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Ozan ADAM

Ozan Adam studied art and cinema at Bard College, attended The New School University for his MA in Media Studies. He worked as an independent artist and as a professional in film production, advertising, commercials, media, stage construction and design industries in New York. His body of diverse artwork consists of text, design, illustration, painting, sculpture, animation, film, video and installations which have been exhibited in solo and collective exhibitions at many prestigious international exhibitions, biennials, museums, galleries and festivals around the world. He was the director of his own gallery where he was the curator of solo and collective art exhibitions at the heart of Istanbul.He wrote a novel titled “The Manifesto About A Man Who Threw A Stone Into The Sky And Followed It” and translated it into English with the supervision of Prof. William Weaver who is the translator of many of the books of Umberto Eco and Italo Calvino. Many of his books including his artworks and his novels were published and are available online. His film “Zymotic-Amaurosis” was awarded with the Special Jury Award in the 14th International Ankara Film Festival and another film of his titled “The Two Names of A Testimony About The Execution of A Happening and A Suitcase Full of Broken Records“ was awarded as the Best Experimental Film in the 17th International Ankara Film Festival. He taught many courses and gave numerous lectures at many universities and has been invited by universities and institutions such as Middle Eastern Technical University, Bosphorus University, The Netherlands Institute of Higher Education, Aksanat Art Foundation and The Bauhaus Foundation in Germany for workshops, conferences and seminars. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses and supervised projects in Istanbul since 2001. He directed commercials, advertisement campaigns and music videos. He has also served as a jury member for universities and the award juries of film festivals. Many of his artworks and films have been selected, awarded and presented by internationally acclaimed festivals, galleries and museums.His films were screened at Martin Gropius-Bau Museum, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Louvre Museum and Pompidou Art Center in Paris, National Centre for Visual Arts, Reina Sofia National Museum in Madrid, Aksanat Gallery, Proje 4L Contemporary Art Museum, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul Modern Museum and Pera Museum in Istanbul, Tate Modern in London, the 10th Venice Biennele in Venice and at The New Museum in New York and Tokyo. His works have been exhibited at many international solo and collective exhibitions some of which are RECONTRES INTERNATIONALES PARIS / BERLIN / MADRID, CENTRE POMPIDOU, JEU DE PAUMENATIONAL MUSEUM PARIS / REINA SOFIA NATIONAL MUSEUM, MADRID / HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT, BERLIN, ISTANBUL MODERN ART MUSEUM, 28th & 33rd ISTANBUL FILM FESTİVAL, SMALL CHANGES / OPENDOOR, Akbank Gallery, MISSING MOMENTS, Deform Art Gallery, OXIMOXI ART EXHIBITION, INTERNATIONAL ISTANBUL BIENNIAL, BACK TO THE CORE, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center / Tate Modern, LONDON, OPEN LIBRARY EXHIBITION, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, 10th VENICE BIENNALE, VENICE, FOCUS ISTANBUL EXHIBITION, BERLIN, Berliner Pool Exhibition, MARTIN GROPIUS BAU MUSEUM, BERLIN, Bauhaus Foundation Group Exhibition, LUMENANCE OF THE MOON, USA, EUROPE & ASIA, I AM TOO SAD TO KILL YOU!, PROJE 4L CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM, THE PERSISTENCE OF LOW END AMBIENT VISION, AKBANK CULTURE & ART CENTER, OVERKILL, HEERESBACKEREI-KULTUR, BERLIN,NEW MUSEUM, NEW YORK & TOKYO.As the director of the first internationally awarded Turkish science-fiction feature film “For The Blinds” that is not a comedy, an animation, a cult film or a remake he marks his place in the history of cinema. His art, films, books, designs, video installations and art exhibitions are very extraordinarily unique.

Ozan Adam 1976’da Ankara’da doğdu. New York’ da Bard Üniversitesi’nde sanat ve sinema okudu, The New School Üniversitesi’nde medya çalışmaları üzerine yüksek lisansını tamamladı. Yurtiçinde ve yurtdışında sinema, reklam, medya, sahne yapımı ve tasarım gibi çeşitli alanlarda çalıştı. “Zymotic-Amaurosis” isimli filmi, 14. Ankara Uluslararası Film Festivali’nde seçici kurul özel ödülünü aldı. “Bir Olayın İnfazı Hakkında Tutanağın İki Adı ve Kırık Plaklarla Dolu Bir Bavul” isimli filmi ise 17.  Ankara Uluslararası Film Festival’inde en iyi deneysel film ödülünü aldı. Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Netherlands Institute for Higher Education, Aksanat gibi üniversite, kurum ve festivallerde atölye çalışmalarını yönetti. Bauhaus Vakfı Shrinking Cities, Euromed Audiovisual Mediterranean Films Crossing Borders ve İstanbul Film Festivali kapsamında Meetings on The Bridge gibi uluslararası konferans, seminer ve atölye çalışmalarına katıldı. Festivallerde jüri üyeliği yaptı. Üniversitelerde sinema ve sanat ile ilgili çeşitli lisans ve lisansüstü seviyelerde dersler verdi, mezuniyet projelerine danışmanlık, film festivallerinde ve akademik jürilerde jüri üyeliği yaptı. Aksanat’ta atölye çalışmaları yaptı ve seminerler verdi. 28. Uluslararası İstanbul Film Festivali’ nde filmlerinden özel bir seçki yapıldı. Yurtdışında Cannes, Videoformes, New York, Montreal, Raindance, Cinemed Film Festivali, Paris’te Pompidou Müzesi, Madrid’de Reina Sofia Müzesi ve Berlin’de Gropious Müzesi gibi önemli müzelerde, uluslararası sergilerde, festivallerde, yarışmalarda ve galerilerde çalışmaları yer almıştır. Türk sinema tarihinde bir ilke imza atmıştır. Komedi, kopya, kült ve çizgi film olmayan “Körler / Jaluziler İçin – For The Blinds” isimli uluslararası ödüllü ilk Türk bilim-kurgu filmini çekmiştir. İstanbul Film Festivali’nde, İstanbul Modern’de, Pera Müzesi’nde ve birçok festival ve galeride gösterilmiştir. Filmleri birçok uluslararası  ödül almıştır. Çeşitli ülkelerde uluslararası kişisel ve karma sergilerde, kitaplarda, yayınlarda, gösterimlerde ve festivallerde yazı, çizim, resim, heykel, fotoğraf, enstalasyon, animasyon, film ve video çalışmalarıyla yer almaktadır.
Sergi Listesi: 

2020 TITLED #5: The Form Of Life  Adam Sanat Virtual Art Gallery 
2020 TITLED #4: The Loss Of Freedom Adam Sanat Virtual Art Gallery 
2019 TITLED #3: Read The Code Adam Sanat Gallery, ISTANBUL ( Solo Exhibition )
2019 TITLED Adam Sanat Gallery, ISTANBUL
2017 FRESH NEW PAPER WORKS a+A International Plastic Arts Association, ISTANBUL 
2016 NOW OR NEVER Nis Art Gallery, ISTANBUL
2015 THE MARKS OF TIME ON REALITY / IT IS NOT A PIPE Prizma Art Gallery, ISTANBUL 
2014 CITIES AND THEIR LIVES / ŞEHİRLER VE YAŞAMLARI AçıkEkran Art Gallery, ISTANBUL
2013 THINGS I COULD NOT SHOOT EXHIBITION / ÇEKEMEDİKLERİM  Külah Art Gallery, ISTANBUL
2011 SAATCHI & SAATCHI ONLINE GALLERY
2011 EDİSYON ART GALLERY Edisyon Art Gallery, ISTANBUL
2011 VESPER GALLERY Vesper Gallery, USA
2011 ARTSLANT ONLINE GALLERY
2011 RECONTRES INTERNATIONALES PARIS / BERLIN / MADRID
CENTRE POMPIDOU, JEU DE PAUME NATIONAL MUSEUM PARIS / REINA SOFIA NATIONAL MUSEUM, SPANISH CINEMATHEQUE, MADRID / HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT, BERLIN 
2010 RECONTRES INTERNATIONALES PARIS / BERLIN / MADRIDCENTRE POMPIDOU, JEU DE PAUME NATIONAL MUSEUM PARIS / REINA SOFIA NATIONAL MUSEUM, SPANISH CINEMATHEQUE, MADRID / HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT, BERLIN
2009 28 th ULUSLARARASI İSTANBUL FİLM FESTİVALİ  DÜZENDE ÇOK KÜÇÜK BOZUKLUKLAR / AÇIK KAPI, Akbank Gallery, iSTANBUL
2009 MISSING MOMENTS Deform Art Gallery, İSTANBUL
2008 KARGART ART EXHIBITION Karga Art Gallery, İSTANBUL 
2008   OXIMOXI ART EXHIBITION Oximoxi Art Gallery, İSTANBUL
2007 10th INTERNATIONAL İSTANBUL BIENNIAL Nightcomers, İSTANBUL 
2007 İKİ CİHAN ARASINDA EXHIBITION Karşı Sanat Galery, İSTANBUL
2007 BACK TO THE CORE Tate Modern, LONDON / Platform Garanti Contemporary Art           Center, İSTANBUL 
2007  OPEN LIBRARY EXHIBITION, İSTANBUL Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, İSTANBUL 
2006 10th VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE, VENICE 
2006 FOCUS ISTANBUL EXHIBITION,  BERLIN Berliner Pool Exhibition, MARTIN GROPIUS BAU MUSEUM, BERLIN
2005 XXII WORLD CONGRESS OF ARCHITECTS UIA 2005, İSTANBUL Bauhaus Foundation Group Exhibition, İSTANBUL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY, İSTANBUL 
2004 ART IN AKMERKEZ EXHIBITION AKMERKEZ PLAZA, İSTANBUL 
2004 LUMENANCE OF THE MOON USA, EUROPE & ASIA 
2003 I AM TOO SAD TO KILL YOU! PROJE 4L CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM, İSTANBUL 
2003 THE PERSISTENCE OF LOW END AMBIENT VISION  AKBANK BEYOĞLU CULTURE & ART CENTER, İSTANBUL 2003         COPY MENTALKLİNİK, İSTANBUL 
2002 OVERKILL  HEERESBACKEREI-KULTUR, BERLIN, NEW MUSEUM, NEW YORK & TOKYO 
2002 KOP-ART UNIQ, İSTANBUL
2002 TEMAYOKTEMA MODERN ART CENTER, ANKARA
2002  INFINITY DULCINEA, ISTANBUL 
2001 7.7.7. GALLERY X, NEW YORK
2001 NOSTALGIA METROPOLITAN GALLERY, NEW YORK 
2000 A+a GENÇ SANAT 3MODERN ART CENTER, ANKARA 
1999 CRYSTAL REALM  COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS GALLERY, NEW YORK 

Manifesto:
I prefer to work with different materials, techniques and media. The more I get to know about the intricacies of each art form, style and their qualities, properties the better I can combine them to produce new work. I try to expand my knowledge and explore by experimenting with unconventional methods to broaden my visual vocabulary and to discover unrevealed connections between psychological, social, cultural, ideological, historical, economical, political, artistic, cinematic, scientific and technological matters which are essential for the comprehension of the philosophies behind aesthetical, abstract, narrative and non-narrative structural formations in the modern intellect and their reflections on literature, storytelling, art and cinema.

I am curious about many subjects and I examine the conjunctions between indefinite religious, metaphysical, cosmological, physical, chemical, mathematical, ethical, spiritual, medical topics, gender issues and innumerable subjects which were or maybe still are seemingly unrelated for most of the people yet as science, art, cinema and audio / visual technologies progress we begin to become aware of the connections between infinite possibilities that exist in the micro and macro levels which also influence our perception and therefore understanding of the universe. These discoveries have a very deep impact on the developments in literature, art and cinema because we live and think differently due to the social and technological transformations that we have to mentally and physically have to adapt to. My artistic approach in writing, art and filmmaking is to attempt to realize and emphasize the complexity of the social, economic and cultural patterns by focusing on the undeniable effect of the industrial and the digital revolutions, which enable the science fiction of the past to become the reality of the present.
I aspire to inspire people and encourage them to open their minds, think independently, critically, differently, visually and poetically.