Noon Festival · On Being Queer* and Turkish · Talks & Live Performance


19:30 - 23:00

Exerzierstr. 14, 13357 Berlin

Admission is free - donations are strongly encouraged

*** This event is part of Noon Festival · Queer History Month x Ramadan · be‘kech ***

► On Being Turkish* and Queer*
Hosted by Erkan Affan

WED, May 15th, 2019
Start: 19:00 h

Join us for an evening of two talks and a spoken word performance that link the mediums of photography, performance and academia together to centre Turkish* and Queer* identity.


Erkan Affan is a genderqueer writer of colour based between London & Berlin. With an academic background in Middle Eastern politics, gender and migration, Erkan’s most recent research focused on the experiences of advocacy and transnational solidarity for queer, Turkish-speaking migrants here in Berlin.

Kübra Varol (Cupid) is a non-binary trans person of colour performing as Cupid. They utilize dance, music, text, spoken word, drag and comedy in their performances which they see as a way to heal and encourage healing. Performing is a way they confront their deepest fears and through vulnerability, radical honesty and openness to failure, they intend to empower themselves and the audience.

Ceren Saner is 1991 Istanbul born, now Berlin based self-taught visual artist Ceren Saner describes her approach as private documentary as her works are predominantly autobiographical. Since November 2016, she is based in Berlin and has been on tour (#isntitlovethetour) around Germany and Europe, giving lecture performances with her artworks centering upon perspectives on the intersection of art, queer scene, LGBTIQ+ movement and activism in Turkey.

For her talk at be’kech, Ceren presents ‘isn’t it Love?’ – entitled after one of her photography series. She will speak about her approach to art, both documentary and empathetic. Drawing on her artworks and experiences, Ceren Saner is giving a personal report on both the queer scene and the LGBTIQ*-movement experiencing many setbacks due to current political developments within Turkey while also being subjected to intimidation and oppression.


7:00pm: Doors Open
7:45pm: Erkan Affan on Performance and Transnational Solidarity for Queer, Turkish-speaking migrants in Berlin
8:25pm: Spoken word performance by Cupid
8:50pm: Artist’s Talk with Ceren Saner: ‘Isn’t it Love’?


This event is free to attend and open to all – donations are strongly recommended, as all proceeds will be going towards Masjid al-Rabia’s Black and Pink Crescent: There will be more information available at the event on the work that the project does, and please feel free to ask our team!


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