Founded in 2006 by Melis Tezkan (born in 1982) and Okan Urun (born in 1983), biriken is an artist duo from Istanbul active in the fields of theatre, video and performance. Their work deals with themes of migration, identity and self-virtualisation in local-global relations; in this context, their critical and political positions are determined by the interplay of fact and fiction, character and performer, intimate and public. biriken’s work was shown, inter alia, by the Istanbul Theatre Festival and iDANS Festival (Istanbul), at the under the Radar Festival (New York), at De Keuze (Rotterdam) as well as by numerous theatres and festivals in France and Germany. Their installation This is the end, beautiful friend (2017) was created for the Sharjah Biennal 13 (United Arab Emirates). In 2018, biriken was listed among the ten Future Greats by ArtReview magazine.