Cinarel was born in Izmir – Turkey in 1974 and currently lives between St Ives, London and Istanbul. Cinarel works individually and collaboratively across painting, sculpture, video, installation, spatial intervention, sound, text, performance and curatorial practice
Much of Ilker Cinarel’s work explores his inner feelings through a psychoanalytical approach. Questioning the politics that surround the family through the indescribably personal prism of his own childhood tensions where hyper-macho pop culture spilled over into reality. Ilker is still trying to reconcile where he belongs within this masculine dominated culture and context. Questioning the place of intimacy, humour within an overtly masculine context also desires and needs in human development.
Ilker playfully makes visible the structures, which constrain societal stereotypes.
lker Cinarel investigative processes involving both aestheticizing and politicizing his personal experiences and relationship with his surroundings, raising questions that concern cultural identity and the social and political environment that he lives in. In particular, themes around men and masculinity.
Cinarel winner of Inland Art Festival award 2014 and Sandra Blow Award 2011.
Many group exhibition including Newlyn Art Festival, Newlyn Art Gallery (2015), Backlane West, Redruth (2015), Exchange Gallery, Penzance (2015), Inland Art Festival, Redruth (2014), The Montage Gallery, London (2014), Porthmeour Studios, St Ives (2013), Decentralized Network Congress | USA |Serbia | Argentina |Italy (2012), 6th Istanbul Biennale – ‘Passion and The New Wave’, Istanbul (1999) and in exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Research projects have included an internship with Hoeschst and Retsch porcelain companies in Germany. Recent works are held in private collections.