From Monday 4th to Monday 11th May, Istanbul Queer Art Collective will take over performingborders’ Instagram for a week residency that will delve into their practice, the platform’s archive of resources, and intersections between queerness and migration.
Istanbul Queer Art Collective was founded in 2012 to engage in live art, with a view that the documentation of performance is an art form in itself. The collective is currently based in London and is comprised of its two founding members Tuna Erdem and Seda Ergul, who are firm believers in what Jack Halberstam calls the “queer art of failure” and what Renate Lorenz calls “radical drag”. Their performances range from the durational to the intimate and can morph towards other forms like sound art or instalation. IQAC has performed at various art events around the world among which are: House of Wisdom Exhibition in Amsterdam and Nottingham; If Independent Film Festival and Mamut Art Fair in Istanbul, Athens Sound Acts Festival in Greece, Zürcher Theatre Spektakel and Les Belles de Nuit in Zurich and Deep Trash, Queer Migrant Takeover and NSA: Queer Salon in London. istanbulqueerartcollective.co.uk
As part of performingbordersLIVE20 a public programme of open calls, events, open conversations, artist digital commissions, workshops, and residencies, focusing on the exploration of experimental and exciting artistic practices happening within the UK Live Art sector around notions and lived experiences of physical, cultural, juridical, racial, gendered, class, and everyday borders.
Presented in collaboration with Counterpoints Arts(London), Live Art Development Agency (London), Contact (Manchester), East Street Art (Leeds), Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (Brighton), The Albany/Deptford Lounge (London), King’s College London, Something Human/Asia-Art-Activism (London), Never Done (London), Ọ̀RỌ̀ ÀNÍKÉ (London), East London Cable (London), Green Rooms Hotel (London), HowlRound Theatre Commons (Boston, US), Warehouse9/International Performance Art Festival(Copenhagen, Denmark). Supported by the Arts Council England.
Featured image credits: Oscar Wilde Temple, Studio Voltaire 2019 photo by Eda Sancakdar