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Ebru Esra Satıcı



Country: Turkey

ITP Year: 2015


Ebru Esra Satıcı is a curator and editor based in Istanbul. Currently, she works as a curator at Meşher in Istanbul since its foundation in 2019. She is responsible for exhibitions and publications, and recently co-curated the exhibition “Istanbul as far as the Eye Can See: Views Across Five Centuries,” which is on view until late 2024.

From 2014 to 2019, Esra was a Gallery Curator at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), responsible for content development and project management of exhibitions, parallel events, and publications. She oversaw all stages of the exhibition-making process, from programming and production to communications.

Esra holds a joint MA in International Performance Research from the University of Amsterdam and Warwick University, specializing in curation and performance. She completed a thesis on identity performances and the idea of ‘home’ in migrant cinema. While in Amsterdam, she worked as an events curator at the Amsterdam Turkish Film Festival. She also holds an MA in History of Art from Koç University, where she served as a research and teaching assistant and gained lecturing experience. She earned a BA in Philosophy with a minor in Political Science from Middle East Technical University. During her undergraduate studies, she enrolled in courses on film and continental philosophy at Charles University, Prague, as part of her exchange program.

Starting from her undergraduate years, Esra has always had an interest in diverse topics within the humanities and visual culture. This led her to theoretically explore various mediums, such as cartoons, paintings, and moving images. Later, she gained experience by translating her theoretical background into practice through curating exhibitions. She thrives on developing visually captivating narratives in an exhibition format that is inherently multi-layered and interdisciplinary. Her passion for creating authentic content continues to drive her pursuits in various formats, such as curating exhibitions, broadcasting podcasts, publishing on relevant subject matter, and presenting her research at international conferences. Currently, she is developing a thematic group exhibition to open in 2025.

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At the British Museum
While attending the International Training Programme in 2015, Esra was based in the Department of Greece and Rome. Her UK Partner placement was spent with Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, Newcastle.

In 2015 each participant was asked to plan and propose a temporary exhibition based on the physical space and concept of the Asahi Shimbun Displays in Room 3 at the British Museum.  Esra’s exhibition project proposal was entitled William Pars’ Ephesus: An 18th Century Drawing and a World Heritage Site.

Esra’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Aall Foundation.

Legacy Projects
In November 2015 Esra attended the ITP Mumbai Workshop Creating Museums of World Stories. The workshop was held at CSMVS and was attended by many ITP fellows from different years and countries, UK partners and British Museum Colleagues.

Esra was one of the ITP fellows who conceived and developed the ITP – British Museum 2016 workshop at Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Talking Heavy: Current Practices in Site Conservation, Documentation and Presentation of Heavy Heritage in the Mediterranean Basin.

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), Bulletin Board
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), Reasons for celebration: ANAMED’s 10th year
ITP Newsletter Issue 4 (2017), Speaking the unspeakable: how can museums address contested histories, and support processes of reconciliation? Speaking the unspeakable in an exhibition
ITP Newsletter Issue 6 (2019), Connectivity in the 21st century: making collections accessible, Late 19th-century caricatures become accessible worldwide in the 21st century