1 January–31 December 2020
As of 2018, two scholarships will be granted annually to artists who live in Istanbul. The existing Istanbul stipend of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe was expanded to a true exchange, with a jury annually selecting two artists from Istanbul to be sent to Berlin and vice versa. The aim is to further enhance the relations between the partner cities of Berlin and Istanbul as well as the connections to the Turkish art scene. This is done with the conviction that international exchange and direct communication allow cultural diversity be experienced as an enrichment, inviting people to a change in perspective.
January - June 2020
Nature is the major focus in the sculptural projects and animated films of artist Nermin Er, both its changing condition and its interaction with inhabitants of the animal and human variety. She is interested in the individual’s relation to the city, the concept of habitat, and how architecture influences everyday life. A core element in Nermin Er’s artistic trajectory is the use of light and shadow. Since 2017 she has worked increasingly on art in public spaces, sonic experiments and sound installations.
For her Berlin sojourn, Er is planning an intensive investigation of the migratory birds that fly southwards for the winter via Turkey. The birds serve her as a metaphor for obligatory migration from a familiar setting owing to changes in the environment, such as many people now experience as a daily reality.
Nermin Er was born in Istanbul in 1972. She graduated in Sculpture from the Mimar Sinan University in 1995. Nermin Er’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, inter alia at Galeri Nev (Istanbul, 2004, 2009, 2011), mental:KLİNİK (Istanbul, 2002), Aksanat (Istanbul, 2004), K2 (Izmir, 2005), Siemens Sanat Galerisi (Istanbul, 2005), Helene Nyborg Contemporary (Copenhagen 2006), Istanbul Modern (Istanbul, 2013) Cappadox (Cappadocia, 2017), Yanköşe (Istanbul, 2017) and Müze Evliyagil (Ankara, 2018).
Thursday, 23 January 2020: OPENHAUS, ZK/U Berlin
Thursday, 18 June 2020: OPEN PARK HAUSES, ZK/U Berlin
July - December 2020
Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu
Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu’s extended performances place the body at the centre of artistic attention, inviting those present to slow down in order to feel the performative action and establish a connection. With reference to Giorgio Agamben’s concept of “homo sacer” that addresses the conditions under which life continues in biological terms while being otherwise unbearable, Darıcıoğlu tries to make space for what is effaced from the public sphere by power and whiteness as a sociocultural category. Themes include gentrification, migration, murders of transgender people, suicide, and personal relationships, with overarching concerns ranging from the history of minorities to the concept of home.
During the residency in Berlin, Leman S. Darıcıoğlu will focus on the topics of queer vulnerability and resilience of queer people. Starting with interviewing queer people living in Berlin who have experienced a traumatic life-threatening event, Darıcıoğlu aims to bring their stories to light. The interviews will be centered around questions such are how queer people have survived and rebuilt their lives after life-threatening experiences.
A website publishing these stories and a series of long-durational performances will be created by the artist as the result of the project.
Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu (born 1985) was a member of Istanbul Queer Art Collective (2014-2017) and is now part of the Performistanbul International Performance Platform (since 2017). Darıcıoğlu’s performances and artistic works have been shown at performance festivals, in museums and galleries in Turkey and abroad, most recently at Venice International Performance Art Week 2020, Palazzo Mora, Venice; Future Ritual, Kunstraum, London (2019); Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair (2019); and Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2019).
Saturday-Sunday, 29-30 August 2020, OPEN PARK HAUSES, ZK/U Berlin
The scholarship of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe is made possible in the frame of a cooperation between the neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK) and the ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin as well as DEPO in Istanbul.