Tuçe Erel (1981, Ankara) is a curator, art writer and art professional, based in Berlin. 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).
She worked for an art magazine as content editor, event manager and archivist, and gallery assistant in Istanbul from 2011 through 2013. Since September 2013, she has been working as a freelance art professional. She worked for artist’s book project, supported artists’ public relations, contributed to art magazines in Turkey.
In 2017 February she co-curated “Now You are Here” with Seval Sener 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 Museum of Islamic Art and Near Eastern Cultures in Be’er Sheva (Israel) and “Hactivate Yourself” in 1as Space in Hong Kong.
Her curatorial interests are archiving practices, ecology, Anthropocene, post-human and post-digital theories. She was at the curatorial team of Quiet Cue and since January 2017, she is 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.
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.