Exhibition 02 March 2017 - 29 May 2017

ğ – queer forms migrate


Opening: 2nd March, 7 pm at Schwules Museum*.

The group exhibition “ğ – the soft g” at Schwules Museum* brings together works that follow artistic migration in various directions and explore the transcultural exchange of LGBTIQ* people between Turkey and Germany, Berlin and Istanbul for the first time in Germany. This Berlin queer migrant state of mind is illustrated by Emre Busse and Aykan Safoğlu by the Turkish letter ğ, or “the soft g” in English. Busse and Safoğlu are from Istanbul, both interested in queer migration, marginalized sexual identities and body politics in their artistic and curatorial practices.

The letter ğ was added to the Turkish alphabet in 1928 when the Latin alphabet was adapted through the Turkish language reforms. ğ stands in for the Arabic letter ghayn, which has no equivalent in the Latin alphabet, but was commonly used in the Ottoman language. The only purpose of this unprecedented hybrid form is to lengthen the preceding vowel. Therefore, it cannot be the initial letter of a word and is never capitalized. “ğ is an oriental sound-letter that migrated to a western body of sorts,” the curators state.

What if ğ left Turkey to migrate to Germany? What if it seeped through to the German alphabet, escaping from the suitcase of a guest worker from Turkey, one of hundreds of thousands of laborers who came under the 1961 recruitment agreement? ğ is an oddity in Germany for most people, hence it is a letter that is most often mispronounced. The curators of the exhibition sensed a queer possibility in ğ and they seek to focus on its past, or possibly ongoing migration between Germany and Turkey. After all, every time Turkish names are mispronounced in Germany, it is a reminder of the therapeutic beauty of resistance. “ğ – the soft g” at Schwules Museum* is the first artistic attempt to celebrate this potential.

“ğ – the soft g” will be accompanied by an extensive programme of events including lectures, conversations and readings as well as performances, workshops and film screenings with Demet Demir, Gülay Akın, Ebru Kırancı, Elmgreen&Dragset, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Maria Binder, Sabuha Salaam, Salih Alexander Wolter, and Yener Bayramoğlu.

presenting the works of: Yeşim Akdeniz, Hasan Aksaygın, Mehtap Baydu, Taner Ceylan, Ayşe Erkmen, Masist Gül (presented by Banu Cennetoğlu and Philippine Hoegen), Cihangir Gümüştürkmen, Nilbar Güreş, Aykan Safoğlu, Erinç Seymen, Viron Erol Vert & Ming Wong

curated by Emre Busse and Aykan Safoğlu

Events Programme

March 5, 2017, 4 pm
“FRIDA!”, Reading with Gülây Akın

March 19, 2017, 4 pm
Reading with Emine Sevgi Özdamar

March 26, 2017, 4 pm
Artist Talk with Hasan Aksaygın & Yener Bayramoğlu

April 2, 2017, 4 pm
Talk with Salih Alexander Wolter

April 16, 2017, 4 pm
“Lubunca*”, Talk with Demet Demir

April 23, 2017, 4 pm
Artist Talk with Elmgreen & Dragset

April 30, 2017, 4 pm
“Fucking Germany” by Cem Yildiz, Workshop with community members

May 7, 2017, 4 pm
Artist Talk with Ming Wong & Aykan Safoğlu

May 14, 2017, 4 pm
Presentation on porn by Emre Busse
Participation permitted from age 18 only.

May 21, 2017, 4 pm
“Hair Salon with Sabuha Salaam”, Workshop

May 28, 2017, 4 pm
Artist Talk with Erinç Seymen

May 29, 2017, time and location tba
Film Programme with Maria Binder and Ebru Kırancı

„ğ – das weiche g“ is supported by unterstützt vom Regierenden Bürgermeister von Berlin –Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.





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