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PUBLICATION: THE POLITICS OF THE MELANCHOLIC VOICE: ZEKI MÜREN’S KAHIR MEKTUBU

 

 

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About The author

Alejandra Labastida

Alejandra Labastida (Mexico City, 1979) is associate curator at MUAC (University Museum of Contemporary Art) museum, where she’s worked since 2008.  She holds a B.A degree in Art History from Universidad Iberoamericana as well as an M.A of Art History from UNAM. In 2013 she received the ICI/SAHA Research Award and in 2012 she was the winner of the Akbank Sanat International Curatorial Competition in Istanbul.  She was assistant curator at the Mexican Pavilion during the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale and has published in numerous catalogues and art magazines. Her most recent curatorial projects include Teresa Margolles. Sutura ;Chto Delat.When We Thought We Had All The Answers, Life Changed The Questions;  Cevdet Erek. A Long Distance Relationship; Camel Collective. The Distance From Pontresina to Zermatt Is The Same As From Zermatt To Pontresina; Jill Magid:A Letter Always Reaches Its Destination. The Barragán Archives ,  and Mladen Stilinović: 1+2=.

Gürsoy Doğtaş

Gürsoy Doğtaş, author and cultural scholar, explores the queer politics of the feeling of hüzün – a culturally specific sort of melancholy in the Turkish-language region – in the music of the Turkish singer Zeki Müren. In 2014, he edited with Alejandra Labastida the publication The Politics of the Melancholic Voice – Zeki Müren’s ‘Kahır Mektubu’ (Letter of Sorrow) in the frame of ICI in New York. In 2017, he was invited by the Wiener Festwochen to a reading performance drawing from his novel project Zeki Müren – The Displayed Life (An Unauthorized Biography). In the winter semester of 2017/18, he held the reading seminar Writing the gay self: Diaries, Autobiographies and Autofictions at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In 2018, he will expand his research on Rembetiko (music in the tradition of the Ottoman Empire) with a curator grant from the Goethe-Institute in Thessaloniki. He curated the discursive program for Public Art Munich 2018.


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