practice, institutions and the discourse? How do artists shape these issues and what kind of insight gives this to the viewer/researcher in society and the cultural environment?
Until recently, Gölpinar was working as program manager at the Mondrian Fund and the Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten Vormgeving en Bouwkunst. Before this, he worked as a senior consultant Culture and Media for organisation advice office Berenschot in Utrecht. In the past, he has worked as a journalist at, amongst others, de Volkskrant, Trouw and a large amount of magazines. Gölpinar has many books, essays, plays, documentaries, articles, reviews, and advice to his name. In the last 15 years he has specialised in questions refering to cultural diversity and media. He has in the past been a member of different boards of artistic and cultural institutions, like Internationaal Cultuurpodium Mozaïek, het Nederlands Gespreks Centrum and het Maurits Binger Film Instituut. Next to this, he is a part of the advice commitee of the Fonds voor de Letteren, het Nederlands Fonds voor de Film, de Rotterdamse Kunst Stichting (RKS), het Fonds Amateur en Podiumkunsten (Fapk) and the cultureplan commitees of the gemeente Utrecht and The Hague. For organisationadvice office Berenschot and the Premsela foundation he wrote the book De Jaren nul last year, a vision about the future for the Netherlands in relation to malleability.