Bio

Photographed by Rengim Mutevellioglu.

Artist and writer based in Brooklyn, telling stories about art and its makers. Transfixed by the facts of imaginings, and interested in interweaving literary fiction and art writing. Will write a book one day, a real one.

Cigdem Asatekin holds an MFA in Art Writing from School of Visual Arts, New York; along with a BFA in Painting, and an MBA in Arts Management from esteemed universities in Turkey, where she is originally from. She worked within various fields of Istanbul’s contemporary art world for five years, including art galleries, festivals, the Biennial, renowned art magazines, and museums. Asatekin is the co-founder of Artwalk Istanbul: the first guided gallery tour service in the country. She moved to New York City in 2015, and after receiving her degree, she proceeded to become the Managing Editor for the program’s publication Degree Critical until 2019.

As a painter, Asatekin has been exhibited in the US and Europe including New York, Istanbul, and Belgium. Lately, she has worked on depressive self portraits and commissioned portraits of pets.

Asatekin has been writing and translating for art spaces, collectors, curators, and artists professionally. Her critical writing appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Degree Critical, private collections and catalogues, and more. She publishes in Degree Critical regularly.