Right after "Angelus Altera", with Ra, MK and Ali Emir. 
SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul. As part of "90s on stage" exhibition, curated by Amira Arzık. 2022. 
Photo by Berkay Ali Bilge

Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu (Berlin & Istanbul & Nuremberg) mainly creates long-durational live performances but also texts, videos, installations and public interventions. In her* performances, she* investigates the physical/emotional limits, boundaries and potentials of the body. Taking this corporal approach as a core, Leman is interested in chronopolitics and necropolitics from a perspective centralising marginalised bodies’ vulnerability and strength. She* works on Queer appropriation methodologies of the past and the present from a non-Western perspective and develops corporal strategies to address minority groups’ histories excluded from hegemonic history.

Between 2012 and 2019, Leman was part of the advisory team that they built as five FLINTAs for Turkey’s first queer theory series titled “Queer Düş’ün” [Queer Fantasy /Thought] and was the translator of several queer books in the selection, in Sel Publishing House. She* also edited and compiled a queer theory book called “Queer Temaşa” [Queer Contemplation /Spectacle], which was published as part of the series, in Sel Publishing House (2016).

Leman has shown her* works at Yapı Kredi Cultural Center – YKY, Istanbul; NULL U+2205, Lisbon, Spazju Kreattiv, Valetta; Bärenzwinger, Berlin; Kommunales Kino, Freiburg; Koli Art Space, Istanbul; Bärenzwinger, Berlin; Institute of Contemporary Arts – ICA, London, SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul; Prospect Art, Los Angeles, Goethe Institute, Rome, Zamek Culture Center, Poznan, STAMP Festival – altonale, Hamburg; Ornemanta24, Pforzheim; bi’bak, BerlinSchwules Museum, Berlin; Kunsthalle St Annen, Lübeck; Galerie Wedding, Berlin; DEPO, Istanbul; University of Osnabrueck, Lingen; Zentrum fur Kunst und Urbanistik, Berlin, Venice International Performance Art Week, Venice; Museum without walls, British Council TurkeyKunstraum, London; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; 18. Asia Biennale Bangladesh, Dhaka; Warehouse9, Copenhagen and Jeonbuk Museum of Arts, Jeonju among others. Some of the residency programs that she* participated in are “CAMP – Art educators in residence” as part of documentafifteen; “Istanbul-Berlin exchange” held by nGbK, ZK/U and DEPO Istanbul; “Artists in residence” at Warehouse9; “Artist residency” at Forum Dança.

Leman is currently doing a master degree in the Live Art Forms program at AdBK Nuremberg since 2023 and was a guest lecturer at UdK, Berlin during the 2022-2023 winter semester. Leman is giving mentorship in Performance art class (bachelor degree) led by Performistanbul as part of the Performance Studies program at Bilgi University, Istanbul and continues working in UdK as an external mentor of a master graduation performance project. Since 2016, Leman has held several body, movement, performance and long-durational performance workshops in Turkey and Europe, which she* still does. Leman sees the workshop processes as collective sharing and holding space for each other and is interested to build safer spaces where especially Queer, BIPOCs, and people from marginalised communities can connect with their bodies and take action to turn their vulnerabilities into their strengths through performance art.

Leman was a member of the Istanbul Queer Art Collective between 2014 – 2017 and performed in the following art events and venues as part of the collective; SALT Beyoğlu; Istanbul; Zurcher Theater Spektakel, Zurich; II. Sound Acts Festival, Athens, Les Belles de Nuit Festival, Photobastei, Zurich; Pornceptual, Prince Charles, Berlin.

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

* As an artist who disagrees with the binary gender system, Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu uses “she/her” as strikethrough with an asterisk in writings and takes “they/them” in verbal language.

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with love and roses,