Mutlu Çerkez

Mutlu Çerkez
Mutlu Çerkez
Born 17 September 1964
London, United Kingdom
Died 15 December 2005(2005-12-15) (aged 41)
Melbourne, Australia
Nationality Australian/British/Turkish Cypriot
Field Painter

Mutlu Çerkez (17 September 1964 – 15 December 2005) was a London-born British-Australian-Turkish Cypriot conceptual artist.[1][2] Çerkez was known for titling his work based upon a future date which he would remake it,[3] although not necessarily in its original form.[4] He represented Australia at the 6th Istanbul Biennial in Turkey in 1999, and Sao Paolo Biennale in Brazil in 1998.[5]



Çerkez was born on 17 September 1964 in London, the United Kingdom to Turkish Cypriot parents.[1] In 1987, he studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, in Melbourne, Australia and had his first solo exhibitions the next year, at City Gallery in Melbourne and the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney. Çerkez attracted an international reputation, showing in the United States, Italy and Denmark, as well as at the 1998 São Paolo Biennale and the 1999 Istanbul Biennial. In the same year, he was in the Seppelt Contemporary Art Award.[1] In 2005, he exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in an exhibition with fellow Melbourne artist Marco Fusinato.[6] He also featured in the exhibition "Fieldwork Australian Art 1968-2002" with which the National Gallery of Victoria opened its Federation Square galleries.[5] He died on 15 December 2005.[3]


Çerkez did not always give his works a standard title, but they always received at least one date; however, this date did not relate to the work’s fabrication, but was placed in the future. The underlying idea was that on the specified date, Çerkez would remake the work.[1] As Çerkez once remarked to Robyn McKenzie: "I imagined at the end of my life there being two series of works, the originals and the copies, in two different chronological orders. I thought the interesting thing would be the missing ones – the ones dated after I die."[1]


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