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NİL YALTER

A pioneer in the French feminist art movement of the 1970s, Nil Yalter (b. 1938, Cairo) was educated at Robert College, the prestigious American secondary educational institution in Istanbul. While she was engaged in dance, theatre and painting during this time, she also practiced pantomime and travelled by foot to India as a pantomime artist. Yalter has lived in Paris since 1965. She participated in the French counter culture and revolutionary political movement of the late 1960s, immersing herself in the debates around gender, migrant workers from Turkey, and other issues of the time. These social movements and ethnographic science have influenced the artist’s videos, performances and installations from the 1970s in the form of an idiosyncratic, pluralistic aesthetics. The influence of abstract traditions, especially that of Russian constructivism can be observed in her paintings and digital works since her early years. Nil Yalter’s works reflect a style that blends together all these influences along with autobiographical elements where the personal and the political intertwine. Nil Yalter’s works have been exhibited at institutions such as Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC), Museum of Modern Art PS1 Gallery, Contemporary Art Center (Vancouver, Canada), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Hessel Museum of Art in New York. Her works are in the permanent collections of Tate Modern, Istanbul Modern, Centre Pompidou, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Museum Ludwig among others.

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