Göksu Kunak (Berlin)
Göksu Kunak (born 1985 in Ankara) is a writer, performer, and performance maker based in Berlin. Göksu’s interest lies in queer methodologies (especially chronopolitics) and hybrid texts that deal with the performative lingo(s) of contemporary lifestyles. Influenced by Arabesk culture and late modernities, Göksu imagines new situations out of real encounters that point out the problematics of hetero-patriarchal structures. Orientalism, self-Orientalization, queer camouflage and self-censorship are other topics of interests for Göksu.
Acâibü’l-mahlûkāt is a 13th century Persian/Ottoman cosmology, geography, and science book. Acayip Mahlukat (in Turkish) includes mythological and made-up characters to explain the world order. Based on the book, the piece Acayip Mahlukat is a performative installation with audio and video that explores self-censorship and camouflage. Acayip Mahlukat focuses on the world of the book in relation to transmutation/camouflage, identity construction and kuir (queer in Turkish) and explores self-censorship as a resilience strategy by using the lingo of science/speculative fiction.