Tuçe Erel (1981, Ankara) is a Berlin-based curator, art writer, and cultural worker. She studied Sociology at METU (2005), and Arts Theory and Critic (MA program) at Anatolian University (2009). She did her second MA in Art Arts Policy and Management (with curating pathway) at Birkbeck College (2015).
After working as a content editor, event manager, archivist, and gallery assistant at various institutions in Istanbul, she has been working as a freelance curator and art writer since 2013.
In February 2017 she co-curated “Now You are Here” with Seval Şener at Arte Sanat (Ankara) and curated “Fabric/ate” at Schneidertempel (Istanbul). In 2019, she curated “Roots and Growth: Traditional and Contemporary Art from Turkey” at the Museum of Islamic Art and Near Eastern Cultures in Be’er Sheva (Israel) and “Hactivate Yourself” in 1a Space in Hong Kong. In 2020, after the first lockdown of the COVID pandemic, Erel curated “Listening to Listening” at TOP e.V. In 2021, she co-curated “Leviathan: A Capitalocene Beastiarium” with Kaethe Wenzen and Lisa Glauer at TOP e.V. and “Sentient Matter with Tina Ribarits at D21 Leipzig. In 2022, she co-curated “Hackers, Makers Thinkers: Collective Experiments in Social Fermenting” with Regine Rapp, Christian de Lutz, Tengal Drilon at Art Laboratory Berlin. In 2023, Erel co-curated “Vicious Cycle” with Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz.
Since January 2017, she is a member of >top Transdisciplinary Project Space, in which she curates and host events, exhibitions, and reading group. From February 2018 to January 2020, she hosted Posthumanism Reading Group at >top. Since December 2019, she is a team member of Art Laboratory Berlin, assisting their hyrid-art oriented programme.
Her curatorial interests are archiving practices, ecology, Anthropocene, post-human and post-digital theories. Erel uses her sociology education in her curatorial research that in her research methodology she prefers to twist and challenge the conventional social science methodologies. In the last years, she explores the concept of hacking as a way to unbox the concept of bio-politics, Anthropocene, ecological crisis, naturecultures, non-human agency, artistic speculation and imagination.