Zeynep Yılmaz is a writer and performer working with long and short form poetry woven in the audible, spatial and organizational conditions of language; writing and performing auto-fiction, spoken-word, semantic movement and curatorial exhibition texts.  



2019-2021 BA Leiden University Arts, Media and Society
2020-2021 Leiden University Minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies
2013-2018 Lycée Français Saint-Joseph d’Istanbul
2016 Boston University modules in Creative Writing & Economics


March 2024 - SOU.L / map the city, arthereistanbul & Aberdeen University, İstanbul, TR.
May 2023 - Garage Gallery Prague, CZ


2022 Politiks Kills Poetry, with Babi Badalov (AZR), Tariq Heijboer (NL), and Les Conseils Superflus, NL
2022 Decent writers don’t feed the narrative, 15 editions, self published for Snacks Amsterdam, NL


2024 COPYWRITER, İMÇ 5533, İstanbul, TR
2024 durun anlatayım (wait let me tell you), 400x118, İstanbul, TR
2022 Decent writers don’t feed the narrative, Snacks Amsterdam, NL
2022 Devir-Teslim, De Perzen carpet store, The Hague, NL
2022 Gapfilling (as Practice), “Relational Terms”, The Spectrum Space, NL

Group shows & Performance programs

2024 Urban Acoustic Speculations (Akustik Şehir Spekülasyonları), arthereistanbul, TR
2023 Chills & Quills (Sakin Ol ve Tüyler), Büyük Valide Han, İstanbul, TR
2023 inanınca göreceğim (i’ll see it when i believe it), Büyükada, İstanbul, TR

2023 ENDING, ORCHESTRATED  for aspace isa space is a space, Lab23 The Hague, NL
2023 Tip of The Tongue, Garage Gallery Prague, CZ
2022 I used to be a mountain, with Aleksandra Komsta, Instrument Inventors (iii) & Flipchart, The Hague, NL
2022 Posting poetry doesn’t make a poet, “Filling the Void” with The Spectrum Space, The Grey Space in the Middle, NL

Exhibition Texts For

2023 bir an için, gerisin geri (Gülnihal Yıldız), Kairos Gallery, İstanbul, TR
2023 As long as I remember, as fast as I remember, as strong as I remember (Ferdinand Waas), West Den Haag, NL
2023 Melancholy of Resistance (Ester Gašparova), Gerrit Rietveld Academie, NL
2023 0,9999... (Selver Yıldırım), YAYA / Viable, İstanbul, TR
2023 Plug’n’Play (Onur Tayranoğlu), MUU Contemporary Art Center, Helsinki, FL
2022 A-B-C-aptured (Ester Gašparova, “Metallic Taste of Patience”), Royal Academy of Art The Hague, NL
2021 UA006050455LV_  (Ferdinand Waas and Tim Rosenbaum), White Box Gallery, Oslo, NO
2021 Tongue Scraping Journal,  (Michaela Caganova), “All Cockroaches are Beautiful”,  The Spectrum Space, The Hague, NL

Selected Writings & Poems 

2023 “Song”, “Admin Summer”, “Conveyor Belt”, “Strain of Thoughts”, Motley Mag by Worm Literature
2023 “Let the Mountains Hear or The Word for World is Lunch”, Puja Journal, GR
2023 “Absolute Clarity”, Barefoot Collective Journal
2022 “Absolute Clarity”, 2X2 periodical, US
2022 “Assortment II”, 2512 periodical, NL
2022 “01 10”, 2X2 periodical, US
2022 “Gut Seaming or Gut Semen”, Mosquito Newspaper, NL
2022 “I found a chaos trying to put something else in order”, Mosquito Newspaper, NL
2022 Three poems for Sunday Mornings at the River Summer Anthology, amazon.com
2021 “by now I know” longlisted LS Poetry Contest, NL

Copywriting & Creative

2022-2023 / BetterThings Studio, Istanbul, TR
2021-2022 / Second Best Selected Treasures, Den Haag, NL
2019-2020 / Flama Design House, Istanbul, TR
2019 / assistant, Istanbul Jazz Festival, TR
2017 / assistant, 15th Istanbul Biennial “a good neighbour”, TR