Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu

Performance Artist

Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu (1985, Izmir – living & working in Berlin – Istanbul) works mostly on performance art and mainly makes long-durational live performances but also videos and installations. Darıcıoğlu’s work deals with hegemonic political/societal concepts and norms. In her* performances, the artist concentrates on investigating / exploring the physical / emotional limits and boundaries of the human body. If and when she needs to define herself as an artist, she chooses to use the ‘queer artist’ title. Her take of ‘queer’ does not only refer to an area beyond heterosexuality and binary sex, but also to a platform beyond normativity as such.

Between 2012-2019, she* had been in the advisory team of a series of queer theory writings called Queer Düş’ün [Queer Fantasy/Thought] and had been the translator of some queer books in the selection, in Sel Publishing House. She* also edited and compiled a queer theory book called Queer Temaşa [Queer Contemplation/Spectacle], also published as a part of the series, again through Sel Publishing House (2016).

Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu’s performances and artistic works have been shown at performance festivals, in museums and galleries in Turkey and abroad, most recently at Haus der Statistik, Berlin (2020); Apartment Project, Berlin (2020); Venice International Performance Art Week, Palazzo Mora, Venice (2020); Future Ritual, Kunstraum, London (2019); Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair (2019); and Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2019). She* co-curated a queer art exhibition titled Dream Pavillion with Yekhan Pınarlıgil and Murat Alat within Unexpected Territories at 26th Tüyap Istanbul Art Fair, Artist (2016).

She* was a member of Istanbul Queer Art Collective (2014-2017).

Since 2017, she* is represented by Performistanbul international performance art platform.


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