Queer Identity and Blind Cat Principle: Identity (Im)Possibilities of Performance Art in Turkey

By Şakir Özüdoğru.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This paper examines an art activity, called Queer Identity and Blind Cat Principle (QIBCP). It is an art project which was performed in three different cities (Eskişehir, Ankara, İstanbul) and places (a bar, a LGBTT association, an art gallery) in Turkey. The main idea of QIBCP is shaped around identity and identity politics of art. It is also a worthwhile investigation around identity by means of art, especially performance art. This study queries how participators, who perform in QIBCP, construct their identity and their awareness of identity constructions through Queer Theory.

Keywords: Queer Identity, Queer Art, Performance Art, Guarilla Artist, Ümit Ilgın Yiğit

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.105-116. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 911.002KB).

Şakir Özüdoğru

Research Assistant, Departmnet of Fashion Design, Anadolu University, Eskişehir, Eskişehir, Turkey

Şakir Özüdoğru is a young contemporary artist and poet. He was born in 1986 in Razgrad/Bulgaria. He graduated from Anadolu University Department of Fashion Design in 2008. Now he is a research assistant at the same department. He is also a Fashion Design M.A. student. Subject of his master thesis is “Art as a Strategy in Fashion Design”. His research interests are contemporary art theory, cultural studies on fashion, use of queer/LGBTT studies in art and urban fashion.


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