Nezaket Ekici
Charleston, SC | Spring 2024

Turkish-born Berlin-based performance artist Nezaket Ekici returns to Charleston this spring for a month-long residency with FSA. A former collaborator with Marina Abramović, Ekici’s prolific body of performance work engages interfaith approaches to spirituality, engaging themes of ritual cleansing, prayer, Mary, the environment, and holiness. She anticipates sharing the medium of performance with the larger Charleston community through workshops, public performances, and studio visits.

About the Artist

Nezaket Ekici (b. 1970) is an internationally renowned performance artist born in 1970 in Turkey and currently residing and working in Berlin, Stuttgart, and Istanbul. With a career spanning several decades, Ekici’s work encompasses installation, video, and photography. Her groundbreaking performances have captivated audiences, totaling more than 300 unique presentations in over 70 countries and 200 cities across four continents in prestigious museums, galleries, and biennials. She earned an M.A. in Art Pedagogy and holds a Fine Arts degree and an MFA with studies in Art History and Sculpture at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University and Fine Arts Academy Munich. In recognition of her exceptional contributions, Nezaket received the Paula Modersohn-Becker Art Award (2018) and was honored with the Rome Prize and a 10-month artist residency at the German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome (2016-2017). She has completed residencies at numerous institutions, including her recent residency at the Opera Village cultural and educational project in Burkina Faso, Africa and the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, NewYork, sponsored by the International Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin.