Cagla Sokullu (b.1997) is a multidisciplinary artist and poet from Istanbul, Turkey based in New York and Chicago, USA. Her work investigates the politics of home. She is especially interested in how the socio-political identity of one’s place can shape one’s self, life, image, and story, how this language of home and its politics can become legible or hidden between the lines. Her work is drawn from the diversity of her experiences and upbringing in the politically turbulent climate of Turkey - both provide her close and intimate perspectives of the crises rupturing the fabric of modern society that concretize themselves in her practice.
Sokullu has gotten her BFA at Cornell University, as well as completing minors in English, Creative Writing and East Asian Studies and is pursuing a Masters on Curatorial Studies in the University of Chicago after her three years of curatorial experience working at the 16th Istanbul Biennial and Cornell’s Sibley Galleries. She has exhibited her work at Cornell’s Tjaden Galleries and Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, She is the recipient of the David R. Bean Prize and Cornell Council for the Arts Grant, she has been published both in Harvard University’s Persephone Journal with her poetry as well as in Cornell’s AAP ASSOCIATION with her body of work HeavyHeart.