Erin Johnson, View of Tomatoes, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.
Kaos GL announces the open call of Ankara Queer Art Program artist residency’s 2022 edition to host visual artists whose pratice explore intersecting particularities of artistic expression and queer politics.
From Turkey and abroad each artist-in-residence will be hosted for a duration of 8 weeks in Ankara. Kaos GL’s Ankara Queer Art Program artist residency provides stipend for the living expenses, covers the expenses of round trip travel, accommodation and costs considered required for the materials of possible production. According to their research themes and interests Kaos GL supports artists-in-residence by facilitating access to art institutions, initiatives and archives, and programs meetings with artists, activists, scholars and curators in Turkey to provide a ground for the exchange of ideas.
Launched in February, 2020 Ankara Queer Art Program, artist residency has held in and through the uncertainities of the global pandemic. In dialogue with the community of the Ankara Queer Art Program the structure was rethought and reshaped due to the travel bans, public health neccessities as well as newly defined contemporary fragilities of the queer artists. The residency supported 10 artists, additionally invited 3 artists from Turkey to stay in the residency studio in Ankara in the year of 2021. In its first and second edition, Ankara Queer Art Program artist residency supported Alex Turgeon (Canada), Ania Nowak (Germany/Poland), Asya Leman (Turkey), Baha Görkem Yalım (Netherlands/Turkey), Banu Çiçek Tülü (Germany/Turkey), Dante Buu (Montenegro), Erin Johnson (USA), Furkan Öztekin (Turkey), Julia E Dyck (Canada/Belgium), Saskya Fun Sang (Equador), Simon(e) van Saarloos (Netherlands/USA), Şafak Şule Kemancı (Turkey) and Vera Hofmann (Germany). According to the artists’ interests and proposals, they were brought together with artists, activists, scholars, writers and curators from Turkey. The results of the conducted conversations reflecting the artists’ practices, works and ideas were published on the website of the program.
Established in Ankara, Turkey, Kaos GL Association has been working to eliminate the discrimination on the basis of language, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, philosophical conviction, religion, religious sect, locality that are faced by LGBTI+s. Producing political critique and interventions, conducting educational programs, organizing exhibitions and carrying publishing activities, Kaos GL has been contributing to the development of the political, cultural and artistic infrastructure in Ankara and in Turkey at large since 1994.
Selection Committee: Fatih Özgüven (Art Critic, Translator, Author), Nilbar Güreş (Artist), Çelenk Bafra (Director of SAHA, Curator), Derya Bayraktaroğlu (Curator, Writer), Erinç Seymen (Artist), Kevser Güler (Curator), Bige Örer (Director of the Istanbul Biennial), Ege Berensel (Artist, Visual Researcher), İz Öztat (Artist), Aylime Aslı Demir (Editor, Curator), Ka: Space for Visual Culture & Artistic Thinking
Advisory Committee: Tanıl Bora (Academician, Author, Translator), Sibel Tekin (Academician, Video Activist), Funda Şenol Cantek (Academician, Author) Metehan Özcan (Artist, Academician), Ege Berensel (Artist, Visual Researcher), Deniz Artun (Director of Gallery Nev, Curator, Author), Ayla Deniz (Academician)