Melike Kara

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Jan Kaps

  • Melike Kara, Where We Meet, 2020, Installation view, Jan Kaps, Cologne
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Melike Kara adresses questions of identity, belonging, and alienation through site-specific installations and paintings. Raised in the diaspora as the child of a Kurdish-Alevi family in Germany, the artist explores Kurdish identity as a particularly fractured identity without state affiliation. Depicting different settings and realities of life that correspond to a transnational experience, Kara shows how a heritage can be kept alive far from its natural place of origin.

Kara's pictorial atlas draws from the artist's ongoing archival research. Starting in 2014, Kara has compiled an extensive i ...

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Melike Kara (b. 1985) lives and works in Cologne, Germany. In 2014, Kara graduated from Düsseldorf Academy of Art where she studied under Rosemarie Trockel.

Recent solo exhibitions include 'No friends but the Mountains' at Kunstverein Göttingen (2020), 'My Beloved Wide Valley' at Arcadia Missa, London (2019), 'Risquons-Tout' at Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2019) and 'A Taste of Parsley' at Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2018). In 2021, the artist will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne. Kara's work is represented in museum and public coll ...