Zeren Oruc is an independent curator based in Belgrade, Serbia, and Istanbul, Turkey. Her curatorial practice revolves around the environment, comparative cultural analysis, and intercultural communication through art. To reflect on the current artistic structures and social issues that art tackles, she tends to take an innovative and multidisciplinary approach, and adapt accordingly to the artist, the project, or the geography that she is working in.
After working with various art institutions in Europe, she founded Belgrade-based initiative, iksvy art, focusing on interdisciplinary art projects and art in Eastern Europe. As a part of iksvy art’s program, she led and managed several projects, such as Collective Journaling and Curatorial Round Tables, Curatorial Sessions, and the podcast “iksvy art talks”.
In 2019, she was invited to revitalize the studio of deceased German artist Wolfgang Simon, in Andalusia, Spain. Her efforts resulted in co-founding and curating Montemero Art Residency dedicated to sustainable ecology and alternative art production. She aims to bring people together to build a network for eco-art projects and research alternative materials for art production, while actively supporting the artists in the residency through curatorial sessions.
Currently, she is working on several exhibitions in Belgrade and in Gemer, Slovakia, conducting curatorial brainstorming sessions with artists and giving portfolio reviews.