:mentalKLINIK is a Brussels-based artist duo from Istanbul composed of Yasemin Baydar  and Birol Demir who began their collaborative practice in 1998. The duo has a reactionary, open laboratory approach to process, production, roles, conception and presentation. This vocabulary gives their work a relationship with different references and background. Their work is a mix of oxymora and paradoxes, darkly humorous, self-contained and as much concerned with the total effect of accelerated capitalism as with the invisible politics and dynamics that define our everyday lives. :mentalKLINIK's oeuvre is droll and can look very playful and fun but at the same time, it is violent, abrasive and very questioning  of the world we live in. Eschewing themes of identity, history and memory, their works range from immersive time based installations to sculptures and objects that thwart categorisation. 

 

:mentalKLINIK has participated in internationally renowned exhibitions, including Tomorrow Now at MUDAM, Luxembourg in 2007; PuFF at Art Basel 40 (2009), Art Unlimited, Switzerland; and solo museum shows such as Fresh- Cut (2013) at MAK, Vienna and Co-operation Would be Highly Appreciated (2015) at SCAD Museum Georgia, USA. Some of their solo gallery shows are That's Fucking Awesome curated by Jérôme Sans at Galerist Istanbul in 2011; Thank You For your Cooperation (2014) and Truish (2017)  at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai and 83% Satisfaction Guaranteed (2015) at Louise Alexander Gallery in Porto Cevro, Italy, Catastrophically Gorgeous (2018) curated by Yasmina Reggad at Eugster || Belgrade, Serbia and Obnoxiously Happy (2018) curated by Jérôme Sans at La Patinoire Royale / Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels.

 

 

Education


Yasemin Baydar (b. Istanbul, Turkey)
1990-2002 Mimar Sinan University, Faculty of Fine Arts. Istanbul, Turkey

Birol Demir (b. Ankara, Turkey)

1986-1990 Mimar Sinan University, Faculty of Fine Arts. Istanbul, Turkey

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2020    Bitter Medicine #02. Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey.

2020    Bitter Medicine #01. Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade (MOCAB), Belgrade, Serbia. Curated by Carl de Smedt.

2018    Catastrophically Gorgeous. Eugster II Belgrad. Belgrade, Serbia. Curated by Yasmina Reggad.

2018    Obnoxiously Happy. La Patinoire Royale. Brussels, Belgium. Curated by Jerome Sans.

2017    Truish. Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde. Dubai, UAE.

2017    Self-Seeking Superficials. Louise Alexander Gallery. Porto Cevro, Italy.

2015    83% Satisfaction Guaranteed. Louise Alexander Gallery. Porto Cevro, Italy.

2015    Co-Operation Would Be Highly Appreciated. SCAD, Museum of Art Savannah. Savannah, Georgia, USA. Curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg

2014    Thank You For Your Cooperation. Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde. Dubai, UAE.

2013    Magmaonthemountain Performative Dinner. Istanbul Modern. İstanbul, Turkey.

2013    Freshcut, Performative Installation. MAK NITE Lab, MAK Museum of Applied Arts. Zurich, Switzerland. Curated by Marlies Wirth.

2012    Encounter. The Royal Academy In The Middle East. Katara, Doha, Qatar. Curated by Kathy Battista.

2012    Magmaonthemountain, Performative Dinner. Paris, France,.

2012    Terribly Jolly, Real-time Sculpture. Istanbul, Turkey.

2012    Happilydizzy. Paris, France.

2011    That’s Fucking Awesome. Galerist Hasköy. Istanbul, Turkey. Curated by Jerome Sans

2010    Silence_Storm. Port Izmir2, International Triennial of Contemporary Art. Izmir, Turkey. Curated by Necmi Sonmez

2009    Rabbithtole. Galerist. Istanbul, Turkey

2009    PUFF. Art Basel 40, Art Unlimited Basel. Basel, Switzerland.

2009    Tagcloud. :mentalKLINIK Space. Istanbul, Turkey

2008    Tagcloud. :mentalKLINIK Space. Istanbul, Turkey

2007    BINARYOCCUPATIONS PHASE1. SURFACE. :mentalKLINIK Space. Istanbul, Turkey.

2004    ~SELF01. MUDAM, Luxembourg (Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean). Luxembourg. Curated by Marie-Claude Beaud

2003    [COPY]. :mentalKLINIK Space. Istanbul, Turkey. Curated by :mentalKLINIK.

 

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2020    Ver Versus Ver II. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.

2020    Ver Versus Ver. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.

2020    Here We Reach All The Dreams Of The World. Hakanto Contemporary. Antananarivo, Madagascar. A project by Joël Andrianomearisoa.

2019    Almost Home. RX Gallery. Paris France. A project by Joël Andrianomearisoa.

2019    Racing The Galaxy. Astana Art Show. Astana, Kazakhstan. Curated by Jerome Sans & Dina Baitassova.
2019    Eldorama. Tripostal. Lille, France. Curated by Jerome Sans, Jean–Max Colard and Isabelle Bernini

2019    Golden Room. Palais des Beaux-Arts. Lille, France. Curated by Jerome Sans, Jean – Max Colard and Isabelle Bernini

2019    Sunday Morning. Galerist. Istanbul, Turkey. Curated by Nicole O’Rourke

2018    The Thirtieth Year. Krizinger Projekte. Wien, Austria. Curated by Jerome Sans.

2018    Evolve. Galery A. Izmir, Turkey. Curated by Necmi Sonmez.

2017    Summer In The City. La Patinoire Royal. Brussels, Belgium.

2017    Good Printing. Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde. Dubai, UAE. Curated by Yasmina Reggad.

2016    White Cube. Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde. Dubai, UAE. Curated by Amanda Abi Khalil.

2015    Time And Image. Greek Film Archive Museum. Athens, Greece. Curated by Christina Androulidaki.

2014    Entre Nosotros (Between us), Video art from the Middle East and North Africa in a global World. Etopia Centro de Arte y Tecnología. Zaragoza, Spain. Curated by Sabrina Amrani.

2014    Plurivocality. Istanbul Modern. Istanbul, Turkey. Curated by Levent Çalıkoğlu & Çelenk Bafra.

2014   Rock The Casbah. Group Show with Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Design Miami. Basel, Switzerland.

2012    Istanbul Modern. Rotterdam Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum. Rotterdam, Netherlands.

2011   B-34 Kulturk. Freie University. Berlin, Germany.

2011    30 Et Presque-Songes. Maison Revue Noire. Paris, France. Curated by Joël Andreanomearisoa.

2011    Dreams Of Art Spaces Collected. IGBK. Berlin, Germany.

2010   From Istanbul They Come. Kappatos Gallery. Athens, Greece. Curated by Eleftheria Tseliou.

2009    A Survey Of Turkish Art. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery. Dubai, UAE.

2007    Converted01, X-CUBE© locker. Tokyo, Japan. Curated by Eric van Hove.

2007   Give Joel A Gift, You Will Be Gifted. 30 and Almost-Dreams Exhibition. Antanarivo, Madagascar. Curated by Joël Andreanomearisoa.

2007    FROZEN45, Tomorrow Now Exhibition. MUDAM (Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean). Luxembourg. Curated by Alexandra Midal & Bjorn Dahlström
2001-2002      {GAME}. :mentalKLINIK, Istanbul, Turkey. Curated by :mentalKLINIK
2000    (SLEEP). :mentalKLINIK Space, Istanbul, Turkey. Curated by :mentalKLINIK

 

 

Teaching/Lecturing/Residency

 

2019-2018      OBSCURE OBJECT, Workshop with Carl de Smet at Khalifa University, Art&Technology, Abu Dhabi
2019- 2018     DOUBLE TROUBLE, Workshop at La Cambre with Nathalie Khan, Pierre Daras, Didier Vervaeren, Brussels, Belgium

2017    Residency at Performance Hub Belgrade Serbia

2015    Panel discussion with Scott Carter, :mentalKLINIK and Nari Ward moderated by Paul Lester. SCAD Museum of Art Savannah Georgia USA

2015    Lecture Series, SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design Georgia USA.

2009    OBSCURE OBJECT, Workshop, Ecole Speciale d’Architecture, Paris, France Undisciplined State of Mind, Ecole Speciale d’Architecture, Paris, France

2009    PRESENT FUTURE, Panel discussion with Tül Akbal Süalp moderated by Fatoş Üstek at Tent, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2008    UNDISCIPLINED DESIGNING; the Theory and Practice of :mentalKLINIK, Studium Generale Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2008    WORKSHOP at DAI-Week with Barbara Visser, directed by Gabrielle Schleijpen, Dutch Art Institute, Enschede, Netherlands

2008    ÇAGDAS SANAT KONUSMALARI 2, Çagdas Sanatta Sivil Olusumlar ve Inisiyatifler, panel discussion with Tül Akbal Süalp moderated by Levent Çalıkoğlu at Yapi Kredi Cultural Center, Istanbul, Turkey

2008    NON-DETAIL, Panel at Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

2008    NON-DETAIL – WORKSHOP with Bas van Beek at Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

2008    BiR ÇALISMA BİÇİMİ OLARAK TASARIM, Moderated by Levent Çalıkoğlu Istanbul Modern. Istanbul, Turkey

2008    GÜNCEL SANAT TARTISMALARI: Bagımsız Bünyeler, Panel discussion with Hazavuzu, Moderated by Seçil Yersel. Project by Azra Tüzünoğlu at  Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey

2007    :MENTALKLINIK STATEMENT, Dreams Of Art Spaces Collected, The International Gesellschaft Der Bildenden Künste (IGBK) in co-operation with Deutscher Künstlerbund, Berlin, Germany

2004    CHAT AT MUDAM, Camp de Base, Musée D’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean / Luxembourg

 

 

 

Publications / Bibliography


2018    OBNOXIOUSLY HAPPY. Interview by Jerome Sans, Published by La Patinoire Royale. ISBN 978-2-930737-19-5.

2018    The Thirtieth Year. Published by Krinzinger Projekte.

2018    Şiir Her Yerdedir, İLHAN BERK 100 Yaşında. Edited by Necmi Sönmez, Pubished by Yapı Kredi Yayınları. ISBN: 978-975-08-4372-3

2014    Plurivocality. By Levent Çalıkoğlu and Çelenk Bafra. Pubished by Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Istanbul.

2015    83% Satisfaction Guaranteed. Designed by :mentalKLINIK, Published by Louise Alexander Gallery.

2014    Plurivocality. Published by Istanbul Modern Art Museum, ISBN 10: 9756167718 / ISBN 13: 9789756167717

2012    That’s Fucking Awesome. Designed by :mentalKLINIK, Published by GALERIST, Istanbul, ISBN: 978-97592510-9-3

2007    User’s Manual, Contemporary Art In Turkey 1986-2006. Editor Halil Alt ndere, Süreyya Evren, Published by art-ist + revolver books, ISBN: 978-3-86588-392-6

2004    self 01. Editor: Birhan Keskin, Published by :mentalKLINIK, MUDAM

2004    wanting book odd notebook. Published by :mentalKLINIK, MUDAM, ISBN: 9758614029

2004    contents. Conceived by Yasemin Baydar and Birol Demir, Published by :mentalKLINIK, MUDAM, ISBN: 9758614037

2002    {oyun} game. Editor Tül Akbal Süalp, Published by :mentalKLINIK. ISBN: 9758614010

2001    (uyku) sleep. Editor Birhan Keskin, Published by :mentalKLINIK, ISBN: 9758614002

1997    On Life, beauty, Translations and Other Difficulties. Istanbul International Biennial. Editor Emre Baykal, Published by Istanbul Foundation For Culture and Arts, ISBN: 975-7363-03-0

1997    Kültür ein Gender – Projekt aus stanbul. Published by Shedhalle Zürich, Die Autorinnen. ISBN: 3-907829-06-9