İstanbul / Den Haag

practical po-et,   romantic kid,    writer,

Zeynep Yılmaz is a worker of the cultural field with an expanding toolkit orbiting around
(writing) exhibition + artist texts,
(initiating) publications + critical framings,
(engaging with) dialogical poems + curatorial practices,
(urgently researching) performative, linguistic and philosophical inquiries as a practicing artist.


2019-2021 Leiden University BA Arts, Media and Society
2020-2021 Leiden University Minor in Gender & Sexuality
2013-2018 Lycée Saint-Joseph d’Istanbul

Published & Selected Works

2021-2022 Mindspillings (newsletter, self-published)
2021 “Belirsizliğin Dayanılmaz Hafifliği”, Aposto!
2021 “by now I know” longlisted LS Poetry Contest
2021 “Duygu üstatlığı ile bir diyalog”, Vitriol on Revue
2021 “Gurbet yarası, bazen hepsinden derin, söyleyin memleketten ne haber var?”, Aposto!
2021 “Fear”, Fecir Fanzin
2021 “Annem bir keresinde demişti ki,”, Fecir Fanzin
2021 “An Anthology in Plotting” (self-published)
2022 Three poems selected for Sunday Mornings at the River Summer Anthology, Amazon
2022 Decent writers don’t feed the narrative (self-published)
2022 Politiks Kills Poetry, Les Conseils Superflus with Babi Badalov

Editing, Curating, Translating & Performing 

2019-2020 Creative Assistant & Copywriter / Flama Design House, Istanbul, TR
2021 Performer / “Rehearsal”, Royal Academy of Art The Hague Graduation Show
2021 Curatorial assistance / Anca Barjovanu, Royal Academy of Art Graduation Show, The Hague, NL
2021 Translator / My Turkey My Turkey My Heaven, video installation by Batuhan Keskiner, Royal Academy of Art The Hague Graduation Show, NL 
2021 Curatorial assistance and artistic collaboration with Michaela Caganova/ “Tongue Scraping Journal” in “All Cockroaches are Beautiful”,  The Spectrum Space, The Hague, NL
2021 Editor and poet / “UA006050455LV_” exhibition text, Oslo, NO
2021 Editor / “Relational Terms” exhibition text, The Spectrum Space, The Hague, NL
2022 Gapfilling (as Practice) / online exhibition “Relational Terms”curated by The Spectrum Space, The Hague, NL
2022 Devir - Teslim / solo performative installation, De Perzen, The Hague, NL
2022 Performer / collaborative writing and reading with Bassel Halabi, Students for Palestine, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL
2022 Decent writers don’t feed the narrative / solo installation, reading performance, publication launch, Snacks Amsterdam, NL
2022 Handmade visual identity for Janus Media podcasts; Yuvarlak Masa, Vitriol, 0 Beklenti, Meditatio, Istanbul, TR
2022 Performer / Posting poetry doesn’t make a poet, “Filling The Void” at The Grey Space in The Middle, The Hague, NL
2022 Writer / A-B-C-aptured for Ester Gašparova’s “Metallic Taste of Patience”, Fine Arts end of year exhibition, Royal Academy of Art The Hague, NL
2022 Perfomer / Noor Remmen, MA Artistic Research, Graduation Show Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL