October 5-26, 2019

Artists: Ebru Sargın L., Selin Kocagöncü, Gülhatun Yıldırım, Batu Bozoğlu
Curator: Performistanbul

Since 2001, Elgiz Museum, hosts pioneer projects and has a significant role on the improvement of contemporary art. The Museum presents Superimposed, a performance series curated by Performistanbul which consists of four superimposed performances that are overlapping and engaging by four performance artists using the same room one after the other. Performistanbul artists, (in chronological order of performances) Ebru Sargın L., Selin Kocagöncü, Gülhatun Yıldırım and Batu Bozoğlu, use the room in an interconnected manner as each artist’s performance is naturally imposed on the remaining of the previous performance(s). The process reflects the interaction of performances whilst pursuing their own productions. Throughout four weeks, four different artists’ superimposed performance processes and the results of their productions are presented at the Performance Room. In the performance series titled Superimposed, where the performances take place one after another, the artists base their performances on the surroundings and their characteristic features in terms of their demographical, architectural and structural nature, within the balance struck between these elements.

Elgiz Museum, that arises from a private collection constitutes the center of the project as it is situated amongst the high-rise buildings in the business district of Maslak. In this tumultuously complex region of the city where workers, labourers and craftsmen in the industrial district behind the museum co-exist with the artists’ studios, the project deals with the issue of art’s and artists’ struggle to find/build their place in society. The artists present a witnessing process that leads to an articulation of society by interacting with each other and the possibility of turnout they may encounter. During this process of transformation, visitors will have the possibility to experience the Performance Room both as participants and/or spectators at times.

The Performance Room will serve as a laboratory echoing life and its inevitable interaction, which it entails; a place to think and encourage thought on the plain, yet complicated, issue such as how freedom may not be something we ‘create’ but rather, it may be limited to what we are being ‘served’ and how our actions affect one another.

Performances deal with how the people, in the cramped-cornered state, driven from public space, city life and the community which tends to be categorized as white-collar may develop distinct perspectives when given a free space.

Throughout the Performance Room project, Performistanbul aims once more to examine the perception of performance art’s place among daily life, contemporary art scene and institutions. The project, wishing performance art becoming the means for its own questioning, is conceived to be a pioneer argumentative dialogue which examines the function and improvement of performance art both in Turkey and in the world. Elgiz Museum, which has been a precursor in the field of contemporary art in Turkey, has hosted numerous performances from different performance artists such as Jonathan Meesse, Şükran Moral and Nezaket Ekici since the time it opened. The museum continues its legacy of pioneering the support of performance art and how it can be contextualised in today’s contemporary art museum, allowing for different interactions within the audience.



White Zone

October 5, 2019 Saturday | 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Live Performance
1 day / 9 hours

Ebru Sargın L. uses the room as a working place wearing a corporate outfit corresponding to its environment . The proces begins when her body starts to move by refusing this state of stability that lasts for hours in front of a desk – being unable to be/stay in an office and after letting the body free – and it ends when she frees both her body and mind by putting in words her stream of consciousness while wrting on the walls and floors of the Performance Room and on the desk with the free-flow writing technique. Visitors may the artist for the second stage of the performance to transfere/transcribe their thoughts freely on the surface of the space. White Zone aims to turn the room into a sharing space through the relation between the performance artist and the participant, along with the redemption of the body and the thought.



All the Things I Have to Do

October 8-11, 2019 Tuesday-Friday | 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
October 12, 2019 Saturday | 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Live Performance
5 days/25 hours

Selin Kocagöncü, pushes the boundaries of imposed rules by the society and aims to explore fully the problematic by focusing on it. By facing various ways of reaching “natural beauty” rituals she aims to balance her “insufficiencies” by an ‘extreme’ redemption act. Through this restoration she reconciles with the society and aims to balance the so-called deficient aspect of womanhood, ‘extremely’. Every day starts with getting out a to-do list in front of a mirror, where requirements are found, from the manicure to the facial care, and even hair plucking, and all these sorts of beauty activities that fill the day. While continuing these exercises, she carries her works into the Performance Room that turned into an artist’ studio. In front of the audience, she tries to pursue her daily practices as an artist. In detail and with absurd evocations, all the acts of the performance are being documented one by one. Audiences can work as artist assistants for 30 minutes or 1-hour periods if appointed beforehand.


Spell of Destruction

October 15-18, 2019 Tuesday-Friday | 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
October 19, 2019 Saturday | 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Live Performance
5 days/25 hours

In this chaos, Gülhatun Yıldırım choses to stand still first. Then she watches from afar, fixing her body on the wall, she synthesizes the state of inclusion/exclusion with submission. And she becomes a whole with the concrete/wall. Through the performance based on the act of standing, artist enters to a loop between these two extremes in repetition and in rejection. Action that is fundamentally meditative and contractive, she actualizes this unification.

While creating a safe space for observation, the artist becomes a part of the Performance Room and she investigates the need/desire of existence between these two combined sensations.




October 22-25, 2019 Tuesday-Friday | 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

October 26, 2019 Saturday | 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Live Performance

5 days/25 hours

Performance artists’ works on creating/researching opportunities for ‘existence’ within intuitional courses in the performance series comes to an end with Batu Bozoğlu’s intervention. Bozoğlu, who embraces the analytical thinking and objective rationality, takes the space that witnessed serial actions under examination and produces new readings through the residuals in the space. He processes the discoveries into a historical story, labelling and archiving the foundlings where audiences can take part as well. He aims to turn the space into a study field and an archeological site.


About Elgiz Museum

The Elgiz Museum was founded by collectors Sevda and Can Elgiz as the first contemporary art museum in Turkey in 2001. As public contemporary art museums and/or foundations did not exist, this privately-owned, non-profit institution took on the mission to support the development of contemporary art with an international identity in a 2000 m2 space open to the public. Since its establishment, Elgiz Museum hosts exhibitions and projects for curators, up-and-coming artists and institutions, showcasing Turkish art on a global scale on international platforms. Located in Maslak, the business district of Istanbul, Elgiz Museum launched its open-air terrace space for large scale sculpture exhibitions in 2012 to host the annual ‘Terrace Exhibition’ series. In order to stay dynamic and up to date, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions and educational programmes alongside the permanent selection from Elgiz Collection. In 2013, the IFEMA Amigos de ARCO Madrid presented the Elgiz Collection with the International Collecting Award. As of 2015, the Elgiz Museum is a founding member of the Global Private Museum Network, member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and member of ARCO International Council founded in 2018.


About Performistanbul

International Performance Art Platform Performistanbul aims to support creative production by collaborating with international artists and institutions as well as to bring performance and live art to a broader audience. The platform’s roster comprises 11 performance artists from Turkey and more than 20 project-based international contributors. An itinerant initiative since its inception, Performistanbul has completed over 50 performances in various locations, collaborating mostly with museums, galleries and international organizations.

Performistanbul, while continuing its work collaborating with various art and culture institutions in different spaces with its spaceless identity, starts a new chapter and breathes fresh air into the field. It is preparing to bring into being Turkey’s first Live Art Research Space (PCSAA), housing more then 7000 myriad resources on live art that will lead to a significant impact on the education and development of performance art. Meanwhile, arising out of PCSAA, Performistanbul Publications was launched –first as an online platform- to remedy a crucial deficiency in performance art in Turkey, that of the dearth of native language textual resources. 

Performistanbul is supported by SAHA Association’s “Support Fund of for the Sustainability of Independent Art Initiatives”.


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