Elif Öner, currently lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Dichotomies like reality/fiction and nature/culture are major concepts in Öner’s artwork and research towards their visual language. Focusing the themes of self-perception and unwritten history, Öner uses the potential of the unconscious to research the unspoken in her artworks. Since 2018, Öner has been working with Evrim Kavcar, collaborating on a long-term project called Sensitive Sounds, a polyphonic, multiform, participatory process that traces the subjective, social and cultural layers of sound in multiple formats.
Her solo and duo exhibitions include So Moving, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (2023); 17th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2022); The Fine Knife We Used To Pare Away The Rough Day, Kasa Galeri, Istanbul, Turkey (2020); Dictionary of Sensitive Sounds, PASAJist, Istanbul, Turkey (2019); Historical Future Museum, website project, İstanbul/Turkey (2013-2014) MuseuMModern, website project, Germany (2010-2014); Out of Frame, TAB Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey (2018); You Already Know Half Of The Story, artSümer, Istanbul, Turkey (2013) Her selected group exhibitions include Contemporary Turkish Video Art Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria (2009); Turkish Delight, Turkish Video Artists Selection, Paris, France (2009);Urban Discovery, Gelsenkirchen, Germany (2010); Sleep and Shadow, Siemens Art , Istanbul, TR (2011); Los Angeles & Istanbul Connection, Los Angeles, USA (2011); Museum Inside a Museum, Elgiz Museum, Istanbul, Turkey (2012) Formless, Santral Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey (2014); Fluid Reality in New Media Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Serbia (2015); Upside Down, Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Serbia (2016) and I Haven’t Taken An Oath, Barın Han, Istanbul, Turkey (2022). Öner also worked as a visual artist in a theater play Eurotopia directed by Emre Koyuncu and staged at Freiburg Government Theatre, Freiburg, Germany in 2017.