In her multidisciplinary practice, Hera Büyüktaşcıyan (*1984) uses the notions of absence and invisibility in order to anchor memory, space, and time through unseen and forgotten aspects of history and architectural memory. Through her site-specific interventions, sculptures, drawings, and films, Büyüktaşcıyan dives into terrestrial imagination by unearthing patterns of selected narratives and timelines that unfold the material memory of unstable spaces. Selected local and international exhibitions include: Soft Water Hard Stone, New Museum Triennial, New York, NY (forthcoming); Reflections: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa, The British Museum, London, UK (2021); On Stones and Palimpsests, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2020) (solo); Face à la mer (In front of the sea), Centre d'art contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France (2020); LB02: between the sun and the moon, Lahore Biennale, Lahore, Pakistan (2020); Every Step in the Right Direction, Singapore Biennale, National Gallery, Singapore (2019); The Shoreline Dilemma, Toronto Biennial of Art, Toronto, Canada (2019); On Threads and Frequencies, Gigantisme, Dunkirk, France (2019); Neither on the Ground, nor in the Sky, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2019); Planetary Planning, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2018); Still (the) Barbarians, EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick, Ireland (2016); Once There was a Country, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany (2015); Istanbul. Passion, Joy, Fury, MAXXI Museum, Rome, Italy (2015); Saltwater, 14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2015); Saltwater, Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2015); Armenity, Armenian Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2015); A Century of Centuries, SALT, Beyoğlu, Turkey (2015); The Jerusalem Show VII, SALT Galata, Istanbul, Turkey (2014); The Land Across the Blind, GALERİ MANÂ, Turkey (2014).
Büyüktaşcıyan completed an artistic residency held in 2021 in Prague in the framework of the tranzit.cz / Biennale Matter of Art project Center and Periphery: Cultural Deserts in Eastern Europe, funded by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (EEA and Norway Grants) in the program Culture. The residency resulted in the creation of a new work that was exhibited at the second edition of the Biennale Matter of Art 2022 in Prague.