Damla Yalçın is joining Gate 27 as part of the ORTA Bluesky program, organized in collaboration with ORTA and Gate 27.

Damla Yalçın was born in Ankara in 1995. She studied painting at Ankara Anadolu Fine Arts High School between 2009 and 2013, graduating as a valedictorian. She continued her bachelor study at the painting department at Marmara University, and she followed the bachelor courses as part of her education at the Akademia Sztuk Pieknych in Wroclaw, Poland, from 2013 to 2017, graduating with honors. In 2023, she completed her master’s degree in Textiles at Marmara University, focusing on sustainability and textiles with her thesis titled “The Place of Biotextiles in Art Practices.”

The artist has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Turkey and abroad (Germany, Poland, Korea, Hong Kong, Moldova, Italy, Cyprus). She held her first solo exhibition, titled The Memory of the Unrememberable, in 2019 at Krank Art Gallery. She has participated in artist residency programs in Moldova and Italy, and has been a guest on various cultural and art TV programs. She continues iiving and working in Istanbul.

Click to dive deeper into Damla Yalçın’s process and background through Beral Madra’s interview

Yalçın will work on her interdisciplinary project about the use of alternative materials for denim production during her residency at Gate 27. She will research and experiment with the use of Scoby, which is used to ferment kombucha tea and explore the opportunity of slime mold utilization for fabric production, as well as produce artwork within the scope of the project.

The artist has joined ORTA’s Bluesky program, which was co-developed by Gate 27 and ORTA, a leading denim fabric manufacturer based in Turkey.

Click to read the text written by İlker Cihan Biner about the artist’s installation, Living Spaces.