White Roses, Pink Glitter as part of “Glitter and Grief”

Live performance
5,5 hours
As part of “Glitter and Grief”, organized by SoliTsoli, Nawara and Gay Shame
6. October. 2020 14:30 – 22:00
Haus der Statistik

Zak Kostopoulus (aka Zackie Oh) was a Greek drag queen artist, queer and HIV activist living in Athens. On the afternoon of September 21 in 2018, he had been beaten up by some men. The police
officers who came later continued to beat him even though he was lying down unmoving on the
ground. Afterwards he died in the ambulance. It has been two years now. Still, the killers are
unpunished and the trial continues.

While daily governmental violence and oppression towards LGBTI+ people are raising through exploiting of the COVID-19 crisis, in “White Roses, Pink Glitter”, Leman S. Darıcıoğlu remembers
Zak Kostopoulus and creates an image of queer resilience and mourning. Borrowing glitter by Zak’s
instagram-post, titled “What if we get lost? I just follow the glitter,” Darıcıoğlu uses the glitter as a
metaphor of queer strength and survival under the contemporary heteropatriarchal regime. While
the white roses generally used to express condolence in funerals in Germany, it is also referring to
the resistance group “White Rose,” under the Third Reich regime and furthermore, the pink
references the pink triangle of the Nazi’s symbol marking [male] homosexuals. By merging the Nazi
time references with the contemporaneity, the artist asserts that queers are resilient resistants of
today’s daily fascism which still causes countless deaths, violence and precariousness.

Thanks to SoliTsoli, Nawara, Gay Shame, Yener Bayramoğlu, Hasan Aksaygın, Performistanbul, Feo Marshmallow and Deniz Uysal for their support to make “White Roses, Pink Glitter” realize.

There’s an ocean between us in 28th July at Apartment Project Berlin

Photo by Derin Cankaya

There is an ocean between us

by Leman S. Darıcıoğlu
28/07/2020, Tuesday | 1pm-8pm
at Apartmant Project Berlin, Hertzbergstraße 13, 12055 Berlin

Apartment Project is pleased to host Leman S. Darıcıoğlu’s new performance titled There is an ocean between us on 28 July 2020, Tuesday. The 7-hour long performance is the result of a thread of self-directed questions. Darıcıoğlu’s ongoing exploration of the body’s boundaries and its role as a vessel in personal expression responding to predominant social and political paradigms, continues by addressing the newly arising definitions for distance, limitation, intimacy and borders. These notions that are recently restoring their contexts, are at the centre of the artists’ new work, where she* reconsiders the four windows (‘screens’) of Apartment Project as a single narrative, utilising only the facade as the project space, keeping the doors of the venue closed for public access.

The artist’s interest in the shifting significance of proximity and remoteness, manifests itself in the performance — pushing and bending the idea of interhuman connection, the still-action caters for a stimulating existential investigation. The objects placed in the remaining screens of the facade brings forward a sub-question pondering on the concept of art, representation and image — a parallel theme that resides in Darıcıoğlu’s practice.

The performance, which requires a strong physical and mental preparatory process, is designed without any intent of establishing a singular judgement. On the contrary, it aims to provoke the audience to ruminate on the widening gap between beings and delve into the alternating forms of togetherness.

Special thanks to Apartment Project for their venue support, and Performistanbul for their curatorial support. Further thanks to Bengisu Çağlayan for formulating the text for the project and for her coordination support. Additional thanks to Selda Asal, Melih Sarıgöl, Hasan Aksaygın, Başak Günak, Derin Cankaya and Emre Birişmen.

Translation into German by Bettina Sellmann

Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu (b. 1985, Izmir, Turkey) based in Istanbul, Turkey. Currently living and working in Berlin (July – December 2020), as a fellow of the Istanbul-Berlin stipend of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe in cooperation with the neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK) and the ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin as well as DEPO in Istanbul.

Leman S. Darıcıoğlu is an artist working mainly in the field of performance art, creating long-durational live performances, performance videos and performative installations. In her* performances, Darıcıoğlu concentrates on investigating / exploring the physical / emotional limits and boundaries of the human body. Placing corporal research at its core, her* work deals with hegemonic political/societal concepts and norms.

Between 2012-2019, she* was in the advisory team of Queer Düş’ün [Queer Fantasy/Thought], a queer theory books collection released by Sel Publishing House. She* is also the translator of numerous books in this collection. Besides, she* edited and compiled a book on queer theory called Queer Temaşa [Queer Contemplation/Spectacle] (2016), also published by Sel Publishing House, as a part of the same collection.

Between 2014-2017 Leman S. Darıcıoğlu was a member of Istanbul Queer Art Collective.

Leman S. Darıcıoğlu’s performances and artistic works have been presented at performance festivals and art fairs, in museums and galleries, in public spaces as well as private spaces such as collector’s and artist’s houses, such as: Venice International Performance Art Week, Palazzo Mora, Venice (2020 & 2017); Future Ritual, Kunstraum, London (2019); Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair (2019); B2 House, Çanakkale (2018); Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2019), Asia Art Biennale Bangladesh, Dhaka (2018); Akbank Art Center, Istanbul (2017) and Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Jeonju (2017) amongst others. Darıcıoğlu has co-curated Dream Pavillion within Unexpected Territories at 26th Tüyap Istanbul Art Fair, Artist (2016). The artist’s works are included in both private and institutional collections in Turkey and abroad.

Since 2017, Darıcıoğlu has been represented by Performistanbul international performance art platform.


*As a person who doesn’t believe gender binary the artist chooses to use pronoun she/her as strikethrough with an asteriks.

Apartment Project is an organization devoted to collaborative artistic practice with a focus on global-local idea exchange. Our central areas of interest are: Politically engaged art, transdisciplinary experimentation and cultural community outreach.

Apartment Project is one of the first artist-run initiatives founded in 1999 in Istanbul. Started as an interdisciplinary collective production and exhibition non-profit art space, Apartment Project is active in Berlin with a program focused on process-oriented production since 2012. By inviting a group of artists to explore the dynamics of collective living and working, Apartment Project strives to generate artistic collaboration strategies and experimental forms of creation/production.

Apartment Project supports artistic initiatives that embody the spirit of interdisciplinarity and collaboration, often in mobile or international contexts. The organization has realized numerous projects in Turkey, Germany, the South Caucasus, the Balkans, and Iran. In all of these localities, Apartment Project fosters work that fits within its central areas of interest.



Foto von Derin Cankaya

There is an ocean between us
von Leman S. Darıcıoğlu
Dienstag, 28.07.2020 | 13.00-20.00 Uhr
Apartment Project Berlin, Hertzbergstraße 13, 12055 Berlin

Das Apartment Project freut sich, die neue Performance von Leman S. Darıcıoğlu zu präsentieren. Sie trägt den Titel There is an ocean between us und findet am Dienstag, den 28. Juli 2020, statt. Die 7-stündige Performance ist das Ergebnis einer ganzen Reihe von Fragen, die an das Selbst gerichtet sind. Darıcıoğlus andauernde Erforschung der Grenzen des Körpers und dessen Rolle als Gefäß eines persönlichen Ausdrucks als Reaktion auf vorherrschende soziale und politische Paradigmen wird fortgesetzt, indem sie sich mit neu entstehenden Definitionen von Distanz, Begrenzung, Intimität und Grenzen befasst. Diese Begriffe, die in letzter Zeit die Wiederherstellung ihrer Kontexte erfahren, stehen im Mittelpunkt der neuen Arbeit der Künstlerin*, in der sie* die vier Fenster (“Screens”) des Apartment Project als einen einheitlichen Narrativ neu wahrnimmt, nur die Fassade als Projektraum verwendet und die Türen des Veranstaltungsortes für den öffentlichen Zugang geschlossen hält.

Das Interesse der Künstlerin* an der sich verändernden Bedeutung von Nähe und Abgeschiedenheit manifestiert sich in der Performance: Indem sie die Idee der zwischenmenschlichen Verbindung vorantreibt und verändert, provoziert die Still-Action eine spannende existenzielle Untersuchung. Die Objekte auf den verbleibenden Bildschirmen der Fassade werfen eine Unterfrage auf, die sich mit dem Konzept von Kunst, Repräsentation und Bild befasst – einem Thema, das parallel ebenfalls Teil von Darıcıoğlus Praxis ist.

Die Aufführung, die einen intensiven physischen und mentalen Vorbereitungsprozess erfordert, ist ohne die Absicht konzipiert, ein alleingültiges Urteil zu fällen. Im Gegenteil: Sie soll das Publikum dazu bringen, über die zunehmende Kluft zwischen Lebewesen nachzudenken und sich einzulassen auf sich verändernde Formen des Zusammenseins.

Besonderer Dank geht an das Apartment Project für die Bereitstellung des Veranstaltungsortes und an Performistanbul für die kuratorische Unterstützung. Weiterer Dank geht an Bengisu Çağlayan für die Formulierung des Projekt-Textes und für ihre Unterstützung bei der Koordination. Zusätzlicher Dank geht an Selda Asal, Melih Sarıgöl, Hasan Aksaygın, Başak Günak, Derin Cankaya und Emre Birişmen.

Übersetzung ins Deutsche von Bettina Sellmann

Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu (*1985 in Izmir, Türkei) lebt und arbeitet in Istanbul in der Türkei. Derzeit Aufenthalt in Berlin (Juli – Dezember 2020) im Rahmen des Istanbul-Berlin-Stipendiums der Senatsabteilung für Kultur und Europa in Zusammenarbeit mit der neuen Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK) und dem ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin sowie dem DEPO in Istanbul.

Leman S. Darıcıoğlu arbeitet als Künstlerin* hauptsächlich auf dem Gebiet der Performancekunst. Sie* ist Schöpferin* langandauernder Live-Performances, Performance-Videos und performativer Installationen. In ihren* Performances konzentriert sich Darıcıoğlu auf die Untersuchung/Erforschung der physischen/emotionalen Grenzen und der Grenzen des menschlichen Körpers. Ihre* Arbeit beschäftigt sich mit hegemonialen politischen/gesellschaftlichen Konzepten und Normen.

Zwischen 2012 und 2019 war sie* im Beratungsteam von Queer Düş’ün [Queere Fantasien/Gedanken], einer Sammlung von Büchern zur Queer-Theorie, herausgegeben im Verlag Sel Publishing House. Auch ist sie* Übersetzerin* zahlreicher Bücher dieser Sammlung. Sie* hat außerdem das queer-theoretische Buch Queer Temaşa [Queere Betrachtung/Spektakel] (2016) herausgegeben und zusammengestellt, welches als Teil derselben Sammlung ebenfalls im Verlag Sel Publishing House veröffentlicht wurde.

Zwischen 2014 und 2017 war Leman S. Darıcıoğlu Mitglied des Istanbul Queer Art Collective.

Darıcıoğlus Performances und künstlerische Werke wurden auf Performance-Festivals und Kunstmessen, in Museen und Galerien sowie in öffentlichen und privaten Räumen wie Sammler- und Künstlerwohnungen präsentiert. Die Werke der Künstlerin* befinden sich in privaten und institutionellen Sammlungen in der Türkei und im Ausland. Darıcıoğlus Arbeit war Gegenstand zahlreicher internationaler Veranstaltungen, u.a.: Venedig International Performance Art Week, Palazzo Mora, Venedig (2020 & 2017); Future Ritual, Kunstraum, London (2019); Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair (2019); B2 House, Çanakkale (2018); Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2019), Asia Art Biennale Bangladesh, Dhaka (2018); Akbank Art Center, Istanbul (2017) und Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Jeonju (2017). Sie* war Co-Kuratorin* von Dream Pavillion im Rahmen von “Unexpected Territories” auf der 26. Tüyap Istanbul Art Fair, Artist (2016).

Seit 2017 ist Darıcıoğlu auf der internationalen Performance Art-Plattform Performistanbul vertreten.


*Als Person, die nicht an eine binäre Geschlechtsidentität glaubt, wählt die Künstlerin* das Pronomen sie/ihr in durchgestrichener Version mit einem Sternchen.

Apartment Project wurde 1999 als einer der ersten unabhängigen Kunsträume in der Türkei von Videokünstlerin Selda Asal in Istanbul gegründet. Seit 2012 agiert das Apartment Project als eingetragener Kunstverein und Projektraum in Berlin-Neukölln.

Von Anfang an förderte das Apartment Project künstlerische Kollaborationen, die die Grenzen zwischen Kunstund Alltagswelten herausfordern. Dies spiegelt sich im Residenzprogramm, dem Werkstatt-Ausbau von onoff sowie in der Zusammenarbeit der Kollektive wieder.

Der dazugehörige Ausstellungsraum dient als Plattform für Einzel- und Gruppenausstellungen, Workshops, interdisziplinäre Gemeinschaftsprojekte, Performances, Diskussionen und Treffen türkischer und internationaler KünstlerInnen, insbesondere aus den Nachbarstaaten der Türkei. In diesem Zusammenhang hat das Apartment Project unter anderem KünstlerInnen aus der zeitgenössischen Kunst- und Kulturszene eingeladen an mobilen Workshops im Südkaukasus und in den Balkanstaaten teilzunehmen.

Das Apartment Projekt beschäftigt sich primär mit Transdisziplinarität und Experimentalität, Kunst im politischen Kontext und Kunst und Kulturelle Bildung.



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.

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: https://www.queerartprojects.co.uk/td