in-finite, solo exhibition at Operation Room

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Operation Room will host Julie Upmeyer’s exhibition titled “in-finite”, between the dates of 19 October - 9 December 2017. 

For the past year, Upmeyer has been working on her project “in-finite”, questioning the anthropocene with a utopic site-specific setup in the gallery space. In the present day, what does permanency mean for humans who are creators and protectors as well as consumers and destroyers? What role do “artificial” materials play in human sustainability, since compared to organic ones, they are actually more permanent and multipliable? Upmeyer’s artistic practice results in original interpretations of ready-made materials, distinct from their intended purpose. It is within this process that she discovers the infinite in the finite, and the finite in the infinite. The exhibition is comprised of five installations using diverse industrial materials such as gridded plastic floor tiles, chicken wire, insulation foam, linoleum and mirrors. One of the installations, “the infinity cube”, is produced from plexiglas in an edition of 1000 and is designed to be taken away by the visitors to the exhibition space. 

“in-finite” is curated by Ilgın Deniz Akseloğlu, graphic design by Umut Altıntaş. 

October 19th - December 9th, 2017
Operation Room is the gallery of the American Hospital and is open everyday except Sundays between 10:00 - 19:00
Güzel Bahçe Sokak, No: 20 Nişantaşı, 34365 Istanbul, Turkey

Floating Tactics after a Sunken Island


Artists: Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Balca Ergener, Nazlı Gürlek, Sibel Horada, Evrim Kavcar, Didem Özbek, Yasemin Özcan, İz Öztat, Ülgen Semerci, Julie Upmeyer, Dilek Winchester 

Curator: Sibel Horada 

06.10 - 11.11.2017 
Opening: 05.10.2017, 18:00 - 20:00 

Daire Sanat, Akarsu Cad. Şimşirci Sok. Santral Apt. No:11/1 Cihangir, Istanbul

The exhibition gathers the works of eleven female artists, brought together by the invitation of Sibel Horada. The exhibition centers on an island, believed to have been flooded by earthquakes in the 11th century. This formation asserts itself to this day as a reef in the middle of the sea, threatening mariners for centuries. Called Vordonissi, this rocky site holds remnants of the monastery where the famous Istanbul Patriot Photius, who, according to the myth, led to a day-long split of the eastern and western churches. 

Could it be that the sunken island has become a metaphor? And that we have to observe survival tactics at a time when the waters around us have risen so much we wake up every day with a new earthquake?

Trans-ID, Istanbul Biennial Parallel Event


September 19 – October 15, 2017
Venue: Surp Yerrotutyun Lutheran Church Asmalı Mescit Mah. İstiklal Cd. No: 142, Beyoğlu
Opening reception: September 19, 6-8pm
Visiting Hours: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, 11.00-18.00
and by appointment at or
Curators: Seyhan Musaoğlu and Anna Zizlsperger 

Organised in the context of the 15th Istanbul Biennial titled '
a good neighbour', Seyhan Musaoglu ( and Anna Zizlsperger ( will present a diverse selection of contemporary art under the theme transnationalism/interculturalism & identity in an exhibition titled trans-ID, that will include sculpture, installation, drawing, photography, video works, sound art, and performances. Including a significant amount of artists with a Turkish background, together with an array of artists from all around the world, the exhibition relates both to exhibist’s aim to be a platform for contemporary art in Turkey and Space Debris’ driving concept of connecting the Istanbul art scene with international artists for an innovative dialogue with a collective soul, challenging traditional boundaries. Set within the historical building of the Armenian Lutheran church Surp Yerrotutyun in the heart of Istanbul, on Istiklal Street, the exhibition also references the century-old history of Istanbul as a platform for the exchange of different cultures and a transnationalism that preceded the 21st century. 

Participating Artists: Murat Adash, Autumn Ahn, Nancy Atakan, Luna Ece Bal, Mehtap Baydu, Bashir Borlakov, Sinan Bökesoy, Melis Bursin, Şakir Gökçebağ, Allen Grubesic, Selin Kocagöncü, Servet Koçyiğit, Suat Öğüt, and Julie Upmeyer.

Face Value - Material Mimicry at Space Debris


Address: Hoca Tahsin Sokak No: 15/1, Karaköy, Istanbul
Map: (Above the coffeeshop called ‘Press’) 

“We are here, just standing. 

We should have been other places, or perhaps we are exactly where we need to be. 

What are we? What are we entitled to?
Maybe our place, space, and surfaces are about that. Or all of that has changed and we are something else now. 

We became greater and we became smaller, we were hidden in plain sight. 

We came from the city streets and magnificent living rooms to this space. We are just standing here.
We might look the same, but has our essence changed? If everything that made us has changed, does that change us also?”

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Its not fake; its real. How could it be otherwise?
But not what it looks like, so you could call it deceptive. 

Vinyl, polystyrene, laminate, acrylic. In the modern-day city, these materials surround us at every turn. They are cheap, accessible, and can be formed into practically any shape by ever-advancing technologies. But there are deeper-rooted cultural habits and aesthetic tendencies that are slow to change. There is still an innate value placed on stone, the precious metals, glass, plaster and wood, though generally a dramatically diminished patience for their cost and time requirements. Insistence on quick fixes and low budgets require compromises to be made....and they are. Imitations, impersonations, improvisations - the results are often not without a sense of irony. 

Cities are a human creation. They are experienced simultaneously by millions of people. Layers physically and conceptually obstruct most of what is going on, creating an illusion of interior and exterior, public and private, yours and mine. 


Value is collectively negotiated. 

Appearance is key.

Visit me at the fair! Contemporary Istanbul 2016



'The Metromorphic Varieties' at TOZ


Opening: October 1st at 18:00 - 20:00
October 1,2 and 7,8 from 12:00 - 18:00 
other days by appointment
at TOZ Artist Run Space, Talimhane no:19B Yeldeğirmeni Kadıköy/ İstanbul
Curated by Sehan Musaoglu of Space Debris Art

‘The Metromorphic Varieties’ proposes a possible future step in evolution - animals evolving to blend into the built world, disguising themselves with the patterns and colors of the city. Using and adapting the principles of dazzle and disruptive camouflage, I illustrate this futuristic urban scenario. Cats, birds, turtles and rabbits, all common features of city life, are presented camouflaged in front of a panorama cityscape. Over half of the global population lives in urban areas, as do billions of animals. ‘The Metromorphic Varieties’ imagines how animals could, in the future, become more optically suited for the haphazard, man-made city environment.

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'The Metromorphic Varieties' at Pasaj

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Opening 21 January, 18:00
22 January - 13 February 
at Pasaj Tarlabasi
Kurdela Sokak 43/A, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
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'The Metromorphic Varieties’ is a site-specific installation by Julie Upmeyer for Pasaj Tarlabasi - the tiny restaurant in Kurdela Sokak that PASAJ has transformed into an original contemporary art venue. It proposes a possible future step in evolution - animals evolving to blend into the built world, disguising themselves with the patterns and colors of the city. Using and adapting the principles of dazzle and disruptive camouflage developed during the First World War, Upmeyer illustrates this futuristic urban scenario. Pigeons and sparrows, both common features of city life, are presented camouflaged in front of a panoramic cityscape.
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A bit About Microresidencies Article

I was invited by the Microresidency Network to write a text about Microresidencies. 

Murata San, the director of the Youkobo Art Space and the initiator of the Microresidency network called it a poem….and why not. 

Read the article here.


Istanbul Open Studio Days


This week I’ll be opening the doors of my studio for the annual Istanbul Open Studio Days. It is a chance to explore the hidden workshops, studios, initiatives, and art spaces, not normally open to the public. 

I will be showing some new projects from this year, the sculptures I created during my residency in Korea, and a few works-in-progress.

If you are in Istanbul, stop by! I would love to see you.
Friday Oct 2nd, 17:00 - 21:00
Saturday Oct 3rd, 14:00 – 20:00
Sunday Oct 4th, 14:00 – 20:00

Şair Ziya Paşa Caddesi, 3/4 Modern Palas
Şişhane, Beyoğlu, Istanbul 
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PyeongChang Biennale

I was invited back to South Korea for the occasion of the PyeongChang Biennale, a series of three exhibitions leading up to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, which will be held in and around the Alpensia Ski Resort, nestled in the mountains of eastern Korea. The exhibition was held in several different buildings throughout the campus, my work was in the Ski House! 

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© Julie Upmeyer 2016