Ekin Onat was born in 1976 in Istanbul and graduated from Istanbul Conservatory in classical ballet. She started working as an artist in 2006, focusing on both aesthetic and conceptual elements with emphasis on installations allowing her unlimited material means of artistic expression.
Her work draws from critical reflection, embedded in her socialist mindset, on the sociopolitical frame conditions imposed by a conservative and clerical political elite that intensified sectarian friction inside the social fabric. She analyzes the reverberations of this rift with its traumatic events and irreversible effects on the collective narrative of Turkish society and sheds light on the suffocating consequences for individuals that are either crushed or singled out due to their believes, gender or race.
She lives and works in Istanbul and Berlin.