Angelus Altera 

Photos by Emirkan Corut 

Angelus Altera
7 hours
Salt Beyoğlu
As part of “90s on stage” exhibition
Curated by Amira Arzık

His face is Our faces are turned toward the past. Where we you perceive a chain of events, he sees we see one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his our feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. We, actually go there, summon the ghosts, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. We have taken the storm blowing from the heavens into our wings and it is so pow­erful that these wings will never close up. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. In the storm and with the power granted by the ghosts from the pile of debris rising to the skyward, we are now building the future.”1

1 Walter Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History”, Illuminations, trans. Harry Zohn, New York: Schocken Books, 1969.

Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu & Natis fka. Hasan Aksaygın

By Ali Berkay Bilge

Taking its departure from the 90s archive of  Turkey’s performance-art history, Angelus Altera addresses the relationality between the notions of heritage and the future. To understand the ever-changing borders and boundaries of the 90s, the performance first looks to the 80s and navigates by drawing analogies between Turkey’s general socio-politics, Queer history, and performance art history.





Photo by Emirkan Corut                                                                            Photo by Emirkan Corut

From a Queer perspective, Angelus Altera investigates the hegemonic history, past and pres­ent by focusing on the notions of visibility & invisibility, (op)pressure & ease, (en)closure & opening/coming out through the body and opens itself to the future.

Photo by Emirkan Corut

A reflection of Angelus Altera written by the artist published in “Protodispatch” by Protocinema
can be read from here. 

Photo by Emirkan Corut

The two-channel video of Angelus Altera was shown at SALT Beyoğlu until the end of the exhibition “90s on stage” on 02. 04. 23.












Photo by Emirkan Corut

Costume designer: Mert Yemenicioğlu
Advisor: Simge Burhanoğlu
Realized in collaboration between Performistanbul and SALT Beyoğlu and with the support of