Ye Funa ( http://funaye.com/) was born in Kunming, China in 1986. She graduated with a BFA in Experimental Art from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China and an MFA from the Central Saint Martins College of Art, London, UK. Ye’s practice is concerned with the relationship between the realities of everyday life. She is interested in the perceived connection between authority and many areas of social life such as different power structures, ethnic groups, and the fictional space of propaganda for the concept of ‘perfection’ in an ideological system, and utopian landscape. Her work is politically charged, subtly engaged in pastiche as a satirizing style of propaganda. Ye Funa’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions including, Curated Nail Residency, MoCA Pavilion, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China (2015); People’s Congress via their Nails-Exhibitionist’s Curated Nails, Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China; Zha Golden Flowers–News from Nowhere, V Art Center, Shanghai, China (2014); and Ye Funa, Galerie Pièce Unique, Paris, France (2014). Ye Funa’s recent solo exhibitions took place in Longmont Art Projects in Hong Kong (2018) titled “Selfiction” and Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham (2018) titled “From Hand to Hand”.
Istanbul Queer Art Collective (IQAC) (https://www.istanbulqueerartcollective.co.uk/) was founded in 2012 with the aim of focusing on queer performance art and a flexible structure open to collaboration. The collective has since been engaged in the ongoing project of remaking Fluxus performances by “queerifying” them. IQAC firmly believes in what Jack Halberstam calls the “queer art of failure” and embraces what Renate Lorenz calls “radical drag”. The collective is currently comprised of the two founding artists Tuna Erdem and Seda Ergul, and is based in London. IQAC has performed and exhibited at various art events around the world among which are House of Wisdom Exhibition in Berlin, Amsterdam, Istanbul and Nottingham, Queer Future Exhibition, If Independent Film Festival and Mamut Art Fair in Istanbul, Athens Sound Acts Festival in Greece, Zürcher Theatre Spektakel and Les Belles de Nuit Festival in Switzerland and Deep Trash, Queer Migrant Takeover and NSA: Queer Salon in London.
Collective Çukurcuma (www.collectivecukurcuma.com) curatorial collective based in Istanbul, San Francisco and London was founded in Istanbul in 2015 by curators Naz Cuguoğlu and Mine Kaplangı, and was joined by Serhat Cacekli in 2017. Their experiments mainly focus on collaborative thinking and writing through reading group meetings, international collaborative exhibitions, curatorial and editorial projects, and public programmes. The collective organize these projects highlighting the potential of transdisciplinary collaborations within contemporary art, and making use of process-based rather than outcome-based research with an intuitive approach.
Naz Cuguoğlu is a curator and art writer, based in San Francisco Bay Area and Istanbul. She is the co-founder of “Collective Çukurcuma,” experimenting with collaborative thinking processes through its reading group meetings and international collaborative exhibitions. She held various positions at Kadist, The Wattis Institute, de Young Museum, SFMOMA Public Knowledge, Zilberman Gallery, Maumau Art Residency, and Mixer. Her writings have been featured in SFMOMA Open Space, Art Asia Pacific, Hyperallergic, Art South Africa, M-est.org, and elsewhere.
Mine Kaplangı is the co-founder of Collective Çukurcuma, based in London. She has worked as an artist representative and curator at BLOK art space contemporary art space, Istanbul between 2014-18. She has been selected as the third curator of British Council Collection’s Museum Without Walls online project and curated the digital exhibition titled ‘Dancing with Witches’ which opened to visitors on January 2019. She received her bachelor degree in Philosophy at Istanbul University and Certificate MA Programme in Philosophy of Arts & Aesthetics at Bologna University/ DAMS Faculty. She is also working as a freelance editor for Artfridge.