Met Periphery schrijft Kunsthal Extra City zes creatieopdrachten uit voor haar nieuwe locatie in het voormalig Dominicanenklooster. Geert Goiris, Imge Özbilge, Maëlle Dufour, Mekhitar Garabedian, Meryem Bayram en kunstenaarsduo CMMC gaan de dialoog aan met de beladen architecturale ruimte en installeren een semipermanent werk in de periferie van de kerk en kapel. De komende maanden volgt videograaf Bas Blaasse voor HART magazine de kunstenaars tijdens hun werkproces. Vandaag stellen we je graag voor aan Imge Özbilge.
Imge Özbilge (1987) is a multidisciplinary artist with a multicultural background. The starting point of her work is based on research, beginning with a concept and following with the exploration of new visual worlds. Between 2009 and 2012 the artist has researched about the visualisation of Middle Eastern Mythologies. During this process she developed a passion for Miniature Art. Between 2014 and 2016 she has been inquiring about the contemporary use of this art-form and has written her thesis 'Contemporary Ottoman Miniatures' on the subject matter. The surreal elements of her work are based on these myths, yet are also a reflection of her own reality, ensuing in personal mythologies.
The artist is born in Vienna to Turkish roots, growing up in a multicultural environment has had a significant impact in her work. Imge has lived in countries such as Austria, Spain, Turkey, the Netherlands and is currently residing in Belgium. After obtaining her BA in the Arts from the 'Istanbul Bilgi University', she has continued her master studies first at the 'AKV St. Joost Academy' in the Netherlands and subsequently at the 'Royal Academy of Arts KASK' in Belgium, completing her second MA. Her award winning graduation film 'Camouflage' has been in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival in 2017.