Erden Kosova is a Turkish art critic and curator based in Istanbul and Berlin.
Kosova has been an AR-Resident in Berlin since January 2018. His residency is a cooperation between Artists at Risk (AR) and the project-space Apartment Project run by Selda Asal, and is funded by the “Weltoffenes Berlin” (Cosmopolitan Berlin) programme of the City of Berlin / Berlin Senate.
Erden Kosova completed a Masters in the History of Art from 1995-1999 at Mimar Sinan University before taking an MPhil in Theory of Visual Culture at Goldsmiths College, University of London, from 1999-2006. He has taught at Kadir Has University, the Technische Universität Wien and Goldsmiths College, London. Recently, he taught a module at the Dutch Art Institute, Planetary Campus, entitled “Syndromes of the Present” (2017). This is also the title of an exhibition he co-curated in Thessaloniki, Izmir, Amsterdam and Berlin, and which continues as an ongoing project of the Meduza Foundation founded by Galit Eilat. It focuses on the impacts of eschatological thought and messianic ideas of the 17th century on today’s politics.
Kosova is a contributing curator at the bi-annual Herbstsalon at the Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin. The Herbstsalon is based on the critique of contemporary nationalism and European discourse on integration of cultural difference.
Erden Kosova is currently writing a monograph about the artist Cengiz Çekil in cooperation with Rampa Gallery, Istanbul. He is also on the editorial board of the e-journal red-thread.org, a publication project focusing on social critique and art theory from Eastern Europe, South Caucasia and the Middle East.
Erden Kosova is an Artists at Risk (AR) Safe Haven Resident, hosted in cooperation with Apartment Project, funded by the “Weltoffenes Berlin” (Cosmopolitan Berlin) programme of the City of Berlin / Berlin Senate. The AR Secretariat is generously funded by Kone Foundation.