10 November 2021

Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu

Schwules Museum | Berlin, Germany

SAHA provides support for Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu’s project ''My burden is my soulmate'' at Schwules Museum, on 10 November 2021.

''My burden is my soulmate'' is a performance and video installation, starting from a research on resistant and tender images of the marginalized body, it is about how to address grief, anger and compassion when one is an incessant target of hate and disgust, how to embrace the wound and how to shoulder the burden. Darıcıoğlu often uses restrictions and body interventions as a metaphor for marginalization, exclusion, oppression, violence systems and their impacts on the society as a queer artist from Turkey.

Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu (Born in 1985, Izmir) focuses on the investigation/exploration of the physical/emotional boundaries and limitations of the human body. Taking this corporal research as a core, Darıcıoğlu engages with hegemonic political/social concepts and norms in her* artistic practice, ranging from performance art to time- and space-based disciplines such as video, installation, and public interventions.
* As an artist who disagrees with the binary gender system, Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu uses “she/her” as a strikethrough with an asterisk in writings and takes “they/them” in verbal language.

Schwules Museum (Est. in 1985, Berlin) is one of the world's largest and most important institutions focusing on the broad range of human sexual identities and gender concepts. It houses many prominent exhibitions, archives and research contributions and has more than 35 mostly volunteer workers. The museum is devoted to the great diversity of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer-identifying community in history, culture and art.


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