My burden is my soulmate in EUROPRIDE23 exhibition The wind blows… waves in all directions

“My burden is my soulmate” is exhibited as a three-channel video and sound installation from 11th August until 29th October 2023 in Spazju Kreattiv at Malta as part of EUROPRIDE23 exhibition “The wind blows… waves in all directions” curated by Bob Attard and Mohamed Ali Agrebi.

Concept and performance: Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu
Sound: Fırat Yıldız
Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media Germany and SAHA Association
Acknowledgement: SAHA Association, NEUSTART KULTUR, BBK, Performistanbul, DEPO IstanbulOrnemanta24 curatorial team: Jules van den Langenberg, Katharina Wahl, Willem Schenk

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Artist talk Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu with Zippora Elders

Sunday 6/8 at 4 pm Conversation with Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu and Zippora Elders

We are pleased to invite you to the “Heart Beats” finissage weekend! Saturday’s performance “Fire, everywhere” by @lemandaricioglustudio will be followed by a conversation on Sunday, at 4 pm. Leman will be joined by Zippora Elders for a conversation centring on Leman’s artistic practice.

Zippora Elders is the Chief Curator, Head of the Curatorial Department & Outreach, of the Gropius Bau in Berlin. Previously she was director of Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen in the Netherlands, where she has since 2016 increased the visibility of this UNESCO heritage site as a thriving retreat for contemporary art and ecological exchange. In 2019 she also became co-curator of Sonsbeek 20-24: Force Times Distance – On Labour and its Sonic Ecologies. In 2019-2020 she has set up and artistically led The Performance Show for Art Rotterdam. She is active as a (supervisory) board member for educational institutions as well as (crossover) organisations in art, heritage, contemporary music, night culture and journalism.

The conversation will be held in English language.

We will serve some summer drinks as well.
Come join!

“Fire, everywhere” live performance at Baerenzwinger on August 5

»Fire, everywhere« 

Performance by Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu

5. August 2023, from 13 until 19

Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu, 2023. Photo: Layton Lachman.
On Saturday, 5 August 2023 from 1 to 7 pm, Bärenzwinger invites you to the performance by Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu. The site-specific installation “Fire, everywhere” (2023) by Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu addresses the stigmatisation and resilience of queer communities from past to present. The performance draws lines between violence and empowerment through the symbolism of boxing/punching. During the six-hour-long performance, Leman conducts a physical investigation into how to create a ground for taking care of oneself and the other in a demanding situation, such as a constant fight represented through the action/gesture of boxing/punching. The act of boxing/punching is turning into an embodied research crossing the lines of queer shame, guilt, anger, vulnerability, strength, resilience, resistance, fighting/hiding. The live performance joins the constellation of three video performances, a sound piece and a set of latex sculptures already on view in the exhibition.

Free admission
Relaxed performance, drop-in and drop-out anytime possible
The performance contains English and Turkish spoken language
Seating available (cushions and benches), no pre-registration necessary

The finissage on 6 August 2023 will feature an Artist Talk between Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu and Zippora Elders at 4 pm.

In the framework of the exhibition
“Heart Beats”
26.5. – 6.8.2023
with Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu and Martin Toloku

Curated by
Malte Pieper and Maja Smoszna

“Heart Beats” is the second part of the annual programme GLEANING

With the kind support of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Exhibition Remuneration Fund and Exhibition Fund for Municipal Galleries. The work of Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu was supported by SAHA Association – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey.
Upcoming Events

28.7.2023, 6 pm
Curatorial tour of the exhibition
with Maja Smoszna and Malte Pieper

6/8/2023, 4 pm
Artist Talk with Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu and Zippora Elders

17/8/2023, 7 pm
Exhibition opening of »Becomings« 
with Sarah Oh-Mock and Helin Ulas
Doors open for kids & family, 5 pm

Details of events will be published on

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Künstlerisches Leitungsteam
Vanessa Göppner, Julius Kaftan, Malte Pieper, Lusin Reinsch,
Maja Smoszna, Joana Stamer, Cleo Wächter

Produktionsleitung: Juliane Beddermann
Grafik: Viktor Schmidt


“Letting the dirt in” in the exhibition “You are another me” at Koli Art Space, Istanbul

The “You Are Another Me / Sen Başka Bir Bensin” exhibition promises to provide an inspiring experience for a fairer, more equitable and inclusive world. The exhibition can be seen at Koli Art Space from June 17th to July 16th, 2023.

Opening: June 17, 2023, from 16:00 to 21:00
Exhibition: The exhibition can be visited from June 17th to July 16th, 2023, on Fridays,
Saturdays, and Sundays, between 13:00 and 18:00
Artists: Akış Ka, Cansu Yıldıran, İlkin Zeybek, Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu, Meltem Sarıkaya,
Mert Yemenicioğlu, Yaz Taşçı.
Curator: Tuba Kocakaya.
Venue: KOLİ / NOKS Art Space.
Address: Rasimpaşa Mah. Talimhane Sk. No:19B, 34716 Kadiköy/İstanbul.

who has come, who has gone in ICA, London as part of Lubunya Dispatches

From tomorrow until Sunday, LUBUNYA Dispatches, an initiative from Turkey in solidarity
with LGBTQ+ communities, takes over the ICA for our monthly curated film series Screen

Turkey is a unique spatial-temporal context to understand the development, and more recently the regression, of lubunya emancipatory politics and discourse; both in localized and globalized reams. Legally, the Republic never criminalised homosexuality in the country’s formative constitution, meaning that lubunya communities historically enjoyed a level of legislative sexual and gendered freedom throughout the 20th century ill-afforded to its European and North American counterparts until much later.

That withstanding, lubunya in contemporary Turkey have been unfavourably positioned against the hegemonic politics of the Turkish state. Particularly under the current leadership of the President Recep Tayyıp Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP), projects of neoliberalisation have circulated that are rife with a dogma of religious moralisation to present lubunya communities as a pathological danger to the political, societal and economic advancement of Turkey. As a result, lubunya have been increasingly subjected to extreme forms of violence and oppression in Turkey; last year alone saw a record-breaking number of arrests during Istanbul Pride march in June, and the “Big Family Gathering” that took place in September 2022, attended by 150 conservative non-governmental organisations across Turkey, calling on the government to close down all LGBTQ+ associations.
This intervention, titled LUBUNYA Dispatches, aims to draw solidarity and attention to such developments in Turkey by platforming the resistances that continue to persist despite such regressions. For its iteration at the ICA, LUBUNYA Dispatches presents a film programme and a series of off-events in the form of workshops and panels that construct dialogues among LGBTQI+ communities and our allies, unpacking the hierarchies and relationships of power that exist between the State, and the People.

Curatorial text by Erkan Affan

A curated selection of performance videos will also be showcased at the ICA for the duration of LUBUNYA Dispatches. Featuring work by Kübra Uzun, Harun Guler, Istanbul Queer Art Collective, and Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu.

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“Heart Beats” Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu, Martin Toloku – Duo exhibition at Baerenzwinger, Berlin

“Heart Beats” presents the artistic explorations of two performance artists, Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu and Martin Toloku, who both engage with the physicality of grief and trauma, inspired by their personal experiences and cultural backgrounds. The exhibition takes a closer look at the phenomena of bodily endurance in liminal conditions and its transgressive dimension, for instance in the realm of ritualized communal experience.

Feelings of grief, shame, anger or joy manifest in the body and its metabolism. The writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie describes the physical process of mourning as “crying with our muscles.” Here, the process of remembering happens not only in the mind but also in body tissue, muscles and bones. Which after-effects are felt of historical ownership in relation to the body and the land, on an individual and collective level? Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu and Martin Toloku have created new works for the exhibition that address the metabolization and transformation of fear, loss, or stigmatization they sense in the context of the communities in the global South and North that they live in. In doing so, they interact with the particular architecture of the bear enclosure, which carries the weight inherent to a history of colonial and ecological displacement.

Both artists work at the intersection of durational performance and installation, inviting the audience to relate, spend time and share space together. Employing video, sculpture and vocal recordings, the artists set a stage and leave remains, allowing the visitors to glean from the past and anticipate future live-performance in the space.

“Heart Beats”
26.5. – 6.8.2023
with Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu and Martin Toloku

Curated by
Malte Pieper and Maja Smoszna

“Heart Beats” is the second part of the annual programme GLEANING

With the kind support of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Exhibition Remuneration Fund and Exhibition Fund for Municipal Galleries. The work of Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu was supported by SAHA Association – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey.

25/5/2023, 7 pm
Opening with performance “NOT NOW” by Martin Toloku

26/5/2023, 7 pm
Artist Talk with Martin Toloku and Orlando Maaike Gouwenberg

7/6/2023, 6 pm
“Beyond Languages”
Poets’ Corner in cooperation with the Haus für Poesie
Reading with Jasmina Al-Qaisi, Göksu Kunak and Rûveyda
Hosted by Nina Kettiger

5/8/2023, 17 pm
“Fire, everywhere”
Performance by Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu

6/8/2023, 4 pm
Artist Talk with Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu and Zippora Elders

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The Visit in “Performing Time: In Vivo/Ex Situ/In Situ” screening on 3rd December at Flora Chang in Los Angeles

We have curated – selecting from 599 applications- a video art show program that we believe is representative of the current conceptual thinking and aesthetics of underrepresented artists worldwide. Performing Time: In Vivo/Ex Situ/In Situ presents a selection of fourteen video works that explore life and histories through time and space. The selection, presented in three parts – in vivo (in the body), ex-situ (out of place), and in situ (in place) – navigates memories archived within the body and through sites past, present, and future. An additional screening of works memorializes the human experience as influenced by time and place, whether in a post-apocalyptic Andes, a forgotten Turkish grave-site, or a red-lined Chicago neighbourhood. Combined, they seek to uncover the layered relationship between humanity and sites of remembrance and act as a survey of lived experience.

On December 3, 2022,  presented by, audiences will be able to join the curators, Elizabeth Withstandley,

Gioj De Marco, Pedro Inock, and Rohksane Hovaida, at Flora Chang in downtown Los Angeles, where guests will be able to experience all the works in an intimate and unique setting.

rongin shagor at Oyoun, Berlin

With contributions from Kondo Heller, Akinbode Akinbiyi, Amira Zarari, Ozan Zakariya Keskinkılıç, Arijit Bhattacharyya, Bruna Barros and Jess Oliveira, Alice Yuan Zhang, Sara Ehsan, Carla Abiles, Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu, Jumoke Adeyanju and you … | Digital Platform | Launch event on November 13, 2022 at Oyoun | 

Being a common term in Bengali, “rongin shagor রঙিন সাগর” translates to “colorful ocean” – the ocean as a holder of memories: Our bodies as holders of memories, which puts us in direct relation to bodies of water.

“Will you remember to keep us afloat ?” – in turn – proposes a question at the ocean that gives and takes and creates a parallel to how and who shapes memory in our world. Who stays afloat and is remembered to stay afloat? Who will be devoured by tides and forced to be forgotten?

Starting with a poem by Afro-German poet May Ayim, Oyouns new artistic intervention rongin shagor reflects on cultures of memory by exploring the reflective and generative threads of cultural formations located in the senses of the oppressed body. Retracing and reweaving these threads are the incessant tasks of cultures that faced colonialism. Collective memory emerges from language and patterns of collective memory influence language as socially and culturally shared narrative genres. The project attempts to form a constellation of remembrance by interweaving cultural responses and transnational dialogue. This multimodal space will create a rupture between voice and silence, the oral and the visual and an attempt towards the survival of the sensory cultures in the world today.

Taking the shape of a virtual artistic chain letter, rongin shagor is investigating the concept of heritage by getting others involved in the discourse of how our history shapes our actions today. A number of multidisciplinary and multilingual artists will respond to the poem “community” by May Ayim, a progressive thinker and key figure that shaped the Afro- German movement until her untimely death in 1996.

rongin shagor – the colorful ocean – hereby symbolizes the variety of poetic and artistic interpretations and inspirations that emerge from one poem. They float, embark, collide and buoy in the same place, each marking approaches to respective struggles in identity politics. Dreams, visions, and associative powers of imagination in poetry are heightened through a collective growth of individual artworks that build on each other – starting with the aforementioned poem by May Ayim. Responses to her work by interdisciplinary artists will shape rongin shagor while setting the way for further participation.

The erasure caused by coloniality with the parallel narrative during the pandemic challenges us to face realities of loss, loss of connection, loss of oral tradition, loss of ritual, loss of loved ones, loss of physical touch, loss of justice. In all this loss, there is a need to create a collective shared space, where challenges faced by different diaspora communities in Berlin and beyond are made visible and heard. This digital/online participatory project will attempt to create a hub of knowledge through art and bring it to a wider community to experience the space and get engaged in the discourses over time.

Being a mainly digital project with manifestations in the physical space, this body of work looks at the broader interactions between European nations and the societies they colonised by dealing with issues of identity, language, representation, displacement, migration, resistance and agency. The artistic responses will be shared both on- and offline, culminating on a digital platform, which is due to launch later this year and which will be accompanied by a physical “opening” event at May-Ayim Ufer and Oyoun in Berlin.