Meriç Algün was born in 1983 in Istanbul and currently lives and works in Stockholm. The contrasting differences between the make-up of both cities – Istanbul and Stockholm – particularly socially and politically, as well as her movement between the two, play a key role in her practice. Her work concentrates on issues of identity, borders, bureaucracy, language and translation through appropriated and “ready-made” texts, collections and archives. She has explored the Bible as vertical lines of text, never-been-borrowed books in libraries, the bureaucratic language of visa application forms and has even produced a dictionary of all the common words in Swedish and Turkish languages.
Algün has had significant solo exhibitions at institutions including ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus (2016); Kunstverein Freiburg (2015); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2015); MOSTYN, Llandudno (2014); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2013); Art in General, New York (2013); and Witte de With, Rotterdam (2012). She participated in the 56th Venice Biennial (2015); 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015); 5th Thessaloniki Biennial (2015); 19th Sydney Biennale (2014); 12th Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador (2014); and the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011). Algün has participated in group shows at venues including Fondazione Prada, Athens (2017); Istanbul Modern Museum (2017); Kunsthal Aarhus (2016); Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (2016); Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre (2014); Kunstverein Hannover (2013); Marabouparken, Stockholm (2013); MoCA, Detroit (2013); and MAK, Vienna (2013), as well as at CCA Wattis, San Francisco (2012); and Malmö Konsthall, Malmö (2012).