Naz Cuguoğlu

Naz Cuguoğlu is a curator and art writer, based in San Francisco Bay Area and Istanbul. She is the co-founder of “Collective Çukurcuma,” experimenting with collaborative thinking processes through its reading group meetings and international collaborative exhibitions. She currently works as Americas Collection Fellow at KADIST and held various positions at The Wattis Institute, SFMOMA Public Knowledge, Zilberman Gallery, Maumau Art Residency, and Mixer. Her writings have been featured in SFMOMA Open Space, Art Asia Pacific, Hyperallergic, Art South Africa, M-est.org, and elsewhere. She received her BA in Psychology and MA in Social Psychology focusing on cultural studies, and currently enrolled at the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts with a fellowship.

Cuguoğlu has curated exhibitions at fused space (San Francisco, 2019), Playspace (San Francisco, 2019), D21 Kunstraum Leipzig (2018), Red Bull Art Around Istanbul (2018), Zilberman Gallery (Istanbul, 2018), Public Program of 15th Istanbul Biennial (2017), Framer Framed (Amsterdam, 2017), Cultural Transit Foundation (Yekaterinburg, 2017), Space Debris (Istanbul, 2017), COOP Gallery (Nashville, 2016), Mixer (Istanbul, 2016), and 5533 (Istanbul, 2015). She co-edited two books: After Alexandria, the Flood and Between Places, and presented at institutions such as Joan Mitchell Foundation, SALT, Norköpping Art Museum, Contemporary Art Center (New Orleans) and Curb Event Center (Nashville).

The Book mentioned in the interview is titles Staying With The Trouble by Donna J. Haraway.

Istanbul Queer Art Collective’s performance Psychic Bibliophiles, from Flow Out exhibition curated by Collective Çukurcuma at Bilsart (Istanbul, 2019)
Collective Çukurcuma Reading Group meeting as part of House of Wisdom exhibition, presented at the public program of the 15th Istanbul Biennial (2015)

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  1. […] Naz Cuguoğlu lives and works in San Francisco. At the moment she is involved in multiple projects including Collective Çukurcuma of which she is a co-founder. Started in 2015, Collective Çukurcuma is intended to bring people together in the neighborhood of Çukurcuma of Istanbul. The collective began in the wake of mass political protests in Turkey and the projects reflect on themes that stem from this. Cuguoğlu is a curator currently enrolled in the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts on a scholarship. To hear more about Collective Çukurcuma, Cuguoğlu’s curatorial pursuits and more, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Naz Cuguoğlu lives and works in San Francisco. At the moment she is involved in multiple projects including Collective Çukurcuma of which she is a co-founder. Started in 2015, Collective Çukurcuma is intended to bring people together in the neighborhood of Çukurcuma of Istanbul. The collective began in the wake of mass political protests in Turkey and the projects reflect on themes that stem from this. Cuguoğlu is a curator currently enrolled in the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts on a scholarship. To hear more about Collective Çukurcuma, Cuguoğlu’s curatorial pursuits and more, listen to the complete interview. […]