Artist, poet, writer and art critic Şener Özmen was born on August 27, 1971 in Idil. He graduated from Fine Arts Education at the Faculty of Education at Çukurova University in 1998.

 

Özmen's first contact with contemporary art was in 1996 when he created a political installation with Halil Altındere for the exhibition titled "Young Artistic Activity 2" organized by the International Association of Art (UPSD). Özmen has written critical articles especially on the works of contemporary artists who are based in Diyarbakır and the intensified practices of contemporary art in the 1990s and 2000s. His articles have been published in many newspapers and magazines. Writer to novels and stories also in Kurdish, he was invited to the Montclair State University Art and Design Faculty's residency program in 2017 and thus moved to New Jersey, USA. In the same year, he was granted a scholarship from the Artist Protection Fund under the International Studio & Curatorial Program and later he was invited for another residency program under the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts' EFA Studio Program. Özmen then moved to Germany in 2018 after he was granted a scholarship by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Abteilung Kultur.

 

Özmen's videos, photographs, books, sculptures and installations, which all have in common a subtle, poetic way of approaching the challenging issues of the geography he inhabits, are being exhibited in well-known galleries and museum of contemporary art since the beginning of the 2000s. The artist continues to present a sharp humor and a clear aesthetic language in his highly ironic, political works.

 

Şener Özmen lives and works in Diyarbakır.