Hale Tenger is primarily known for her immersive and sensuous installations based on an elaborate combination of diverse materials, audio, and video. Her wide range of production is inspired by historical, political, cultural, ecological and psychosocial references. Her work is characterized by prompting an intimate experience for individual viewers through connection of memory, space and time. Audio is frequently integrated into her videos and sound installations in various forms, either as original music, as narratives or arrangements of archival recordings. Tenger, occasionally incorporates voiced narrations into her works as fabulation devices delivering texts written by her, either in the form of prose or verse.
Hale Tenger (1960, Izmir), graduated from the Ceramics Department of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University after a bachelor’s degree in Computer Programming at Boğaziçi University. In 1988, she completed her Master in Fine Arts at the South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education. The artist who participated in the 16th Istanbul Biennial in 2019, held a solo show at Dubai, Alserkal Avenue in 2018, which was a significance international project after her participation in the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. Tenger’s solo exhibitions include; Rizzuto Gallery (Palermo, 2018); Protocinema (New York, 2015); Galeri Nev İstanbul (Istanbul, 2013); Smithsonian Institute (Washington, 2011); Green Art Dubai (Dubai, 2011), Mannheimer Kunstverein (Mannheim, 2001). Group exhibitions and biennials include Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2016), Art Gallery of Western Australia (Perth, 2014), Arter (Istanbul, 2011), Boghassian Foundation (Brussels, 2013), Istanbul Modern (Istanbul, 2013-2011); Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin, 2009), 22nd São Paulo Biennial (São Paulo, 1994); Manifesta 1 (Rotterdam, 1996); 3rd Gwangju Biennial (Gwangju, 2000); 2nd Johannesburgh Biennial (Johannesburg, 1997). Receiving the British Council Award, Tenger has been invited to a number of artist residencies including The Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Center (Bellagio, 2019), ArtPace (Texas, 1997), New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (New York, 1994). The artist, whose works have been included in international collections such as Centre Pompidou, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Istanbul Modern, Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Foundation Collection. Hale Tenger lives and works in Istanbul.