Ayfer Karabiyk is an artist and an early career scholar holding a PhD from Turkey’s well-known Mimar Sinan Fine Art University in Istanbul. Her work is engaged with the boundaries between art and science/academic practices and with the conflicting requirements of academic/scientific work in the field of art. Her PhD thesis with the title „Inquiry on the boundaries of a dissertation on the shelf as an artwork in the context of an artistic/academic study“ represents an investigation into formats of academic/scientific work by means of art. Attempting to make methods, processes, and institutions writable, in a way which distances itself from stereotypes of the scientific art work and the reservations of the Western modernism towards Eastern modernism, it develops a method of critique aimed at the newly emerging field of arts based research.
After training in tailoring and fabric dyeing, Ayfer Karabiyik started a BA at the Department of Painting at Ataturk University, Erzurum. Graduating in 2004, she continued with her MA at the same Department of Visual Arts, which she completed with a thesis titled “A View at Museology Activities in Turkey Within the Concept of Contemporary Art Museology” in 2007. Since 2006, she has been working as a research assistant at both Sakarya University and Minar Sinan University. So far, she has published mainly in Turkish academic art journals and art magazines, and given invited talks and lectures on academic topics and her own work. She has held a number of solo and group exhibitions, both within Turkey and abroad.