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ARZU OZKAL is a Turkish born, San Diego, California based artist, designer, and researcher whose work focus on design’s role in looking for forms of creative and critical outcomes through participation and collaboration.
Ozkal is a founding member of Home Affairs, an interdisciplinary art collective focusing on creative projects about a range of issues impacting women's lives. Since 2011, they have been working together with women from Turkey, Europe, and USA to design platforms of social exchange. Collective received their first design patent for their wheeled museum chair for children, ArtSit™.
Currently, she is collaborating with Millie Chen on SRS (Silk Road Songbook), a socially driven, interdisciplinary, multilingual project that weaves new songs into the land, broadcasting distinct, independent voices on a major ancient Eurasian migration route, while challenging Orientalist exoticism and cultural tourism.
Ozkal's latest limited edition publication series with Tricia Treacy, Situated Between (2017-2019) can be purchased online or at Printed Matter in NYC. Situated Between v.3 won the AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers award in 2021.
Ozkal co-edited with Dr. Claudia Pederson, Gün: Women's Networks a DIY book project investigating informal networks and their extension into digital media with the aim of gaining understanding of the sociocultural conditions impacting women's participation in contemporary culture (2013).
She has served on the board of several nonprofits in San Diego, CA, including (2020-2022) A Reason to Survive (ARTS), a National City-based art center dedicated to providing high-quality arts programming to South Bay youth, and (2022 - Ongoing) Art Produce, a community art and performance space in North Park. She is also the education chair of (2022 - Ongoing) AIGA SD, the professional organization for design.
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