Gülsen Özer is a visual and performing artist and choreographer based in Melbourne. Working in independent practice for over a decade, Ozer is a multi-disciplinary artist who specializes in work processes that involve collaboration and community engagement, her practice examines power dynamics and foregrounds contextual awareness.
Özer has created work in a variety of contexts; from small contemporary art works in museums and galleries and performance spaces to large-scale community events; including hybrid live performance, participatory installations, site-specific, community outreach and public art works. Özer uses the power of live performance as well as object and installation design, to facilitate a re-enchantment of embodiment, relationships, and presence.
Özer completed a Bachelor of Performing Arts with honours, at Monash University (2004). Following her university training Özer’s work has been the recipient of Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria and Yarra Ranges Council funding.
Her recent work includes; Framework presented at Tarrawarra Museum of Art (2016), In Real Life presented at HillsceneLIVE Festival (2016) Dance X presented at Yarra Ranges Museum of Art (2017), This is where it happened presented in public spaces in Healesville and Lilydale (2016 and 2017 respectively), Calling it as part of the Force of Nature exhibition at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum and It Takes a Town a youth participatory public art project in collaboration with Yarra Ranges Council in Healesville (2018). Ozer is currently facilitating a seniors contemporary dance residency program in the metro regional town centre of Koo Wee Rup.
Having worked extensively in the arts and community development sectors and withstanding a long history of collaboration in her arts practice, Özer is committed to the intrinsic and cultural value of the arts, as both a powerful process of deep inquiry and learning and as a social development tool.