- photo: alp esin
leman sevda darıcıoğlu
b. izmir, 1985.
I’m a performance artist based in istanbul. I mainly produce in the field of performance art and describe myself as a performance artist even though I also produce work in other media including installation and video. I see the process of making art as a performative research on myself and i use the work as a tool to transform my limits and my subjectivity. i view the body as a resource to be unravelled; as a laboratory of emotions, fears and limits; and as an intensity space of encounters. I approach my art practice as a map of possible utopias, where I draw roads to the worlds I wish to live in. I believe in the power of the present and the touch. if and when I need to define myself as an artist, I choose to use the ‘queer artist’ title. my take of ‘queer’ does not only refer to an area beyond heterosexuality and binary sex, but also to a space beyond normativity itself. currently, I continue my performance work as an artist of the international performance art platform performistanbul.
I have been in the advisory team of a series of queer theory writings called “queer düş’ün” (queer fantasy/thought) – ongoing since 2012 – and have been the translator of some of the books in the selection, published by sel publishing house. I also edited and compiled a queer theory book called “queer temaşa” (queer contemplation/spectacle), also published as part of the series, again through sel publishing house (2016).
I was a member of istanbul queer art collective between 2014-2017.
I pursued a queer collaborative performance project called “fuckmekitty” between 2016-2017.
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