What we do:
We produce, organize, coordinate and manage a wide range of art events, including but not limited to exhibitions, talks, workshops, performances, conferences, screenings and parties.
We offer project development and management services for organizations, institutions, charities and firms that are interested in starting or maintaining an art project.
We provide consultancy services for artists in, preparing portfolios, applications (to funds, call for arts, residencies etc.) and documentation.
Who We Are:
Tuna Erdem is an artist, independent scholar and producer. She received her MA in Film and Art Theory, with a distinction, from the University of Kent and her PhD in Film, Television and Theatre from Reading University. She worked at Istanbul Bilgi University for 15 years. She is the co-founder of Istanbul Queer Art Collective.
Seda Ergul is an artist, independent scholar and producer. She received her BA in Business Administration from Bosphorus University and her MA in Music from Istanbul Bilgi University. She worked at Istanbul Bilgi University for 12 years. She is the co-founder of Istanbul Queer Art Collective.
Tuna Erdem and Seda Ergul:
Tuna Erdem and Seda Ergul have been partners in life and business for more than a decade. In 2007, they started an initiative called Independent Scholars, through which they produced and organized three international conferences, two exhibitions, various screenings and a festival. Fetiş İkame [Fetish Substitute], a book they edited, which was a byproduct of one of these conferences, was published in 2014 by Sel Yayınları, one of the foremost publishers in Turkey.
In 2012, Tuna Erdem and Seda Ergul founded Istanbul Queer Art Collective, a collective of queer artists mostly focusing in performance art. Since its inception, Istanbul Queer Art Collective performed numerous times in galleries, exhibitions and art events, including but not limited to, Sound Acts in Athens, Mamut Art Project, (a prominent yearly international contemporary art fair in Istanbul), Zürcher Theatre Spektakel, (a yearly festival of performing arts in Zurich) and the 14th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival. Their work has been exhibited at galleries like Blok Art Space in Istanbul and has been a part of curated exhibitions like the Gender Bender exhibition in Zurich and the Future Queer exhibition in Istanbul. Tuna Erdem and Seda Ergul have also delivered talks on art in various venues and events most recently at SGFA 2016, organised by CRISAP, London Collage of Communication.