Duygu Gün and Bengü Gün are identical twins born and raised in Turkey and they both studied at Boğaziçi University, Business Administration Department. Bengü chose a path in cultural heritage management and wrote her M.A. thesis on Musical Instrument Museums Collection Management Policies with a merit-based scholarship at Koç University. She has consulted the Dubai Culture Foundation on developing their organizational strategies and on how to develop a cultural hub in the United Arab Emirates (2007). Bengü is the director of the Mixer Art Gallery (www.mixerarts.com), which is one of the most dynamic contemporary art centers since its foundation in 2012 in Istanbul. Mixer especially serves young and emerging artists as well as collectors who are seeking to discover young talents, and it provides a space and an online platform for emerging artists to exhibit their works. Alongside with her managerial duties, Bengü participates in the curatorial process of each exhibition from the idea stage to implementation and publicity. She also blends public participation through seminars and workshops with the core exhibition program of the gallery to foster inclusiveness. While working on independent curatorial projects, she also teaches ‘Gallery and Exhibition Management’ classes at Yeditepe University in Istanbul within the Arts and Culture Management department as a guest professor.
Meanwhile, Duygu’s curiosity for the ‘new’ (technologies, languages, cultures, people) took her on a journey around the world developing and launching new products and services at startups and tech giants; and expanding businesses beyond borders. Meanwhile, she also managed bands and curated performance arts events and collaborated with Bengü on the build of the web platform for the Mixer Art Gallery (www.mixerarts.com). Duygu moved to San Francisco in 2012 and joined the Emerging Arts Professionals fellowship program a network focused on empowerment, leadership, and growth of San Francisco Bay Area emergent arts & culture workers. As a musician herself, she has the passion to build bridges between the corporate/tech world and the local arts scene in order to generate local equity. She founded Festywise to activate underutilized public and private spaces into performance stages and create new revenue streams for local artists. With the same goal, she recently joined SFJAZZ Center to spearhead the Corporate Partnerships program.