Ceylan Öztrük - Oriental Demo

In her performance Oriental Demo, Ceylan Öztrük demonstrates the strong connection between heteronormativity and orientalism. Under the gaze of the audience, she learns how to bellydance with the guidance of a local oriental dance teacher. In a spontaneous and generous approach, the artist merges actions and theoretical considerations in order to question the manner in which eurocentric patriarchal narratives determine the representation of and the gaze directed at women. She takes this performance moment to experience the belly dance practice and, from there, to manifest on how the repertoire of stereotypical orientalist images structures sexuality and its politics.


Performance date: Thursday 11/9

Ceylan Öztrük lives and works in Zürich. She opens up accepted forms of knowledge and focuses on how it was built to shift a specific flow and thus become tools of the structures of power. She aims to break the flow of information in the mainstream with a multi-disciplinary approach, offering to setup new channels that co-exist with and sometimes replace the existing ones. She employs interventions and site-specific features in her practice as a methodology with which she tries to transform existing situations and frameworks. 

She completed her practice-based Ph.D. (2016) in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (Istanbul) that she initiated her subject in Vienna in Academy of Fine Arts on Post Conceptual Art Practices in 2014. She received her graduate (MFA-2011) and undergraduate (BFA-2006) degrees from the Fine Arts Faculty at Anadolu University. 

Some of her shows are, Oriental Demo, Les Urbaines, Arsenic, Lausanne (2018), Building Poems, 1.1, Basel (2018); LBH Saga, Löwenbrau Lebt, Kunsthalle Zürich, Curated by M. Akanji, D. Baumann, L. Koper and O. Roth (2018); Episode 10: Boudoir Sulk, Curated by Agatha Valkyrie Ice, Oslo10, Basel (2017); the Venuses of Monruz, Special Moments, Zürich (2016); Call me Venus, Mars, Istanbul (2016).

PHOTO CREDIT: James Bantone

Illustrations by Channa Bianca  + Graphic design by Sara Kaaman