Companions. Nicosia: ARUCAD Press, 2023. (co-authored with Mehmet Ratip).

A Space of Our Own: A Handbook on Gender and Monuments in Intersectional Public Spaces. Nicosia: Association for Historical Dialogue and Research, 2023. (Co-authored with Thekla Kyritsi, Stalo Lesta, Eleni Pashia, Derya Ulubatli).…/208-a-space-of-our-own

Meaningful Coincidences: A look at the image of the fish and other symbols in Ayhan Menteş’ visual work. Famagusta: DAU-KAM Press, 2022.

Unica Zürn: Art, Writing and Post-War Surrealism, London: Bloomsbury Publishers, 2022. (paperback)

Unica Zürn: Art, Writing and Post-War Surrealism, London: I.B Tauris Publishers, 2016. (hardback)

Gönen Atakol, Retrospect: Down the Line, Famagusta: DAU-KAM Press, 2014. (Co-authored with Zenra Şonya).


Plümer Bardak, Esra. “Interview as Action/Archive: The Role of Televised Rapportage in Contemporary Visual Art in the Turkish Cypriot Community” in Theorising the Artist Interview, edited by Jennifer Thatcher and Lucia Farinati. Routledge, Forthcoming 2024.

Plümer Bardak, Esra. “Excavating the themes of death and mourning in Hüseyin Özinal’s photographic work”, in Nothing is going to hurt you, edited by Oya Silbery, 27-67. Istanbul: Arucad Press and Art Rooms Gallery, 2023.

Plümer Bardak, Esra. “İnci Kansu” in 41 Kadın, 41 Öykü: Hayatımıza Değer Katan Kadınlar, edited by Sevilay Cangül. Nicosia: Kadın Öyküleri Derneği, KÖDER, 2023.

Plümer-Bardak, Esra. “Painting As A Space For Recollection, Interaction, Or Confession.” In Turan Aksoy: All the Demons, edited by Oya Silbery, 56-96. Nicosia: Arucad Press and Art Rooms Gallery, 2023.

Nikita, Elena., Parpa, Elena., Plümer-Bardak, Esra., Stephanides, K. “The Ledra Palace as an Exhibition Space.” In Ledra Palace: Dancing on the line, edited by Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Loukia Loizou Hadjigavriel and Antigone Heraclidou, 225-230. Nicosia: CYENS Centre of Excellence and the Leventis Museum of Nicosia, 2021.

Plümer-Bardak, Esra. “From narration to dialogue? Thinking about the way we talk about contemporary visual art in the Turkish Cypriot Community.” In Contemporary art from Cyprus: Politics, identity and transcultural artistic production, edited by Evanthia Tselika, Elena Stylianou, Gabriel Koureas, 37-51. London: Bloomsbury Publishers, 2021.

Plümer, Esra. “The Man of Jasmine by Unica Zürn.” In Disability Experiences, edited by G. Thomas Couser and Susannah Mintz, 444-448. Detroit: St. James Press, 2019.

Plümer, Esra. “The Living Doll: A Look at Hans Bellmer’s later work from the ‘puppet’s standpoint.” In Dolls and Puppets as Artistic and Cultural Phenomenon, edited by Kamil Koponia, 66-79. Warsaw: Warsaw University Press, 2016.

Plümer, Esra. “The Comfort of Standing Next to Walls: Ill-Literacy in Unica Zürn’s visuality.” In Beyond Textual Literacy: Visual Literacy for Creative and Critical Inquiry, edited by Mary A. Drinkwater, 189-198. First edition. Leiden: BRILL, 2011. DOI:

Plümer, Esra. “The Luminary Forest: Robert Desnos and Unica Zürn’s tales of (dis)enchantment and transformation.” In Anti-Tales: The Uses of Disenchantment, edited by Catriona McAra and David Calvin, 115-129. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.


Plümer Bardak, Esra. “The ‘Arm’s Length Principle’ and Its Role in the 21st Century Arts and Cultural Sector.” İnsan ve Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi 4, no. 2 (2021): 326-339. DOI: 10.53048/johass.998192

Plümer, Esra and Evanthia Tselika. “Talking across the Cypriot Buffer Zone: Making the Invisible Visible.” MESA magazine, Vidas Encondidas [Hidden Lives], No. 6, (March 2021). ISSN: 2319-0264.

Plümer-Bardak, Esra. “Synchronicity, Abstract symbolism and the use of variations in Ayhan Menteş’ visual work.” Journal of Art History-Sanat Tarihi Dergisi 29/2, Ekim-October 2020: 783-805. DOI: 10.29135/std.732848

Plümer-Bardak, Esra. “Alchemizing the Trans-Latent: Sümer Erek’s Socially Engaged Art in the Contemporary Gallery.” Revista de Estudios Globales y Arte Contemporáneo, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2019: 293-317. DOI:


“Sümer Erek’in Yeni Sergisi ‘Yırtık Hava’ ve ‘Yaşam Sanat ve Ötesi Projesi’ Üzerine”. BBProjecTT art (Istanbul), 28 November-12 December, 2023. Link:

“States of Rest: Ismet Tatar’s ‘Meditations in Blue.” Rüstem’s Art Gallery (Nicosia), 30 September, 2022.

“Till we meet again.” The CVAR Foundation and Philelefteros Media (Nicosia), 16 December, 2021.

“Mnemonic aids for everyday use or a mnemonic device of Cyprus: notes on Mete Hatay’s Palimpsest at Rüstem’s.” Yeni Düzen/Havadis (Nicosia), December 10, 2021. Link:

“On the Unofficial Teams exhibition; an interview with Emin Çizenel.” Unofficial Teams, exh. cat., Kyrenia: Art Rooms at the House, 4 June 2021.

“Unica Zürn.” Skopbülten (Istanbul), January 31, 2018. Translated by Derya Yilmaz.  

Dig where you stand. //Gräv där du star.Confrontation Through Art. Nicosia: EMAA-Rooftop Theatre Group publication, 2017.

“Lutz Presser: Almost Famous.” Almost Famous, exh. cat., Kyrenia: Art Rooms at the House 2017.

“Marianna Constanti: Olfactory Souvenir” Planites, exh. cat., Pafos2017 European Capital of Culture, Paphos, 2017.

“GEOMORPHOLOGIES: Ismet Tatar’s ‘And Earth’ and ‘Still Moments’ series (2006-2013)” in Plümer Bardak, E. et al. GEOMORPHOLOGIES: collecting specimens and creating space, DAU-KAM Press. Nicosia, Famagusta, 2015.

“Down the Line: across and beyond borders” in Plümer Bardak, E. and Şonya, Z. Gönen Atakol, Retrospect: Down the Line, DAU-KAM Press. (2014).

“Kathleen Fox: The Spaces of The Unconscious.” Papers of Surrealism (Manchester), Issue 9, London, 2011. Link:

“Reading Unica Zürn: ill-literacy and The Man of Jasmine.” EMAA (Nicosia), Issue 11, Nicosia, 2010.

“Unica Zürn’ü okumak: ‘aklın hasta okuryazarlığı’ ve Yasemin Adam.” Haşhaşi (Istanbul), No. 2, 2010. Translated by Mehmet Ratip.

“Greenberg’s Heroes: Saving one Painting at a Time”, EMAA, Issue 10, Nicosia, 2009.

“Marcel Duchamp: art through non-art”, EMAA, Issue 9, Nicosia, 2008.

“Relics of Documentation: Authority and Authenticity”, EMAA, Issue 8, Nicosia, 2008.


Plümer Bardak, Esra, ed. Ayhan Mentesh: My Life Story, Famagusta: DAU-KAM Press, 2022.

Plumer Bardak, Esra, ed. EMAA Art for All Publications, Nicosia: EMAA, 2021.

Titles included in series:

  • Hanife Tayyareci, Gri ve Beyaz ile Sanata Kuş Bakışı
  • Hanife Tayyareci, Benim Güneşim
  • Eser Keçeci, Zi’nin Görsel Sanat’la Yolculuğu
  • Evi Tselika, Thinking beyond the I: Art and its commoning practices
  • Derya Ulubatlı & Tegiye Birey, Being and Understanding the Other: A Brief Look at the 21st-Century Cypriot Art
  • Elena Parpa, Gender in the Landscape Painting the peasant-woman in 1950s Cyprus

Plümer Bardak, Esra, ed. GEOMORPHOLOGIES: collecting specimens and creating space, Famagusta: DAU-KAM Press, 2015.

Civil Society Projects



Curation+Jury Memberships

Invited Talks




Teaching & Learning


“From Narration to Dialogue: Thinking about the Way We Talk about Contemporary Visual Art in the Turkish Cypriot Community”


Contemporary Art from Cyprus

Politics, Identities, and Cultures across Borders

Details here

Unica Zürn

Art, Writing and Post-War Surrealism

details here

“Painting As a Space For Recollection, Interaction, Or Confession.”


Turan Aksoy: All the Demons

Nicosia: Arucad Press and Art Rooms Gallery, 2023.