Born Izmir, Turkey 1960. Lives in Istanbul.
State power and violence, oppression and repressed aspects of both society and self are questioned throughout her works, that operate with the qualities of mood, sound, texture and affect. The audience inevitably oscillates between what can be seen and what can be heard and sensed. Audio is integrated into most of her works in various forms, whether as exclusively music, as a narrative or as an arrangement of archival recordings.
Tenger studied Computer Programming in Bogazici University (Istanbul, 1981), and she also holds an MFA from Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts (Istambul, 1986) and an MFA from South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education (Cardiff, 1988)
Her work has been featured in prominent international institutions including: Centre Pompidou, Paris, Art Gallery of Western Australia, ARTER, Istanbul, Neuer Berliner Kunsverein, Berlin, Boghassian Foundation, Brussels, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, Lille, Carré d’Art-Nimes Museum of Contemporary Art, Nimes, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Arnhem, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Protocinema, New York, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.
She has also participated in various biennials including the 3rd and 4th Istanbul Biennial (1992 & 1995); São Paulo Biennial (1994); Manifesta 1, Rotterdam (1996); 2nd Johannesburg Biennial (1998); Gwangju Biennial (2000); 8th Havana Biennial (2003); 1st Haifa Mediterranean Biennial (2010); and most recently 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (2017).