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.

 

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