Serhat Tanyolacar is a Turkish-born printmaker, multi-media artist, political a [photo of Detroit Stacking screenprint] ctivist, and autism advocate. His latest large-scale relief prints focus on reconstructions of daily life imagery with the components of nostalgia and popular culture in critiques of contemporary political paradigms. His reconstructed narratives bring an absurd socio-political commentary over problems in politics, world economy, gender roles, nationality, and global culture. Tanyolacar defines the very beginning of the making of the art production as an information-gathering process, whichrelies on his own memories and the collection of global news. Using humor, satire, absurdity, and parody through public provocation allows him to have the ability to be a cultural producer rather than a political commentator.  Although he has expertise in all traditional print media, Tanyolacar investigates innovative and progressive use of printmaking as inter-media. He is one of the early developers of laser cutter printmaking. He has been using laser cutter block/plate making for his latest relief/ combination prints. 

Tanyolacar has exhibited his works both nationally and globally. He has an 11-year-old son with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, who has inspired many of Tanyolacar’s works and taught him a new perspective on helping and connecting with people with disabilities. As a Turkish citizen who believes in and defends freedom of speech and expression, Tanyolacar has been spreading awareness on continuous human-rights violations in his home country, the Republic of Turkey. He enacted his last public performance Farewell (Elveda) in multiple metropolitan areas of Turkey in March 2015. Tanyolacar wore a traditional, Ottoman-era kaftan in his performance as he criticized the Neo-Ottomanist foreign policy of the current Turkish Government. The Turkish Political Investigation Bureau in front of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Presidential Palace in Ankara forcefully stopped the Farewell public performance on March 12, 2015.

Former Fellow
2014 to 2015