TANJA OSTOJİĆ: MİS(S)PLACED WOMEN? (2009-2022)
A Collaborative Art Project
Exhibition at Depo: 15 September – 30 October 2022
Mis(s)placed Women? Community Gathering: September 15–22
Live Events: September 20–22
Curated by: Arzu Yayıntaş and Tanja Ostojić
Depo Istanbul presents Mis(s)placed Women? by Tanja Ostojić, an exhibition that reflects upon a collaborative art project initiated by the artist in 2009. Consisting of performances, workshops, and an online platform, Mis(s)placed Women? includes contributions by over 170 individuals from six continents – Individuals who largely identify as women from diverse backgrounds.
The project’s participants embody and enact some of everyday life’s activities that thematise displacement, and deal with issues of migration, gender equality, climate change, feminism, queerness, gentrification, inclusion, accessibility, power relations, and vulnerability, particularly as it relates to female and transgender bodies. 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 and community-building practices.
From the rich project archive, some of the most relevant contributions were selected by Arzu Yayıntaş and Tanja Ostojić to be displayed at Depo, as a two-floor multimedia installation consisting of photos, videos, and drawings of performances, along with signs, textile works, artefacts, performance scores, stories, and maps collected globally in the thirteen years of the project’s development. A part of the exhibition space has been arranged as a gathering place that invites the visitor to be an explorer and participant instead of being only a viewer.
Exhibition Participants: Teresa Albor, Lidija Antonović, Gaby Bila-Günther aka LADY GABY, Dagmara Bilon, Mia Bradić, Ines Borovac, David Caines, Nati Canto, Hiuwai Chan, Anaïs Clercx, Azad Colemêrg, Camilla Conocchi, Luciana Damiani, Nazlı Durak, Kathryn Fischer aka Mad Kate, Karen Kipphoff, Li Fu, Hieu Hanh Hoang Tran, Selma Hekim, Monika Janulevičiūtė, Valentina Medda, Susan Merrick, Ashley McNaughton, Branko Milisković, Persefoni Myrtsou, Marta Nitecka Barche, Mahlet Ogbe Habte, Tanja Ostojić, Sigrid Pawelke, Vanessa Ponte, Darija S. Radaković, Rhea Ramjohn, Alejandra Robles Sosa, Bahar Seki, Sabbi Senior, Evdoxia Stafylaraki, Tan Tan, Mare Tralla, Tanya Ury, Katja Vaghi, Bojana Videkanić, Roberta Weissman Nagy, Anastasio William, Hyla Willis, Jiachen Xu, Arzu Yayıntaş, Gülhatun Yıldırım and Gizem Yılmaz aka Epifani, and Suzy van Zehlendorf, among others.
A sixty-eight minute documentary will also be on display at Depo, which follows the collective and individual performances and reflections of the participants in the “Mis(s)placed Women?” workshop which was realised (in collaboration with Performistanbul and Tarabya Cultural Academy) in Istanbul in September 2021. The workshop uses the principles of Art as Social Practice that both explores a variety of public spaces and the possibilities for temporary interventions within them, and empowers participants via a Master-class-like block seminar, a laboratory outside of an official educational institution.
As part of the exhibition, a public programme consisting of live discussions, performances, and an international community gathering of Mis(s)placed Women? participants will take place September 20-22, 2022 at Depo and across the city of Istanbul.
- September 20, 5pm – Guided tour with Tanja Ostojić and Arzu Yayıntaş (in English and Turkish) at Depo
- September 20, 6:30pm – Artist talk and Q&A with Tanja Ostojić, Arzu Yayıntaş, and live events participants at Depo
- September 21-22 – Performances at Depo and around the city
Live events with the participation of: Gaby Bila-Gunther aka LADY GABY, Dagmara Bilon, Nazlı Durak, Selma Hekim, Kathryn Fischer aka Mad Kate, Susan Merrick, Tanja Ostojić, Vanessa Ponte, Hieu Hanh Hoang Tran, Arzu Yayıntaş, Gülhatun Yıldırım and Gizem Yılmaz, among others.
Realised with the support of:
ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
Alumni-Fonds of the Tarabya Cultural Academy
FfAI – Foundation for Arts Initiatives
MIS(S)PLACED WOMEN? COMMUNITY
Stiftung Kunstfonds and NEUSTART KULTUR.