Little Interview October 2019

Every month we ask the same set of questions to someone collaborating with us. Over the last two years, we have interviewed diverse members of the Glucksman community - artists, academics, staff members, guests, audiences and workshop participants. The responses are funny, inspiring, revealing and always a great read.

This month, we feature curator, Mine Kaplangi, who was recently in residence at the Glucksman as one of our Nicholas Fox Weber Curatorial Fellows

What are you reading? 
During my residency in Cork, I have visited Vibes and Scribes bookshop many times and I have found both of the books I'm reading at the moment from their second-hand store. One of them is called The Other Wind by Ursula Le Guin, the final book from her magical Earthsea world. Naz (Cuguoglu) -who is also the co-founder of our curatorial collective Collective Cukurcuma- is currently doing a project that inspired from Ursula's writings and visions so thanks to my friend I have decided to revisit Ursula's world(s). And the other book is called The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Shiff, very detailed research on the Salem witch trials. 

Favourite museum? 
Wellcome Collection Museum and Library in London. 

Best performance? 
That is so difficult and also can be answered in many ways. But I will try to shorten my answer by saying that one of the most important performance that I experienced personally was The Standing Man (2013, near Gezi Park) in Istanbul. Following this, I think the Istanbul Queer Art Collective's Fluxus Remakes: Sweeping Walks series of performances have a significantly important effect on me and my understanding of performance art. As for the documentation/archival videos of the performances I was fascinated by Lee Bull's performances from the late 80s and early 90s when I first watched them from an archive, also the six-hour performance of Ragnar Kjartansson and The National called 'a lot of sorrow'  but I can not forget my first encounter with one of Olivier de Sagazan's one-room performance videos maybe like 10 years ago. I have kept that feeling of wonder with me for a long time. 

Most treasured possession? 
Old books that I kept from my grandparent's library and a vintage miniature bottle that has importance for my memories.

Work(s) of art that inspire you? 
That's a very unfair question since it would be quite impossible to mention all the works that inspired me through the years, but I'll name just the few that immediately came in vision in front of my eyes. Blood in my milk video of Marianna Simnett, publications of Lara Favaretto, the Cabaret Crusades series of Wael Shawky, any(!) works by William Blake, collages of Nilbar Gures, Tremble Tremble by Jesse Jones, details in Cansu Cakar's maps, videos of Wu Tsang, prints of Paula Rego, films and videos of Arthur Jafa, music videos of Sevdaliza and million other ones, impossible to end this sentence!

Lightbulb moment? 
I was reading a short story that I a friend of mine wrote years ago and suddenly I have realized that what I had understood from the concept of time-travelling was completely limited - until then!

Guilty pleasure? 

What would you like to be doing right now? 
Nail art session with HazMatLab collective, also inviting my grandmother as a guest of honour and serving lots of prosecco.