Irmak Dönmez (b.1987, Istanbul) graduated with degree Işık University, Visual Arts BA (grant), Işık University, MFA, Painting (grant), she started studying at Işık University, ph.D in Art Theory (grant).
She continued her thesis research and artistic creations as a ph.D visiting researcher at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts for a year, during this time she opened her first solo show "My Thoughts are Breaking My Hair" in Copenhagen.
In 2018, she worked in an art residence in Iceland for six months. Upon her return, she started teaching the Drawing course at Işık University, her alma meter.
Her work has been included in Kunsthalle Mannheim’s "Mother" (2021) exhibition, along with the works of artists such as Cindy Sherman, Picasso, Yoko Ono, Henry Moore, Magritte, Schiele, and her sculpture (Oedipus's Birthday Cake) had been added to the permanent collection of the museum.
She mostly focuses on bio-politics, oedip/anti-oedip, the body as a phenomenon, gender politics, feminist&queer theory.
Her chief concerns are the values of sanctity, motherhood, enclosing, harnessing, and nurturing attributed to the female body.
2018: My thoughts are breaking my hair, Gallery Q, Copenhagen
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2022: Artweeks Akaretler, Ferda Art Platform, İstanbul
2022: Summart, “Mental Imagery of Things not Actually Present” İstanbul
2021: Kunsthalle Mannheim, “Mother”
2021: Salzburg Summer Academy, “Making Spatial Stories” (Residency granted by the jurors)
2021: Mixer Sessions V, İstanbul
2020: Mamut Art Project, İstanbul
2019: Invisible Cities, Endecameron, Castello di Rocca Sinibalda, Rome
2018: Rundgang, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, Copenhagen
2014: “On Screen”, Saatchi, London
2014: Confusion, Teşvikiye Sanat Galerisi, İstanbul
2013: Bipolar, Art Clinic, Mine Sanat Galerisi, İstanbul
2012: Macedoinan National Gallery
2012: Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, "Form Fatale"
2012: Crime of Art, Piramid Sanat, İstanbul
2011: Art Beat, Myra Galleries, Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Centre, Istanbul
2010: 5.International Student Trienal, İstanbul
2010: Ustalar ve Çıraklar, Galeri Işık, İstanbul
2008: 2010 Istanbul Capital of Culture Project, Remo Salvodori’s Studio, İstanbul
2008: Mittelmeer Biennale Köln, Statt Museum
Pera Rotary Club, “Prix d’Excellence de Vocation Professionelle” 2016-2017