Va Writer-in-Residence

Sine Ergün

Writer, Curator, Director of Maumau Artist-in-Residency Program
Based in Istanbul, Turkey

Va Writer-in-Residence
Apri 24 — May 24, 2015

During her stay at Va Residency, Sine Ergün:

  • Finished her third book, a collection of short stories titled Baştankara.
  • Conceptually prepared the exhibition she had planned to curate in November 2015, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. She focused on the political dimensions of the book as she saw a relevant connection between Alice’s state of being and the then political situation in Turkey, while observing the rest of the world as a citizen. During her stay at Va, she also researched on artists for her exhibition, both Iranian and international.

For her book, Baştankara (Titmouse, Can Publishing, 2016), partly researched and written during her residency in Isfahan, she was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature.

Biography

Sine Ergün (1982) is a writer based in Istanbul, Turkey. She has published three books: Burası Tekin Değil (It’s not Safe Here, Yitik Ülke Publishing, 2010; Can Publishing, 2012), Bazen Hayat (Life, Sometimes, Can Publishing, 2012) and Baştankara (Titmouse, Can Publishing, 2016). In 2013, she received the 59th Sait Faik Short Story Award for her book Bazen Hayat (Life, Sometimes). Her translation works, essays, interviews, poetry, and short stories have been published in several literature magazines, and Ergün herself has worked as an editor at Notos Book and edited Notos magazine. Since 2012, she has been working as the founding director of the art initiative maumau. She is currently preparing her next show as a curator as well as working on an anthology on Bartleby Syndrome – the Writers of No. In her writings, Ergün is concerned with magic realism and Raymond Carver. Her stories are about the small details of life. She has published two short story collections, Bazen Hayat and Burası Tekin Değil, and is part of an anthology Kadınlar Arasında edited by Murathan Mungan. In 2013, she received the 59th Sait Faik Short Story Award for her book Bazen Hayat (Life, Sometimes). Her translation works, essays, interviews, poetry, and short stories have been published in several literature magazines, and Ergün herself has worked as an editor at Notos Book and edited Notos magazine. Since 2012, she has been working as the founding director of the art initiative Maumau.