Deniz participated as as ARCAthens’ Curatorial Fellow for Fall 2023  in the Occupy Atopos residency.

Deniz Kirkali is a curator and writer based between Istanbul and London. She holds an MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London and a BS in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. She has co-founded topsoil, a transnational curatorial and research collective, and Garp Sessions, a summer programme in Babakale, Turkey. She was the curator of Reciprocity Muscles at Cala, Berlin, My Dear Friends at Depo, Istanbul and Make it Hot, Cool it Down, Turn it Over in London; and the assistant curator of the 10th BACA Award Exhibition at Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, the Pavilion of Turkey at the 58th Venice Biennale, and BAHAR, the Istanbul offsite project of Sharjah Biennial 13. Her writings have been published in international magazines and platforms such as AQNB, Flash Art, this is tomorrow, Art Rabbit, We are Europe, Cogito, Art Unlimited and Manifold. She is the co-author of Otomy, published in 2022 by Onagore and winner of Volumes Book Award 2022. She has edited Fire Walk, an artist book by Ulgen Semerci and Burcu Yagcioglu, funded by the European Union. She is currently working as one of the editors of Garp Sessions Book, funded by SAHA. She is also currently doing her PhD in Advanced Practices at Goldsmiths, University of London.