neue Gesellschaft
für bildende Kunst

As of 2018, two scholarships will be granted annually to artists who live in Istanbul. The existing Istanbul stipend of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe was expanded to a true exchange, with a jury annually selecting two artists from Istanbul to be sent to Berlin and vice versa. The aim is to further enhance the relations between the partner cities of Berlin and Istanbul as well as the connections to the Turkish art scene. This is done with the conviction that international exchange and direct communication allow cultural diversity be experienced as an enrichment, inviting people to a change in perspective.

Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu
July–December 2020 

Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu’s extended performances place the body at the centre of artistic attention, inviting those present to slow down in order to feel the performative action and establish a connection. With reference to Giorgio Agamben’s concept of “homo sacer” that addresses the conditions under which life continues in biological terms while being otherwise unbearable, Darıcıoğlu tries to make space for what is effaced from the public sphere by power and whiteness as a sociocultural category. Themes include gentrification, migration, murders of transgender people, suicide, and personal relationships, with overarching concerns ranging from the history of minorities to the concept of home.

During the residency in Berlin, Leman S. Darıcıoğlu will focus on the topics of queer vulnerability and resilience of queer people. Starting with interviewing queer people living in Berlin who have experienced a traumatic life-threatening event, Darıcıoğlu aims to bring their stories to light. The interviews will be centered around questions such are how queer people have survived and rebuilt their lives after life-threatening experiences.
A website publishing these stories and a series of long-durational performances will be created by the artist as the result of the project.

Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu (born 1985) was a member of Istanbul Queer Art Collective (2014-2017) and is now part of the Performistanbul International Performance Platform (since 2017). Darıcıoğlu’s performances and artistic works have been shown at performance festivals, in museums and galleries in Turkey and abroad, most recently at Venice International Performance Art Week 2020, Palazzo Mora, Venice; Future Ritual, Kunstraum, London (2019); Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair (2019); and Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2019).

Saturday-Sunday, 29-30 August 2020, OPEN PARK HAUSES, ZK/U Berlin


Alper Aydın
January–June 2021

Alper Aydın works in the field of Land Art. He studies the physical conditions of the world around him and the impact of humans on ecological processes by means of sociological, historical and archaeological infrastructures. In photographs, sculptures, installations, performances and temporary arrangements of natural materials, the artist intervenes in the landscape, leaving temporary traces by making observations in natural settings, collecting samples, and transforming the surroundings by adding new forms.

For his residency in Berlin, Aydın is planning to conduct an artistic research on stones at historical locations in the city. With these stones, he would like to realize an installation in public space that tells the story of Berlin from a different, multi-faceted viewpoint. He will also continue to work on his long-term project “The Greatest Microbes”. After Ordu, Konya, Paris and Istanbul, Berlin will be the fifth city to be infected by Aydın with his graffiti.

Alper Aydın (born 1989 in Ordu, Turkey) studied Painting at the Anatolian Art Academy in Ordu (graduated 2007), earned his Bachelor’s in Educational Studies (2007-2011) and Fine Art at Gazi University, Ankara and at the Academy in Macerata, Italy (2011-2014). From 2014 to 2019, he took part in the PhD Programme in Sculpture at Hacettepe University, Ankara. His works have been shown in numerous exhibitions and biennials, including Mardin Biennial (2018), 15th Istanbul Biennial (2017), and Cappadox Festival, Nevşehir, Cappadocia (2017).


The stipend of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe is made possible in the frame of a cooperation between the neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK) and the ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin as well as DEPO in Istanbul.