Cengiz Çekil (Niğde, 1945 – İzmir, 2015) received his BFA from Gazi Institute of Education in Ankara, and went on to study at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. There he held his first solo exhibition “Réorganisation Pour Une Exposition”, in the basement of a café in 1975. He returned to Turkey in 1976 and received an MFA in Sculpture from Ege University in İzmir. His first solo exhibition at Rampa was held between May-July 2010. Curated by Vasıf Kortun, the project comprised works produced between 1974 and 2010. And the second solo exhibition ‘With a Cleaning Cloth’ was in 2013 September at Rampa as well. Çekil participated in noteworthy exhibitions such as “NEWTOPIA: The State of Human Rights”, Mechelen (2012); “I m Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing” MoMA, NY (2011); “What Keeps Mankind Alive?”, 11th İstanbul Biennial, İstanbul (2009); “…With All Due Intent”, Manifesta 5, San Sebastian (2004); 4th İstanbul Biennial, İstanbul (1995); “Orient- ation” Saint Irene, İstanbul (1994); “28th State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition”, State Museum of Painting and Sculpture, Ankara (1967).
Wishful Thinking; In Retrospect
Etel Adnan • Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin • Francis Alÿs • Otto Berchem • Attila Csörgő • Ergin Çavuşoğlu • Cengiz Çekil • Nilbar Güreş • Berat Işık • Çağdaş Kahriman • Yasemin Özcan • Funda Özgünaydın • İz Öztat & Zişan • Kiki Smith • Ali Taptık