Ege Okal (b. 1990) is a Turkish artist based in New York. Her work assesses, reimagines, and reconfigures the material and experiential qualities of violence, space, gender, language, diplomacy, and memory through film, animation, installation, and sculpture.

In her moving image work, she creates places in a purgatory ensconced within recognizable areas of cultural significance and spectacle. Institutional forces exist in differing degrees in these areas: banalities mix with urgency. She experiments with the ethnographic gaze of the camera; examines stratified and splintered psychological behaviors of carefully observed real scenarios and amplifies these appearances by emphasizing the emotions without a cathartic break. In her installations, she uses a diverse range of materials- from colonial trade products like coffee, corn or silk, to migrant food packaging (that are imported and mistranslated) and found objects, to more traditional sculptural materials. She is exploring potential ways of revealing and conjuring multiple meanings in a single work and investigating different degrees of precarity and the tension between fear and humor. The methodology is in the act of hand-working the artistic process. Both her artistic and curatorial practices involve collaborative thinking, participation, storytelling, and care.

She received her MFA in 2020 from Cornell University, BA from Sabanci University. She opened the course ‘Food: Culture, Cultivation, Design’ at Bilgi University. She has been working as a photojournalist at the United Nations.


2019 Tourist, Experimental Gallery, Ithaca, NY


2020 Midnight Crisis, Experimental Gallery, Ithaca, NY

2019 Home, Tjaden Gallery, Ithaca, NY


2020 Screening of the short film Merkür (2015) :

          Home Alone, Pera Museum, Istanbul, TR

2019 Pure Wobble, Experimental Gallery, Ithaca, NY

         Scorched Earth, Tjaden Gallery, Ithaca, NY

         Or High Water, Safe Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

         Book/Mark, Tjaden Gallery, Ithaca, NY

         Freshmen, Tjaden Gallery, Ithaca, NY

2018 Pinch Point, Tjaden Gallery, Ithaca, NY

         Screening of the short documentary Nydia (2018) :

         The Kiplinger Theatre, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

2017 Screening of the short film Merkür (2015) :

         Work Affairs, Tricky Women Festival, Vienna, Austria

         The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa

         Libby Sacer Foundation, Athens, Greece

2016 Screening of the short film Merkür (2015) :

         Festival on Wheels, Turkish Booth, Berlin, Germany

         Official Selection, !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey

         Official Selection, Akbank International Short Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey

         Official Selection, IKSV 35th Istanbul Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey

         Official Selection, Athens Animation Festival, Athens, Greece

         Official Selection, Stockholm Experimental & Animation Film Festival, Sweden

         Kino Roulette, Filmfest Dresden International Short Film Festival, Germany

         4th Canlandıranlar Festival, Istanbul, Turkey

         Official Selection, Anifilm International Festival of Animated Films, Czech Republic

         Official Selection, 19th Flying Broom International Women's Film Festival, Turkey

         Official Selection, Eskişehir International Film Festival, Turkey

         Official Selection, Golden Kuker-Sofia International Animation Festival, Bulgaria

         Official Selection, Kayseri Altin Cinar Film Festival, Turkey

         Cannes Short Film Corner, France

         Official Selection, 10th River Film Festival, Padua, Italy

         Official Selection, 36th Ifsak Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey

         Panorama, Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne, Australia

         Official Selection, Anibar Animation Festival, Peja, Kosovo

         Official Selection, Shorts Mexico Film Festival, 2016, Mexico City, Mexico

         Official Selection, Helsinki International Film Festival, Helsinki, Finland

         KROK International Animated Film Festival, 2016, Russia

         59th DOK Leipzig, Country Focus Turkey, Leipzig, Germany

         Cartoons Underground, 2016, Singapore

         Official Selection, Feelfest, Madrid, Spain

         Official Selection, CutOutFest, Querétaro, Mexico

         Cycle, Bronx World Film, New York, USA

2014 Teatr Rysowania, Academy of Fine Arts, Wroclaw, PL

2013 Drawing Theatre, FASSART Gallery, Istanbul, TR

2012 162m2 8PERSONA, FASSART Gallery, Istanbul, TR

2011 In-Between Slashes: Formless/Normless/Homeless, Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, TR

2010 Photokina, The Business Forum Imaging, Cologne, DE

2009 Flow, Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Istanbul, TR



2019     Scorched Earth, Tjaden Gallery, Ithaca, NY

2017     Poolside Animation, Istanbul Comics & Art Festival, Istanbul, TR