“SAFE HERE” in Kunsthalle St Annen between 15-19 September

Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu
Live performance
5 days, 6 hours a day
Between 15 – 19 September 2021 – From 10:30 to 16:30
in St. Annen Kunsthalle

Within the collaboration of Haus der Kulturen Lübeck and Kunsthalle St. Annen
Funded by Kulturfunke Lübeck
Special thanks to Hêja Ölki, Dr. Antje-Britt Mählmann, Pascal Simm, Simge Burhanoğlu and Yener Bayramoğlu

SAFE HERE” is a critics of European immigration politics and gaze towards immigrants from the Global South and East. The 5 days long (6 hours each day) live performance addresses how Europe victimises and fetishises the migrants in order to create “European dream” while building an image as safety and freedom provider of itself.

Starting from here, “SAFE HERE” engages with the act of breathing as a backbone of living, as a matter of life/death, as a reciprocation and connection within the one and others and attempts to reveal vulnerability and fragility of the body as well as manifesting its strength.

Occupying coast, stringing out lines

Live performance
Curated by Malte Pieper and Maja Smoszna as part of the programme Existing Otherwise – Anders Existieren at Galerie Wedding 2021-22 Artistic director: Solvej Helweg Ovesen
18 August 2021
with Derin Cankaya
5 hours

Aiming to break away victimisation discourses on non-western queerness and create a new image of “Global southeast” queer migrant in joy and pleasure, “Occupying coast, stringing out lines” intends to create a surreal and joyful crack opening to an imaginary queer land from boring daily life and dreams for a future where the corporality and feelings would be a threshold matter for life; a future where we would only be determined by our connections within ourselves, each other and surroundings.

[DE] Occupying coast, stringing out lines (dt. Küste einnehmen, Linien aufspannen) zielt darauf ab Diskurse zu brechen, die nicht-westliche Queerness viktimisieren. Es soll ein neues Bild von queeren Migrant:innen des “globalen Südostens” in Spaß und Vergnügen geschaffen werden. Es geht darum, einen surrealen und lustigen Riss zu schaffen, der aus dem langweiligen Alltag in ein imaginäres queeres Land führt. Dort wird von einer Zukunft geträumt, in der die Körperlichkeit und die Gefühle eine entscheidende Rolle für das Leben spielen; eine Zukunft, in der wir nur durch unsere Verbindungen zu uns selbst, zueinander und zu unserer Umgebung bestimmt werden.

Apartment 52

Curated by Tuba Kocakaya and Lara Lakay
Between 26 April – 14 May 2021
Nemlizade sok. 52 Yeldeğirmeni Istanbul

From the curators’ text:

THE APARTMENT lat. ‘appartire’ {apart, to separate, divide up}

In his short story “A Bird With One Wing”, Yaşar Kemal tells the story of the characters who set out for that town, which, because of its desolateness and its poetic mystery, can never be reached. Those who run into each other en route somehow create an intertwined road narrative and ask Cassin’s absolute question to the reader: “When are you home*, where, with whom?”
The desire to knit the shattered pieces, to heal what the system has destroyed and will continue to do so. Meeting the modern hero, who divides the communal texture of life into pieces and rooms: the “Apartment”. In this diary made of concrete, forging a bond without ownership, with objects and breathing things alike. Relating to things through touch, sight and speech. The other side of the mirror…
“The only things that truly exist is your walk and your gaze; gravitating towards something and passing it by… Only and only your gaze which remembers the play of light and shape that happens everywhere – in your eyes, on the ceiling, on your feet, in the sky, inside your cracked mirror, on water and stone, among crowds.” (A Man Asleep, Georges Perec, Metis Pub., 2016)
While the dubious potion of modernity, in efforts to preserve itself, buries life into concrete, we are busy digging back the cluttered pieces and looking for the magic wand which will give life again in a way that will enable us to live together. We have to be determined to invent a language for this new spell – new words and new phrases.
You will weave all our togetherness fragments that appear and disappear suddenly, like an ancestral shaman whom you’ve always known. You will bring us together. Only together can we raise our houses again.
Not a barbarian who designs the new by stepping on the old, but a city protagonist who will bring together all the ages that have been and will be. The ultimate flaneur.
How would we live together again if we woke up somewhere else today?
Refusing the given, a being that forms its own meaningful relationships. A mass meeting, a ritual so that our togetherness is blessed.
Because where you are is my home.

Tempo Incognito: On Flows, Rhythm, and Movement

3 March – 18 April 2021

Curator: Rana Öztürk

Participating Artists: Ali Miharbi – Kerem Ozan Bayraktar – Sergen Şehitoğlu – Yağız Özgen, Alper Aydın & Ayşegül Düşek, Burçak Bingöl, Cevdet Erek, Deniz Üster & Gürçim Yılmaz, Ece Eldek, Ege Kanar, Ezgi Tok, Fiona Reilley, Handan Saatçioğlu, Hank Yan Agassi & Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu, Linda Boļšakova, Louise Manifold, Nikolaus Gansterer, Selçuk Artut, Sinem Dişli

The exhibition Tempo Incognito: On Flows, Rhythm, and Movement will take place in Depo Istanbul between 3 March – 18 April 2021. With over 20 participants from Turkey, Ireland, Latvia, Austria, Scotland and Switzerland, the exhibition and its accompanying programme intends to examine the experience and conceptualization of “temporality” in contemporary societies, exploring how our current sense of time can clash or be in tune with natural, ecological and universal cycles.

Working with a variety of media ranging from painting, video, and sound, to storytelling, performance, and poetry, the artists investigate temporality within the shifting context of technological, economic and urban systems. The exhibition aims to highlight the co-existence of different scales of rhythms, cycles and movements that determine how time is experienced by humans, animals and plants, extending from biological time to the speed and flux of the city to deep time of geological formations.

The current experience of the pandemic has left us in a suspended place, where we can no longer continue our previous routines. It has also highlighted many of the urgencies and the damage caused by the accelerated rhythm of contemporary societies. Under these circumstances, the questions that the exhibition aimed to put forward are all the more pertinent: Is it possible to move beyond the great divide between the historical time of society and the time imposed by nature? How do we negotiate these various experiences of time that are both in harmony and in conflict with each other? What are their implications on the body and its environs, as a site of both individual and collective experiences?

Along with the exhibition, there will be a series of talks and events that will further expand on these questions. The programme will be announced shortly.

Tempo Incognito, is developed as an expansion of Repetition ∞ Cycle Talks and Performance Series, conceptualized and co-organized by Rana Öztürk and Sinem Dişli as an event of Her Hâl Collective, at SALT Galata in 2017 and 2018.

Realized with the support of:

VV Foundation
Culture Ireland
Avusturya Kültür Ofisi İstanbul

Thanks to:

The Empire Project
Zilberman Gallery

Come on bro! as part of Unboxing: masculinities at Hochschule Osnabrücke

Live performance
7 hours
30. January. 2021 12:00-19:00 (GMT +1 time)
As part of “Unboxing: masculinities” at Hochschule Osnabrücke
Can be watched from the Festival’s web platforms

7 hours-long drag-king performance Come on bro!, is an investigation of manhood’s body gestures and movements with the reference of Zeybek dance which is a folkloric dance from Aegean region. The name comes from guerilla fighthers of the region lived between 17 – 20 centuries: Zeybeks. They fighted with a vengeance against non-muslim forces during the Turkish War of Independence and since then, they have seen as nationalist heroes. The strictly gendered dance indicates man’s bravery and valor, contains some space holding movements, gives a eagle/hawk shape to man body. Some version of Zeybek contains also a female dancer who dances always delicately and acts like maintaining man’s space with a continuous watching the man. Today it is performed in many ceremonies at the region (including military ceremonies).

Taking the folkloric Zeybek dance, the dance which has been one the references of the Turkish Republic as a starting point, in Come on bro! Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu questions the lines between gender and imitation, the body and performativity as well as the relationships between nationalism and masculinity.

With the curatorial support of Performistanbul International Performance Art Platform

For detailed info about the Festival and whole program:


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

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