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Istanbul’s Performance Art Platform: Performistanbul 2016

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Updated: 14 October 2016
Aiming to gather performance artists from all over the world under one roof in Istanbul, Performistanbul is back with another set of thought provoking performances this season. We take a look at this year’s performances taking place in art galleries all over the city.

Founded by Simge Burhanoğlu in 2015, Performistanbul has been uniting performance artists in Istanbul to promote their work as well as fostering participation in new projects. As one of the first platforms to unite contemporary performance artists, the festival works with Istanbul’s most respected art venues in order to premier national and international performance artists’ work to a large audience. Here are some of Performistanbul’s upcoming events.

Murat Adash

October 22nd, 6PM at Art On Istanbul

By staging choreographic interventions with groups of people, German-Turkish artist Murat Adash inquires into the social and spatial dynamics of the placed and the displaced, the insider and the outsider, the actor and the observer. Adash has previously performed at the Manifesta Biennial in Zurich, the Julius Caesar Gallery and EXPO in Chicago, the Grimmuseum and at the Month of Performance Art in Berlin. In this performance, entitled ‘Face Time’, Adash and ten performers will test our symmetries and asymmetries of co-presence.

Art on Istanbul, Evliya Çelebi, Meşrutiyet Cd. No.90, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 259 1543

Murat Adash/Courtesy of PerformIstanbul
Murat Adash | Courtesy of Performistanbul

Ekin Bernay

Friday, November 11th, 6PM at BLOK Art Space

One of the younger performers, Ekin Bernay was born in 1987 and is a performance artist as well as dance and movement psychotherapist in London. Always trying to create work in the present with as much honesty as possible, Bernay’s work is inspired by her life, her suffering, and pain. In her work entitled ‘My Sandcastles’, the artist explores how pain recreates human beings, through the actual construction of sandcastles.

BLOK Art Space, Faik Pasa Caddesi No.22 D:2, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 292 8382

Ekin Bernay/Courtesy of PerformIstanbul
Ekin Bernay | Courtesy of Performistanbul


Friday, November 11th, 6.30PM at BLOK Art Space

A performance duo comprised of artists Aslı Dinç and Mustafa Kemal Yurttaş, AslieMK explore the dual nature of life. In this performance named ‘Contact’, the two performance artists will explore the artificial cycle of exchange between two bodies.

BLOK Art Space, Faik Pasa Caddesi No.22 D:2, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 292 8382

AslieMk/Courtesy of PerformIstanbul
AslieMk/Courtesy of Performistanbul

Batu Bozoğlu

Friday, November 11th, 7PM at BLOK Art Space

Born and raised in Istanbul, Batu Bozoğlu explores the politics of participation and authorship in his interactive works. In his performance ‘Just 15 Minutes’, he aims to channel the boundless and endless stream of personal narrative within contemporary media inciting the audience to liberate themselves from its exploitation.

BLOK Art Space, Faik Pasa Caddesi No.22 D:2, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 292 8382

Batu Bozoğlu/Courtesy of PerformIstanbul
Batu Bozoğlu | Courtesy of Performistanbul

Gülhatun Yıldırım

Saturday, November 12th, 7.30PM at Artnivo Project Space

The youngest performer this season, Gülhatun Yıldırım was born in 1991 in Istanbul and has already collaborated with established international perfomance artists such as Nezaket Ekici, in festivals and workshops. Her work explores the relationship between body and image, space and object. In her solo performance ‘You Are Half Water’, Yıldırım will explore the borders of her body while trying to move in a plastic bag filled with water that will cover her entire body except her head.

Artnivo Project Space, Sadi Konuralp Cad. Nejat Eczacıbaşı Binası No:5B, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 225 6326

Gülhatun Yıldırım/Courtesy of PerformIstanbul
Gülhatun Yıldırım/Courtesy of Performistanbul