The art historian and curator Lora Sariaslan is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Amsterdam with her dissertation What ‘moves’ artists? The Making of Identity in the Transnational Art Practices of Contemporary European-Turkish Artists. Her academic focus is on contemporary visual artists who came to Europe from the other side of the EUropean border, Turkey. Contemporary visual artists from Turkey, who have left their ‘home’ for various reasons, such as migration or education, have emerged as a distinctive voice on the contemporary European art scene. What makes these artists pertinent for an analysis of new forms of identity and citizenship making, and the negotiation of belonging and mobility in contemporary Europe is that their art presents the sheer diversity of artistic approaches that address, incorporate, and fold cultural interaction as well as confrontation with the cultural ‘container’ that is Western Europe. Adopting their art as ‘snapshots’ of identity negotiations, her research aims to query how mobility and migration shape artistic imagination and production, focusing on case studies that aim to shed light on the (re)imaginings of new European identities through art.
Lora Sariaslan received her B.A. in Art History and Integrated International Studies from Knox College, Illinois and her M.A. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin.
She was assistant curator at the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas (2001-2005) and curator at Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (2005-2011). She has curated/co-curated exhibitions internationally, among others, was the curator of the 2nd Mardin Biennial: Double Take in Turkey (2012), This yearning is ours! at the Center of Contemporary Art in Torun, Poland (2016) and What We Forget at Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam (2019).
A member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), Sariaslan is the National Correspondent for the European Museum Forum (EMF) for Turkey.