RED INITIATIVE

As an independent art initiative, founded for creating a platform of self expression, Kırmızı / Red intends to share a sincere art experience, rather than telling big words with productions. With this sharing, views of lives of five different people from different lives and the words they want to say become visible in varied disciplines.

Kırmızı/Red, the name of the initiative, which reminds things like to draw attention, to stop, to excite and to provoke, is, here, a concept open to different interpretations.

The movement of five people who accepted to be sometimes ironic, sometimes repulsive but mostly dissident as a common attitude, although, they have different artistic languages, consists of Ahu Akkan, Hatice Çöklü, Ferda Demirel, Rukiye Epli Dede and Özlem Tekdemir.

Ahu Akkan

1980, Ankara finished high school at Izmir Fine Arts Lycée and graduated from Hacettepe University Fine Arts Deparment in 2003 with a specialization in painting. In 2014 she received a Master’s Degree in art from Hacettepe University. She currently works as a research assistant at Usak University Fine Arts Department. The artist has two solo exhibitions and participated in several group exhibitions.

Hatice Çöklü

She was born in 1976 in Kırşehir. She graduated from Gazi University, Faculty of Edu- cation, Dept. of Painting Education in 2000 with an “ Achievement Award”. In 2001 she went to Germany for graduatestudyandcompleted her graduatestudy in Universitaet Kassel Kunsthochschule in 2009. Then in 2010 she graduated from Prof. Dorothee von Windheim’s studio as a “Meisterschulerin”. She opened her first solo exhibition in 2009 in Germany and participated in several group exhibitions in Germany and Turkey. She is continuing the doctorate program in Hacettepe University Faculty of FineArts, De- partment of Painting. She is a member of “Kırmızı (Red) Initiative”.

Rukiye Epli Dede

She was born in Samsun in 1980. She graduated from Gazi University, Faculty of Education, Dept. of Painting Education in 2001 with an “ Achievement Award”. In 2006 she received a Master’s Degree in art from Hacettepe University Institute of Social Sciences Division of painting. The artist opened five solo exhibitions and participated in several exhibitions. She is a member of “Kırmızı (Red) Initiative”.

Ferda Demirel

She was born in 1978 in Ankara. She graduated from Zafer Gençaydın’s studio in Hacettepe University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Painting in 1999. In 2005 she opened her private studio. Till then she works and gives lessons in her studio. She is a member of Kırmızı İnisiyatif – Red Art Initiative.

Özlem Tekdemir

She was born in 1980 in İstanbul. She received a master’s degree in 2005 and doctorate degree in 2013 from Hecettepe University Faculty of Fine Art, Department of Painting. She still with the Universty of Gazi having Ph. D. degree at Department of Graphics. She opened for five solo exhibitions and participated in sevaral group exhibitons. She still lives and works  in Ankara. Artist is a member of Red İnitative