Ayşe Güleç is an educator, author, curator, art mediator and research activist at the intersections of anti-racism, art, art education and migration. Since 2019, Güleç has been working as curator in the Artistic Team of documenta fifteen (2022). In 2021, she curated the exhibition Offener Prozess, shown in Stadtmuseum Jena, Neue Sächsische Galerie (Chemnitz), Maxim Gorki Theater (Berlin) and La Vallée (Brussels), amongst others. Previously, she was Head of the Art Education Department at the Museum MMK für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main. As Head of Community Liaison at documenta 14 (2017), she established interlocal connections between artists and socio-political contexts and built up the Society Friends of Halit. She was one of the initiators of the collective anti-racist movement that implemented the first NSU tribunal in 2017. She has been active against racism for many years and is part of the Kassel Initiative 6 April. From 1998 to 2016, Güleç worked as Head of the Education & Migration Department, at the socio-cultural centre Schlachthof in Kassel in the field of migration as well as local and European education, building various networks of collaboration. For dOCUMENTA (13) (2012) she was a consultant and member of the Maybe Education program as well as coordinating training of art mediators. In 2007 she developed the documenta 12 Advisory Board as a special form of mediation, becoming subsequently the board’s spokesperson.
Güleç has given numerous workshops, seminars and talks on racism, contemporary art, art mediation and activism at Kampnagel, Hamburg, HKW Berlin, HKB Bern, Kunsthochschule Kassel amongst others. Publications (selection): vermittlung vermitteln (nGbK, 2020); The Society of Friends of Halit. Migrant-Situated Knowledge and Affirmative Sabotage* in documenta studies #01 (2018); fordern, überfordern und verweigern – Bild-und Raumpolitik(en) in der Migrationsgesellschaft (Yılmaz-Günay, 2015); Engaging Audiences, Opening Institutions Methods and Strategies in Gallery Education at documenta 12 in Kunstvermittlung 1: Arbeit mit dem Publikum, Öffnung der Institution (diaphanes, 2009).
Ayşe Güleç’s Visiting Research Fellowship for the Fine Arts program at Städelschule and Curatorial Studies program at Goethe University in winter semester 2021 is generously made possible by Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst with the QuiS21 funding program.