The Visit in Europach Online Archive

Leman S. Darıcıoğlu’s 2020 dated work, “The Visit” which the artist produced for the Istanbul part of HIV Stories Living Politics exhibition is added to the online archive of Europach. The video work can be watched from Europach website.
HIV Stories Living Politics curated by Zülfukar Çetin, Agata Dziuban, Friederike Faust, Emily Jay Nicholls, Noora Oertel, Todd Sekuler, Justyna Struzik and Alper Turan.

Dear Stranger

Dear Stranger
22 – 24 May

10:00 – 18:00 (Berlin time)
As part of “Stay LIVE at Home” program of Performistanbul

For the past two months, we have been cooped in our homes (if we have a home) by a virus and we have been only connected with each other virtually. Online exhibitions, Zoom meetings, Jitsi workshops, Skype calls, Whatsapp video calls… have been the only safe ways to contact with each other and the world. Even though in some countries ‘turning back to normality’ plans have already started, it seems like the virtuality will remain our main ground for coming together and making or sharing art for a while. Considering this “new normal”, I would like to invite you all to think about different ways to get attached with real life and each other.

Dear stranger is a performance that consists of two parts; online and offline. The first part of the performance will be live streamed on Vimeo and take place as part of “Stay LIVE at Home” between the dates of 22nd and 24th of May, for 8 hours a day. During this time, I will be writing unique letters to strangers and people who I have never met before. Each day when the performance comes to an end, I will photograph the letters that I will be writing and share them online.

After the three days of the live-streamed performance, for the second part of the work, I will go out on the streets to deliver the letters. I will randomly give away the letters through people’s letter box on their doorway or stick them on building doors, street lamps, walls etc. This part of the performance will be offline and will be only documented, finding its audience and recipient by coincidence on the streets.

Dear Stranger is an invitation in order to revision emotional solidarity and non-virtual ways of connecting in the ‘new normal’.

The performance is a part of For those who had left and those who are struggling which is a long term performance project initiated by the artist in April 2020. The entire project has found its ground from the COVID-19 pandemic and its circumstances.

Special thanks to Başak Günak, Ceren Saner, Gülbin Eriş and Performistanbul team for their support.


Online Exhibition: Friends of the Museum in Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum

Captured by Ceren Saner

In this time of isolation and physical distance, Genco Gülan invited the artist to an online exhibition which is called “Friends of The Museum”. Curated by Genco Gülan, Friends of the Museum brings together the artists self portraits and/or short videos about what the artists do in these quarantine time.

To visit Friends of the Museum go to Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum website.

For those who had left and those who are struggling

Long term performance project

First performance:
3 days, 8 hours a day
2 – 4 April
10:00 – 18:00 (Berlin time)

In these days that our lives have suddenly changed into something very strange1, we all feel like walking a tightrope.

Since November 2019 we have lost thousands of people from almost all over the world because of COVID-19. The cases and the deaths are still increasing hundreds by hundreds, people are dying all alone and we even cannot burry them with funerals as they deserve, we even cannot bid farewell.

In this apocalyptic time that I’m stuck in my room as we all are, I want to start to a long-term project in order to give myself time to remember all the souls who have passed away, to mourn, and to send strength to all the ones who are struggling in their homes, in hospitals, in prisons, in refugee camps and to come together with everyone whose stuck in homes or in a room.

For those who had left and those who are struggling is a long-term performance project that I’ll be performing every month for 3 days until I don’t feel necessity to do it anymore. It is always going to be shown online even in the future days where I hope I’ll have the opportunity again to perform live in front of an audience.

The performance is going to be live-streamed through my Vimeo account:

The first performance of For those who had left and those who are struggling could be realized with the generous support of “Weichselpalast Residency” at Berlin, Germany.

For those who had left and those who are struggling could be realized with the generous support of “Weichselstr residency” at Berlin, Germany.

1Thanks to dear Michelle Gurevich for her song “Love from a distance” whom I borrow that expression and thanks to Fenia Kotsopoulou for letting me know about this beautiful, touching song.

Enduring Turkey is postponed

UPDATE: LADA regrets to announce that this event has been postponed along with all events until the beginning of May, at the earliest. Our office and Study Room will also remain closed for the same period. Please check for updates and more info via our COVID-19 statement here:

We are also gathering information and resources to support artists and arts workers hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Check them out here:

Invisible Geometries at Apartment Project Berlin on 17 March

Invisible Geometries
Live performance
6 hours
17 March 14:00-20:00
Apartment Project Berlin

Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu’s new performance piece Invisible Geometries is a question about ‘outside’ and ‘inside’. For Invisible Geometries, Darıcıoğlu has started by contemplating on the limits and boundaries we restrict ourselves in, limits of the body, boundaries between personal and collective, borders of the spaces, geographies, states. The performance is a 6 hour-long corporal research on time and space, investigating the geometries of the ties/attachments and belongings.

For detailed info:

HIVstories: Living Politics

Opening: 14 March 2020 18:00-21:00
14 March- 10 Apri 2020
Dramaqueer, Istanbul Sanat Derneği
Tarlabaşı Bulvarı 232/3 Beyoğlu

How are politics and life narratives in the fields of HIV/AIDS activism entangled? This exhibition explores different ways of living politics from the perspectives of a variety of countries, communities and regions. It focuses on the ways in which lives are shaped by politics, and politics are shaped by lives in Poland, United Kingdom, Turkey, Germany and on the European level. This research exhibition, which will be opened at the venue of Dramaqueer in Tarlabaşı on March 14 after Berlin and Warsaw, can be seen until April 10. A series of speeches, tours and performances will accompany the exhibition. Exhibition can be seen everyday except Mondays and Tuesday from 13 to 19 pm.

The World Health Organisation has identified Europe as a region with the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world. While the impact and spread of the virus unfolds differently
and unevenly across the region, it has evoked multiple responses from civil society, religious institutions and European states and governing bodies. A multiplicity of lives and politics demonstrates that the fight against HIV/AIDS cannot be recounted as a single coherent story. Instead, it is presented here as an ongoing struggle with many disparities
and a-synchronicities – all of which take on unique expression in each political, legal and social context. Taken together, HIVstories offers a glimpse into the complex, creative and
at times contradictory dynamics of HIV/AIDS activism across the region. It reveals Europe as a historically shifting, disputed, and dynamic geographic, social and political entity.

The exhibition is made up of objects that have been collected over the course of a three-year international research project. Disentangling European HIV/AIDS Policies: Activism, Citizenship and Health (EUROPACH) explores how narratives of the past continue to impact the unfolding of the epidemic. Researchers from Kraków, London, Berlin and Basel, in collaboration with a great many community partner organisations, collected artefacts, archival documents and art works, and conducted oral history interviews with activists,
advocates, politicians, bureaucrats and medical practitioners. These lively materials evoke only some of the multiple lives and faces involved in the struggle against HIV/AIDS in
the European region. The excerpts from life narratives as presented here, and many more, are part of the European HIV/AIDS Archive (EHAA).

The ‘HIVstories: Living Politics’ exhibition, where the output of the EUROPACH research was presented, opened at the Schwules Museum in Berlin in September 2019. It was exhibited in Warsaw, Biennale Warszawa during February 2020. The exhibition will open on March 14, 2020, at the venue of Dramaqueer, the collective of queer art and activism, in Istanbul Tarlabaşı, and can be seen until April 10. For Istanbul exhibition, Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu, has produced a performance work titled ‘there / not there’ and inspired by Murtaza Elgin, Turkey’s first known AIDS case. In addition to the performance, a series of tours and speeches will be held throughout the exhibition, the dates of which will be announced later.

Funding for the research that was used to produce this exhibition was generously provided by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) as part of their 3rd Joint
Research Programme under the rubric “Uses of the Past.”

Curators: Emily Jay Nicholls, Noora Oertel, Todd Sekuler, Justyna Struzik, Zülfikar Çetin, Alper Turan

Enduring Turkey: performance videos from Turkey and its diaspora at Live Art Development Agency London

The artist short documentation of early work who has come who has gone will be screened in “Enduring Turkey: performance videos from Turkey and its diaspora” at Live Art Development Agency London.

The event is FREE but please RSVP

‘Enduring Turkey’ is a compilation of Live Art documentation and performance videos from Turkey and its diaspora. Focusing specifically on endurance performances, the programme will bring together examples from the pioneers of performance art with its latest incarnations, which refer to the conditions that trans, queer and feminists endure in the current political climate of Turkey.

The following videos will be screened:

Nezaket Ekici – ‘Blind Performance Installation’ (since 2007)
Nezaket Ekici – ‘But all that Glitters is not Gold’, Videoperformance (2014)
Özlem Ünlü – ‘Kâla’, Performistanbul (2018)
Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu – ‘Who Has Come, Who Has Gone’ (2016)
Istanbul Queer Art Collective – ‘50.000’ (2014)
İz Öztat & Ann Antidote – ‘Suspended’ (2019)

The screening will be preceded by the curators’ introductory talk and followed by a Q&A session with Naz Balkaya from Performistanbul.

This programme is part of a wider series of events called ‘Turkish Delight’ which will take place between 17-23 March. Turkish Delight is curated by Queer Art Projects in partnership with CUNTemporary and supported by Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants, the Mountain of Arts Research (MARs) and Centre of Feminist Research at Goldsmiths College, Live Art Development Agency (LADA) and Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club (BGWMC).

.Check out Turkish Delight’s programme here: