Derya Akay





Derya Akay, born in Istanbul, Turkey, is an artist living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, colonially known as Vancouver, BC. Akay received a BFA from Emily Carr University in 2010. Select solo exhibitions include Meydan, Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver, 2021; with bread, Campbell River Art Gallery, 2017; Pumice, Del Vaz Projects, Los Angeles, 2017; Painting with Light, Kunstverein Toronto, 2015; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Supper, Centre A, Vancouver, 2014. Recent group exhibitions include Contact Traces, Wattis Institute at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco; The Lulennial II: A Low-Hanging Fruit, Lulu, Mexico City, 2018; Nature's Way, Cooper Cole, Toronto, 2017; HERE, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, 2017; Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2016. In 2017, Akay had a Fieldhouse residency resulting in the publication, Mantı, Börek, Baklava, with the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver.

​Unit 17, 2023

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