17/04/2021 | Writer: Kaos GL

In the scope of the Kaos GL Associations’ Artist Residency Program, Ankara Queer Art, Gizem Aksu interviewed Ania Nowak.

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Gizem Aksu’s introduction follows:

Within permission of COVID-19 pandemic conditions, Berliner cold and personal psycho-somatic situation; we managed to meet face to face, heart to heart with Ania Nowak and pace together in Hasenheide Park. Steps melded into words, words melded into minutes, minutes poured into the trees with the joy of pacing together. As we sprinkled some thoughts and feelings on weird health, crip time, intimacy into hollows of trees; we have had a deep talk on choreographical approaches towards discursive power of word, text and silence; on non-normative bodies and what life experiences and conditions of nonnormative bodies bring into the relation between art and activism; on how we can relate to the conditions which are nonobviously accumulated on our bodyminds by neoliberalism with(in) art.

Towards the end of our conversation; in order to get closer to her recent works, we played a performative game in which Ania drawed a card from the desk of questions. This card included questions quoted from the texts of her recent works and my recomposition of these questions into new and updated ones in the context of our interview. Some cards had some proposals for time or space to answer them.

She could not come to realize her site-specific artistic research in Ankara Queer Art Program because of the pandemic situation but I hope we will welcome Ania in Turkey soon. In addition to that it will be exciting  to make art lovers meet with her unique artistic language and approach; I feel her presence would contribute into our endeavors with some choreographer friends in Turkey to open choreographic methodologies into the fields of visual art, text and video; to make them more accessible.

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