MisplacedWomen?

Posts Tagged ‘public space’

Mis(s)placed Women? — Istanbul Itinerary

In Istanbul, Workshops on June 1, 2022 at 5:34 pm

A Review of the Tanja Ostojić’s Performance Art Workshop in the Public Spaces

By Performistanbul

Do you know the powerful and satisfying feeling you have after protesting in a public space and collectively claiming your rights out & loud? This is how Tanja Ostojić’s workshop made us all feel. We were re-discovering the strength of gathering and expressing oneself (both bodily and orally) as well as the power of public spaces through performance art; a fluid, non conformist, unique practice.

As a performance art platform we are constantly and passionately working on liveness, but this project felt like life itself.  

From the beginning till the end, it has been a great challenge for the participants but also for the coordination and documentation team. How to coordinate a group of women and queers moving, acting/performing freely in the streets of the city in a country/culture where social gatherings and public protests are banned/prohibited? How to document a series of public performances as they are created and developed organically at the moment it is happening? 

The Open Call

The journey started with an open call. Participants of all backgrounds and genders that can commit to participate for the entire duration of the workshop were invited to apply. After we received around 40 applications, along with Performistanbul’s team (Simge Burhanoğlu, Azra İşmen, Ayda Bayram), Tanja Ostojić meticulously analysed each application. The selection was the key-point. The process during which we discovered each applicant’s personal stories was very emotional and at moments moving to tiers.

Nine powerful women and queer persons (Nazlı Durak, Gizem Yılmaz, Selma Hekim, Persefoni Myrtsou, Vanessa Ponte, Sabbi Senior, Bahar Seki, Arzu Yayıntaş, Gülhatun Yıldırım — unknown to each other), who were experiencing/dealing with issues of migration, marginalisation, displacement, empowerment, feminism and queerness were selected regardless of their experience in the field or in any other field of art.   

The First Part

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 – Performistanbul Building – Galata

The first part of the workshop included getting together, informing and communicating, whereby the participants were invited to exchange with each other about individual experiences and the aims of the project. As the public performances as well as the whole workshop process had to be documented by a professional photograph and video team (Burçin Aktan, Gülbin Eriş, Kayhan Kaygusuz, Gün Üçok), the recordings started from the first meeting moment.

At the beginning of the first day of the workshop, the artist and the participants gathered in Performistanbul’s building’s garden situated in Galata, one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Istanbul. This first meeting was a start to get to know each other by discovering the unique paths of each participant. Ostojić started by creating a human circle before getting to the exercises. During the session, they raised their voices, moved their bodies, discussed the endless definitions of performance art/performing, their backgrounds and the reason why they applied to be a part of this experience and the relation they had with the public space. Before getting to the creative and artistic part, Ostojić was already setting up the tone of the workshop as the whole experience was about freeing the mind — freeing the voice — freeing the body while developing trust, promoting sensibility, supporting, sharing and caring of the other “without leaving anyone behind” (with Ostojić’s own words) . 

“Mis(s)placed Women?” workshop, Istanbul. September 2021. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz. Copyright: Tanja Ostojić.

Ostojić’s unique style favoured the building of trust relations with the participants and created a unity. Her human based practice is transferred naturally through her guidance, confidence, sense of freedom and undeniably strong presence. Providing/building a secure space for all the participants, as soon as  they started to feel safe and confident, it was finally time to take to the streets of Istanbul and start the second part of the workshop. Participants selected three itineraries/neighbourhoods for each day of the workshop; Beyoğlu, Nişantaşı, Kadıköy.

From the first day, Ostojić formed the love circle and brought the whole group together. Every person became each other’s sibling, a supporter and a carer to each other starting from day one. A strong group hug was made before leaving the building. The hug made us feel united like we were preparing for the battle we were about to have on the streets.

Protest Scarves Against Turkey’s Retreat from the Istanbul Convention, 2021. İstiklal Street, Istanbul, 07 09 2021. a collective performance action realised in the framework of Mis(s)placed Women? workshop by Tanja Ostojić, with the  participation of: Arzu Yayıntaş, Bahar Seki, Gülhatun Yıldırım, Gizem Yılmaz, Nazlı Durak, Persefoni Myrtsou, Vanessa Ponte, Sabbi Senior, Selma Hekim and Tanja Ostojić. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz. Copyright: Tanja Ostojić.

The Second Part 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 – Beyoğlu

During the second part, the participants were encouraged and supported to enact live performances and interventions in the streets, parks and stations of Istanbul. 

Thus, the second part of the workshop started on the second half of the first day. On a sunny late summer afternoon, a group of women, accompanied by our team and the documentation crew started their walk to join the İstiklâl (Independence) Street. It was the September 7, marking the anniversary of the anti-Greek pogrom; a series of state-sponsored mob attacks directed primarily at Istanbul’s Greek minority on 6–7 September 1955. Dealing with issues such as displacement, misplacement and migration, the historical event affected the spirit of the first collective performance. While going up through the street of Bostan, where the old German High School is located, all the participants started walking backwards inspired by and referring to Gülhatun Yıldırım’s (one of the participants) performance Just Like the Past (Istiklal Street, public/video performance, 2015). Sharing one action as a group has always a uniting and strengthening effect on both its members and spectators. This is how performances followed one after another till the end of the workshop.  

As the group reached Istiklâl Street, a symbolic space for social movements, female and queer bodies walking backwards turned into making up a statement, it became a protest action given that it is forbidden to gather and demonstrate in Istiklâl Street since Gezi Protests (2013).

Protest Scarves Against Turkey’s Retreat from the Istanbul Convention, 2021, İstiklal Street, Istanbul, 07 09 2021. a collective performance action realised in the framework of Mis(s)placed Women? workshop by Tanja Ostojić, with the  participation of: Arzu Yayıntaş, Bahar Seki, Gülhatun Yıldırım, Gizem Yılmaz, Nazlı Durak, Persefoni Myrtsou, Vanessa Ponte, Sabbi Senior, Selma Hekim and Tanja Ostojić. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz. Copyright: Tanja Ostojić.

Arzu Yayıntaş, one of the participants, grabbed a scarf and started waving it with the wind. Other participants followed her by using their own scarves or borrowed some of Persefoni Myrtsou’s grandmother’s unused dowry that she brought with her and shared with others during the whole workshop as performance props. Arriving in front of the banner displayed on the Istanbul Bar Association Building, on which we could read in Turkish: “The Istanbul Convention saves lives”, all the participants stopped and continued waving various beautiful colourful fabrics that became flags and expressed themselves on Turkey’s withdrawal from the İstanbul Convention. They have created a kind of huge “tableau vivant” that drew the attention of the public. Some of the crowd just stopped to contemplate the group and some of them started imitating their reverse walk. This is when we had to face the first police interruption and our first warning. After three distinct patrols checked all the papers and filming permits that we had, and then two other patrols interrupted the walk, we were informed that we could not walk and film through İstiklâl Street and that we could only continue our “activities and actions” in the backstreets. As Performistanbul team, our main role has been to be dealing constantly with authorities, so that the performance and documentation process were the least affected. It has been made quite clear that we had to re-think our relation to public spaces and the right we have to make use of it; What is a public space? What is/isn’t allowed in public spaces? Who/which groups are tolerated to gather in public spaces?… Those questions would only keep repeating in our minds till the end of the workshop process.

This is how the whole group decided to settle and occupy a space in a traditional street “tea house”, located in Mis Street, mostly populated by men. All the group started exploring Persefoni Myrtsou’s dowry and spreading it. Each participant selected a piece and started transforming it with embroidery while Myrtsou was preparing Turkish coffee for fortune telling. The performance established a safe bubble transforming the space into a place dedicated to womanhood as well as queer-hood. The female presence and aesthetics took over the place. Some of the passers by took a break and watched the amusing and meditative imagery created by the group asking questions about what was happening. It was the end of the first day.

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

Wednesday, September 8, 2021-Nişantaşı

On the second day of the workshop, all the participants gathered in front of the Teşvikiye Mosque. The first meeting to plan the day was made in the Mosque’s garden. After a conversation about what happened the previous day, Ostojić and the participants started discussing the progression of the day, making different propositions and already setting a frame for the upcoming performances. “To be present for the other, listening and communicating. Unity, trust, empowerment, devotion, sincerity” were the main keywords that would lead the workshop. 

Before reaching the square in Kadırgalar street [a posh street of Istanbul surrounded by luxury brands and cafes], the performance space for the day that the participants selected together, Arzu Yayıntaş made a proposition for the first collective performance of the day. Most of the participants were randomly complimenting and catcalling men that they came across during the walk. Selma Hekim contributed to the walk with the uncommon sound of her traditional erbane/daf, also known in Syrian, Arab, Kurdish, Armenian and Persian communities; women played this instrument as they believed it to be a cure for fear and diseases. Living in a patriarchal society, the confusing behaviour of the performers mostly produced positive reactions in the public, setting a smile on the faces of audiences. Even though women experience the catcalling act as a form of aggression, men seemed to be quite pleased with the attention they received and sometimes even shocked by this unexpected behaviour. The performance was repeated multiple times while the group was walking.

Since the first day, each participant brought some performance props with them. It was time to start exploring the props both individually and collectively. Once the group reached the performance space, various group and solo performances started to pop up. Bahar Seki grabbed her dry shampoo bottle and started performing by making continuous and repetitive movements with her whole body along with Selma Hekim’s playing erbane. 

“Mis(s)placed Women?” workshop, Istanbul, a performance by Bahar Seki (2021) Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz. Copyright: Tanja Ostojić.

Nazlı Durak, Gizem Yılmaz, Vanessa Ponte, Arzu Yayıntaş, Selma Hekim and Persefoni Myrtsou started performing simultaneously. Some of the individual performances connected with each other creating a collective performance while some others differed with each other. Persefoni Myrtsou performed while being blindfolded one of the “Mis(s)placed Women?” project scores: “unpacking and repacking” a bag in the public space. The rest of the group started unpacking and interacting with their props and each other. Arzu Yayıntaş explored objects associated with womanhood by society. Combining many clothing objects and wearing them in an unusual way while moving her body in a displeasing eccentric way in opposition to what is expected from womanhood. Meanwhile, Vanessa Ponte and Gizem Yılmaz, were displaying beautifying actions such as putting on makeup and dressing up in the most absurd ways accentuated by repetitive movements. Next to this duo, Nazlı Durak was exploring Yayıntaş’ props. Dressing up herself with princess costumes for children, she tries to fit into society with a new unexpected identity. During the whole session Selma Hekim accompanied the group by playing erbane. 

“Mis(s)placed Women?” workshop, Istanbul, a performance by Arzu Yayıntaş (2021) Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz. Copyright: Tanja Ostojić.

After the lunch break, the next stop was the Teşvikiye Mosque. We had legitimate concerns about performing at a mosque courtyard in Turkey. Yet, Ostojić was sure of herself with each step of the process. If it comes to that, we could maybe get warned, or kicked out but she insisted on defending our right to use this public space. Tanja always encouraged us by moving forward with a fighting and protesting spirit, an inclusive dominant identity of a female, independent of geography and culture. Due to our concerns about us being from Istanbul and people’s traditional values, we were able to move forward with Tanja’s leadership and the safe space Ostojić provided for us.

“Mis(s)placed Women?” workshop, Istanbul, a performance by Gülhatun Yıldırım (2021) Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz. Copyright: Tanja Ostojić

Gülhatun Yıldırım performed next to an empty fountain pool at the Mosque’s garden. Sitting by the fountain, Yıldırım placed dozens of ice cubes on her lap and stood still, enduring the burning pain of ice for approximately two hours, until the last ice cube melted and leaked into the empty pool. As a performance artist, water and its various forms is part of Yıldırım’s practice. She is in constant research of her body limits while searching new ways of interacting with water. The ephemerality and the transformative effect of the material referring to the issues of forced nomadism, migration and displaced communities, attracted the artist, so this is how this durational piece has been created. 

After a while, the group left Yıldırım’s performance to continue their journey. But she was not on her own, one camera person and a member of the production team stayed with her until the end of the performance. Nobody was left alone during the whole workshop. 

For the second part of the day, Ostojić invited participants to rethink about their performance and to reperform some of the performances as they needed to be deepened and to be worked on.

In the wake of individual and collective re-performances, Myrtsou continued working with her grandmother’s dowry, displaying all its content, sharing it with other participants. Then she started hanging the dowery pieces on one side of the square with the help of some of the participants. While Myrtsou finished unpacking, Nazlı Durak installed herself comfortably in her luggage creating a safe and cozy space. After building herself a spinose crown made of knitting needles and yarn with the help of Selma Hekim she started to give herself to a domestic female activity; knitting. Her work brought up questions in mind such as “Where is home? What is home? Can any place turn into a home? How does it feel to be forced to quit home?”. 

Reconsidering the recent police attack to the queer picnic organised in Maçka Park — which was very close to the square — Gizem Yılmaz and Sabbi Senior wanted to revive a surreal queer picnic scenery. They went exploring the construction site next to the square in order to bring together some props for their “Queer Breakfast” piece. A gasoline bottle, cement, stones became snacks and treats. Enjoying cheerfully that nonsensical breakfast that slowly transformed into a queer playing house for adults. The message was simple; to draw attention to the innocence of their act.

Close to Myrtsou, Arzu Yayıntaş and a passerby that joined her began embroidery activities. Simultaneously, another embroidery performance session started with Tanja Ostojić and Bahar Seki on the opposite side of the square. Later on, Persefoni Myrtsou and Selma Hekim joined the duo. 

Embroidery became like a uniting therapeutic closing ritual of the day.

Collective performance actions realised at the Teşvikiye Square, Istanbul, 08 09 2021. in the framework of Mis(s)placed Women? workshop by Tanja Ostojić, with the  participation of: Bahar Seki, Gizem Yılmaz, Nazlı Durak, Persefoni Myrtsou, Sabbi Senior, Selma Hekim and Tanja Ostojić. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz. Copyright: Tanja Ostojić.

The whole square turned into an installation in which various performances popped up. Knitting, embroidering, beautifying, cooking, playing house — all the performances were related to traditional feminine activities mainly destined to be practiced indoors, however the act of displaying those activities outdoor in a public space and deviating from its essential aim became a feminist/queer statement itself.

During the performances at this location we only have been interrupted once by a policeman that politely asked us to leave as we found it at the ending time of the workshop. We had different types/groups of audience. Some of them were only passersby who stared at the scenery very briefly while some of them stayed and watched the performances. Many questions were raised and comments were shared as they were trying to relate the performances to the actuality trying to analyse it according to their background. And this is how the second day came to an end.

Thursday, September 9, 2021-Kadıköy

On the third day of the workshop that comprised public interventions, the whole group met in front of the Kadıköy Ferryboat Docks. The day started with the “Holding the Mis(s)placed Women? Sign” score. The first score was performed by Vanessa Ponte, they arrived at the meeting point already holding their sign and placed themselves next to the Kadıköy Ferryboat Docks with the historical Haydarpaşa Railway Station and the Bosphorus view in the background. They were holding a sign on which they wrote “Misplaced Human/Misplaced Woman”, standing still with her red hoodie, worn backwards, covering her face. It was a very strong image. Knowing that there is a human inside that body without being able to identify anything about it had a strong effect on the audience. Many passersby stopped by to watch. Sabbi Senior joined Ponte with her own sign on which we could read “MIS(S)PLACED WYMYN”. With a very feminine wear (a crop top and mini skirt), they stand still next to Ponte. Next to them, Persefoni Myrtsou and Gülhatun Yıldırım who have just prepared their own signs in Turkish joined the performance. Many asked why only “women”, they suggested that it should also  include men. 

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

15-20 minutes after Ponte started performing, a police patrol came to interrupt both the filming and the performance and took one of Performistanbul’s team members with them to start an interrogation about “what was happening”. A dozen police officers gathered in a prefabricated cabin and they started preparing a police statement informing the team member about the illegal nature of the activities that the participants have been doing in public space. We were not allowed to show and film people holding signs in public space, one policeman qualified the performance as a terrorist act. After a long negotiation, they let us go without a fine but we had to stop the performances and move immediately to another location. We have been literally chased away from the meeting spot and we were forbidden to resume the performances unless we get extra permission documents from the prefecture and the district police department of Kadıköy. While the participants and some of the coordination and documentation team continued their walk inside the small streets of Kadıköy, Performistanbul’s staff and the camera woman went to collect new permissions documents. It took almost two hours to gather all the documents —that were not necessary— and come back to the performance location. Meanwhile, after the group left, two undercover policemen started to follow the group. The two policemen stayed with the group until the end of the day, they also documented the performances and reported what was going on to the police station. Sometimes they gave warnings to the coordination team about what can/can’t be done in public spaces (without directly interrupting the workshop) and also asked many questions about the project, the performances as well as the discipline itself.

The group was led to the small streets of Kadıköy Bazaar. After walking for a while, they gathered in circle at the small square in front of Surp Takavor Armenian Church where numerous security cameras were installed and started performing some warming-up exercises. Soon, policemen warned the group that they have to move to another location. It was time for lunch, until the group got to the restaurant, they started performing with their voice. Words were forbidden but screaming was not. Therefore, the group of ten women and queers raised their voice together through the small streets of Kadıköy. The magical moment happened when senior people started hitting some objects with their canes to support the “protest” actions of the group.

After the lunch break, the group moved to Bahariye Street in front of the Süreyya Opera. Vanessa Ponte proposed a performance referring to the oppression of the queer community in Istanbul  tackling the male gaze. Along with Sabbi, Nazlı and Gizem, Vanessa started to tie up their hands and legs. Then the music started and they started to dance depicting the struggles of a queer body in public space while freeing it and celebrating its existence.

A collective performance with the  participation of: Nazlı Durak, Sabbi Senior, Gizem Yılmaz and Vanessa Ponte, 2021. Realised in the framework of Mis(s)placed Women? workshop by Tanja Ostojić. Süreyya Opera House, Istanbul, 09.09.2021. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz. Copyright: Tanja Ostojić

Following this performance Ponte continued proposing; they also included Persefoni Myrtsou and Arzu Yayıntaş. Ponte’s body was tied up and pulled in different directions while they were trying to put make up on their queer face wearing a purple moustache. The absurdity and struggle caused by the action was expressing both the oppression and vulnerability of the queer body.

Selma Hekim took over the performance space. Her performance was about “leaving traces” dealing with issues such as immigration, the sense of belonging, the kinship between past and present, as well as the need to leave a legacy. She lied on the floor and asked Sabbi Senior, Arzu Yayıntaş, Vanessa Ponte and Persefoni Myrtsou to draw the outline of her body on the floor. Each time the group started drawing, Hekim continuously moved her body until the floor was covered by multicolour lines. 

A performance by Selma Hekim with the  participation of: Arzu Yayıntaş, Nazlı Durak, Persefoni Myrtsou, Sabbi Senior, Selma Hekim and Vanessa Ponte, realised in the framework of Mis(s)placed Women? workshop by Tanja Ostojić, Süreyya Opera House, Istanbul, 09 09 2021. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz. Copyright: Tanja Ostojić.

The group moved to Kadıköy Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Bishop, where Persefoni Myrtsou presented her solo performance. She started by unpacking her grandmother’s dowry that she carried in her suitcase during the entire workshop since the day one. It was not a simple luggage, with all the different sorts of dowry, it also contained memories of her grandmother and community as well as their migration story and past history. It was time to fully engage with them and confront what was embedded in them. Myrtsou started covering herself with each piece of dowry. With the help of Ostojić, passing by women and other participants, she covered her whole body creating a bridal gown made of dozens of dowry pieces. Then she started distributing the rest of the dowry to the passersby. The dowry would continue to live in different lives, being part of different stories. Somehow Myrtsou found a way to communicate and reconcile with her past through her grandmother’s untouched dowry and share it with others. We could hear her soft sobs through the multiple  layers of textiles. At the same moment it started raining, it was like the sky was empathising with her trying to carry away her sadness. It was a visually and contently very strong piece that deeply touched each of us. At the end all the participants gave a huge hug to Myrtsou and helped her get out of this “heavy” dress.

“Mis(s)placed Women?” workshop, Istanbul, Doily Monster-Bride, a performance by Persefoni Myrtsou. (2021) Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz. Copyright: Tanja Ostojić.

Just before the workshop ended, Gizem Yılmaz  sat down on the street next to a sign on which she wrote “Poor Artist”. Covering her face with a veil, she randomly started playing an ukulele while singing a ridiculous song about the situation of the “poor woman artist”. Nazlı Durak joined the performance spontaneously, accompanying Gizem with her absurd dance. Looking like a mixture of beggars and/or extravagant boheme street artists, they tried to depict humorously the situation and struggles of the artists in our current society. It was the end of intense three days long performance interventions on the street.

“Mis(s)placed Women?” workshop, Istanbul, a performance by Gizem Yılmaz and Nazlı Durak (2021) Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz. Copyright: Tanja Ostojić.

The Third Part 

Saturday, September 24, 2021-Beykoz Kundura Cinema

Next time the entire group gathered was at Beykoz Kundura Cinema, to watch together the first edit of the documentary movie depicting the workshop, to discuss and present the outcomes to the public. All participants of the workshop were invited to take active part in the presentation and the following discussion led by Tanja Ostojić. Each participant discussed their experience analysing it thoroughly with comments of Ostojić and other participants.

The whole workshop was a (re)discovery of what is/isn’t/can be performance art. Through her inclusive and pedagogical practice, Tanja Ostojić gave to the nine distinct participants the opportunity to discover, create, explore and develop a performative practice. By providing a safe space (even though in the public spaces) and continuous support, Ostojić encouraged both self-expression, public presence, collective creation and community building. It was a huge experience full of emotions for all the participants as well as the documentation and coordination team. 

We were on the edge the entire time on the streets. It felt like we were on a battlefield. A battle we were already having every day.  A war, we have against the difficult conditions of being a woman/a queer in Turkey, and for the performance art practice we produce and try to protect. It was a very inspiring and empowering experience for us Performistanbul as well. Thanks to Ostojić, we were finally able to come out to the streets and make our voices heard as we always wanted and needed.

“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.

We were not direct participants… yet, to be with the participants at all times, to be the meeting bridge in order to make their voices heard made us part of the workshop and community as facilitators. Making public performances possible, supporting the participants and the artist during the process, to ensure the smooth running of Ostojić’s workshop was actually Performistanbul’s performance. Ostojić’s sharp, determined, confident nature became her guide. At the same time, her humble approach, loving embracing and openness to each idea created a space that encouraged free expression and communication. Such a unique and one of a kind experience was created that just like the particles colliding with each other in the creation of the universe, the participants grew and propagated by listening and reading each other, interacting, communicating…

Many of the interventions were not completely understood by the diverse audiences, but that did not matter, as it was not a show but a display of an expressive stance. Performance was not present as an academic discipline and it was not essential. As Performistanbul, since our establishment we approached performance art as a communication tool to bring people together, to vibrate and to heal collectively and it also has been Ostojić’s way to connect with the participants and the public. We prioritised our natural needs over the technical ones. This openness of heart and transparency led us to live art rather than producing it. We were present at that moment, fully feeling its liveliness. 

We are grateful, thankful for all the participants and Tanja Ostojić for revealing and sharing  their unique  identities, memories, experiences, and sorrows with us. We would like to sincerely thank Ostojić  for making us a part of this long adventurous journey that led us to a discovery of ourselves, of performing in public spaces and producing a collective/participative creation. 

Now remembering our strength as women, we feel together, and we know that we have each other.

By staying a collective, staying whole, we continue transforming and keep transforming…

The Writing Part as a Post Scriptum:

At the end of the second part of the workshop (performances on the street) all participants, including the coordination team, have received Ostojiić’s instructions on how to write reviews and short texts including reflections about our experience of the workshop. First drafts of the texts were due before the screening and the round table at Beykoz Kundura so that participants could prepare for the public presentation. Those short texts and essays are in the process of editing by Tanja Ostojiić in order to be gradually published on the project blog.

This review has been written a half a year after the workshop took place and includes a chronological description and brief analysis of all performances and the workshop’s process as a whole, comprising reflections on Tanja Ostojiić’s practice and our own experience as a performance art platform that coordinated the project. 

Besides digging in our memories, we went through the 90-minutes-long documentary video about the workshop process, the notes that we have gathered in September as well as all the reflections shared by the participants. The reflections were a crucial part of the workshop in which each participant shared and analysed their own experiences of both the performance(s) they realised as well as the one(s) they witnessed. In our review, we tried to include as much as possible their approach in respect of their intentions and analysis, to avoid misinterpretations and confusions which may sometimes compromise the main motives of creation. The participants’ perspectives and intentions can not be extricable from the analysis. Thus, we would like to acknowledge and thank all the participants who indirectly contributed to the creation of this review, especially Persefoni Myrtsou who wrote an extremely meticulous and detailed reflective essay on the whole workshop process.

________________________________________ 

Review written by: Azra İşmen & Simge Burhanoğlu, Performistanbul

Edited and first published on the MIS(S)PLACE WOMEN? blogue by Tanja Ostojić on June 1, 2022. (Anniversary of the beginning of the Gezi-Park-Protests  June 1, 2013.)

Updated with the Post Scriptum on June 8, 2022.

________________________________________ 

Workshop led by Tanja Ostojić

With the group and individual performances by: 

Arzu Yayıntaş, Bahar Seki, Gülhatun Yıldırım, Gizem Yılmaz, Nazlı Durak, Persefoni Myrtsou, Sabbi Senior, Selma Hekim, Vanessa Ponte and Tanja Ostojić.

Documentation Team

Gülbin Eriş – Camera, Video Editing, Gün Üçok – Camera Assistant, Burçin Aktan – Sound Operator and Kayhan Kaygusuz – Photographer

Performistanbul Team 

Azra İşmen & Simge Burhanoğlu – Organisers and Ayda Bayram – Coordinator

Cultural Academy Tarabya

Çiğdem İkiışık – Program Coordinator 

The Mis(s)placed Women? production in cooperation with Cultural Academy Tarabya and Performistanbul in the frame of Ostojić’s four-months-long residence in Cultural Academy Tarabya (June-September 2022).

________________________________________

Save the dates: 

June 18, 2022, Istanbul premier of the ‘Mis(s)placed Women? Istanbul’ 68 min documentary by Tanja Ostojić: Mis(s)placed Women? Performance Art Workshop by Tanja Ostojić(2021-22), at the Tarabya Summer Festival, Istanbul.

The video documents collective and individual performances, reflections and the process of the Mis(s)placed Women? workshop realised over four days in several neighbourhoods of Istanbul during September 2021. The workshop uses principles of Art as Social Practice that on one side explores a variety of public spaces and the possibilities for temporary interventions in them, and on the other, empowers participants via a Master-class-like block seminar, a laboratory outside of an educational institution. Istanbul itinerary of the   project (ongoing since 2009) was marked by massive police presence, appreciative responses from the people on the street, and the participants who were amazingly supportive of each other, highly motivated to engage in the collaborative work and in agency to work with the issues of displacement, feminism, queer issues and the public space.

September 15, 2022, ‘Mis(s)placed Women?’ Project retrospective, exhibition opening at DEPO Istanbul

September 20-24, 2022, ‘Mis(s)placed Women?’ International community gathering in Istanbul and live events at DEPO and outside

Please visit the related posts and links:

Mis(s)placed Women? (2009-2022) About the project

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

Tanja OSTOJIĆ: Score #1: Unpacking a Bag of Your Own2009

Tanja OSTOJIĆ: Score #2: Holding the Misplaced Women? Sign, 2012

Misplaced Women? Video Channel

Performistanbul

Tarabya Cultural Academy/ Kulturakademie Tarabya/ Tarabya Kültür Akademisi 

The Press coverage of the Istanbul Workshop:

Interview:

Unlimitedrag interview with Tanja Ostojic by Aise Draz,

Announcements:

https://www.unlimitedrag.com/post/mis-s-placed-women-atolyesi-icin-acik-cagri

https://www.disonans.com/post/performistanbul-dan-açık-çağrı-tanja-ostojić-mis-s-placed-women-atölyesi

https://kaosgl.org/haber/tanja-ostojic-in-mis-s-placed-women-performans-atolyesi-istanbul-sokaklarinda

Sanattanbihabervar Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/CSuChKtAe9g/

Cumhuriyet – Printed Publications:

https://www.artfulliving.com.tr/gundem/tanja-ostojiin-missplaced-women-atolyesi-istanbulda-i-23787

https://www.artdogistanbul.com/en/tumu/guncel_sanat/ostojicin-atolyesi-istanbul-sokaklarina-geliyor.htm

https://bantmag.com/tanja-ostojicin-missplaced-woman-performans-atolyesi-7-9-eylulde/

çokiyiişler – Instagram Story https://www.instagram.com/p/CS_mbpCASKa/

_________________________________________________________________________________

Tanja Ostojić was a recipient of the Cultural Academy Tarabya, Istanbul, Fellowship in 2021 and is currently a recipient of the Stiftung Kunstfonds NEUSTART KULTUR Stipend for the contemporary visual arts in 2022.

Misplaced Women? Split Station

In Split, Workshops on August 22, 2021 at 5:24 pm

A Review of the Tanja Ostojić’s Performance Art Workshop in the Public Spaces

By Culture Hub Croatia

(Scroll down for Croatian)

Tanja Ostojić’s performance workshop “Misplaced Women?” was held from April 6-8, 2021 in Split, organized by platform Culture Hub Croatia (CHC), as part of the year-round program of the project Voids2021. The following participants, selected on the basis of an open call, attended the workshop: Mia Bradić, Ines Borovac, Katarina Duplančić, Lissette Nicole Josseau and Alejandra Robles Sosa, as well, the workshop leader and the organizers from CHC joined as well. A public presentation showcasing the results of the workshop was held on April 8 in the Amphitheater of the Youth Center (Dom Mladih), with participants sharing reflections after their performances.

Tanja Ostojic: “On Rape Attempts”, performance, Peristil, Split, 2021, Photo: Neli Ruzic

“Misplaced Women?” is an art project by Tanja Ostojić consisting of performances, series of performances, workshops and delegated performances, which has been running since 2009, so we were extremely glad to be part of this distinguished project, especially because we managed to gather participants from different profiles and generations, who told their stories, touched upon numerous topics and opened some important questions with their performances.

“Misplaced Women?” workshop was held as part of the program of the project Voids2021, which, among other things, deals with the issue of space, so our work in the public space was above all a natural development of the program. Although so far within the project we have operated mainly in private spaces, or those on the border of public and private (with occasional “trips” to the completely public – as, for example, during last year’s performance of Mia Kevo’s “Common Sense”), in this year’s edition we chose to enrich activities in the public space. Public space, which by definition suggests something accessible to all, nevertheless includes restrictions (for example, determined by pandemic measures or city regulations), which indicate a certain power over the space of those who set these restrictions. At the same time responding to these constraints and challenging them, performance is in this sense a dialogue with the city, with the meanings of its places and public space that is in itself already strongly performative.

“Misplaced Women?” Workshop by Tanja Ostojic, Split, April 2021, video documentation of the workshop, 9 min

As an organization that has been operating without a physical space for work (hub) since its foundation, we are used to carrying out activities nomadically – in the premises of other organizations, cafes, souvenir shops, restaurants. Going out and acting in a public space in our work is a perfectly logical option. However, public space in a pandemic takes on an additional role or, more specifically, in our example, gains in importance – given the existing epidemiological measures and limited capacity of closed / private spaces, we are forced to use public space in our work if we want to carry out certain activities. We met the first challenge of not having our own space on the first day, when the introductory conversation was held and the participants were introduced, both to each other and to the work methodology. Due to the rain, staying outdoors was difficult, so we spent this introductory day on the stairs of the porch of the Fine Arts Gallery, where we learned more about the project “Misplaced Women?”, about different ways to participate and agreed on guidelines for the work on the following day. Participants were given instructions to think about their performance until the next meeting and to choose the personal items they want to use.

On the second day of the workshop, we met in the temporary office of “Voids” – Diocletiano souvenir shop in Bosanska 4. Some of the participants already had a clear picture of what they wanted to do, while the rest of the details formed in the later stage – even literally – being related to locations, as well as specific elements of individual performances. It was interesting to follow the process of developing the very idea of performance that was then taking place.

One of the main principles of the “Misplaced Women?” Platform, community building and building of the safe space for the realization of performances, was reflected in the fact that workshop participants, leaders, organizers, as well as friends of the organisation and gallery formed a dozen women and girls who moved around the city and supported each other especially in the process of the actual performances, collaborating on a creative and organizational level and participating in the works of other participants when it made sense, as well as giving feedback during discussions after each of the performances. By participating in this project, we have all become part of a large international community and were invited to join future international activities and meetings such as Misplaced Community performance weekends, exhibitions and gatherings.

Misplaced Women? workshop, by Tanja Ostojic, Split, April 2021, photo: Neli Ruzic

Finally, places of particular social and historical significance were selected, each corresponding to a particular performance. First, Peristil – as a place of power, in Tanja Ostojić’s performance “On Attempts at Rape” collaborating with Mia Bradić and Alejandra Robles Sosa, served as a place from which a woman is speaking from a “position of power” literally, while opening the public space to expression of trauma while facing with it within that space. 

A different connotation of the Peristil came from the performance by Ines Borovac – with her back turned to the bell tower of Saint Doimus, which in its masculine form towered over the fragile female body, naked and exposed to the storm and the cold.

Riva as a place of display of our own personality, like a catwalk, a place of validation (of women) was used in performance by Nicole Lissete Josseau, inviting us to symbolically leave everything that belongs to us as a decor and constructs our external identity. An interesting link here can be made with a commercial gallery or fair, but with the catwalk, where, in this case humanoid exhibits are on display, observed and evaluated as objects.

Two places – the bus station and the ferry port, as places of transition, crossing, movement, are symbols of nomadic life. They have become places of expression for those who are forced to travel (Mia Bradić) and those who are looking for ways to stay (Alejandra Robles Sosa).

The only performance moved from the city center, the performance of Katarina Duplančić, held on the plateau in front of the Youth Center (Dom Mladih), dealt with the topic of the precarity of cultural workers and the inability to separate private and professional spheres.

Finally, our performance, “Misplaced Organization?” is an act of struggle for the space of action. It was the only performance within the workshop with the score to perform no. 2: holding inscriptions, while the performances of Nicole, Alejandra and Mia took place according to the score for the performance no. 1: unpacking the personal bag. The scores served as an orientation and a frame, and the final form of the performance could be developed inside or outside of them.

Tourists were mostly those participating as public, which did not surprise us. From our experience, local people are mostly either surprised, or hesitant, or completely ignorant (what usually occurs after the initial surprise). This was particularly evident in Nicole’s performance. Thus, she became just another exhibit, almost instantly the subject of observation with somewhat hesitant interest, but without actually joining the performance act or questioning what exactly it was about. Finding new methods to encourage participation is proving to be necessary; however, we consider these individual contributions a significant step and progress.

A wide range of possibilities of reading and interpretation affects our understanding of public space but also our relationship to it. We must constantly remind ourselves that this can be a space of expression and a space of freedom, but that it remains a space in which power relations are very much visible. Therefore, any displacement from it should be questioned evermore.

In the post-production phase, a video of each performance was created, and every participant prepared a text about their work, the process and motivation. Video performances are posted on Misplaced Women? Vimeo channel, and bilingual texts on “Misplaced Women?” blog.

List of performances realised in the frame of “Misplaced Women?” workshop in Split:

“Misplaced Organization?” action by Culture Hub Croatia, Split, 2021, Photo: Andrea Resner

Interview with Tanja Ostojić, Dario Dunatov for vizukultura.hr 

Open Call text

Written & translated by: Culture Hub Croatia

http://culturehubcroatia.hr/en/

Edited and for the first published by Tanja Ostojic on Misplaced Women? blog, August 2021

Misplaced Women?, stanica Split

Radionica performansa Tanje Ostojić „Misplaced Women?“ održala se od 6. do 8. travnja 2021. godine u Splitu, u organizaciji platforme Culture Hub Croatia (CHC), a u sklopu cjelogodišnjeg programa projekta Praznine2021. Na radionici je sudjelovalo ukupno pet polaznica koje su odabrane na osnovu javnog natječaja koji je prethodno bio objavljen: Mia Bradić, Ines Borovac, Katarina Duplančić, Lissette Nicole Josseau i Alejandra Robles Sosa, a u izvođenju performansa pridružile su im se i voditeljica radionice, kao i organizatorice iz CHC-a. Javna prezentacija na kojoj su predstavljeni rezultati radionice održala se 8. travnja u Amfiteatru Doma mladih, pri čemu su sudionice iznijele refleksije nakon izvedenih performansa.

“Misplaced Women?” je umjetnički projekt Tanje Ostojić koji se sastoji od performansa, serija performansa, radionica i delegiranih performansa, a koji traje od 2009. godine, stoga nam je bilo izuzetno drago da smo postale dio ovog značajnog projekta, a posebice što smo uspjele okupiti sudionice različitih različitih profila i generacija, koje su ispričale svoje priče i svojim performansima dotakle brojne teme i otvorile neka važna pitanja.

Radionica “Misplaced Women?” održana je kao dio programa projekta Praznine2021 koji se, između ostalog, bavi i pitanjem prostora, stoga nam je rad u javnom prostoru bio nadasve prirodan slijed programa. Iako smo do sada u okviru projekta djelovali pretežno u privatnim prostorima, ili onima na granici javnog i privatnog (s povremenim „izletima“ u onaj potpuno javni – kao, primjerice, tijekom prošlogodišnjeg performansa Mie Kevo „Common Sense“), ovogodišnje izdanje Praznina odlučile smo obogatiti aktivnostima u javnom prostoru. Javni prostor, koji po svojoj definiciji sugerira nešto svima dostupno, ipak uključuje ograničenja (primjerice, određena protupandemijskim mjerama ili pak gradskim pravilnicima), a koja ukazuju na određenu moć nad prostorom onih koji postavljaju ta ograničenja. Istodobno odgovarajući na ta ograničenja i izazivajući ih, performans je u ovom smislu dijalog s gradom, sa značenjima njegovih mjesta i javnim prostorom koji je sam po sebi već snažno performativan. 

Kao organizacija koja od svog osnutka djeluje bez fizičkog prostora za rad (hub-a), naviknule smo aktivnosti provoditi nomadski – u prostorima drugih organizacija, kafićima, suvenirnicama, restoranima. Izlazak i djelovanje u javnom prostoru u našem se radu otkriva kao jedna savršeno logična opcija. Ipak, javni prostor u pandemiji poprima dodatnu ulogu ili, konkretno, u našem primjeru, dobiva na važnosti – s obzirom na postojeće epidemiološke mjere i ograničenost kapaciteta zatvorenih/privatnih prostora, primorane smo koristiti javni prostor u svom radu ako želimo provesti određene aktivnosti. S prvim izazovom ne-imanja vlastitog prostora susrele smo se već prvog dana radionice, kada je održan uvodni razgovor i upoznavanje sudionica, kako međusobno, tako i s metodologijom rada. S obzirom na kišu, boravak na otvorenom bio je otežan pa smo ovaj uvodni dan provele na stepenicama trijema Galerije umjetnina, gdje smo saznale više o samom projektu “Misplaced Women?”, o različitim načinima sudjelovanja u istom te dogovorile okvirne smjernice za sutrašnji rad. Sudionice su dobile upute da do sljedećeg susreta razmisle o svom performansu i da odaberu osobne predmete koje žele koristiti u njemu.

Drugog dana radionice susrele smo se u privremenom uredu “Praznina” – suvenirnici Diocletiano u Bosanskoj 4. Neke od sudionica imale su već jasnu sliku o onome što žele izvesti, dok se većina detalja iskristalizirala u hodu – pa i doslovnom – kako onih vezanih za lokacije, tako i specifičnih elemenata pojedinih performansa. Bilo je zanimljivo pratiti proces razvoja same ideje performansa koji se pritom odvijao.

Jedan od glavnih principa rada “Misplaced Women?” platforme, comunity buliding  i building of the safe space for the realizaton of performances, ogledao se u tome da su sudionice radionice, voditeljica, organizatorice, kao i prijateljice udruge i galerije formirale grupu od desetak žena i djevojaka koje su se zajedno kretale gradom i podržavale jedna drugu, posebno u procesu realizacije performansa, surađujući na kreativnom i organizacijskom nivou i participirajući u radovima drugih sudionica kada je to imalo smisla, kao i u davanju povratnog mišljenja u procesu diskusije nakon svakog od realiziranih performansa. Sudjelovanjem u ovom projektu sve smo postale i dijelom velike međunarodne zajednice te smo pozvane da se priključimo budućim međunarodnim aktivnostima i susretima Misplaced Community pefromance weekends, exhibitions and gatherings.

U konačnici, izabrana su mjesta od osobitog društvenog i povijesnog značaja od kojih je svaki odgovarao određenom performansu. Najprije, Peristil – kao mjesto moći, u performansu “O pokušajima silovanja” Tanje Ostojić u kojem su sudjelovale Mia Bradić i Alejandra Robles Sosa, poslužio je kao mjesto s kojeg žena koja progovara s „pozicije moći“ u doslovnom smislu, pritom otvarajući javni prostor za izražavanje traume i suočavanje s njom unutar njega.  

Drugačija konotacija Peristila proizašla je iz performansa Ines Borovac – okrenute leđima zvoniku svetog Duje, koji se u svom maskularnom  obliku nadvio nad krhko žensko tijelo, ogoljeno i izloženo buri i hladnoći.

Rivu kao mjesto izlaganja, poput modne piste, te mjesto vrednovanja (žene) iskoristila je u svom performansu Nicole Lissete Josseau, pozvavši da simbolično ostavimo sve ono što nam pripada kao dekor i konstruira naš vanjski identitet. Zanimljiva je ovdje korelacija i s komercijalnom galerijom ili sajmom, osim one s modnom pistom, gdje se, a u ovom slučaju humanoidni, eksponati izlažu, promatraju i vrednuju na temelju izloženog. 

Dva mjesta – autobusna stanica i trajektna luka, kao mjesta tranzicije, prelaska, kretanja, simboli su nomadskog života. Postala su to mjesta ekspresije onih koji su primorani putovati (Mia Bradić) i onih koji traže načine za ostanak (Alejandra Robles Sosa).

Jedini izmješten iz centra grada, performans Katarine Duplančić, održan na platou ispred Doma mladih, dotaknuo se tema prekarnog rada kulturnih djelatnika/ca i nemogućnosti odvajanja privatnog i profesionalnog.

Konačno, naš performans, “Misplaced Organization?” čin je borbe za prostor djelovanja. Bilo je to jedino poigravanje s partiturom za izvođenje performansa br. 2: držanje natpisa u okviru radionice, dok su se performansi Nicole, Alejandre i Mie odvili prema partituri za izvođenje performansa br. 1: raspakivanje osobne torbe. Partiture su poslužile kao orijentacija i okvir, a konačna forma performansa mogla se razviti unutar ili izvan njih.

Za participaciju od strane javnosti uglavnom su bili zaslužni turisti, što nas nije iznenadilo. Iz našeg iskustva, lokalno stanovništvo je uglavnom ili zatečeno ili oklijeva, ili potpuno (i najčešće, a što se obično događa nakon prvotne zatečenosti) ignorira. To je osobito došlo do izražaja u performansu Nicole. Ona je tako postala samo još jedan eksponat, gotovo instantno predmet promatranja, s ponešto oklijevajućim interesom, ali bez stvarnog pridruživanja izvedbenom činu ili pak propitkivanja o čemu se točno radi. Iznalaženje novih metoda za poticanje participacije pokazuje se kao nužnost; ipak, i najmanji pomaci po tom pitanju u vidu individualnih doprinosa vidimo kao značajan korak.

Širok raspon čitanja i interpretacija utječe na naše razumijevanje javnog prostora, ali i odnosa prema njemu. Moramo se konstantno podsjećati da to može biti prostor izražavanja i prostor slobode, ali da je još uvijek prostor u kojem se odnosi moći itekako manifestiraju. Stoga svako izmještanje iz njega treba zauvijek propitivati.

U fazi postprodukcije uz svaki performans realiziran je i video, a svaka od sudonica reflektirala je u tekstu o radu vlastite procese i motivaciju. Video performansi su objavljeni na “Misplaced Women?” Vimeo kanalu, a dvojezični tekstovi na “Misplaced Women?” blogu.

Performansi realizirani u okviru radionice “Misplaced Women?” u Splitu:

  1. “Misplaced Latina”, Alejandra Robles Sosa
  2. #NismoSamoUkras, Lissette Nicole Josseau
  3. “Routine” Mia Bradić
  4. “Feminizam oprašta”, Ines Borovac
  5. Self-exploitation” Katarina Duplančić
  6. “O pokušajima silovanja”, Tanja Ostojić
  7. “Misplaced Organization?”, Culture Hub Croatia

Intervju s Tanjom Ostojić, Dario Dunatov za vizukultura.hr 

Video-dokumentacija radionice, 9 minuta

Tekst javnog natječaja

Autorice teksta i prevoda: CHC

culturehubcroatia.hr

Katılımcılara Açık Çağrı: Tanja Ostojić’in Mis(s)placed Women? Performans Atölyesi İstanbul’un sokaklarında

In Istanbul, News, Workshops on August 11, 2021 at 7:11 pm

Open Call in ENGLISH (click and follow the link)
Scroll down for German / Nach unten scrollen für Deutsch  


7-9 Eylül 2021 tarihleri arasında, Tanja Ostojić ile İstanbul’un çeşitli kamusal alanlarında gerçekleşecek 4 günlük performans sanatı atölyesi Mis(s)placed Women?, uluslararası performans sanatı platformu Performistanbul ve Tarabya Kültür Akademisi işbirliğiyle düzenleniyor. Atölye, 25 Eylül Cumartesi günü, Beykoz Kundura Sineması’nda gerçekleşecek halka açık sunum ile sona eriyor. Tarabya Kültür Akademisi’nde konuk edildiği süre kapsamında gerçekleştirdiği atölyede Ostojić, bireylerin yerinden edilme deneyimleri üzerinden Canlı Sanat pratikleri ile metodolojilerini araştırıyor. Başvuru için son tarih 31 Ağustos 2021.

Tanja Ostojić’in 2009 yılından bu yana devam eden  Mis(s)placed Women? sanat projesi,  uluslararası sanatçılarla farklı sosyal çevrelerden gelen kişilerin katkılarını da içeren performanslar, performans serileri,  atölye çalışmaları ve temsili performanslardan oluşuyor.  Bu proje kapsamında, geçici veya uzun süreli göçmenler, savaş ve doğal afet mültecileri ile queerler, evsizler… ve hayatlarını kazanmak için dünyayı dolaşan gezgin sanatçıların da çok iyi bildiği, yerinden edilmeyi konu alan bazı günlük yaşam faaliyetleri somutlaştırılıp hayata geçiriliyor. Bu performanslar, Ostojić’in geçmiş birçok çalışmasında öne çıkan nitelikteki, hareket hâlinde olma ve özellikle de kadın bedeni üzerinden göç temaları ile güç ve kırılganlık ilişkilerini incelemeyi sürdürüyor.

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

Atölye, sürecin tamamına katılmayı kabul eden, tüm yaş, cinsiyet, köken, sosyal çevre gruplarından, deneyim seviyesi gözetmeksizin herkese açıktır.  Göç, performans sanatı, kendini kadın olarak tanımlamanın beraberinde getirdiği koşullar, toplumsal cinsiyet temsilleri ile kamusal alanda sanat konularına ilgi duyanları özellikle davet ediyoruz. Katılımcılar, göç, marjinalleşme, yerinden edilme, maruz kalma ve ayrıcalıklı olma konularındaki deneyimlerini karşılıklı paylaşmaya ve Mis(s)placed Women? performanslarının bazılarını hayata geçirmeye davet ve teşvik ediliyor. Atölye ücretsiz olup, içecek, atıştırmalık ve yemek ikramı ile katılımcıların çalışmalarının profesyonel fotoğraf ve video dokümantasyonu sağlanacak.  Sınırlı sayıda yer olması nedeniyle katılmak isteyenlerden başvuru yapmalarını önemle rica ediyoruz. (Başvuru bilgileri aşağıdadır.) Atölye İngilizce dilinde gerçekleşiyor. Katılımınız için herhangi bir özel gereksiniminiz olması durumunda, motivasyon mektubunuzda konuyu bizimle paylaşmanızı rica ederiz, örneğin işaret dili çevirisi vb. ihtiyaçlar için…

Atölye ve sunum sürecinde Koronavirüsün yayılmasını engellemek adına tüm hijyen önlemleri uygulanacaktır. Katılımcıların tümü kamusal alanlarda performans sergileme imkânına sahip olacak ve atölyenin çıktıları, dokümantasyon görüntülerinin de yer aldığı halka açık bir söyleşi formatında kamuoyuna sunulacak ve Misplaced Women? sanat projesinin proje blogu ile proje arşivine dâhil edilecek.

Program:

Atölye: 7-9 Eylül Salı, Çarşamba ve Perşembe. 11:00-17:00 arası (Molalar dâhil). İlk toplantı ve tanışma Performistanbul’un Galata’daki binasında, geri kalan atölye ve performanslar ise İstanbul’un çeşitli semtlerinde gerçekleşecek. 

25 Eylül Cumartesi günü saat 17:30’da Beykoz Kundura Sinema’sında izleyicilerin de katılabileceği, atölye sunumları hakkında katılımcılarla söyleşi gerçekleştirilecek.

Başvurular için son tarih Salı günü, 31 Ağustos 2021.

Başvuranlara en geç 6 Eylül tarihine kadar bilgi verilecektir.

Atölye ve başvuru hakkında detaylı bilgileri aşağıda bulabilirsiniz:

Sanatçı ve Atölye Yürütücüsü Hakkında:

Tanja Ostojić 1972 yılında Yugoslavya’da dünyaya geldi. Disiplinlerarası çalışan performans sanatçısı. Uluslararası platformda kurumsal cinsiyet eleştirisi alanının öncülerinden olan sanatçı, toplumsal ve siyasal katılım temelli feminist sanat ve kamusal alanda sanat çalışmalarıyla tanınmaktadır. Sanatsal çalışmaları üst düzey teorik referanslar içermekte olup, çok sayıda kitap, dergi ve antolojide incelendi. The Guardian tarafından yakın zamanda Looking for a Husband with EU Passport (2000-05) çalışması ile 21. yüzyılın en iyi 25 sanatçısı arasına seçildi.

Ostojić, Sırbistan’da Belgrad Sanat Üniversitesi’nde Heykel, Fransa’da École Régionale des Beaux-Arts Nantes’ta Serbest Sanat öğrenimi gördü, Universität der Künste Berlin’de disiplinlerarası araştırmalar alanında Albert Einstein araştırma bursu kapsamında çalışmalarını sürdürdü (2012-14). Çeşitli bağışlar ve ödüller aldı; 1994’ten beri performansları ve sanat eserleri dünya çapında birçok önemli sanat mekanına ve festivale ulaştı. Eserleri önemli müze koleksiyonlarının bir parçasıdır, Avrupa ve Amerika çevresindeki akademik konferanslarda ve sanat üniversitelerinde konuşmalar, konferanslar, seminerler ve atölyeler vermiştir.

Tanja Ostojić Haziran ile Eylül 2021 tarihleri arasında Tarabya Kültür Akademisi konuk sanatçısı olarak İstanbul’da bulunuyor.

Atölye Hakkında:

Mis(s)placed Women? projesi, kamusal bir alanda bavul, poşet, el çantası ya da benzeri bir nesnenin içinin açılarak boşaltılmasını içerirken bu nesneler yoluyla geçici ve süreli göçmenlerin, evsizlerin, savaş ve doğal afet mültecilerinin günlük deneyimlerinde yaygın bir tema olan yerinden edilme hâlini temsil ediyor. Atölye, katılımcıları bu konularla ilişki kurdurarak, onları tartışmaya açmaya ve çeşitli kamusal alanlarda müdahalelerde bulunmaya teşvik etmeyi amaçlıyor.

Atölyenin ilk bölümü, bir araya gelme, bilgilendirme ve iletişim kurmayı içeriyor; bu sayede katılımcılar bireysel deneyimleri ile projenin amaçları hakkında birbirleriyle fikir alışverişinde bulunabiliyor.

İkinci bölüm sürecinde katılımcılar, İstanbul’un sokak, park ve istasyonlarında canlı performanslar ile müdahaleler gerçekleştirmeye teşvik edilip destekleniyor. Halka açık olan performanslarla  atölye süreci, profesyonel fotoğraf ve video ekibi tarafından belgelenecek.

Atölyenin dördüncü gününde, Beykoz Kundura’nın Sinema’sında atölye çalışmalarından kesitler izleyicilere sunulacak. Atölyenin tüm katılımcıları sunuma ve sonrasında gerçekleşecek olan söyleşiye etkin olarak katılmaya davetlidir.

Atölyenin dokümantasyonu, notları, yazılı metinleri ile yansımaları Performistanbul tarafından toplandıktan sonra editlenmiş ve çevrilmiş hâliyle Mis(s)placed Women? sitesinde yayınlanacak.  

Nasıl başvurulur:

Atölye, sürecin tamamına katılmayı kabul eden, tüm yaş, cinsiyet, köken sosyal çevre gruplarından, deneyim seviyesi gözetmeksizin herkese açıktır. Katılımınız için özel gereksiniminiz olması durumunda, motivasyon mektubunda konuyu bildirmenizi rica ederiz.

Atölye ücretsiz olup, sınırlı sayıda yer olması nedeniyle ilgilenen kişilerin katılmak için başvuru yapmasını rica ediyoruz. Başvurmak için, başvuru formunu doldurabilir veya kısa motivasyon mektubunuz ile biyografinizi içeren metinleri misplacedwomen@performistanbul.org adresine gönderilebilir. Kişisel bilgilerinizle – eğer varsa – internet sitenizi de paylaştığınız bilgilere ekleyebilirsiniz. 

Atölye Tarihleri:

Atölye: 7-9 Eylül Salı, Çarşamba ve Perşembe. İstanbul’un farklı semtlerinde 11:00-17:00 arası (Molalar dâhil).

Atölye sonuçları ve halka açık sunum: 25 Eylül Cumartesi, 17:30

Başvurular için son tarih Salı günü 31 Ağustos 2021.

Başvuranlara en geç 6 Eylül tarihine kadar bilgi verilecektir.

İlave linkler:

Misplaced Women? project

Misplaced Women? Video Channel 

Tanja Ostojić, books

Performistanbul

Tarabya Cultural Academy/ Kulturakademie Tarabya/ Tarabya Kültür Akademisi 

Tüm sorularınız için lütfen iletişime geçiniz:misplacedwomen@performistanbul.org

———– DEUTSCH / GERMAN ——–

Open Call: Mis(s)placed Women? Ein Performance-Workshop im öffentlichen Raum Istanbuls von Tanja Ostojić

Open Call für die Teilnahme am 4-tägigen Performance-Kunst-Workshop Mis(s)placed Women? mit Tanja Ostojić, der vom 7. bis 9. September 2021 an verschiedenen öffentlichen Orten in Istanbul stattfinden wird. Der Workshop wird organisiert von der internationalen Performance-Kunst-Plattform Performistanbul in Zusammenarbeit mit der Kulturakademie Tarabya, gefolgt von einer öffentlichen Präsentation der Ergebnisse im Beykoz Kundura Cinema am Samstag, den 25. September. Der Workshop findet während Ostojićs Aufenthalt an der Kulturakademie Tarabya statt und erforscht Praktiken und Vorgehensweisen der Live Art in Zusammenhang mit individuellen Erfahrungen der Vertreibung im weitesten Sinne. Bewerbungsschluss ist Dienstag, der 31. August 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 

Mis(s)placed Women?  ist ein von Tanja Ostojić 2009 begonnenes Kunstprojekt, das aus Performances, Performance-Serien, Workshops und Performances von Künstler:innen aus aller Welt mit Menschen unterschiedlichster Herkunft verwirklicht wird. Im Rahmen dieses Projekts werden alltägliche Aktivitäten von Menschen die Vertreibung erlebt haben verkörpert und gezeigt  VonMigrant:innen, Kriegs- und Katastrophenflüchtlinge, ebenso wie genderqueeren Menschen, Obdachlosen, Menschen auf der Durchreise… und die durch die Welt reisenden Künstler:innen, die so ihren Lebensunterhalt bestreitenDiePerformances setzen sich mit Themen der Migration und der Beziehungen von Macht und Verletzlichkeit hinsichtlich des bewegten und insbesondere des weiblichen Körpers auseinander, ein Aspekt, der bereits in zahlreichen früheren Arbeiten von Ostojić eine tragende Rolle spielte.

Teilnehmende jeder Herkunft, aller Altersgruppen, Genders und Erfahrungsgrade sind herzlich eingeladen sich zu bewerben. Wir möchten insbesondere diejenigen ermutigen teilzunehmen, die sich für Fragen der Migration, Performance-Kunst, Bedingungen für diejenigen, die sich als Frauen identifizieren, Darstellungen von Geschlecht und Kunst im öffentlichen Raum interessieren. Die Teilnehmenden sind eingeladen und dazu angehalten, Erfahrungen und Themen wie Migration, Marginalisierung, Vertreibung, Ausgesetztheit und Privilegien zu erörtern und auszutauschen sowie einige der Misplaced Women? Performances zu erarbeiten. Der Workshop ist kostenlos, für Erfrischungen und eine leichte Mahlzeit ist gesorgt, eine professionelle Foto- und Videodokumentation der Arbeiten der Teilnehmenden wird ebenfalls zur Verfügung gestellt. Da die Anzahl der Plätze begrenzt ist, bitten wir Sie, sich anzumelden. Der Workshop wird in englischer Sprache abgehalten; teilen Sie uns in Ihrem Motivationsschreiben bitte etwaige besondere Bedürfnisse mit, damit wir versuchen können, Übersetzungen für z. B. sehbehinderte Personen und Gebärdensprache für hörgeschädigte Teilnehmende etc. anzubieten.

Während des Workshops und der Präsentation werden alle erforderlichen Hygienemaßnahmen zum Schutz vor der Verbreitung des Coronavirus befolgt. Alle Teilnehmenden werden die Möglichkeit haben, im öffentlichen Raum zu performen, und die Ergebnisse werden der Öffentlichkeit in Form eines Publikumsgesprächs in Verbindung mit Bildmaterial präsentiert und in den Blog des Projekts Misplaced Women? sowie in das Projektarchiv aufgenommen.

Zeitplan:

Workshop: Dienstag, Mittwoch und Donnerstag, 7. bis 9. September. Von 11:00 bis 17:00 Uhr (einschließlich Pausen). Das erste Treffen und die Einführungssession finden im Gebäude von Performistanbul in Galata statt, der Rest des Workshops und die Performances werden in verschiedenen Vierteln Istanbuls durchgeführt.

Ein Gespräch über die Ergebnisse des Workshops mit den Teilnehmenden und der Öffentlichkeit findet am Samstag, den 25. September um 17:30 Uhr im Beykoz Kundura Cinema statt.

Die Bewerbungsfrist endet am Dienstag, den 31. August 2021.

Alle Bewerber:innen werden bis spätestens 6. September benachrichtigt.

Nachstehend finden Sie weitere Informationen über den Workshop und die Bewerbungsmodalitäten:

Über die Künstlerin und Workshopleiterin:

Tanja Ostojić (*1972) ist eine renommierte, in Berlin lebende, in Jugoslawien geborene Performance- und interdisziplinäre Künstlerin, die auch in den Bereichen Forschung und Bildung tätig ist. Sie ist international bekannt als Pionierin der institutionellen Geschlechterkritik und der sozial und politisch engagierten feministischen Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, insbesondere im Kontext von Migrations- und Genderfragen. Ihre Kunstwerke haben einen hohen theoretischen Referenzgrad und wurden in zahlreichen Büchern, Zeitschriften und Anthologien besprochen und veröffentlicht. Der British Guardian bezeichnete Ostojić kürzlich als eine der 25 besten Künstler des 21. Jahrhunderts und würdigte damit ihr Projekt “Looking for a Husband with EU Passport” (2000-05).

Ostojić studierte an der Universität der Künste Belgrad und der École Régionale des Beaux-Arts Nantes, während sie 2012-14 Stipendiatin an der Graduiertenschule für die Künste und Wissenschaften an der Universität der Künste Berlin war. Sie hat etliche Stipendien und Preise erhalten; ihre Performances und Ausstellungskunstwerke haben sie seit 1994 zu zahlreichen wichtigen Kunststätten und Festivals weltweit geführt. Ihre Werke sind Teil bedeutender Museumssammlungen, sie hat Vorträge, Vorlesungen, Seminare und Workshops auf wissenschaftlichen Konferenzen und an Kunsthochschulen in Europa sowie in Nord- und Südamerika gehalten. 

Ostojić ist derzeit Stipendiatin der Kulturakademie Tarabya in Istanbul (Juni-September 2021).

Über den Workshop:

Das Projekt Mis(s)placed Women?  beinhaltet das Auspacken eines Koffers, einer Plastiktüte, einer Handtasche oder eines ähnlichen Objekts im öffentlichen Raum, wobei diese Objekte für das Thema Vertreibung stehen, das in den alltäglichen Erfahrungen von Transitreisenden, Migrant:innen, Obdachlosen, Kriegs- und Katastrophenflüchtigen vorkommt. Der Workshop zielt darauf ab, die Teilnehmenden mit den Themen vertraut zu machen und Diskussionen und Interventionen in der Vielfalt des öffentlichen Raums anzuregen.

Der erste Teil des Workshops umfasst ein Kennenlernen, Informieren und Kommunizieren, wobei sich die Teilnehmenden über individuelle Erfahrungen und die Ziele des Projekts austauschen sollen.

Während des zweiten Teils werden die Teilnehmenden ermutigt und dabei unterstützt, Live-Performances und Interventionen in den Straßen, Parks und Bahnhöfen Istanbuls zu verwirklichen. Die öffentlichen Performances und der Workshopverlauf werden von einem professionellen Foto- und Videoteam dokumentiert.

Die Ergebnisse des Workshops werden zwei wochen später im Beykoz-Kundura Cinema der Öffentlichkeit vorgestellt. Alle Teilnehmenden des Workshops sind herzlich eingeladen, sich aktiv an dieser Präsentation und der anschließenden Diskussion zu beteiligen.

Die Dokumentation, die Aufzeichnungen, die gesammelten Texte und die Reflexionen des Workshops werden von Performistanbul zusammengetragen und später bearbeitet, übersetzt und auf der Webseite des Projekts Mis(s)placed Women? veröffentlicht und werden Teil des Projektarchivs, das dem Publikum über Ausstellungen zugänglich gemacht wird. 

Wie Sie sich bewerben können:

Wir bitten Teilnehmende zu gewährleisten, dass sie an allen Terminen des Workshops und der Dokumentation anwesend sein können. Wir freuen uns auch über Interessent:innen mit jeglicher Art von Beeinträchtigung. Bitte geben Sie in Ihrer Bewerbung etwaige besondere Anforderungen an.

Die Veranstaltung ist kostenlos, jedoch bitten wir interessierte Personen, sich zu bewerben, da die Anzahl der Plätze begrenzt ist. Bewerber:innen werden gebeten, das Bewerbungsformular auszufüllen oder eine E-Mail mit einem kurzen Abschnitt über ihre Motivation und ihren Lebenslauf an misplacedwomen@performistanbul.org zu senden. Gerne können Sie einen Link zu Ihrer persönlichen Homepage hinzufügen, falls vorhanden, sowie Angaben zu Ihren Kontaktdaten.

Termine des Workshops im Überblick: 

Workshop: Dienstag bis Donnerstag, 7. bis 9. September. Von 11:00 bis 17:00 Uhr (inklusive Pausen) in verschiedenen Vierteln Istanbuls.

Besprechung der Ergebnisse des Workshops und öffentliche Präsentation: Samstag, 25. September, 17:30 Uhr

Die Bewerbungsfrist endet am Dienstag, den 31. August 2021.

Die Bewerber:innen werden bis spätestens 6. September benachrichtigt.

Weiterführende Links:

Misplaced Women? Project

Misplaced Women? Video Channel

Tanja Ostojić, Bücher

Performistanbul

Tarabya Cultural Academy/ Kulturakademie Tarabya/ Tarabya Kültür Akademisi 

Für jegliche Anfragen wenden Sie sich bitte an: misplacedwomen@performistanbul.org

Misplaced Women? A Translation of a Travel Diary in British Sign Language

In Berlin, Performances, Railway-stations, Train Station, Train stations on July 15, 2019 at 11:04 am

Contribution by: Susan Merrick 

“Misplaced Women?, A Translation of a Travel Diary in British Sign Language”, 30 minute performance by Susan Merrick

23.05.2019 Berlin-Gesundbrunnen Train Station (Berlin, Germany)

Tanja invited me to consider presenting a performance for the Misplaced Women? project whilst I was working with her for a few days in Berlin. I’d asked Tanja if I could work with her on my own project ‘Practicing to Share’ and it seemed appropriate to actually work within each others projects during this time, to understand one another and to consider each others theme of work.

“Misplaced Women?, A Translation of a Travel Diary in British Sign Language”, a 30 minute performance by Susan Merrick, 2019. 
Video recording: Tanja Ostojić. Video editing: Susan Merrick

I spent some time thinking about what would feel appropriate, and where. How it would fit to my own idea of misplaced, my feeling of ‘place’ while in Berlin, a city I’d only visited once before as a young woman. Also my feelings of my ‘[mis]placement’ within my work as a Sign Language Interpreter, working between two cultures, between two languages, being at times ‘invisible’, yet very visible.

Rather than cultivating a performance in any way Tanja simply gave me the performance score to look over and using the rucksack I already had with me, we chose to explore Berlin train station, Gesundbrunnen that was near to where we were working. 

Susan Merrick: “Misplaced Women?”, Berlin-Gesundbrunnen Train Station, 2019. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

I chose a position at the end of a platform. It felt quiet, intimate, and sat at a junction of two tracks. I have an affinity with train stations and much of my work has taken place in or around them. I have worked within busier positions but for this day I wanted some space and to see the location of Berlin behind me.

I began by removing my shoes and jumper. I wanted to be comfortable and to sit while I disclosed my belongings. I slowly removed each item from my bag, surprising myself by how much was in the bag that I had only emptied earlier that day (or so I thought!). Items of everyday use, but also items of specificity to the trip I was on, a camera, some shaving foam and razor – ready for some other work we were to do later – and a travel journal that I had written 17 years previously whilst on my only other visit to Berlin. 

Susan Merrick: “Misplaced Women?, A Translation of a Travel Diary in British Sign Language”, Berlin-Gesundbrunnen Train Station, 2019. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

Often I allow my surroundings to influence my actions in my work, responding to the stimuli around me. I allowed these items to do the same to me, not planning but following what the items suggested to me. I was really interested in my position between the train tracks so I decided to perform the creation of a track, placing shaving foam on my leg in a line and shaving the hair from my leg in a strip, straight like a track. I wiped it clean with a red head scarf.

I then opened up my travel journal from 2002. I read and translated into British Sign Language (BSL), some of the pages that spoke of my previous visit to Berlin. The journey into the city on the train and a visit to the zoo where we couldn’t afford the photographs that were taken of us. The language miscommunications and the laughter of the train guard who found our worries over a door not closing hilarious. Our lack of money and our exhaustion at travelling around. Our decision to sit and wait 7 hours in a hostel reception waiting for a room and our reliance on the kindness of others.

Susan Merrick: “Misplaced Women?, A Translation of a Travel Diary in British Sign Language”, Berlin-Gesundbrunnen Train Station, 2019. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

Using BSL in this way felt an appropriate challenge to the work, on a quiet platform, in a train station in Berlin, speaking only to the camera and to Tanja behind it, with no-one understanding me, using a language not native to the country, or even to me. A language that has become my profession, and that I have adopted now for over half my life, that works its way into my Art, and that I can never truly feel I belong.

Susan Merrick: “Misplaced Women?, A Translation of a Travel Diary in British Sign Language”, Berlin-Gesundbrunnen Train Station, 2019. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

Finally I took up my polaroid camera, taking a photograph of the semi circle of belongings surrounding my feet. Of Tanja watching me. Of the Train tracks reaching towards and away from me. 

Mis placed. Placed mistakenly. [Mis]placed

Lost. Unfound. In-between. Where am I?

As Artists where are we? Where do we belong? Who decides? Who finds us? Who loses us?

Susan Merrick is an Artist from the UK. She is also a Sign Language Interpreter and this profession greatly influences her performance practice.

Photos from performance on May 23, 2019 at Berlin-Gesundbrunnen Train Station were captured by Tanja Ostojić

Video recording: Tanja Ostojić.

Video editing: Susan Merrick

___________________________________________

Please visit as well other contributions and posts from Berlin, from different workshops and individual or group performances:

Contribution by Nati Canto 

Contribution by Rhea Ramjohn

Contribution by Mad Kate

Mapping around Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz

Contribution by Katja Vaghi

Contribution by LADY GABY

Contribution by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh

Contribution by Jiachen Xu and Evdoxia Stafylaraki

Contribution by Ola Kozioł

Contribution by Татьяна Bogacheva

Older posts Berlin 2009: 

Contribution by Tanja Ostojić: Berlin, TXL Airport

and Valentina Medda: Misplaced Women?, Performa New York, 2009. Simultanious delegated perfromance with Tanja Ostojic, at Berlin TXL airport.

Berlin Contribution by Ola Kozioł

In Berlin, Workshops on January 30, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Misplaced Women? Workshop Contribution by Ola Kozioł

„Golden Pillow”

Location: Karl-Marx Platz, Berlin

Duration: 45 minutes

s_img_4179

Ola Kozioł: „Golden pillow” January 2018, „Misplaced Women?“ Workshop, Berlin. Photo: Ruth Biene

 

In the frame of „Misplaced Women?“ workshop lead by Tanja Ostojić, hosted by Kunsthalle Berlin Weißensee, in January 2018, I came across the following thoughts and have realised the following performative intervention:

At the beginning of the workshops I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to accomplish the performative task. I knew Berlin from the art-tourist perspective only, so to say: museums, exhibitions, etc. I had to find myself in a completely new context, new country, new city and about whose local problems I didn’t know anything, So just 3 days seemed to me as not much time to delve into any topic. Suddenly, I was shocked when I discovered during discussions with Tanja, that half of the people sleeping roughs in Berlin’s streets and parks are estimated to be Polish citizens. I decided to focus in my work on this problem. I was wandering why some of Polish people choose this „lifestyle“? Is Poland more desperate place for them to live in, and is a makeshift tent in the German capital currently the best option they have?

 

s_img_4190

Ola Kozioł: „Golden pillow” January 2018, „Misplaced Women?“ Workshop, Berlin. Photo: Ruth Biene

 

The thoughts were overwhelming. Do the Polish homeless people find life in the presumably rich west easier because of collecting bottles, begging and because of the amount of charities and places where they can get help?                                                                                                                                                                  

With all those questions and confusion I did my action during which I was sleeping on the bench on the Karl-Marx square and in the park nearby under a sleeping bag and on a golden-like pillow. Mostly people just past by me, but there were as well several reactions where people stopped with some of those questions in their mind, similar to mine.

 

s_img_4220

Ola Kozioł: „Golden pillow” January 2018, „Misplaced Women?“ Workshop, Berlin. Photo: Ruth Biene

 

Post Scriptum: Did you know that half of the people sleeping roughs in Berlin’s streets and parks are estimated to be Polish citizens…? There are no systemic solutions to the problem of homelessness in our country. We have a mild winter and the harvest of death is already great – more than 50 people died of hypothermia this year. There is no shortage of empty communal flats. There is a lack of heart, empathy, humanity. Homeless people are also people who once led a prosperous, successful life. They are people with higher education, some of them were entrepreneurs, in positions that failed at some point. Bankruptcy, flat auction, loss of salary, illness… It can meet each of us. The border is very thin.

Thank you Tanja Ostojic for your work and for sharing.

_____________________

Donate to Berliner Kaeltehilfe

______________________

Text written by Ola Kozioł

Photo of the public intervention: Ruth Biene

Edited and first published by Tanja Ostojić, 2018/19 on the Misplaced Women? project blog

s_img_4174

Ola Kozioł: „Golden pillow” January 2018, „Misplaced Women?“ Workshop, Berlin. Photo: Ruth Biene

_________________________

Ola Kozioł is multidisciplinary artist based in Łódź, Poland. She graduated in painting at the Strzemiński Academy of Art in Łódź, where she currently works. Her performances are mostly exploring the technique of the so-called “white voice” singing typical for Central, East and South-East European folk music culture. Musical projects: Mutant Goat (released Yonder album), 18 rivers, Miejskie Darcie Pierza, Strzemiński Choir. Since 2015 together with Suavas Lewy forms a group PRZEPRASZAM, since 2017 a member of a women’s artistists group FRAKCJA. Sings to everything, loves walking, treating “pilgrimage” as an artistic gesture, went “consciously” almost 2000 km. Conducts workshops for children and with voice for the women, is involved in the realisation of numerous artistic and social projects, with the aim of activating people around. Most of her works touch upon topics of women’s rights, respect for the surrounding nature, the world of animals and people, combine ecology with post-humanism, pacifism.

Ola Kozioł Blog

_________________

Please visit as well other contributions and posts from the same workshops:

Contribution by Rhea Ramjohn

Contribution by Татьяна Bogacheva

Contribution by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh

Contribution by LADY GABY

Public Presentation of the Misplaced Women? Workshop in Berlin, January 24, 2018

 

Misplaced Women? Contribution by LADY GABY in Berlin-Weißensee

In Berlin, Stories, Workshops on December 27, 2018 at 11:31 pm

In the frame of Tanja Ostojić´s Misplaced Women? workshop, January 22–24, 2018, hosted by Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz and Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee, the following performance interventions have been developed and performed for the first time:

On Janaury 23.2018 in and around the neighbourhood of Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin-Weißensee:

LADY GABY, Mad Kate and Tatiana Bogacheva

Mapping around Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz

Were feeling placed within misplacement, creating a range of public space performance interventions:

We went around for 2 hours looking for places and things we felt comfortable with and a longing for, marking them with pink wool and intervening as displaced female characters: statue of liberty, maid, queen and the migrant. Site specific sounds and recorded conversations have been added too as well as a whole array of misplaced found objects.

________________________________________________________________________________

Misplaced Women?

Written Contribution by Gaby Bila-Günther aka LADY GABY

My whole life I have felt misplaced and displaced, as I migrated from one continent to another to find a new home and a new nationality. As a child, I grew up in Transylvania, in Romania during the communist regime. As my father defected to Australia in 1980, my mother and I followed him two years later. Thats when my history of misplacement began, first with my fathers defection, as I felt I didn’t belong in that society any longer. My mother who was born in Greece due to the civil war there in the 1950’s was forced as a child to live as a refugee in Romania, being a noncitizen, and I felt like one too, after my father defected and we prepared to follow him. I was kicked out of the pioneers organisation and our phones and home were under surveillance.

Marked Bench
“Misplaced Women?” interventions by LADY GABY, Mad Kate and Tatiana Bogacheva, Berlin Weißensee, 23.1.2018.

As a young teenager in Australia, in the 80s, I felt more misplaced than ever, as most of the people there had no idea where or what Romania was. I felt like I didn’t belong there neither as nobody could find my country of origin on the map. I felt insignificant, invisible, most of my time as a teenager; however I wanted to belong and be noticed.

When I came to Berlin, in 1989 at the time of the Wall falling down, my displacement manifested itself in the fact that I was illegal for three years and couldn’t speak the language either, however as an artist I began to find my feet and work with the theme of misplacement and identity. Berlin, the city where I found MY feet, MY words and made up MY mind about the world around ME.

Since 1994, my work has been about misplacement, identity, gender relations, social decline and domestic mapping. I often perform in spaces where as an artist or as a woman I am not supposed to be: men’s toilets, elevators, laundrettes, public spaces, public transport, etc. Through my performances in those spaces, I belong, I show that I exist and I demand attention and recognition.. I HAVE A VOICE!

During the Misplaced Women? interventions in the frame of the Berlin workshop lead by Tanja Ostojić, I chose to walk around the area of Weißenssee, as I felt misplaced inside the village-like atmosphere of that neighbourhood. However the streets, the houses and that environment gave me a familiar sense, as it reminded me of communist Romania where I GREW UP and reminiscent of the old post Wall East Berlin. So I looked for places I felt were displaced and marked them with a strand of pink wool, and did a whole range of public interventions at those places. Old communist statues, old bike wheels, an old fountain in the middle of a busy round-about, gallery and on a boat sculpture outside the Brotfabrik. During our walk some of us from the workshop including Mad Kate, Sajan Mani and Tatiana Bogacheva recorded sounds that we detected as misplaced on the streets of the neighbourhood such as construction sites on a quiet small street. The whole time I carried a suitcase with me containing misplaced objects for no reason inside, which I opened and displayed during the interventions. I transformed into several misplaced FEMAIL and FEMINIST characters besides myself: The ARTIST, The CLEANING MAID and The STATUE OF LIBERTY, all identities I can relate to as a woman, illegal worker, migrant and a refugee.

“Misplaced Women?” interventions by LADY GABY, Berlin Weißensee, 23.1.2018. Photo: Sajan Mani
with sajan, liberty
“Misplaced Women?” interventions by LADY GABY, Berlin Weißensee, 23.1.2018.

Through those actions of marking misplaced objects, recording of the misplaced sounds, and doing public interventions around sculptures and objects that reminded me of home, gave me a sense of belonging, comfort and familiarity, reminiscing the times and moments in my life when I felt secure and grounded. The places reminded me of my family migration that was carried out along side with the lack of identity and legality of living in a strange land, as well as my transformation from a young woman into a confident present artist.

Participation in the Misplaced Women? workshop really helped me strengthened my public intervention performances and try out new ways of domestic mapping. The interactions with the other participating performers and artists helped me indeed to achieve this as well and push new boundaries regarding performing in public. The walks in the neighbourhood of Berlin-Weißenssee, opened my eyes and inspired new ideas and concepts for the projects. New collaborations where born, for instance I performed with mirrors on the Berlin trains together with 5 other women artists from the project. That intervention, holding mirrors, empowered me and my presence. 

Text written by Gaby Bila-Günther

Edited and first published by Tanja Ostojić, 2018 on the Misplaced Women? project blog

Photos of the public interventions and marking of the misplaced objects by Sajan Mani, Mad Kate and Tatiana Bogacheva

This series of interventions by Lady Gaby have been developed and realised in the frame of “Misplaced Women?” workshop by Tanja Ostojić hosted by Kunsthalle Berlin Weißenssee, January 2018.

marked fountain1

________________________________________________

About the author:

Gaby Bila-Günther aka LADY GABY, originally from Romania, arrived to Berlin via Melbourne where she would regularly perform in public. She published her spoken-word, poetry, short stories and nonfiction articles online, on CD compilations, in journals, magazines and literature anthologies internationally.

She has performed, curated and showed text based, collages and video works internationally. In 2000 in Melbourne, Australia, she launched her self-published book Validate & Travel on a ‘moving tram’ and in 2002 her own spoken word filled with ambient techno beats debut CD, Off the Main, with music producer ZOG. In 2003 in Berlin together with fellow writer Jessica Falzoi she formed the Poets’ Party while in Melbourne she was part of Urban ART and Flush artist groups. In Melbourne together with her partner Teo Gunther they ran the performance and live music warehouse space, CBI PRODS, where underground techno parties, CD launches and various performance art events took place from 1995 till 2002.

For more information please visit:

Spoken word and sounds by various musicians

Spoken word and performance show

Word Bank Radioshow

Spoken word and beats with guest musicians

Lady Gaby’s artist run space

with statue1
“Misplaced Women?” interventions by LADY GABY, Berlin Weißensee, 23.1.2018.
marked lady

_________________

Please visit as well other contributions and posts from the same workshops:

Mapping around Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz

Contribution by Rhea Ramjohn

Contribution by Mad Kate

Contribution by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh

Contribution by Jiachen Xu and Evdoxia Stafylaraki

Contribution by Ola Kozioł

Contribution by Татьяна Bogacheva

Contribution by Katja Vaghi

Contribution by Nati Canto

Public Presentation of the Misplaced Women? Workshop in Berlin, January 24, 2018

Open Call for participants in the “Misplaced Women?” performance workshop in the public space with Tanja Ostojić, in Innsbruck, May 11-13 2018, with a presentation in Die Bäckerei

In Innsbruck, News, Workshops on February 19, 2018 at 4:31 pm

This is the Open Call for participants in the Misplaced Women? 3-day-long performance art workshop in the public space with Tanja Ostojić, May 11-13 2018, with a public presentation in Die Bäckerei, Kulturbackstube, Innsbruck, Austria

Participants of all backgrounds, ages, genders and levels of experience that can commit to participate for the entire duration of the workshop are welcome, but 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 about experiences and issues of migration, displacement, exposure and privilege and to enact some of the Misplaced Women? performance scores. The workshop is free of charge, warm drinks and snacks will be provided, professional photo documentation of participants work will be provided as well, and due to limited numbers of places we ask you kindly to apply.

The deadline for applications is Monday, April 16 2018.

Timetable:

Workshop: Friday May 11: 10am—5pm & Saturday May 12, 2018: 10am—6pm.
Public presentation: Sunday May 13: 11am—1pm.

During the workshop we will all have an opportunity to perform in the public spaces, and outcomes will be presented to the public at the third day of the workshop at the Die Bäckerei, Kulturbackstube and included on the Misplaced Women? project website.

This project, including the workshop and group and individual performances in the public spaces, have been chosen for realisation in the frame of the Kunst im öffentlichen Raum des Landes Tirol, supported by the region of Tyrol. The press and media communication are done in collaboration with the Tiroler Künstlerschaft.

IMG_6396

“Misplaced Women?” performance workshop by Tanja Ostojić at Info Park, Belgrade (2015). (Group intervention, including: Tanja Ostojić, Sunčica Šido, Nela Antonović) Photo: Lidija Antonović

Deutsche Übersetzung  

Please reed about the project and see more workshop and application relevant details below:

About the project:  

Misplaced 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, students and people from divers backgrounds. Within this project we embody and enact some of everyday life’s activities that thematise displacement, as it is known to transients, migrants, war and disaster refugees and to the itinerant artists travelling the world to earn their living. Those performances deal with continuing 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 mine.

About the workshop leader: 

Tanja Ostojić (*1972) is a renowned Berlin based, Yugoslavian born performance and interdisciplinary artist whose artworks engage with feminism and migration politics. She includes herself as a character in performances and uses diverse media in her artistic researches, thereby examining social configurations and relations of power. She works predominantly from the migrant woman’s perspective, from within specific social contexts. The approaches of her work are defined by political positioning and the integration of recipients. Since 1994 she presented her work in numerous exhibitions, festivals and venues around the world. She has given talks, lectures, seminars and workshops at academic conferences and at art universities around Europe and in the Americas.

About the workshop:

The “Misplaced Women?” project involves 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 theme that is common in everyday experiences of transients, migrants, homeless, war and disaster refugees. 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 and parks of Innsbruck. Public performances will be documented by a professional photographer.

The outcomes of the workshop will be presented to the public at the third day in Die Bäckerei, Kulturbackstube in Innsbruck. All participants of the workshop are invited to take active part in this presentation and the following discussion.

The documentation, notes and reflections from the workshop will be gathered, edited and published on the Misplaced Women? project website. 

Dates of the workshop:

Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 11-13, 2018.

The deadline for applications is Monday, March 19 2018.

Who can apply: 

Students and participants of all backgrounds and genders that can commit to participate for the entire duration of the workshop are welcome. No particular language skills are required. We welcome people with any kind of “disabilities” and the ones who do not speak English or Deutsch. 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. Please send an email to tanjaostojicart (AT) gmail.com with the subject Misplaced Women?  Innsbruck and write 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.

Additional links:

Misplaced Women? project

Tanja Ostojić, books

Die Bäckerei, Kulturbackstube, Dreiheiligenstraße 21a, Innsbruck, Austria

misplaced_women_drawings2

Drawing by David Caines of the performance by Dagmara Bilon in the frame of the “Misplaced Women?” performance workshop by Tanja Ostojic in LADA, London (2016)

Dagmara Bilon realised 3 performances on gentrification, home and identity in the frame of “Misplaced Women?” workshop hosted by LADA London, December 13 & 14, 2016

In Homes, London, Performances, Railway-stations, Workshops on March 13, 2017 at 1:12 pm

In the frame of Tanja Ostojić´s “Misplaced Women?” workshop hosted by Live Arts Development Agency London, on December 13 & 14, 2016, Dagmara Bilon realised 3 performance interventions which she has called “embodied investigations into home and identity; a protest against becoming a silenced and isolated as wallpaper, dedicated to the ever-changing landscape of London in the mist of gentrification.” 

For my first intervention I chose to unpack my heavy back-pack on  a street corner in Hackney Wick near the neighborhood’s formerly longest occupied squat. I took of my heavy rucksack from my back and start to unpack. It’s full of various objects, accumulated over time: my childhood toys, my children’s toys, things I need for work, such as gaffe-tape, iPad, mobile phone, cigarettes, wire, lots of stones to ground me, so as not to fly away, a black fabric sphere that symbolised the veil of grief for the loss of my father, white pieces of fabric that I use to collect my menstrual blood, pens, pencils, a toy-snake. As I unpack my bag it feels never ending. Bits and pieces of glitter, receipts, notes… Lots and lots of junk, but to me – a trail of my existence. All the objects are bare on the wet concrete floor. While I see them, I feel uncertain of my survival, slightly embarrassed, like a public emptying of the bowels, spilling of my organs. I don’t dare to look into anyone’s eyes;I start to pack my bag as quickly as I possibly can, stuffing things back inside my dirty old rucksack. But there is always something more, always something else spilling out…

web_0

web_1

web_3______________________________

My second performance featured a surreal procession of a displaced female body in a red suitcase, walking in black high heels and black velvet tight leggings over a Bridge in Olympic Park, that leads to London’s biggest shopping mall,Westfield Stratford. In the morning on that day, I took my large red suitcase from my room that contains all my dresses and props from previous London performances. This is when the performance started. I carried the suitcase from my room in South East London to Hackney,down the stairs, down the road, and on public transport. While walking I’m reminiscing of my immigrationat the age of three with my mother from Poland to Germany, with one and only suitcase filled with our possessions. In my associations of a single woman standing by a bus stop with a big red suitcase, symbolises vulnerability danger, but also power. The power to move on. As I travel I notice the eyes of people peeking and then quickly shifting back onto their daily newspaper or smart phone.

Then,  standing by a bridge together with the group of participants from the “Misplaced Woman?” workshop. I open my suitcase and hand my items one by one to individuals in the group. To me this is a most humane and kind experience. To have my items held by others. I take off my golden sandals and step inside my black high heel shoes and through the two holes I have cut in the red suitcase. I squeeze my body into the suitcase and ask a volunteer from the group to lock the suitcase and point me straight over the bridge. I’m inside now, locked in. I can’t see where I am going. My legs are wobbly. The core of my body contorted. I want to speak: “am I going into the right direction?” — but I  don’t have a voice ‘in there’, inside the suitcase. Spontaneously, a member of the group directs me how to walk forwards. I feel even more powerless, cut off and disorientated. I have no choice but to follow instructions and to focus on my feet, to stay on the ground and continue moving forward.

web_6

Dagmara Bilon performing “Misplaced Women?” in the Olympic Park, London, in frame of Tanja Ostojic´s workshop (December 2016)

______________________________

 

For my third performance, I shared an intervention with three women from the “Misplaced Woman?” workshop at Hackney Wick Overground Station. I chose to locate myself on the other side of the platform. It was not ideal for documenting the action. I deliberately wanted to experience the gap between us and the feeling of loosing side of each other as trains move in and out of the platform.

The last time I saw my father was on the other side of a platform in 1985.

I place my red suitcase on the floor and slowly unpack all my dresses and props from previous London performances. Each of them with a story to tell, the dust of previous locations, the smell of sweat or dump, and leave a trace of these items around me that for a sort of island.

I’m standing in the middle of the island and at last pull out a huge Cunt Sculpture. I stand up on the bench “on my island” and hold up my Cunt up high. A train comes into the platform. People are going in and out. A man takes a picture from within the train. The doors are closing. The train moves out again.

I step off the bench, pack up my suitcase again and as I walk over to the other side of the platform to join the others, a mother with a baby looks at me beaming and asks if it was a vagina that I was holding up?

web_last

_______________________________________

Text written by Dagmara Bilon

Edited by Tanja Ostojić and Danyel Ferreri

Photos featured in this post taken by the “Misplaced Women?” workshop participants, London, and Aleksandar Utjesinovic

_______________________________________

Dagmara Bilon (b.1981) is a London based Polish/German Performance Artist, Co-Founder of The Purple Ladies Performance Collective, Artist Mentor on The Talking Gender Project and Project Manager of The MotherHouse. Since graduating in 2003 from Trinity Laban with a degree in Dance Theater she has worked as a performer for companies such as Punchdrunk, Psychological Art Circus, The Bones Theater, Marissa Carnesky, Ear Cinema and Lundahl&Seitl. Simultaneously she created and produced her own independent performance projects including staged works, sight specific interventions and one to one performances. More recently she focused on developing performance actions that challenge the notions of motherhood and identity and exhibited work alongside The Desperate Art Wives. She has also conducted various community arts led projects engaging young people in the discourse of gender, sexuality and identity. www.dagmarabilon.com

Teresa Albor´s performances, The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick and Westfield Shopping Mall, Stratford London, December 13 and 14, 2016. in the frame of Tanja Ostojić´s “Misplaced Women?” in LADA

In Borders, London, Performances, Shopping Center, Stories, Workshops on February 12, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Teresa Albor´s performances, The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick and Westfield Shopping Mall, Stratford London, December 13 and 14, 2016. in the frame of Tanja Ostojić´s “Misplaced Women?” in LADA

In the frame of Tanja Ostojić´s “Misplaced Women?” workshop hosted by Live Arts Development Agency London and Elena Marchevska, Teresa Albor realised a series of two very strong performances on displacement:

December 13, 2016, The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick, 2-4pm

December 14, 2016, Westfield Shopping Mall, near Olympic Park, Stratford, 1:45-2pm

On December 16, 2016 she wrote the following related statement:

Packing up the large objects this morning, the bright orange life jacket (child size), the beaded scarf, the soft black little girl’s jacket.  The smell— part smoke, part sweat, musty, human.  Then the small objects—into the orange envelopes and then the zip lock bag, the bits and pieces of jewelry, including the fragile, fragile necklace, all tangled up, hopelessly tangled up.

I imagine,the women who are preparing to be evacuated from Aleppo this morning.  They are packing up what little they can bring.  Little girls (perhaps oblivious), teenage girls (dreaming of a future?), mothers (thinking of their children’s needs).

Clio looks good in red so I have bought her a red dress.  Libby wants a particular book for her medical studies.  I put the red dress in a black box and tie a red ribbon around it.  I wrap the book in silver paper.

Someone else, once carefully packed the things I brought to Hackney Wick. All these objects once belonged to others, who took risks, who are hopefully somewhere where they feel safe, where they can dream, love, argue, fall out of love, make plans for the holidays.

The mall is busy.  People are trying to find things to give to others.  To make them smile, to show somehow—as impossible as it might be—how much they love them.

thumb_img_4471_1024

Please see Teresa Albor´s video of her performance in front of The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick, London

 

The necklace is hopelessly tangled.  I spend a good hour trying to ease the knots out.  First I try to soften the snarl, gently easing the tiny chain into a loose little heap.  Then I try to find the ends and see how long a length of chain is possible.  But this makes the knot in the middle grow tighter and tighter.  My fingers are numb from the cold, with little dents where I have been holding the chain.  It seems maddeningly simple.  I picture the untangled chain.  I picture it hanging around the neck of a woman.  She is smiling.

Tosha needs someone to babysit.  It’s not easy being a single mother.  She says it’s hard for her, now that she has a son, to watch the news, to see woman and children, the bombardment, their desperate flight.

I feel vulnerable sitting on the cement paving stone outside the Omega watch store.  Someone else has the power.  A man with a vest that says “security”.  Calling out names: Amena, Yana, Ola, Liliane, Nour, Kamar, Lamma Dayoub, Qamar, Haya, Zeinah, Aya, Nooda, Ranim, Reem, Asil. Please be safe.  What is the worst that can happen to me?  What is the best thing that can happen to you?

teresa_albor0

Teresa Albor performing in Westfield Shopping Mall, London, (December 14, 2016. 1:45-2pm) Photo: Tanja Ostojić

teresa_albor1

teresa_albor2

Teresa Albor performing in Westfield Shopping Mall, London, (December 14, 2016. 1:45-2pm) Photo: Tanja Ostojić

teresa_albor___________________________

Footnote: Clio, Libby and Tosha are Teresa´s daughters.

___________________________

Things I learned in the workshop:

The advantages of being our own audience: Working together, watching each other, making work for each other to see, acting as a magnet in public spaces to draw others in, acting as a protective shield when there’s some question about our “right” to make work in public.  Being open to each other.  Allowing everyone to be at a different point in his or her process. Observing each other and learning from each other.

Explaining to security: The art of just describing what is actually happening. “I am looking for something.”  “She is wrapping a present.”  The power (see above) of being able to focus on an action whilst someone else does the explaining.

Gut feeling + props:  The need to allow your gut feeling to direct you, to give you ideas.  To have the props but then let the action evolve.  But to still be able to edit one’s self, and question one’s ideas, and not to incorporate every single idea.  I have so many ideas.

Also, I wanted to say how much this workshop meant to me. This was a new way for me to work with these objects– the second piece, a way to put myself into the work, to make myself a bit vulnerable. It has given me plenty to think about. Once again, thanks to Tanja Ostojic for her warmth, patience, openness– for making us all feel so safe, and so encouraged as artists.

_________________________

Teresa Albor is London based performance and visual artist interested in how different groups of people negotiate the world. Her work is research-based and often involves broad collaboration. It can involve video/moving image, performance, installation, publication, community-based workshops, and forms of artist-led curation.

www.TeresaAlbor.com

www.TheThingsWeLeaveBehind.co.uk

www.Paradox-of-Order.com

www.Rufus-Stone.org

Photos: Tanja Ostojic

Video: Teresa Albor

Open Call for participants for Misplaced Women? performance workshop with Tanja Ostojić in London UK, December 13-14, 2016 hosted by Live Art Development Agency

In London, News, Workshops on October 14, 2016 at 3:05 pm

This Open Call for participants of Misplaced Women? performance workshop with Tanja Ostojić in London UK, December 13-14, 2016 hosted by Live Art Development Agency:

Participants of all backgrounds and levels of experience are welcome, but we particularly encourage those who are interested in issues of migration, representations of gender and art in the public realm.

The workshop is free and tea/coffee and lunch will be provided. We are able to contribute to travel costs for participants who are based outside London. The deadline for applications is Friday 4 November.

Outcomes will be presented to the public at the end of the second day of the workshop at the Live Art Development Agency and included on the Misplaced Women? project website.

Please reed about the project and see more application relevant details at the following link:

http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/opportunities/open-call-for-participants-for-misplaced-women-workshop

Good luck and looking forward to collaborate with you in London!

IMG_6396

Marija Jevtić, Tanja Ostojić, Sunčica Šido and Nela Antonović performing Misplaced Women? inside the Info Park, Central Bus station Belgrade, Serbia, as one of the group performances in public spaces in Belgrade, conducted on October 29, 2015, during Misplaced Woman? workshop with Tanja Ostojić, thematising solidarity with the refuges on the Balkan route. Organised as a part of the From Diaspora to Diversity, Remont, Belgrade, Serbia. Photo: Lidija Antonović.

%d bloggers like this: