Mina Buker was born in Istanbul, Turkey in January 15, 1997. Here, she developed her skills for painting and sculpture, incorporating found objects and organic materials. In 2015 Buker moved to the U.S. after earning a Merit scholarship to receive her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Buker primarily works in painting, performance and sculpture. She uses these mediums for their willingness to be navigated by and capture every moment of making. By using natural materials, repetitive and meditative movements she focuses on how everything is made by repetition but each part is naturally doomed to be unique; even they act same. While she draws inspiration from her cultural background and worldwide political tensions, Buker explores how meditation and art can be a way of release when it comes to dealing with fear; either caused by politic instability or the future of humanity. Her first two years living in the States, Buker has been progressively involved in Chicago’s performance art scene. She has been performing as part of “The (((WAVER)) Project” sponsored by HLC in Mana Contemporary Chicago since 9 months, performed in Dfbl8tr Performance Art Gallery, No Nation Gallery and Mana Contemporary Chicago. She has performed her solo piece “The Burial of Heroism” as part of the 2016 residency of ‘Industry of The Ordinary’. Recently she performed with Artist Group ‘Non-Grata’ at the Dfbl8tr Gallery. Buker hopes to keep creating work to evoke unity, spirituality and action for a change in societies.
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