Defne Kizilöz studied art history, economics, and archaeology in Halle (Saale) and in Leipzig. Starting in July 2022 she became the curatorial volunteer at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. From 2019 to 2021 she was research assistant to a number of professors of art history at the University of Leipzig.
Her master’s thesis deals with women artists in the 21st century who have been dismantling the boundaries of ascribed identity markers.
She recently curated the exhibition “Antipoden - Neueste Leipziger Schule” with Prof. Frank Zöllner at the Mädler Art Forum in Leipzig, was a member of various projects such as “Dig it? Digitale Prototypen fürs Museum: Was bleibt?” at the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig and in “Next:Raum” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig.
Her research interests are interdisciplinary and in the areas of conceptual art, postcolonialism, institutional critique, and inclusion in exhibition practice.