Baha Görkem Yalım
Baha Görkem Yalım (1987, Izmir) is a visual artist. After having worked as an engineer, Yalım completed their BA in Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, receiving the award in the Thesis category. Additionally, they completed an Honours Degree in Art and Research at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and University of Amsterdam and received their MA in Art Praxis at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI). They are currently working as Coordinator of the Fine Arts Department@Gerrit Rietveld Academie.
Yalım’s exploration, not only of contents but also of the use of artistic media, is in a constant flux - refusing to crystallise in a particular form. Yalım employ video, sculpture, and performance sometimes in variations and sometimes as folds of the same. Their practice at time crosses the borders of a writer, educator, and curator. Although the range of subjects that they touch upon is varied, there are notions that appear with recurrent energy, such as the poetically changed vertical/horizontal allegory, which functions as a oblique critique on modernity and patriarchy. Objecthood and history -with a particular interest in the concept of keepsake- are also often thematised.
Their work is often accompanied with texts that are in the crossing of poetry, fiction, and academic reflection.
Görkem returned to DAI as a member of our crew, charged with Documentation, Archival Research, and Support.
Learn more about Görkem's 20 minute presentation Regarding an Invisible Kite for CONSTANT CRAVING ~ PERFORMING UNDER CONDITIONS - DAI's 3 day lectures marathon at State of Concept in Athens, June 2018.
Learn more about Görkem Yalim’s written MA thesis (DAI, 2018): Ontology as Reverse Engineering: Understanding Practices of the Self through Contamination, Abstraction and Precarity
Learn more about Görkem Yalim’s "life after DAI" by means of their website