Photo: Alp Esin
Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu (b. 1985, Izmir) Based in Istanbul, Turkey.
Currently living and working in Berlin (July – December 2020), as a fellow of the Istanbul-Berlin stipend of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe in cooperation with the neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK) and the ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin as well as DEPO in Istanbul.
Leman S. Darıcıoğlu is an artist working mostly in the field of performance art. Darıcıoğlu mainly makes long-durational live performances but also performance videos and performative installations. In her* performances, she* concentrates on investigating / exploring the physical / emotional limits and boundaries of the human body. Taking this corporal research as a core, her* work deals with hegemonic political/societal concepts and norms.
Between 2012-2019, she* was in the advisory team of a queer theory books collection called Queer Düş’ün [Queer Fantasy/Thought] released by Sel Publishing House. She* is also the translator of numerous books in this collection. Besides, she* edited and compiled a book on queer theory called Queer Temaşa [Queer Contemplation/Spectacle] (2016), also published by Sel Publishing House, as a part of the same collection.
Between 2014-2017 Leman S. Darıcıoğlu was a member of Istanbul Queer Art Collective.
Darıcıoğlu’s performances and artistic works have been shown at performance festivals and art fairs, in museums and galleries, in public spaces as well as private spaces such as collector’s and artist’s houses. The artist’s works are included in both private and institutional collections in Turkey and abroad. Among the exhibitions and art events that she* participated there are; Venice International Performance Art Week, Palazzo Mora, Venice (2020 & 2017); Future Ritual, Kunstraum, London (2019); Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair (2019); B2 House, Çanakkale (2018); Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2019), Asia Art Biennale Bangladesh, Dhaka (2018); Akbank Art Center, Istanbul (2017) and Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Jeonju (2017). She has co-curated Dream Pavillion within Unexpected Territories at 26th Tüyap Istanbul Art Fair, Artist (2016).
Since 2017, Darıcıoğlu has been represented by Performistanbul international performance art platform.
* This choice of use she/her as strikethrough is stemming from the artist’s standing against gender binary.