ÖZLEM SARIYILDIZ is a Turkish artist who uses audio-visual materials as her main tools of research and expression. Her work focuses on gender, memory, oral history and the commons, and she strives to communicate with her audience using the direct beauty of the ruins of life as it is. She studied Industrial Design (BA) and Media and Cultural Studies (MS) at METU – Middle East Technical University – before starting her Ph.D. in Graphic Design at Bilkent University. Her videos and films have been shown in international festivals and exhibitions. She lives and works in Berlin since 2017.
In 2020 she started her collaboration as artistic director of HIER&JETZT: Connections.
Her work construct an intimate relation between politics and aesthetics and communicate with her audience through the direct beauty of the un-catastrophic world amongst the ruins of the ongoing life as it is. Having been engaged in a wide variety of subjects ranging from memory, gender, commons, music and differing social movements; she use audio-visual materials as the main research and expression tool, where the subject matter and time determine the form. She research the possibilities hidden in the images, their power to create ideas, the capability of the montage to help us shout out, and the multiplicities created through sound.
Image: NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO OBEY – Video Installation 2019 – Foto: Uli Westphal