Cevdet Erek was born in 1974 in Istanbul, Turkey, where he lives and works.
Cevdet Erek’s artistic practice is based on the themes of sound, architecture, rhythm, measured time, dance music and site-specificity. Based on the analysis of a given space and on the use and reuse of everyday objects and shapes, Cevdet Erek‘s work is above all a sonic and three dimensional investigation about the structure of the so called “natural” and “human made” spaces and times, and the way we try to measure, organize and materialize these concepts.
Cevdet Erek studied architecture at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Istanbul between 1992 and 1999. In 2003, while practicing as an architect and performing with the Istanbul avant-garde rock group Nekropsi, Erek received his master’s degree in sound engineering and design at the Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM) of Istanbul Technical University.
He was awarded the Uriot Prize with his video Studio (2005) during his residency at Rijksakademie vbk (2005-2006, Amsterdam) and the Nam June Paik Prize (2012). Erek’s book SSS – Shore Scene Soundtrack was published by BAS in Istanbul in 2008 and more recently, Room of Rhythms 1 was published by Walther König on the occasion of dOCUMENTA(13) in 2012. Erek’s solo exhibitions include shows at the Overgaden (2011),Spike Island (2014), Künstlerhaus (2013), Kasseler Kunstvere (2016) and Galleri F15 (2016). He has also taken part in group exhibitions in international venues such as the Cuenca Biennial(2016), 20th Biennale of Sydney(2016) Stedelijk , MAXXI, Rome, Italy (2014), Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey (2014), 5th Marrakech Biennial, Marrakech, Morocco (2014), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2014), MAK, Vienna, Austria (2013), 11th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2013), 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT), Queensland Art Gallery, Stanley Place, Brisbane, Australia (2012), CCA Wattis, San Francisco, USA (2012), dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel, Germany (2012), SALT, Istanbul, Turkey (2012), New Museum Triennial, with Ala Younis and group, New Museum, NY, USA (2012), 12th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2011), Arter, Istanbul, Turkey (2011), Tate Modern, London, UK (2011).
Part of his work is in the private collections of Museum at Amsterdam, Netherlands and Stedelijk Museum. Cevdet Erek is a member of the advisory team for the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015), curated by Carolyn Christov-Bargakiev.