Esra Nesipoğulları, 1991 Turkey, architect / multidisciplinary artist, born and raised in Turkey. Currently resident in Italy. She accomplished two residency programs in Toulouse and Marseille during the period of her BA. In 2013, she had been granted to travel to Cuba for research about the use of semi-public spaces in the socialist context, the research output became a political discourse and academic material later on. Along with working over three years in several architectural design studios, in London, Istanbul, and continually in Mantua,  since 2019 she has stepped into studio practice and artistic research. Her works often respond to personal stories in cultural and political contexts through mining visual archives on the internet. She has also been part of a Think Tank that focuses on culture politics and  museum studies in active collaboration with Amal Muntaser. 


2017-2020    Architectural Design and History, Master’s Degree, Politecnico di Milano, Mantua, Italy

2009-2015    Architecture, Bachelor’s degree, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University,Istanbul, Turkey


Grants / Residencies

2021   TRACCE A.U.T. Rezidenza Artistica (3rd edition), Bari, Italy 

2013   EAAB (Emre Arolat Researching Scholarship)

Research case: Changing in the use of semi-public spaces in the  scope of the period from 1951 until USSR’s disintegration Santa Clara, CUBA

2011   Mamak Housing Design Competition (2nd Mention)


Presentations / Publications

2022  Viafarini Milano  Corvetto NZSD Workshop

Presentation | Spatial organisations of socialism / an alternative design


 2021 Archive MILANO   Practices of rupture. Toward a reparative justice. 

Presentation | Ambaradan Think Tank : Museology as a Multidimentional Phenomenon


2020   Makoko |  The Amphibian City

Official entry to SEOUL Biennale’21, a collaborative to delve into acknowledging and constructing strategies for future cities. This was a project done in collaboration with various architects, urban designers, artists, and researchers based in India, Italy, Iran, and the US.


2014   Presentation | Karaburun Science Congress

Spatial Organisation of  Socialist Public Squares- Case study: Santa Clara, Cuba


2012   Presentation | Karaburun Science Congress

Urban Transformation, Urban Identity and  Perception of Space


Exhibition in Group

2022  1989: The Postcollapse in Art and Culture, Cerritos Collage Art Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2020   Monaco Art Fair Art3f – Represented by Van Gogh Gallery, Monaco, France

2020   In 24-Hours , The Wall Space Gallery,  Scotland, UK

2020   In Isolation Together, Artcore Gallery, UK

2014   Red Cube,  CYME Association Art Center, Miramas, France


Reviews  / Interviews

2021   PUK podcast | episode 6

2021   Mişar art | Yetişkinler İçin Genç Sanatşarart

2020   Gazetta di Mantova |    esra-haricostruito-ilmisterodellasoffitta