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Yekta Çetinkaya is an emerging visual artist from Istanbul, Turkey, living and working in Ottawa. Çetinkaya's practice encompasses painting, sculpture, and installation.

 Weaving together languages of ancestral technology, scientific manuscripts, Anatolian visual culture, and narratives related to navigation, migration, and journeying, Çetinkaya's works are introductions to other stories, which exist in past, present, and future, traversing within and between cultures, communities, and histories.

His research-based art practice initiates negotiations between historical narratives of multiple perspectives, destabilizing the entrenched colonial history of discovery and progress, and generating new knowledge for the future. 

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Selected Group Exhibitions
2025   Newcomer, G101, Ottawa, ON
2023   XL: 40th Anniversary Exhibition, AXENÉO7, Gatineau, QC
2022   Cross-Paths, LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space, Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON
2022   Constellate, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON
Kosmic, Carleton Architects Association of Ontario, SAW Club, Ottawa, ON
Astro, SAW Club, Ottawa, ON
Art History: Is It Relevant ?, Gallery 115, Ottawa, ON

Artist Residencies
2023   Artengine, Artist in Residence: Art & Science Fiction, Ottawa,ON

Public Art
2022  The Welcome Back Project by Christos Pantieras, community-engaged temporary public artwork project, various locations across the city of Ottawa, ON, Canada
Wish Tree, mural in collaboration with artist Ferhat Demirel,  85 University Private, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Grants and Awards
2023  Seed Grant, City of Ottawa
2022  Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)'s Graduating Student Award of Excellence
2022  Articipate Project Grant, Arts Network Ottawa and the City of Ottawa
2021   Youth in Culture Pilot Program Grant, City of Ottawa

Curatorial Experience
2024 Spoiled Lemons, Curator with Nosy Mag, Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, ON
2023  Jinx!, Curator with Nosy Mag, Wallack Galleries, Ottawa, ON
2022  Cross-Paths, Curator, LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space, Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON

2020  Yekta Cetinkaya, Peintre aux influences internationales, by Thelma Grundisch, La Rotonde

2017-2022   Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) , University of Ottawa
2012-2017   Le Lycée Sainte Pulchérie, Istanbul, Turkey

Related Professional Experience
2022-  Writer and Contributor, Nosy Mag
2022-  Marketing and Communications Officer, Department of Visual Arts, University of Ottawa
2022-  Store Manager, Sherry Welden Art Store, Ottawa
2020-2022  Administrative Assistant and Marketing Content Creator, Department of Visual Arts, University of Ottawa

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