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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