A friendship Laboratory on Challenge and Transformation in International Performance Art Festival at Warehouse9, Copenhagen.

A friendship laboratory on transformation and challenge is a long durational performance project stemming from the artists personal story. In their journey for around 10 years, Pınar and Leman put an effort to create non hegemonic and non normative spaces and relations in all they’ve been into. They have questioned ethics, politics and aesthetics, thought about death, life, wounds and vulnerability, talked about love, sexuality, the body and becoming, organised several queer events in Istanbul queer scene and translated and published some queer books as part of a queer books series, Queer Düş’ün they’ve been in the advisory team since 2012 in Sel Publishing House. When IPAF’s invitation has came to Leman, they were working on a new writing about friendship and it gave birth to the idea of taking their friendship for creating a laboratory to dig into their inner self, facilitated by their connection.

A friendship laboratory on transformation and challenge is a research of the transformative and healing effect of intimacy and connection. The performance gets its inspiration from a curiosity about taking friendship from its habitat and examining the friends in an experimental environment. It works on two layers: While the artists are putting their inner selves under the scope to wander on their depths, simultaneously they invite the audience to observe their connection and their way of being and affecting each other. During taking part of this laboratory, Leman is going to take mainly her physical body and Pınar is going to take mainly her voice body as a tool. Their roles and states will be interpenetrated between each other and they will investigate to create an emotional body together.

Language: Non-Verbal & English
Duration: 30 hours – 10 hours per day, over 3 days
Practical: Audiences can come and go as they please.
Access: The room that this performance takes place in is a historic stable room, with uneven flooring and cobble stones. For more information on access to this specific performance, contact us directly. All other Warehouse9 rooms have even flooring.

In unspeakable home, enchanting companions exhibition at Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Photo: Burak Serin

The artist reproduces her previous work Golden Butterflies (2014) for the exhibition unspeakable home, enchanting companions curated by Derya Bayraktaroğlu at Badischer Kunstverein between the dates 12 April – 23 June 2019.

Golden Butterflies is a public monument project at Ülker Street, Istanbul, one of the trans ghettos of 90s before being “refined” while the Municipality is preparing the city for the United Nation Conference on Human Settlements. The monument is realized in collaboration with Şevval Kılıç and Derin Cankaya. (You can find the original work’s info here.) Stemming from giving voice to one part of the trans history of the city which has been demolished, Golden Butterflies is focused on the issues like city memory and stories erased. Now, in unspeakable home, enchanting companions exhibition, the artist adds some other layers to her work to question placing a public art into a museum and put her effort to mobilize the audience in order to take her work to the streets by giving them a digital map to the audience via a QR code placed in the exhibition area. She also canalizes the work to bring being from outside of Schengen borders topic into question.

During the exhibition the artist aims to collect project’s outputs with #goldenbutterflies hashtag in social media.

“unspeakable home, enchanting companions”

Nur Koçak, Nil Yalter & Melis Tezkan, İstanbul Queer Art Collective, Gökçe Yiğitel, Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu (in collaboration with Şevval Kılıç and Derin Cankaya), Deniz Gül, Gülkan Noir, Gözde İlkin, Tümay Göktepe, Ugemfo

The program unspeakable home, enchanting companions to be held in Badischer Kunstverein between April 12 and June 23, 2019 is dwelling on existing and imagined intersections of artistic practice and contemporary feminist intensities in Turkey. Relying on a satirical critique of certain binaries, the phantasm of normative citizenship, linguistically fabricated supremacy, and the neoliberal power politics; the program probes for alternative diegeses, textualities, and performings, which enliven the relations of art and activism. It takes a glance at the earlier pathways of feminist thought at the local scale together with up-to-date feminist and proto-queer inquiries. Staging oppositions to given discourses and structures at work, interrupting the practices of power by laughter and being charmed by an open-ended companion the artistic productions compiled by the program will be displayed through an exhibition, performances, and film screenings with an archival addition. “unspeakable home, enchanting companions” exhibition brings together the works of Nur Koçak, Nil Yalter & Melis Tezkan, Istanbul Queer Art Collective, Gökçe Yiğitel, Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu (in collaboration with Şevval Kılıç and Derin Cankaya), Deniz Gül, Gülkan Noir, Gözde İlkin, Tümay Göktepe and Ugemfo. The film program features “Resistayol” (2016) by the transfeminist collective Kanka Productions, “How to Save Asiye” (1986), directed by Atıf Yılmaz, and the documentary “Voltrans” (2014) directed by P. Ulaş Dutlu and Özge Özgüner. Performances by Gökçe Yiğitel; “a trial on S.C.U.M.” (2014-), and Aylime Aslı Demir “At least 3 fingers: Still life lesson from a queer feminist activist” will be held within the course of the program. Archivals including zines and books, documentations of organized festivals, workshops, happenings, and demonstrations pursue the hybrid productions of queer feminist activism in Turkey as well as its influences and affections.


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06 March 2019, Saturday, 18:30

As part of the events series organizing in the first anniversary of needed: you, 672 hour-long live process, the artist have a talk with artist Ali Emir Tapan about artistic appearing of surrendering the body and inner-self, the dilemma of attempting to create concepts by the artist own body, performance art as a weird house, opacity and transparency through the artist 28 days long performance looking after a rose.

The talk will be in Turkish and there wouldn’t be English translation.

The I is always in the field of the Other exhibition at Evliyagil Museum in Ankara

The artist first work, a performative video titled philia (2012) is going to be exhibited as part of The Agah Uğur collection, “The I is always in the field of the Other” exhibition curated by Beral Madra between 9th march – 14th july in Evliyagil Museum Ankara.

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In Celebrating mother language exhibition at Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Fotoğraf: Hamdi Atay

The artist’s last work, a video performance titled a childhood tale from the dark is going to be exhibited as video and photography installation in Celebrating mother language exhibition at Shilpakala Academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The exhibition is going to be open between 23th February and 9th March.

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Workshop: How deep it is so true, How true it is so deeply

We will be working on the physical and emotional boundaries and limits the body for two days, which will take place in silence for two days, silence for 6 hours a day, and we will go into an investigation to discover the depths of our self.

Workshop participants will not be informed about the exercises before the date.

This workshop, which is especially recommended for people involved or interested in performance art, can be used as a preparation for long-term performances, or as an introduction to the field. These two days, which all people working with performing arts, theater, contemporary dance and body can use to deepen their own practices, are open to everyone who wishes to discover their own boundaries even though they did not work in these areas.

Practical Details

− The only requirement for this workshop is the desire to work with the physical and emotional boundaries of the body, not having the experience of working with the body before.
− It is recommended to wear comfortable and warm clothes and bring a shawl.
− It is definitely not recommended to take part in the full stomach.
− A notebook and a pen should be brought to the workshop.
− Participants are advised to attend all two days and it is important not to be late for group dynamics and to be in the venue 15 minutes before the workshop time.
− Mobile phones and watches will be collected before the workshop.
− Participants who need to take medication during the workshop hours, it will be given medication if they share this information.
− Participants will receive a preparation directive 1 week before the workshop (late enrolled participants at least 4 days).
− Registration and deposit are required:
− Records are closed 4 days before the workshop. While registrating, you must deposit half of the fee to the account given to you after your email. You’re going to receive the account info after you write for registration.

Two workshops will be held at two different venues. It’s possible to join one of them. If you wanna join both, there will be a discount.

Date: 02-03 February 2019 (2 days)

Time: 12.00-18.00

Price: 250 TL – 170 TL for students

Venue: Performistanbul Live Art Research Space

Address: Hacımimi Mahallesi, Dibek Sk. No:32, Beyoğlu 34425 – İstanbul


Workshop language: Turkish and English (according to participants)


Tarih: 09-10 February 2019 (2 days)

Time: 12.00-18.00

Price: 250 TL – 170 TL for students

Venue: Circuit Istanbul

Address: Rasimpaşa Mahallesi, Uzun Hafız Sokak No:39, Yeldeğirmeni, Kadıköy 34716 -Istanbul


Workshop language: Turkish and English (according to participants)

The workshop How deep it is so true, How true it is so deeply which focuses on the limits of the body has been created after the artist participation to the Cleaning the house workshop; a workshop you take the Abramovic method exercises for 5 days, which was organized by the Marina Abramovic Institute in September 2018. Also other inspirations are workshops organized by La pocha nostra and VestAndPage.

Til now the workshop is been held in Çanakkale at Sub and in Lisbon at Forum Dança.


Queer Performance: Chances, Challenges and Transformation

As part of Kuir Fest, the artist is going to have an artist talk on the top of chances, challenges and transformation with performance artist Liad Hussein Kantorowicz from Berlin and Maria Dolores from Athens Museum of Queer Arts with the moderation of Gizem Aksu in 6.00pm on 25th January at Dramaqueer.

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3 days with MASA at Blok Art Space in Büyük Valide Han

Leman S. Darıcıoğlu “3 Days with MASA”
Dates: 11-12-13 January 2019
Hour: 10.00-18.00
Opening Date: 11 January 2019
Venue: Büyük Valide Han, Mercan Mahallesi, Büyük Valide Han Çakmakçılar Yokuşu
No:31, Fatih/İstanbul
Mardo Ohanoğlu’s Woodshop (the live broadcast of the performance): Serdar Ömer cad. No: 82 Beyoğlu

Performistanbul and Blok art space present, international performance art platform Performistanbul ’s artist Leman S. Darıcıoğlu joins Masa Project for a performance entitled “3 Days with Masa”. Based on the need for collectivity and alternative areas, “Masa Project” will reinterpret its presence with the performance of Leman S. Darıcıoğlu.

An alternative place for Turkish contemporary art scene, Masa Project presented more than 40 artist in 12 years and for this special project Masa is excited to be a subject and an object of a performance art. Masa Project will transform into a place where possibilities about time and form is explored.

A performance of interrogation about history, memory, remembrance and mis-remembrance 3 Days with Masa will be presented for 3 days and 8 hours a day between 11th and 13th January 2019 in Büyük Valide Han. Centered around the the history of minority and issues about labour, 3 Days with Masa aims to be a bridge between the two socio-culturally opposite historical districts of Istanbul. Büyük Valide Han, located in Eminönü and Dolapdere will be in dialogue with the performance of Leman S. Darıcıoğlu. Livestream of 3 Days with Masa will be displayed at the Mardo Ohanoğlu’s shopwindow in Dolapdere, the joiner of Masa.

3 days with THE TABLE” is actualised with the consolidation of Art On Istanbul, Space Debris Art, Jüs İstanbul ve Reflect Studio.

Special thanks to; Seyhan Musaoğlu (Space Debris Art) for her support, Doğukan Özpınar for sound editing, Kayhan Kaygusuz and Gülbin Eriş for photograph and video recording during the performance, Hacı Ahmet Söbüçovalı and Asiye Gürbüz Ohanoğlu for utilization of workshop space.

Residency at Forum Dança, Lisbon

The artist is going to participate to the artistic residency at Forum Dança in Lisbon between 13-24 November to lead a workshop for 2 days based on dealing with physical and emotional limits and to work on conceptual mapping her own artistic journey.

The program is curated by Sezen Tonguz.