Baha Görkem Yalim (1987, Izmir) is a visual artist. After working as an engineer, Yalim completed their Bachelor Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, Honours in Art and Research at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the University of Amsterdam, and Masters in Art Praxis at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI). Yalim's practice is multidisciplinary and defined by being purposefully in flux, refusing to crystallise in any one form or medium. Yalım employs video, sculpture, and performance sometimes in variations and always as folds of the one and same practice. In all its variations, things come together toward durational proposals and are radically allowed to appear as themselves. Their position at times also crosses to writer, educator, and curator, and includes the production of texts across poetry, fiction, and academic reflection. Yalim's practice is deeply tied to art history, its readings, re-readings, and misreadings. Objecthood and history (with a particular interest in "the keepsake"), abstraction (as a subversive, revolutionary tool), and contamination (as a form of collaboration) are concepts frequently thematised. Yalim interrogates the concepts through the lens of labour and gender, often summoning questions of ritual, landscape, and refrain. These open questions come together in a desire to diminish art and artist as unified ontological categories
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