Çağla Ilk

Portrait of Çağla Ilk, Curator of the German Pavilion 2024, Photo: Andrea Rossetti

Çağla Ilk, Photo: Andrea Rossetti

Çağla Ilk is a curator and architect. Since 2020, she has been director of the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden together with Misal Adnan Yıldız.

Ilk works in theory and practice at the interface of architecture, visual arts, sound, and performance. She uses dramaturgy as a method of curating and integrates transdisciplinary approaches into her curatorial practice. Her exhibition methodology follows the idea of working with events and installations that change and make transitions visible, instead of static forms of exhibition making.

Ilk studied architecture at the Technical University of Berlin and Mimar Sinan University Istanbul. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including the solo exhibitions Grada Kilomba Opera to a Black Venus (2024), Sarkis 7 Tage, 7 Nächte (2023), Jan St. Werner Space Synthesis (2023), Candice Breitz Whiteface (2023), Yvonne Rainer Hellzapoppin: What about the Bees? (2023), Jimmy Robert All dressed up and nowhere to go (2022/2023), and Ulrike Ottinger Cosmos Ottinger (2022) as well as the group exhibitions Nature and State (2022) and State and Nature (2021) at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. Ilk was also co-curator of the 6th Ural Biennial in Ekaterinburg (2021) and chief curator of Studio Bosporus (2021), the nationwide interdisciplinary festival of the German Foreign Office. From 2012–2020, Ilk was dramaturge and curator at the Maxim-Gorki-Theater in Berlin, where she was responsible for cross-disciplinary projects and festivals that combined performing, performative, and visual arts, often in a transcultural context. Ilk co-curated four editions of the Berliner Herbstsalon at the Maxim-Gorki-Theater.

Ilk was active in cultural policy as a member of the presidium of the neuen Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK), as a member of the Council for the Arts Berlin, and on numerous juries for cultural funding. In March 2023, Çağla Ilk was appointed as the curator of the German contribution to the 60th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. She lives and works in Berlin and Baden-Baden.