Born in Istanbul, in 1968, Neriman Polat graduated from the Department of Painting at Mimar Sinan University in 1990. Since 1996, she has taken part in numerous domestic and international contemporary art exhibitions. She lives and works in Istanbul.
In 1999, Polat took part in the 6th International Istanbul Biennial titled “The Passion and Wave”, and in 2003 her works were exhibited at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 50th Venice Biennale titled “Dreams and Conflicts”.
Polat was a member of the Hafriyat group from 2000 to 2009 and took part in many exhibitions as a member of the group. At Hafriyat Karaköy, the alternative exhibition space founded by the group in 2007, she was among the organizers of numerous exhibitions.
At “Ateşin Düştüğü Yer/Where Fire Has Struck” organized in 2011 at Depo, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary and with the participation of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, and described as the “most political exhibition of recent times”, Polat was on the organizing committee. In 2016, with Arzu Yayıntaş, she conceived and organized the exhibition “İflah Olmaz/Impertinent”, held at the Nazım Hikmet Cultural Centre in Bursa and Ark Kültür in Istanbul.
She had her solo shows; “Photo-Grave” in 2007 in Apartment Project ,“Father’s Home Apartment” in 2008 in Pi Artworks, “Modest View” in 2010 in C.A.M Gallery, “Home Watch” in Depo in 2013, “Home Watch” in 2015 in Nazım Hikmet Culturel Centre, “Threshold” in 2015 in Disambigua Artspace (Italy), “Merciless” in 2018 in Merdiven Art Space, “Breaking the Seal” in 2019 in Depo .
Some of the recent exhibitions she participated in areas follows; “Flower Wound” ,Kasa Gallery, İstanbul, “The Big Picture” , Amnesty İnternational, Depo, İstanbul, “The First Round”, Galata Greek Primary School, İstanbul, Artist 2017, the 27th International Istanbul Art Fair, Utopia, “Now/ Here”, “A Room of Our Own”, Ark Kültür, Istanbul, “Past, in Each of its Moments, be Citable – on Walter Benjamin’s Concept of History in the City of Istanbul”, Depo, İstanbul, “İflah Olmaz/Impenitent”, Nazım Hikmet Center of Culture, Nilüfer Municipality, Bursa and Ark Kültür, Istanbul, “Hidden in Loss”, Karşı Sanat, Istanbul, “Atlas of the Sleepless” Halka Sanat, Istanbul, “Stay with Me”, Apartment Project, Berlin, Depo, Istanbul, ”Fictions and Dissentions “3th International Çanakkale Biennial, Çanakkale, “Where Fire Has Struck”, Depo, Istanbul,”Sleep and Shadow”, Siemens Sanat, Istanbul,“Collective Privacy” C.A.M Gallery, Istanbul, “Under My feet I Want To World , Not Heaven”, Akademie Der Künste, Berlin, “Dirty Story”, BM Suma,Istanbul, “Unfair Provacation” Hafriyat Karakoy; within the special projects part in the 10th Istanbul Biennial, 2+1 with Apartment Project, Santral Istanbul; “Your eyes bigger than your stomach”, with Hafriyat Group in Hafriyat Karakoy; “Production Fault” with Hafriyat Group in 9th Istanbul Biennial; “On the Outside” ACC Galeri, Weimar, “Artisterium, Modus Operandi” Internatıonal Forum of Contemporary Art, Georgia, “Save as...”, Trienale Bovista; “Stadtverbindungen”, Kunst Museum Erlangen.