Open Call for Participants: Tanja Ostojić’s Mis(s)placed Women? Performance Workshop in the Public Spaces of Istanbul

In Istanbul, News, Workshops on August 10, 2021 at 12:59 pm

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This is the Open Call for the participants in the Mis(s)placed Women? 4-days-long, free of charge, performance art workshop in the variety of public spaces in Istanbul, with Tanja Ostojić, September 7–9, 2021, organised by international performance art platform Performistanbul in collaboration with Tarabya Cultural Academy, followed by a public presentation in the Beykoz Kundura Cinema on Saturday, September 25. The workshop is taking place during Ostojić’s residency in Tarabya and is exploring Live Art practices and methodologies in relation to the individual experiences of displacement in the the broader sense. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

Mis(s)placed Women? is an art project by Tanja Ostojić that consists of performances, performance series, workshops and delegated performances, ongoing since 2009, including contributions by international artists and people from diverse backgrounds. Within this project we embody and enact some of everyday life’s activities that thematize displacement, as it is known to transients, migrants, war and disaster refugees, as well as gender queer, homeless, victims of family violence… and to the itinerant artists travelling the world to earn their living. Those performances continue themes of migration, and relations of power and vulnerability with regard to the mobile and in particular the female body, an aspect that figured prominently in numerous previous works of Ostojić.

Participants of all backgrounds, ages, genders and levels of experience that can commit to participate for the entire duration of the workshop are welcome. We particularly encourage those who are interested in issues of migration, performance art, conditions related to the ones identifying as women, representations of gender and art in the public realm. Participants are invited and encouraged to share and exchange experiences and issues of migration, marginalisation, displacement, exposure and privilege and to enact some of the Misplaced Women? Performance Scores… The workshop is free of charge, refreshments and a light meal will be provided, professional photo and video documentation of participants’ work will be provided as well, and due to limited numbers of places we ask you kindly to apply. Workshop will be held in English language; let us know in case you need translation or have any special needs so that we try to provide translation, for example, for visually impaired persons, or sign language for hearing impaired participants, etc…

During the workshop and the presentation all hygienic measures against the spread of  Coronavirus will be respected. All participants will have an opportunity to perform in the public spaces, to write and exchange about it, and outcomes will be presented to the public in the form of a public talk along with visuals, and included on the Misplaced Women? project blog and the project’s archive.

Misplaced Women? performance by Tanja Ostojić on the La Grand Escalier de la Gare du Saint Charles a Marseille, 2013. With the participation of: Jane Kay Park, Emma-Edvige Ungaro, Alix Denambride, Kim Mc Cafferty, Robyn Hambrook, Helen Averley, Patricia Verity and Tanja Ostojić, Préavis de Désordre Urbain, Marseille


Workshop: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, September 7-9. From 11:00 am—5:00 pm (including breaks ) The first meeting and introduction session will take place in Performistanbul’s building situated in Galata, the rest of the workshop and performances will take place in different neighbourhoods of Istanbul.

Talk about the workshop results with the participants & the public will take place on Saturday, September 25, 5:30 pm in Beykoz Kundura Cinema.

The deadline for application is Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

Applicants will be notified by September 6 at the latest.

About the artist and workshop  leader:

Please find out more about the workshop and the application relevant details below:

Tanja Ostojić (*1972) is a renowned Berlin based, Yugoslavian born performance and interdisciplinary artist who also works in the fields of research and education. She is internationally known as a pioneer of institutional gender critique and socially and politically engaged feminist art in the public space, especially related to migration and gender issues. Her artworks have a high level of theoretical reference and have been analysed and included in numerous books, journals and anthologies. The British Guardian recently named Ostojić one of the 25 best artists of the 21st century for her project “Looking for a Husband with EU Passport” (2000-05).

Ostojić studied at the University of Arts Belgrade and the École Regionale des Beaux-Arts Nantes, while in 2012-14 she was a fellow at the Graduate School for the Arts and Sciences at the Berlin University of the Arts. She has received various grants and awards; her performances and exhibition art works have taken her since 1994 to numerous important art venues and festivals worldwide. Her works are part of important Museum collections, she has given talks, lectures, seminars and workshops at academic conferences and at art universities around Europe and in the Americas. 

Ostojić is currently a fellow of the Tarabya Cultural Academy in Istanbul (June-September 2021).

Score #2: Holding the Misplaced Women? Sign: Taxi driver holding the Misplaced Women? sign on the Istanbul International Airport.
June 1, 2021. Photo: Tanja Ostojić 

About the workshop:

The Mis(s)placed Women? project involves, for example, the unpacking of a suitcase, a plastic bag, a handbag or a similar object in a public sphere, whereby these objects come to stand for a displacement, as a theme that is common in everyday experiences of transients, migrants, homeless, war and disaster refugees and persons escaping home because of domestic violence. The workshop aims to familiarise the participants with the topics and to stimulate discussion and interventions in the variety of public spaces.

The first part of the workshop includes getting together, informing and communicating, whereby the participants shall exchange with each other about individual experiences and the aims of the project.

During the second part, the participants are encouraged and supported to enact live performances and interventions in the streets, parks and stations of Istanbul. Public performances and the workshop process will be documented by a professional photograph and video team.

The outcomes of the workshop will be presented to the public, two weeks later in the Beykoz Kundura Cinema. All participants of the workshop are invited to take active part in this presentation and the following discussion.

The documentation, notes, written texts and reflections from the workshop will be gathered by Performistanbul, and later edited, translated and published on the Mis(s)placed Women? project website, Misplaced Women? Video Channel and will be included in the Misplaced Women? Project Archive that is regularly exhibited and in such way accessible to the public.

How to apply: 

Participants of all backgrounds and genders that can commit to participate for the entire duration of the workshop are welcome. We welcome people with any kind of special needs. Please specify any special requirements in your application. The event is free of charge, but due to limited numbers we ask interested people to apply before the end of August. Applicants are kindly asked to complete the application form or to send an email to misplacedwomen@performistanbul.org  with one short motivational and biographical paragraph. You are welcome to add a link to your personal home page if you have one and your contact information.

For all inquiries, please contact: misplacedwomen@performistanbul.org

Overview of the dates: 

Workshop: Tuesday-Thursday, September 7-9,2021, 11:00 am—5:00 pm, in different neighbourhoods in Istanbul.

Talk about the workshop process & the public presentation: Saturday, September 25, 5:30 pm

The deadline for applications: Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

All applicants will be notified by September 6 at the latest.

Additional links:

Misplaced Women? project

Misplaced Women? Video Channel

Tanja Ostojić, books


Tarabya Cultural Academy/ Kulturakademie Tarabya/ Tarabya Kültür Akademisi 

For all inquiries, please contact: misplacedwomen@performistanbul.org

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