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Bilal Hakan Karakaya

Born in 1979 in Ankara, Karakaya studied at Gazi University Faculty of Education of Art Education

Department between 1999–2004. In 2006, he began working with artist Hanefi Yeter. In 2014, he set up his first solo exhibition Hybrid Delusions at Art350 Gallery (now Anna Laudel).

The artist participates in various group exhibitions, international symposiums and continues working in his studio in Istanbul. Karakaya is renowned for his unique technique of using different materials, pushing the boundaries of traditional sculpture production. Working with resin, industrial and natural waste, Karakaya reflects the impressions of individuals trapped in the chaos of modern city life on his works. The figures of the artist reflect the “alienation” of the oppressed human beings under the weight of the capitalist world.

His sculptures are inspired by the reality of life and establish relationships with the past and the present. Karakaya’s unique way of using different kinds of materials, and how he incorporates them into the reproduction process, are the key features that define his art practice. Karakaya prefers being in direct contact with the materials during the production process in order to avoid distance from the work