Ipek Duben’s prolonged focus on the Outsider, the Other or the They began with her interest in the Western gaze and preconceptions abroad and at home regarding the Turk. It became the central theme of her postcard and video installation ‘What is a Turk?’ (2003 – 2004) and has remained as a key subject for her work since.
In her multimedia installations, paintings, artist’s books and videos Duben has focused on memory, identity, gender, prejudice, and migration. Besides solo exhibitions she has participated in the 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013); Poetry and Exile: British Museum (2014); 3rd European International Book Art Biennale, Moscow (2014); The Fourth and Fifth Bibliotheca Alexandrina International Biennale for the Artist’s book (2010, 2004); Istanbul Modern (2009,2011); The National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington D.C. 2010); King St. Stephen Museum, (Hungary 2013,2006), The Fifth Sharjah International Arts Biennial (2001). Collections: Istanbul Modern, British Museum, Wien Museum, King St. Stephen Museum, The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Koç and Zorlu Foundations.