Başak Şenova is a curator and designer. She studied Literature and Graphic Design (MFA in Graphic Design and Ph.D. in Art, Design, and Architecture at Bilkent University), and attended the 7th Curatorial Training Programme of Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam. As an assistant professor, she lectured in various universities in Turkey. In 2017, she received her Associate Professorship from the Higher Education Council of Turkey, and resident fellowship at the University of the Arts, Helsinki in co-operation with HIAP. Currently, she is a Visiting Professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and also teaches a seminar course “Case Studies” for Master students at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
Şenova has been writing on art, technology, and media, initiating and developing projects and curating exhibitions since 1995. She is one of the founding members of NOMAD, as well as the organizer of the “ctrl_alt_del” sound art project, and “Upgrade!Istanbul”. She was the editor of art-ist 6, Kontrol Online Magazine, Lapses book series, UNCOVERED, Aftermath, Obje’ct: Yane Calovski, The Move, The Translation, Scientific Inquiries, Cultural Massacre, Ahmet Elhan—Ground Glass, Lines of Passage (in medias res), The Discord: Benji Boyadgian, Shadow Optics, and CrossSections: Processing Artistic and Curatorial Research among other publications. Şenova is the Turkish correspondent of Flash Art International and she was one of the editorial correspondents of ibraaz.org (2012-2016). She is a member of the editorial board of PASS, International Biennial Association’s (IBA) journal.
Şenova acted as an advisory board member of the Turkish Pavilion in Venice Biennale, the Istanbul Biennial, and the Biennial of Contemporary Art, D-0 ARK Underground in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She curated the Zorlu Center Collection for two years (2011—2012) while also acting as the editor of its publications.
Şenova was the curator of the Pavilion of Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale. She co-curated the UNCOVERED project (Cyprus, 2011—2013); and the 2nd and 5th Biennial of Contemporary Art, D-O ARK Underground (Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2013 and 2019). She acted as the Art Gallery Chair of (ACM) SIGGRAPH 2014 (Vancouver), the curator of the Helsinki Photography Biennial 2014, and the Jerusalem Show VII: Fractures (2014). In 2015, she curated the Pavilion of North Macedonia at the 56th Venice Biennale; in 2016, Lines of Passage (in medias res) Exhibition in Lesvos; and in 2019, the inaugural exhibition of B7L9, Climbing Through the Tide in Tunis. Between 2017-2019, she has been worked on the CrossSections, a research/process-based art project, and curated five groups and three solo exhibitions in the context of the project in Vienna, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Rome in 2018 and 2019.
At the moment, Şenova is running a research-based educational programme, the Octopus Programme, with Barbara Putz-Plecko at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.