Ece Pazarbaşi works and walks on the merged borderline of curatorial practice and artistic research as her main profession. She has realised many projects over the issues of urbanism, digital and analogue public space, participatory art, alternative education as well as food and technology of the human body.
Since 2005 she works on alternative formats of education sometimes by directing alternative education and residency programmes, at other times by being part of them. In 2007 and 2009, she has directed and curated Meeting Point: Gülpinar and Meeting Point: Buyukhusun—a mobile education, residency and festival programme that took place in villages of Turkey. In 2015, she co-curated Everything Under the Sun Alternative Education Programme that focused on climate change from the perspective of art and food. She also teaches at Transart Institute for Creative Research, was a participant at Mobile Academy and in 2013 at Olafur Eliasson’s Institution for Spatial Experiments where she was privileged to receive a special research grant.
In 2015 Pazarbaşı has curated Insomnia Dyslexia, 5th Short Video Biennial at P74 Gallery, Ljubljana (2015). She was Istanbul Coordinator for New Museum—New York’s Ideas City (2012): Istanbul; curator of “Silent Shape of Things-Sophia Pompery” at ARTER Istanbul (2012). In Berlin she co-curated “12/12” and “Turkish Art Nice and Simple” exhibitions at Tanas Berlin (2011-2012) together with René Block. She was the assistant curator of the 52nd Venice Biennial Turkish Pavilion (2007), and project manager of "Orhan Pamuk: Museum of Innocence" for Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2007-08). In 2009 and 2010 she worked as Consultant and Program Specialist of Visual Arts for Turkey at the Strategic Planning and Development Department for Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, UAE. In April 2015, she was the resident curator at HIAP Helsinki.