Atif Akin


Education 
2009 – 2012
ECTS Coursework, Media Studies, Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany
2002 – 2005
Design, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
1997 – 2001
Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015
“Mutant Space, Onkalo”, Arteles, Haukijarvi, Finland
“Mutant Space, Radio City”, Laboratory Spokane, Washington, USA
“Mutant Space, Oswego”, Signal Culture, New York, USA
2008 
“Evacuate Istanbul!”, YAMA Marmara Pera, Istanbul, Turkey

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018
“ARTJOG Enlightenment”, Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2017
“Oceans”, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France
“The Oceanic”, Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore
“Tidalectics”, TBA 21 - Augarten, Vienna, Austria
2016
“Unspoken Dialogues”, Galeria Millennium BCP, Lisbon, Portugal
“Design Biennial”, Istanbul Archaeology Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
“Outside the Sentence There was a City”, SALT Ulus, Ankara, Turkey
2015
“Apricots from Damascus”, SALT Galata, Istanbul, Turkey
“Untitled Exhibition”, Pankow Art Space, Berlin, Germany
“Design Latitudes”, University of Alberta Department of Art and Design,  Alberta, Canada
“Articulture Biennial”, Pennsylvania, USA
“Project Anywhere”, projectanywhere.net, online

Fellowships, Awards and Residencies
2016 
Fellow, expedition to nuclear test sites in South Pacific Ocean, TBA21 Academy, granted by Francesca von Habsburg and Marcus Reyman, French Polynesia
Nominee, United States Artists Award, Chicago, IL, USA
2015 
Artist in Residence, Modern and Contemporary Art Center, Yerevan, Armenia
Artist in Residence, Arteles, Haukijarvi, Finland
Artist in Residence, Laboratory! Interactive, Digital, Performance Space, Washington, USA
Artist in Residence, Signal Culture, New York, USA
Recipient, The Aresty Research Program Grant, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
Recipient, Project Anywhere, Global Exhibition Program, Parsons The New School for Design, USA, NSCAD University, Canada, University of Newcastle and University of 
Melbourne, Australia, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Recipient, The Franchise Program Grant, apexart, New York, USA



Apricots from Damascus, Apricots From The Damascus Room, Apricots From The Metropolitan Museum

3:30 min | HD animated video
2018


Konsep Karya
This trilingual publication is designed and produced as the sixth issue of the zine series titled Apricot from Damascus. The series consisted of sixteen issues and aimed at engaging publication as an artistic practice in an effort to connect through cultural commons, or the shared interdisciplinary knowledge acquired by varied communities. Zines are published in three languages: Arabic, Turkish, and English.
 
This particular issue draws from the movement of botanical matter–namely, the apricot, an early export of Damascus–to weave together notions of resiliency and preservation with relocation. The zine correlates the arrangement of adjacent galleries at Metropolitan Museum of Art with the trade routes of the apricot and the trajectory of the present-day Syrian refugee: from Damascus, to Turkey, to Greece, and, through the museum’s exit, to New York City and the West.


Terbitan tiga bahasa ini didesain dan diproduksi sebagai isu berseri zine yang keenam dengan judul Apricot from Damascus. Seri yang terdiri dari enam belas isu dan bertujuan untuk mengatikan penerbitan sebagai praksis artistik dengan tujuan untuk membangun hubungan melalui kesamaan budaya, atau pembagian pengetahuan interdisiplin yang diperoleh berbagai komunitas. Zine-zine tersebut diterbitkan dalam tiga bahasa: Arab, Turki, dan Inggris.
 
Isu khusus ini membahas soal pergerakan tanaman-bernama aprikot, salah satu ekspor dari Damaskus-untuk mengaitkan gagasan mengenai kegembiraan dan pelestarian yang muncul dalam proses relokasi. Zine ini menghubungkan pengaturan galeri-galeri, yang berdempetan, di Metropolitan Museum of Art dengan rute perdagangan aprikot dan lintasan pengungsi Suriah: dari Damaskus, ke Turki, ke Yunan, dan melalui pintu keluar museum, menuju New York City dan Barat.