Civan Özkanoğlu’s works trace the everyday, seemingly mundane stories and absurdities, and how they converge in public space, mass media, the art world, and [the realm of] politics. His exhibition, In Person, took place in 2014 at Elipsis Gallery, Istanbul. The book project was in person was presented at the Fotobookfestival Kassel in 2015. His most recent works of 2016, which both took place in Istanbul, include the performance, As We All Know at SALT Galata and a site-specific installation, To Be Notified, in the group exhibition, Replaced, at Rampa Gallery.
Özkanoğlu's works have been exhibited at the National Academy Museum, New York; 440 Gallery, Brooklyn; District Fine Art Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, CDA Projects and Çağdaş Börek Salonu, Istanbul; Siyah Beyaz Art Gallery and Sıhhiye Multi-storey Car Park, Ankara. Özkanoğlu organized and taught workshops in collaboration with Fundación Coprodeli, Peru and KAÇUV Foundation, Istanbul. His works were published in publications including Brooklyn Magazine, m-est.org, and Slanted.
Civan Özkanoğlu now lives and works in Istanbul and Brooklyn.