Artist Projects

Self-Portrait


Gulgun Kayim

Self-Portrait is an eight-character site-specific performance installation about memory and identity. Mining her own history as a Turkish Cypriot forced to immigrate to the United Kingdom due to violence at home, Kayim draws on interviews with members of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot diaspora in creating this piece. Self-Portrait is the third in a series of installations by Kayim that are both explicitly formal in the way they respond to their locations and imbued with a deep sense of history, political currency and dislocation. Self Portrait is presented along with Kayim’s two preceding works as a trilogy of site-specific performance installations.

Project Updates

  • 2007: Kayim locates the performance site for Self-Portrait in Minneapolis–an abandoned barracks at Fort Snelling, a 150-year old fort

  • 2007: Kayim travels to London and Cyprus to interview islanders and document the environment