Vasiyetimdir: Esen Karol

There shall be no typos in my death notice.


Esen Karol

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Esen Karol graduated from Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, and received her master’s degree in communications design from Pratt Institute, NY, where she studied with Fulbright. Her first solo poster exhibition “48 x 68” took place at Pratt Manhattan, where she was a visiting lecturer in spring 2002. She taught typography and publication design at Istanbul Bilgi University, VCD department in 2003–2012. Two of the books, that she has designed for Arter, were voted as one of the 50 best designed books of the year in “50 Books | 50 Covers” competitions, organized by Design Observer and AIGA: “The Stones Talk”, 2013 and “Through the Looking Glass”, 2014. Currently she works in her one-person design studio “Esen Karol Design Ltd” in Istanbul, concentrating on “Manifold”, an electronic journal, online since July 2016.

Vasiyetimdir* is a publication project that aims to explore how artworks will subsist over long periods of time. Art works live in artist studios, private collections, museums, storage spaces, or simply in memories. But how far do the artists want to control what happens to their works when they are no longer? How do they want to exert their control? We directed these questions to the artists we are in dialogue with. We are accumulating their answers through

*Vasiyetimdir is a Turkish phrase that can roughly be translated into English as “It is my will that…” The phrase holds a tint of the melodramatic, mixed with a sentimental flair.

Vasiyetimdir was conceived by Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Özge Ersoy, and Merve Ünsal.