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Esra Nesipoğulları, 1991 Turkey, architect / 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 urbanism context. The research output later evolved into a political discourse and academic material.

After spending more than three years working in various architectural design offices in London, Istanbul, and continually Verona, she stepped into studio practice and artistic research in 2019. 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.

(in collaboration with various architects, urban designers, artists, and researchers based in India, Italy, Iran, and the US)

2014   Presentation in Karaburun Science Congress | Spatial Organisation of  Socialist Public Squares- Case study: Santa Clara, Cuba

2012   Presentation in Karaburun Science Congress | Urban Transformation, Urban Identity and  Perception of Space

Exhibition in Group

2023   QUT – Tout commence par une interruption, Le Citizen Hotel, Paris, France

2022  1989: The Postcollapse in Art and Culture, Cerritos College 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  Des Européens rassemblés à Fontlongue, CYME Association Center, Miramas, France

Reviews  / Interviews

2021   PUK podcast | episode 6

2021   Mişar art | Yetişkinler İçin Genç Sanatşarart

2020   Gazetta di Mantova |    esra-haricostruito-ilmisterodellasoffitta