Ayşe Güleç was born in 1964 in Ankara. As a child she came to Germany with her parents, who moved there as guest workers. In 1986, she began her studies in Kassel, where she still lives today. Ayşe Güleç is an educationalist and activist researcher, who works at the interface of art, art mediation, anti-racism, migration, and community based building and education.

From 1998 to 2016, Güleç worked at the sociocultural center Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, where she was responsible for migration as well as local, regional, and European cultural networking. For documenta 12 in 2007, she developed the Advisory Board, subsequently becoming the group’s spokesperson. In 2012 she was part of the dOCUMENTA (13) Maybe Education Group and prepared art mediators for the exhibition. From 2016 to 2017, she was Head of Community Liaison for documenta 14, creating connections between artists and sociopolitical contexts, and coordinated The Society of Friends of Halit as part of the Parliament of Bodies for the exhibition and public programs. From 2018 to 2019, she worked for the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt am Main as Head of the Education Department.

Ayşe Güleç is also part of the Kassel-based Initiative 6. April and is active in different anti-racist movements.

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