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.


new piece: waiting II: darağaç in public art exhibition darağaç III

the artist will take part in the darağaç exhibition on  october 5, at 5:00 pm with her 24-hour-long new performance waiting II: darağaç.

the Darağaç exhibition, taking place for the third time this year, is organized by the artists living and working on umur bey street in the alsancak halkapınar district. while the participants in the first edition of darağaç consisted only of artists living in the neighbourhood, this year the exhibiton welcomes a number of “guests” to participate. invited to take part by the initative, the artist invites the neighbourhood to witness her 24-hour performance. waiting II: darağaç questions the notion of waiting understood both as a verb and a noun, while also exploring the concepts of belonging and connectivity in relation to the opening of an immmigration office in the neighbourhood in the last year.

having recently performed waiting at warehouse9 in copenhagen, the artist’s second performance turns waiting into a series about “liminal” stages where life is unable to be lived but is sustained biologically.

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cleaning the house workshop held by marina abramovic institute in september

the artist will be in marina abramovic institute’s cleaning the house workshop led by artists lynsey peisinger and paula garcia between 12-16 september to have abramovic method which is developed by marina abramovic since 80s for preparing the body for long-durational performances.

thanks to performistanbul and my dear funders for their support.

new performance: calculus of mouth at 18th bangladesh biennale in 5th september.

6 hours-long live performance.
5 september 11.30-17.30
Performance pavillion, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy 

sotto voce;

can we clean the history; can we forget what our eyes have seen, our ears have heard; can we clean ourself from the dirt of being still witness in this age of infinite ordinary evilness; can we lick, choke down, digest what is remained in our bodies after all we absorb; can we really absorb what has going on and can we still be ourself with all these unspokens, hidden truths; can we see ourself in this black out; can we…”

a corporeal research on history, memory and testimony/witness on the basis of the one which cannot be spoken about, which cannot find a tongue, which stays in silence, in dark. An investigation for cleaning history and giving visibility to the invisible.

for the info about the performance art pavillion and the program:

New performance piece, The Punishment at a Corner in the World

The punishment wanders in aour common memory on a quest for power dynamics and crime, and aims to explore the relationships between weakness and power, punishment and shame, crime and testimony, and to navigate the borders between social punishment and personal shame, personal punishment and social shame.

7 may 2018, 19.00-21.00
Bomontiada Alt, Istanbul.

Residency at Warehouse9, Copenhagen.

Experience a cross-disciplinary collaboration unfold from prominent queer and body-political artists from Istanbul. Visual artist Emir Erkaya and performance artist Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu are IPAF artists-in-residence and will occupy Warehouse9’s gallery room for the duration of the festival. Encounter a queer performance practice merge with virtuosic paintings of Istanbul’s sub-culture, and see how the two disciplines merge and transform the gallery space into a queer-political performance installation.

The gallery room will be open to the public throughout the festival and will include a visual art exhibition by Emir Erkaya, performances by Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu, a workshop and a conversation with the artists. The detailed Artists-in-Residence programme will be announced closer to the festival dates.

For more information visit IPAF facebook page/website;