I curated with Güneş Terkol and Sevil Tunaboylu A Room of Our Own, an exhibition on motherhood and fertility at the Ark Kültür gallery in Istanbul between May 9 and June 4, 2017.1 The exhibit included twenty-two women artists and used a feminist perspective that encouraged artists’ solidarity.2 Our goal was to make visible the works of female artists usually ignored by the male-dominated art world. The exhibition included painting, drawing, video, photography, sculpture, installation, illustration, and performance works that questioned prejudices and clichés surrounding motherhood and fertility, urged the reconsideration of these matters, and shared experiences. Artists participated in the exhibition at virtually every step, including by financially sustaining it.

The exhibition built on a series of workshops on motherhood and fertility that I had run with Terkol since 2015. The workshops responded to...

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