Günes Terkol lives and works in Istanbul. Her residency was part of My City, a British Council initiative to promote artists exchange between Turkey and several European cities.
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 which claims back a form of independent production and widens access to contemporary art.
Terkol is also part of the Instanbul based music and performance collective Ha Za Vu Zu.
Gunes Terkol was born in Ankara in 1981 and currently lives and works in Istanbul. Recent solo exhibitions include They Were Trying to Climb Against the Current, Gallery NON, Istanbul (2010); No Ceremony for Transition, Apartment Project, Istanbul (2008). Her work has been part of numerous group exhibitions such as Turkish Delights, Galerie mycroft, Paris (2009); S.TARGEM, Pist, Istanbul (2008); Ha Za Vu Zu was invited to participate in the 10th International Istanbul Biennnial (2007).