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Huma Kabakcı

MPhil work

MPhil work



  • Huma Kabakcı
  • MPhil


    School of Arts & Humanities


    Curating Contemporary Art, 2016–2019

  • Huma Kabakcı (born 1990 in London) graduated from BA Advertising & Marketing at London College of Communication in 2011, and later completed an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art (London). She has worked and interned in various galleries, museums and auction houses, both in the UK and Turkey, including Sotheby’s New Bond Street (Contemporary Art Sales department), The Albion Gallery (London), Pera Museum (Turkey), as well as three major collection exhibitions she worked on in museums during the 2010 Ruhr & Pecs Capital of Culture project. Since graduating from the RCA (London), Kabakcı founded Open Space Contemporary and has been collaborating with various projects and organisations including Alt, Artkurio, Block Universe, IKSV, Open Dialogue Istanbul, The Art Department and SALT.

    Her recent curatorial projects include; the group exhibition titled 'Past meets Present' at Anna Laudel Contemporary (7 September – 13 October 2017) and a new art installation titled 'LUNAR' by young Turkish artist SARP hosted by Elgiz Museum (15 September – 15 November 2017). She has contributed to various publications including Guggenheim Blog and Ibraaz Online Publication. Kabakcı recently started her MPhil in Curating Contemporary (commencing September 2016) at the Royal College of Art, London. Through her work as a researcher and curator, Kabakcı explores issues such as: diaspora, identity, nationalism, belonging, memory, and nostalgia. She lives and works between Istanbul and London. 

  • Degrees

  • MA in Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; BA in Marketing & Advertising, London College of Communication, London, 2011
  • Exhibitions

  • 'LUNAR' by SARP, Elgiz Museum, Istanbul, 15 September-15 November 2017; Co-curating the group exhibition 'Past Meets Present', Anna Laudel Gallery, Istanbul, 7 September-13 October 2017; 'Pluto's Kitchen', Işıl Eğrikavuk, The Ned & Shoreditch House, Block Universe Performance Festival, London, 26/04 & 30/05/2017; Co-curating the group exhibition ‘All Fun And Games Until Someone Gets Hurt...’, Manhattan Loft Gallery, London; Organised by Open Dialogue Istanbul & Open Space Contemporary 'Transient Bodies: A series of conferences', VestAndPage in collaboration with Francesco Kiais and Burçak Konukman, SALT Galata & Alt, Istanbul, 22 - 24/04/2017; 'Made in Istanbul', Ardan Özmenoğlu, Hagen Osthaus Museum, Germany, 14/04 - 5/06/2016; Co-curated 'Memory and Continuity: A selection from the Huma Kabakcı Collection', Suna-İnan Kıraç Pera Museum, Istanbul, 23/03 - 01/05/2016; Curated group exhibition titled 'Somewhere In-Between', Karavil Contemporary, London, 26/11/2015 - 25/01/2016; Open Space Contemporary organised group exhibition titled 'Crossing Lines', Gallery on the Corner, London, 10/11 - 20/11/2015; 'Salty Thoughts' conference with Anjelika Akbar, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Ali Ethem Keskin, Dr. Ufuk Kocabaş, Rahmi Öğdül & Nevzat Sayın as Moderator, 14th Istanbul Biennial, İstanbul; 'Forever: Possible Immortalities', Bora Akıncıtürk, Hoxton Arches Gallery, London, 16/04 - 23/04/2015; Co-curated ‘City Senses’, with arists Ardan Özmenoğlu and Radhika Khimji, Blackall Studios, London, 09/09 - 16/09/2014
  • Conferences

  • 'Art Report 2017', Forbes Turkey, Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul, 13/02/2017; Academic Lecture Series: The Representation of the Woman’s Body in Artistic Practices in Turkey and the Middle East (1970-1999), Royal College of Art, London, 05/12/2016; ‘Young Collectors', Elgiz Museum, Istanbul, 09/05/2014
  • Publications

  • 'Nomadic Spaces: Between Places and Spaces', Guggenheim Blog, 24/11/2016, spaces-between-places-and-spaces