Cevdet Erek

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Void Gallery are delighted to present Beating a Retreat, an upcoming solo exhibition by artist Cevdet Erek. Cevdet Erek is an Istanbul based artist and musician. A background in architecture, sound engineering, and performing in a band forms the basis of his practice.  

The exhibition at Void was disrupted by Covid and due to travel restrictions, the exhibition has been developed at a distance.  Erek has developed the project through the lens of conversations, processes of experimentation and virtual tools. The conditions of production from a distance create a direct connection and correlation with the artist’s previous works; Room of Rhythms – Long Distance Relationship, Sydney Biennial, 2016 and A Long Distance Relationship, MUAC, Mexico City, 2017. In his working process Erek often responds to the architecture of the space through architectural interventions, using sound to inhabit the space. His work is provocative, proposing new perspectives.  For his exhibition at Void he experiments with the parameters of exhibition making and what becomes before or after each exhibition.  The new works will be a combination of sound and installations.   




Cevdet Erek, born 1974, lives and works in Istanbul. He studied architecture at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Istanbul and sound engineering and design at the Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM) at Istanbul Technical University, ITU. From 2005 to 2006 he was an artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. In 2011, Erek received his doctorate in Music from the ITU MIAM. In 2012, he received the Nam June Paik – International Media Award from Kunststiftung NRW. He currently teaches at ITU TMDK and ITU MIAM. 

Erek has presented his installations internationally in numerous solo and group shows. In 2017 he represented Turkey at the 57th Venice Biennale with his work ÇIN. In 2012, at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, he showed the installation Room of Rhythms, a work that he later realized in site-specific versions in altered form at MAXXI, Rome, 2014, the Istanbul Biennial, 2015 and the Biennale of Sydney, 2016. Erek has had solo exhibitions at venues including the Art Institute of Chicago, chiçiçiçichiciç, 2019; M HKA, Antwerp, AAAAA, 2018; MUAC, Mexico City, A Long Distance Relation, 2017; Spike Island, Bristol, Alt Üst, 2014; and Kunsthalle Basel, 2012

Image Credit: Cevdet Erek, “Bergama Stereotip” 2019/20, Installation view at Arter | Photo: flufoto




Void Gallery is supported using public funding from Arts Council Northern Ireland, Department for Communities, The National Lottery Community Fund, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Enkalon Foundation, Ragdoll Foundation, COVID 19 Charities Fund, the Arts Society, Art Fund, and Garfield Weston Foundation.


Void Gallery is also a member of the PlusTate network.


Funders for Void Gallery in 2021: Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Community Fund, The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, The Ragdoll Foundation, The Arts Society, Garfield Weston Foundation, Enkalon Foundation, Plus Tate