Occupation: Installation Artist, Sculptor, Ceramic Artist
Movement: Contemporary Art
Specialty: Large-scale Installation Art
“I Know People like this,” 1992
“Decent Deathwatch: Bosnia Herzegovina,” 1993
“Balloons on the Sea,” 2011
The Turkish artist Hale Tenger was originally trained as a ceramic artist. She now creates sculptures and large scale installations as well. She will be exhibiting her work at the Biennale di Venezia in 2017 as part of the main exhibition titled “Viva Arte Viva,” curated by Christine Macel.
Early Years and Education
Hale Tenger was born in the city of Izmir in 1960. She grew up with a passion for art, something she depended on her personal life, but was hesitant about practicing as a career. So she chose to study computer programming at the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, and received her degree in 1981.
It was only a little later that Tenger realized the need to become an artist. As a result, she enrolled at the Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts, where she specialized in ceramic work. She received her Masters in Fine Arts in 1986, the year she was also received the British Council Award. She then moved to Cardiff, where she enrolled for a second Masters at the South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education. She again studied ceramics at the institute, and received her M.F.A. in 1988.
Beginnings in Art
After completing her degree in Cardiff, Tenger began practicing other techniques, including sculpture, bronze casting and welding. She had her first solo show at the Galeri Nev Istanbul in 1990. From the beginning of her career, the artist has worked with waste materials. Her work attracted international attention from this early time, and she was soon exhibiting across the world.
Tenger spent some time at the New York State College of Ceramics at the Alfred University in 1994 as the artist-in-residence. She participated in another residency in 1997, at Artpace in San Antonio.
Tenger is an internationally recognized artist who works out of Istanbul. She has used various media, including sculpture, video and sound to create art that often takes the form of large installations. The materials used are often made to persuade the viewer to look at them in a new light. Further, she seeks to draw attention to historical, social and political issues with her pieces. She grew up in Istanbul, a city that is both European and Asian simultaneously. Her work has therefore often examined the relationship between the Orient and Occident.
1960 - Born in Izmir, Turkey
1981 - Receives her Computer Programming degree from the Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
1986 - Receives an M.F.A. from the Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts, receives the British Council Award
1988 - Receives an M.F.A. from the South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education, Cardiff
1994 - Artist-in-Residence at New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University
1997 - Artist-in-Residence at Artpace, San Antonio
1990 - Galeri Nev Istanbul
1994 - Kunst-Werke, Berlin
1995 - Galerie Le Monde de l’Art, Paris
2001 - Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim, Germany
2007 - Kazim Taskent Gallery, Istanbul
2011 - Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.
2013 - Galeri Nev Istanbul
2015 - Protocinema, Wesbeth Building, New York
2017 - Biennale di Venezia
Vehbi Koç Foundation, Istanbul
Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem
Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio
“Hale Tenger, Protocinema, New York” by Kate Sutton
“Silence, sound and art” by Merve Arkunlar