Çağla Ilk

Portrait of Çağla Ilk in a black dress in front of a white stone wall
Biography

Çağla Ilk is a curator and architect. Since 2020, she has been co-director of the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden with Misal Adnan Yıldız. She works transdisciplinarily in theory and practice between visual art, architecture, sound, theater and performance. She uses dramaturgy as a method of curating and integrates transdisciplinary approaches into her curatorial work. Ilk was born in Istanbul, Turkey, and studied architecture at the Technical University of Berlin and at Mimar Sinan University Istanbul. She has curated numerous exhibitions, most recently serving as co-curator of the 6th Ural Biennial in Yekaterinburg (2021) and chief curator of Studio Bosporus (2021), the German Federal Foreign Office's nationwide interdisciplinary festival. From 2012-2020, Ilk was a dramaturge and curator at the Maxim Gorky Theater, where she was responsible for cross-disciplinary projects and festivals that combined performing, performative, and visual arts, often in a transcultural context. As a researcher, she worked on the research project Baukultur in der multiethnischen Stadt at the University of Siegen. Çağla Ilk is curator for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.