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Isin Onol

Adjunct, Art and Design

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Isin Önol is a curator and art critic based in New York. Her curatorial research focuses on interconnecting archival information with oral histories to create platforms for collective memory that contrast and confront official narratives.

Since September 2017, she has been working as an adjunct professor at the MFA and BFA programs at Montclair State University. In 2016-17, she worked as a visiting curator and critic at the Social Design - Art as Urban Innovation MA Program at University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria. In 2014-15 Önol worked as a guest lecturer at the Department of Digital Art at University of Applied Arts and as a guest curator at the Schauraum-Angewandte, Quartier21, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna. Besides regular teaching appointments, she gave number of lectures at School of Visual Arts, NY; New York University, NY; Parson School of Arts and Columbia University as well as various programs at Vienna University of Applied Arts, Austria. She is a member of the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University, New York.

In 2010 and 2014, she took part in the organisational and curatorial team of Sinopale, International Sinop Biennale in Turkey. In 2014 she was a curator in residency at Residency Unlimited, New York. She is a member of AICA-TR and IKT among other cultural organizations and associations. She is the founder and program coordinator of Nesin Art Village, Sirince, Turkey. Isin Önol has been elected to the Board of Directors of Roberto Cimetta Fund for the period 2018-2021.

Önol is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Cultural Studies, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria. She has completed her Master of Advance Studies on Curating at ZHdK, Zürcher Hochschule der Kunst, Zürich, Switzerland (2009-2011). She participated to Ecole du Magasin, International Curatorial Training Programme, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France and Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course, Gwangju, South Korea (2009). She received her MFA in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design from Sabanci University (2003), and her BA in Art Education from Marmara University (2000), Istanbul, Turkey.

As an adjunct professor at Montclair State University, she worked as a visiting critic for the MFA program and guided the students with their MFA shows and thesis work for two semesters in 2017-18 education year. In that year, she taught the "MFA Seminar in Studio I/II" and "MFA Seminar: Theory and Criticism I/II" courses. Since September 2018 she has been teaching the "Drawing as Research", "Contemporary Art", "Art in the Non-Western Societies", "Modern Art Theory", "Process and Media I: Surface" courses to undergraduate students. For further information about her curatorial and scholarly work, please visit:


Curating, contemporary art, curating archives.

Teaching at MSU, College of the Arts, Department of Art and Design:
“Drawing as Research”, Art & Design/Foundations (ARFD)
“Process and Media I: Surface”, Art & Design/Foundations (ARFD)
“Introduction to Art Theory and Practice”, Art History (ARHT)
“Art in Non-Western Societies”
“Contemporary Art”, Graduate/Undergraduate
“MFA Seminar: Theory & Criticism I/II”, Art & Design/Criticism (ARCR)
“MFA Seminar in Studio I/II”, Art & Design/Art Studio (ARST)



Research Projects

The Other is Oneself - Conference

Conference conceptualized and moderated by Isin Önol
Organized in the framework of the exhibition The Other is Oneself, curated by Fiona Liewehr
Project initiated by Sébastien de Ganay in collaboration with Hilfswerk International

The conference The Other is Oneself accompanies and departs from the exhibition of the same title and expands on the far-reaching dialectic of “the self” and “the other”: These two poles within our conscious, emotional, and collective worlds have always decisively fueled the process of synthesizing who we are. How do these fundamental concepts evolve due to the process and experience of migration — on all sides involved?

We have invited artists, politicians, government and NGO professionals, and scholars across the social sciences, humanities and legal disciplines to share experiences, analyses, and perspectives that enrich this vital discourse.

For further information please visit the website.

Thinking Food Futures

Curated by Livia Alexander and Isin Önol
Curatorial Assistant: Chayna Yoshida
Interactive website design: Julian Mathews

Inviting environmentalists, scientists, farmers and artists to collectively reimagine answers, possibilities and potentials for radical change

Residency Unlimited (RU) announces the launch of Thinking Food Futures, a two-day virtual symposium and exhibition, tackling one of the most urgent question of our time: How will we feed ourselves when the table we eat on—Planet Earth—is collapsing beneath us? The program includes live workshops, panel discussions, lecture performances, poetry readings, video works, a radio talk show and an exhibition of new artworks made specifically for this platform, alongside existing works.

This project builds upon the thematic residency Food Futures which took place from April through July 2020 with seven local artists selected through open call and a panel process to reimagine issues around food resilience in urban environments and food justice.

Thinking Food Futures proposes that we reimagine how we farm, ship, share, and eat; for the sake of ourselves and the planet, to rethink the future of food by radically reimaging the present.

The symposium brings together artists Asunción Molinos, Siri Lee, Jessica Segall, Keg de Souza, Candace Thompson, Allie Wist, scientist Andrew Reid Bell, scientist and artist Jenifer Wightman, urban farmer Melissa Metrick, chefs and policy advocates Mirna Bamieh, Scott Alvez Barton, Defne Koryürek and Ramón Cruz, environmental activist and farmer Gillian Goddard, poets and visual artists at a poetry reading Betsy Andrews, Omotara James, William Mazza, Carolyn Monastra, Sabiyha Prince, VK Sreelesh, Michelle Threadgould, Viswan Zorba and journalist Liana Aghajanian and Cynthia R. Greenlee to ask questions together while searching for collective answers, possibilities and potentials in the blurry spaces in-between fields of cultivation, areas of expertise, and wide pools of passion and commitment. See schedule below for complete information and required advance registration details.

On January 22, 2021 a virtual exhibition with the same title opens with new works by the 2020 Food Futures artists Esra Durukan, Yoko Inoue, Siri Lee, Rosa Nussbaum, Lily Consuelo Saporta Tagiuri, Andrew Vigil-Emerson and Allie Wist, as well as recent works by Keg de Souza, Asuncion Molinos, Jessica Segall and Candace Thompson.

After its online premiere, a recording of all sessions will be available on the Residency Unlimited website, alongside the ongoing virtual exhibition.