Adnan Yıldız is a curator, educator and writer. He has been sharing the director position at Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden since May 2020, together with Çağla İlk.
He is a PhD candidate on exhibition architecture at HFC Hamburg since 2019; and a member of the working and advisory board of The New Center for Research & Practice for 2020. Yıldız studied Psychology and Educational Sciences at Bosphorus University, and Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design at the Sabancı University in Istanbul. He participated in the traveling curatorial studies programme at the Konstfack, Curatorlab in Stockholm, and also completed the Independent Research program at the Valand Art Academy.
Yıldız served as artistic director (2011–2014) at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, and director (2014–2017) at Artspace Aotearoa.
His proposals were selected through open calls and were included in the programs of significant public institutions in Europe such as Montehermoso, HISK, Palais de Tokyo. He was included in the 2012 ICI Vision Award Shortlist and shared the 2013 Curate Award with two others. He has been invited as a collaborator, author and participant to Manifesta 7, 9th edition of SIART of La Paz, 10th, 13th and 15th Istanbul Biennial, Arco Madrid, Art Basel, March Meeting (Sharjah Biennial) and many other international exhibition platforms.
Through the experience of the multi venue project in Berlin entitled Mutterzunge, Yıldız proposes that curating is no longer a form of practice to be carried out alone seeking opportunities for collective authorship.