Born in Istanbul, Müge Yılmaz lives and works in Amsterdam. Her research presents speculations influenced by feminist science fiction and proposes narratives about the future through installation, performance and photography. Recent exhibitions include The Milk of Dreams, 59th Venice Biennial, 2022, The Seventh Continent, 16th Istanbul Biennial, 2019; Why Not Ask Again? 11th Shanghai Biennial, 2016; Tenminste Houdbaar Tot, Museum Arnhem, 2022; Posterity Hill (solo) at Wilfried Lentz, 2022; On Protection (solo), Bureau Postjesweg, 2021; That Those Beings Be Not Being, W139, Amsterdam, 2021. She has been a resident artist at ACC and is alumna of Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam.
In her work, she examines the paradoxes around the concept of protection with focus on community, survival and belief (faith). Through performances, photographs and installations she creates immersive environments inspired by feminist science-fiction. Following the concept of three ecologies for observing the mental (subjective), societal and environmental developments in a parallel method, she uses these mediums as tools for envisioning potential futures. While keeping protection as a common denominator, her research creates speculations on preservation and scarcity. She constantly looks for trigger points in shape of visual manifestations that provoke subconscious reactions and reflexes.
Photography by Simon Pillaud