A Collaborative Art Project
Reader in English*
48 pages, 4-colours
85 colour images
33 x 23,5 cm
Edited by Tanja Ostojić
With essays and texts by Teresa Albor, Helen Averley, Gorana Bačevac, Marta Nitecka Barche, Gaby Bila-Günther, Dagmara Bilon, Mia Bradić, Azad Colemêrg, Luciana Damiani, Jelena Dinić, Nazlı Durak, Gizem Epifani, Kathryn Fischer, Li Fu, Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh, Selma Hekim, Michelle Lacombe, Susan Merrick, Irena Mirković, Persefoni Myrtsou, Tanja Ostojić, Performistanbul (Simge Burhanoğlu, Azra İşmen), Vanessa Ponte, Rea Ramjohn, Bahar Seki, Sabbi Senior, Tan Tan, Tanya Ury, Bojana Videkanić, Hyla Willis, Arzu Yayıntaş, Gülhatun Yıldırım.
Copy editing English by Aya Labanieh
Copy editing Turkish by Asena Günal
Designed by Eli Bensusan
Printed and bound by Sena Ofset, Istanbul, Turkey
First published in 2022 by Depo Istanbul and Anadolu Kültür, Istanbul Turkey.
EUR 10** (pick up in Berlin / + shipping costs Germany 2 Euro / +worldwide 4 Euro)
*This publication is as well available in Turkish language.
Please order at: tanjaostojicart(AT)gmail.com
This publication is a reader based on “Mis(s)placed Women?” (2009-2022), a collaborative art project by Tanja Ostojić, published in English and Turkish to accompany the exhibition at Depo Istanbul, September 15–October 28, 2022. Due to constraints of space, only a selection of the artworks and texts have been included.
“Mis(s)placed Women?”, is a collaborative, multi-layered art project that I have been developing since 2009, consisting of solo and group performances, delegated performances, performance art workshops, and an online platform that includes contributions by over 170 individuals from six continents. Many of them are artists who identify as women from diverse backgrounds. The project’s participants embody and enact some of everyday-life’s activities that thematise the displacement known to migrants, refugees, and itinerant artists traveling the world to earn their living. The performances deal with migration issues, gender equality, climate change, feminism, queerness, gentrification, inclusion, accessibility, power relations, and vulnerability, particularly as they relate to women and nonbinary people, an aspect that figured prominently in the past almost three decades of my artistic practice. While investigating privilege by distinguishing between working mobility, forced or desired migration, and how arbitrary laws apply to moving bodies, Mis(s)placed Women? also explores diverse public spaces and the invisibility of certain groups within them, using feminist emancipatory methodologies and artistic community-building practices. I have conducted numerous workshops across the world where the participants are selected by open call. Individual and group artworks and interventions are developed and produced in this frame. We highly value collaboration within the group, the forming of a community, the further communication with the random audiences that we meet on the streets and with the targeted audiences at presentations, exhibitions, and discussions. Mis(s)placed Women? workshops apply the principles of Art as Social Practice and explore a variety of public spaces and the possibilities for temporary interventions in them, empowering participants via a kind of master-class block seminar—a laboratory outside of official educational institution, so to say—and developing new collective and individual works…
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