Kıymet Daştan’s (b. 1980, Istanbul) experiments with form, loaded with conceptual projections, generate questions about memory, legacy and social roles while exploring the poetic horizons of materials. Producing and according to a material presence is a way of thinking for the artist.
Daştan graduated at the top of her class from the Sculpture Department of Mimar Sinan University for Fine Arts (2008) and then completed an MA in Design at Milan’s Domus Academy(2014). She has erected sculptures in various public spaces, opened two solo exhibition and participated in various group exhibitions in galleries and public spaces, artist residencies and symposiums both in Turkey and abroad. They can be found in many private and public collections such as Sabancı Collection (Istanbul) and Ipek & Ahmet Merey Collection (Istanbul). Most recently she has designed and realized an earthquake monument for a museum. In addition, she gave jewellery design classes at the Grand Bazaar for years and has served as Secretary of the Sculptors’ Association in Turkey since 2015. She has won various awards such as the first prize at Sabancı Art Award for Sculpture in 2008 and JTR Jewelry Design Competition in 2013.
Daştan has also provided design, production, and project development support to realize world-famous artists’ projects. From 2010-2013 she worked to produce works according to the vision of Nobel-laureate author Orhan Pamuk to found his “Museum of Innocence”, a museum of artefacts from the fictional reality of his eponymous novel. The works she produced for Pamuk’s museum were exhibited at numerous venues abroad such as Somerset House and London Design Museum. During the 14th Istanbul Biennial “Saltwater”, she worked as a project coordinator on both Anna Boghiguian and Michael Rakowitz’s works. During the 15th Istanbul Biennial “A Good Neighbour”, she was the Special Project Coordinator in Mahmoud Khaled’s project.
Daştan continues her artistic work in Ashkal Alwan's Home Work Space Program in Beirut.