Photo: Alp Esin

Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu

1985, Izmir. Currently based in Istanbul.

The artist produces mostly in the field of performance art but also (rarely) in other disciplines like installation, video, photography etc.  They* sees the process of making art as a performative research on theself. They use the work as a tool to create new corporal concepts to think, to imagine, to dream, to act, to be and to become.Their work is always based on two main layers: The transformative power of the body work and the contextual concept of the project. They view the body as a resource to be unravelled; as a laboratory of emotions, fears and limits; and as an intensity space of encounters. If and when they need to define theirself as an artist, they choose to use the ‘queer artist’ title. Their take of ‘queer’ does not only refer to an area beyond heterosexuality and binary sex, but also to a space beyond normativity itself.

Between 2012-2019, they had been in the advisory team of a series of queer theory writings called Queer Düş’ün [queer fantasy/thought] and had been the translator of some queer books in the selection, in Sel Publishing House. They also edited and compiled a queer theory book called Queer Temaşa [Queer Contemplation/Spectacle], also published as a part of the series, again through Sel Publishing House (2016).

They were a member of Istanbul Queer Art Collectivbetween 2014-2017.
They continues to their performance works as a Performistanbul International Performance Platform artist since 2017.

*Question of the pronouns has always been an issue to the artist, as someone who doesn’t identify theirself under binary gender system. As someone who doesn’t believe to gender binary, the artist chooses to use the pronoun they/them.

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