Ladylike

hanım hanımcık, leman sevda darıcıoğlu, space debris, queer sanat,
Photos by Derin Cankaya


Live performance
2016
90 min.
Space Debris art gallery
Istanbul

Ladylike is an experiment on female gender representation. Stemming from the idea of ‘We do only have our bodies to represent’ the artist question the relationship between the space and gender. The artist thinking about the questions such are “Does the spaces have a gender / does the gender have a space?”, “How does gender work on a space?”, “What does it mean to present a body?” attempts to an experiment in order to gendering the space and spacing the gender performance.

The artist wearing a peignoir and a blond wig starts by writing their feelings and thoughts about the moment on their diary while lying on a bed and they shave their leg hair and start to doll up. They take off their peignoir and dress some “lady clothes”, make a “lady make-up”. They sit on the bed and look to the audience in the eyes with a “lady smile” and ogle. After looking at everybody in the eyes for a while, they take off their clothes fully, lie down on the bed and put some strawberries over their genital area and a whipped cream on a cup on their belly.