Merve Kılıçer (Istanbul, 1987 – Based in Rotterdam) is a multi-disciplinary artist and an entrepreneur in art-focused activities. She draws inspiration from historic and traditional modes of culture-art production and translates them into contemporary experiences. Her practice urges from personal experiences and tries to find a non-didactic yet politically engaged position in relation to her background and history. Installation, sculpture, performance, traditional print, video, and sound are all mediums that create a ground for growth in her practice.
Merve Kılıçer frequently collaborates with other creatives in duos or collectives. Presently, she is a member of the KABA HAT artist collective, and Eat House cooking collective, and is based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, as part of the W1555 creative community. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Piet Zwart Institute (2019, Rotterdam) and previously studied at the Sabancı University Visual Arts Department (Istanbul). Her work has been exhibited at various venues, including Arter Istanbul, Freiburg Museum für Neue Kunst, and the 14th Istanbul Biennial. Additionally, she has participated as an artist-in-residence at the Frans Masereel Centrum.
Merve Kılıçer is one of the artists of the exhibition Hidden Narratives Through Archives (2023) curated by Nesli Gül which takes place from 3 March to 16 April at Framer Framed, Amsterdam.
- Merve Kılıçer