Servet Kocyigit

Amsterdam, Netherlands
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  • Out of fifty artists nominated by art professionals from sixteen different countries, the SIPEP2016 Committee has selected the Turkish artist Servet Kocyigit as the SIPEP2016 winner and awardee of the 45,000 US$ prize. Mentions of Honor were also given to: Marion Belanger (USA), Richard Moss (Ireland), David Adika (Israel), and Alec Soth (USA). The Prize was dedicated this year to issues of locality, of the relation between the work of art and its affiliation with certain geography.

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Servet Kocyigit's ( b. 1971, Kaman, Turkey) body of works have been developed using a diverse range of media that includes photography, video, text, interventions and installations. His poetic and ironic works host a touch of humor as they play with reality, by staging familiar but strange scenarios from every day life in which unexpected actions occur. Kocyigit likes to provoke the viewer to question their understanding and perceptions of everyday life. To do this he has assumed an open, global visual language, which people from every culture can easily relate to, even though the starting point can sometimes come from very local subjects. In his recent works Kocyigit focuses, with a hopeful insight, on social issues such as dislocation, prejudice, poverty, gender conflicts, war and its consequences.

Kocyigit studied art at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam and currently lives and works between Amsterdam and Istanbul. He participated in several artist residency programs: De Ateliers Amsterdam, Holland (1999), Wilhelm Lehmbruck Residency Duisburg, Germany (2000), JCVA Jerusalem Center for the Visual Arts, Israel (2006) and most recently Atelier Hoherweg,Dusseldorf, Germany. His work has been exhibited internationally, in Holland, Turkey, France, Germany, Brazil, Israel among many other countries, in museums, institutions festivals, and galleries. Servet Kocyigit’s solo exhibitions include   Servet Kocyigit –Truth Serum ,Officine dell'Immagine, Milano, Italy (2014); those at Outlet, Independent Art Space, Istanbul, “Under The Counter “ (2010); Givon Art Gallery,Tel-Aviv “Good Things Are Much Better In Pairs “ (2008); Netherlands Foto Museum, Rotterdam “ Poetic Accident ” (2001). He has participated in numerous important group exhibitions including, 27th Sao Paulo Biennale (2006); 9th Istanbul Biennale (2005); Biennale Cuvée, Linz, Austria (2008); ARTER Space For Art, Istanbul (2010); TANAS, Berlin (2009); Plais Des Beaux Arts De Lille, France (2009); Smart Project Space, Amsterdam (2008); Haifa Museum of Art, Israel,(2007); De Kleine Biennale ” Utrecht, Holland (2006); The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2006); Herzliya Museum Of Contemporary Art, Israel (2006); MuHKA- Media Antwerpen, Belguim (2005); Proje 4L Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art (2002); De Appel, Center for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam (2001); Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg Germany (2000); and most recently Plurivocality, Istanbul Modern,Turkey (2014); and Driftwood, Atelier Hoherweg,Dusseldorf (2014). 

Kocyigit has also received several grants and prizes: OC&V scholarship from Dutch Ministry of Culture (1997), Wilhelm Lehmbruck Fellowship (1999), Working Grant, FBKvB The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts (2008).