Atlantic Dialogue #3: Trans-Atlantic
Nilbar Gures Jpeg
Nilbar Güreş Wildness, 2014

Nilbar Güreş, Cüneyt Çakirlar & Roberto Kulpa

In her practice, Nilbar Güreş explores female identity, the role of women, the relations between women and their homes, and public spaces, as well as relationships between women. She also focuses on the image of Muslim women in Europe, racism and what it means to be a migrant. In 2011-12, Cüneyt Çakirlar edited a series of portfolios from Turkey-based LGBTQ artists, including Güreş, as part of a wider collection of academic research pieces on "queer culture and dissidence in contemporary Turkey". This was the first "queer studies" collection published in Turkish. Çakirlar’s talk will locate Nilbar Güreş' practice in the post-1990s generation of contemporary artists in Turkey, with particular focus on issues of geopolitics, gender and sexuality. He will discuss the ways in which these artists' practices travel internationally while they actively engage with local and global politics of gender and sexuality. Sociologist, Roberto Kulpa will join the conversation, focusing on geographies, intersections of racialized and sexualised subjectivities and diasporic de/contextualizations (in Plymouth, the UK, Central-Eastern Europe, Europe, the West, the Orient, Trans-Atlantic, etc.) as well as links between ‘artists’ and ‘local communities’.

The Atlantic Dialogues are a series of public talks and interdisciplinary discussions, organized jointly by the Atlantic Project and Plymouth University Fine Art. All talks are free and open to students and the general public, held at 4pm in the Jill Craigie Lecture Theatre, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth [unless otherwise stated].

Nilbar Güreş

Nilbar Güreş (b. 1977, Istanbul) is a Turkish/Kurdish artist who lives and works between Vienna and Istanbul. Her works include collages, videos, performances, photographs and objects.

Roberto Kulpa

Roberto Kulpa is an independent researcher, currently teaching at Plymouth University. Recently he has worked on the critical epistemological investigation of the hegemonic geo- temporal ‘knowledge situations’ in queer studies, and in addition the concept of the ‘cultural translation’ and the possibility of using decolonial and post-colonial theories and methodologies in the study of ‘post-communist Europe’. 

Cüneyt Çakirlar

Cüneyt Çakirlar is a Lecturer in Communication, Culture and Media at Nottingham Trent University.