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“MIS(S)PLACED WOMEN?” exhibition @Gandy gallery

In Exhibitions, News on July 23, 2022 at 8:52 am

We are pleased to announce the online exhibition of the “MIS(S)PLACED WOMEN?” project @Gandy gallery, Bratislava, with photos of performances by Dagmara Bilon and Tanja Ostojić


Duration: Summer 2022

Dagmara Bilon: “Misplaced Women?”, 2017, 60 minutes performance, Refugee awareness week, Pimlico, London. Photo: Rachel Cherry.

LINKS to the related performances:

Tanja OSTOJIĆ: Score #1: Unpacking a Bag of Your Own2009
Tanja OSTOJIĆ: Score #2: Holding the Misplaced Women? Sign, 2012
Dagmara Bilon:  Score #3: Becoming One With a Bag, 2021  
Dagmara Bilon realised 3 performances on gentrification, home and identity in the frame of “Misplaced Women?” workshop hosted by LADA London, December 2016

Teresa Albors and Dagmara Bilons continuous collaboration2019

Tanja OSTOJIĆ: Bergen International Airport, November 8, 2011

Tanja OSTOJIĆ: Misplaced Women? @ Art-In-Public-Space Tyrol, Innsbruck2018 

Dagmara Bilon: homepage 

Gandy Gallery Bratislava


This is a Public Announcement and the Open Call for the Mis(s)placed Women? International Community & Project Participants (2009-2022)

In Exhibitions, Istanbul, News on July 20, 2022 at 12:19 pm

Dear Mis(s)placed Women? Community, 

Please save a date and let us know if you can join us in September in Istanbul for the:

Mis(s)placed Women? Exhibition at DEPO: September 15 — October 30, 2022

Mis(s)placed Women? Live Events: September 20–22, 2022 

Mis(s)placed Women? International Community Gathering: September 15 —22, 2022.

Mis(s)placed Women? workshop, Istanbul, a collective performance in a tea house, Mis Street (2021), with the  participation of: Persefoni Myrtsou, Arzu Yayıntaş, Bahar Seki, Gülhatun Yıldırım, Gizem Yılmaz, Nazlı Durak, Vanessa Ponte, Sabbi Senior, Selma Hekim and Tanja Ostojić. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz. Copyright: Tanja Ostojić.

Mis(s)placed Women? is a collaborative art project that I started in 2009, consisting of performances, workshops and an online platform, including contributions by over 170 individuals from six continents—individuals who largely identify as women from diverse backgrounds. Within this project we embody and enact some of everyday-life’s activities that thematise displacement, dealing with migration issues, gender democracy, feminism, gentrification, inclusion, power relations, and vulnerability, particularly concerning female and transgender bodies—aspects that figured prominently in the past almost three decades of my art practice. On one hand, we are investigating privilege by making a distinction between working mobility, forced or desired migration, and how arbitrary laws may apply, and on the other hand, we are exploring diverse public spaces and the invisibility of certain groups within them, using feminist emancipatory methodologies of artistic and community-building practices. 

Mis(s)placed Women? workshops use principles of Art as Social Practice that both explore a variety of public spaces and the possibilities for temporary interventions in them, and empower participants in a creative laboratory that develops and produces new collective and individual works. The processes that unfold within the workshops are precious, as are the moments of communication with the passers-by that we meet on the streets and the audience members in the venues where exhibitions and discussions take place.

This upcoming Mis(s)placed Women?  Exhibition on 410 sqm in DEPO, one of the most relevant political cultural venues in the region, is an opportunity to reflect upon this long-term project together with artists and diverse social groups, particularly the feminist and queer scene in Istanbul, and to get more visibility for the project thanks to the Istanbul Biennale as its accompanying event. 

From the rich project Archive, some of the most relevant contributions touching upon topics of accessibility, feminism, queerness, and displacement will be selected and displayed in a two floor multimedia installation consisting of photos, videos, and drawings of performances, along with signs, textile works, artefacts, performance scores, stories, and maps collected globally in the 13 years of the project’s development.

During the performance weekend, with guided tours and roundtables, some of the most active, local and international members of the Mis(s)placed Women? community will have the opportunity to meet, exchange ideas, and perform together. Therefor we are inviting everyone with whom we collaborated successfully in the past to attend, as this is a great opportunity for us to get in touch with each other and the vibrant art scene in Istanbul. 

(Tanja Ostojić)

“Score #2: Holding the ‘Mis(s)placed Women?’ Sign”, performed by Sabbi Senior, Vanessa Ponte, Persefoni Myrtsou, and Gülhatun Yıldırım at Kadıköy Port, Mis(s)placed Women? workshop, Istanbul, (2021). Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz. Copyright: Tanja Ostojić.

Mis(s)placed Women? Exhibition at DEPO, Istanbul, September 15 — October 30, 2022

Curated by: Arzu Yayıntaş and Tanja Ostojić

With the participation of: Teresa Albor, Gaby Bila-Günther aka LADY GABY, Dagmara Bilon, Mia Bradić, David Caines, Nati Canto, Hiuwai Chan, Azad Colemêrg, Luciana Damiani, Nazlı Durak, Kathryn Fischer aka Mad Kate, Li Fu, Hieu Hanh Hoang Tran, Selma Hekim, Monika Janulevičiūtė, Susan Merrick, Branko Milisković, Persefoni Myrtsou, Marta Nitecka Barche, Tanja Ostojić, Vanessa Ponte, Rhea Ramjohn, Alejandra Robles Sosa, Bahar Seki, Sabbi Senior, Evdoxia Stafylaraki, Tan Tan, Tanya Ury, Katja Vaghi, Hyla Willis, Arzu Yayıntaş, Gülhatun Yıldırım and Gizem Yılmaz, among others.

Live Events at DEPO and across the city of Istanbul: September 20–22, 2022

With the participation of: Gaby Bila-Günther aka LADY GABY, Dagmara Bilon, Nazlı Durak, Kathryn Fischer aka Mad Kate, Hieu Hanh Hoang Tran, Selma Hekim, Persefoni Myrtsou, Tanja Ostojić, Vanessa Ponte, Arzu Yayıntaş, Gülhatun Yıldırım and Gizem Yılmaz, among others.

Please let us know if you would like to come to Istanbul from September 15-22, 2022 to the Mis(s)placed Women? Exhibition at DEPO, International Community Gathering, and the live events. In case you think you could apply for funding (to cover your travel, accommodation, and further costs) where you are based, please let us know, so we can provide for you an official invitation letter and related information. Let us know if you are coming and how you envision your participation. 

Mis(s)placed Women? workshop, Istanbul: Persefoni Myrtsou, Ayda Bayram, Azra İşmen, Simge Burhanoğlu, Arzu Yayıntaş, Nazlı Durak, Selma Hekim, Tanja Ostojić, Gülhatun Yıldırım, Sabbi Senior, Vanessa Ponte, Gizem Yılmaz, September 2021. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz. Copyright: Tanja Ostojić.

In case your performance-video or related text are not yet included in the Misplaced Women? Video channel and/or on the project blog, and if you would like them to be part of the Project Archive and future exhibitions, please send your contributions at your earliest convenience. 

If you would like to be part of the Mis(s)placed Women? Mailing List, please let us know.

Please write to: TanjaOstojicArt (AT) gmail.com

Subject:  Mis(s)placed Women? Community gathering Istanbul, or Mis(s)placed Women? Archive/Video Channel/Mailing List

Realisation in collaboration with wonderful local and international team working on the project’s implementation, including: Marina Papazyan, project coordinator at DEPO, Aya Labanieh, editorial assistant of the exhibition reader and english editor, Performistanbul and many others. 

With the support of: MIS(S)PLACED WOMEN? COMMUNITY, Anadolu Kultur, DEPO Istanbul, Alumni-Fonds of the Cultural Academy Tarabya, IFA, Stiftung Kunstfonds, and NEUSTART KULTUR.

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