Ülkü Süngün was born 1970 in Istanbul. The artist lives and works in Stuttgart/Germany and studied art at the Fine Art Academy in Stuttgart.
Through various mediums such as photographs, installations, sculptures and performances, Ülkü Süngün critically tackles the subjects of migration and identity (politics) as well as memory and commemoration.
Son travail, souvent collaboratif et orienté, poursuit sur le long cours une forme de recherche artistique et traite des questions d’émancipation.
Her often collaborative and process-oriented work pursues a form of artistic research and deals with questions of emancipation. During her ongoing studio program at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart and residency at Zeitraumexit Mannheim, she realizes her projectInstitute for Artistic Migration Research. With the organization founded in 2017, she makes her critical artistic and social practice structurally visible and uses spaces nomadically.
Through her interdisciplinary cooperation and collaborations, she offers a platform to other artists, activists, historians and social workers.
In Mannheim she investigates the function and impact of migrants and art institutions on gentrification from various perspectives.
Her work was shown at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Sammlung Klein in Nussdorf, Port 25 in Mannheim, Villa Merkel in Esslingen and Zeitraumexit in Mannheim.
Her work was commissioned by Klein Collection, Stategallery Stuttgart Collection and private collections.
Ülkü Süngün worked as a lecturer at Merz Academy and Fine Art Academy Stuttgart; as she also organised symposiums on asylum & art, and photography.