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Ekrem Serdar (he, him) is a curator, writer, and arts administrator. He is from Ankara, Turkey.
As the curator at Squeaky Wheel (Buffalo, NY) he is responsible for the organization’s exhibitions, public programming, and residency programs. He focuses on interpreting media art across practices, economies, and technologies, including non-fiction film, memes, video games, machine learning, sound art, cybersecurity, activist films, and home movies, among others. Recent exhibitions and major projects include Johann Diedrick: Dark Matters; Public Visualization Studio: Passing through the Heart; and the group exhibition Punctures: Textiles in Digital and Material Time.
As an administrator, he initiated Squeaky Wheel adopting certification from Working Artists and the Greater Economy, and growing the organization’s Workspace Residency program. The residency has supported projects that have been featured in the Whitney Biennial, The New York Times, the Toronto Film Festival, among other festivals, venues, and publications.
Previously, he was a co-founder of Experimental Response Cinema (Austin, TX), a roving micro-cinema that showed experimental film and video, and a writer and programmer of Küçük Sinemalar, a showcase of experimental moving image from Turkey, taking place in Turkey and abroad.
His writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Millennium Film Journal, 5harfliler, among other publications. He is the recipient of a Curatorial Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (2017), a SAHA Fellowship with Independent Curators International (2017), and a Professional Development Fellowship for the Flaherty Seminar (2015).
He’s been enjoying copy-editing Wikipedia in his spare time. Learn more in The Creative Independent and the The Buffalo News.
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