Göksu Kunak (Ankara, 1985) a.k.a Gucci Chunk is a writer, performer and performance maker based in Berlin. Göksu’s interest lies in queer methodologies (time politics) and hybrid texts that deal with the performative lingo(s) of contemporary lifestyles. As a non-native English writer, zir texts play with multilingualism and syntax. Imagining a situation out of real encounters, thinking about Arabesk culture and how this can enter into the words of a Westernized Eastern are some of the artist’s concerns.
Göksu performed at The Parliament of Bodies curated by Paul B. Preciado and Viktor Neumann as a part of Bergen Assembly 2019, HAU Berlin City Lights (invited by Meg Stuart and Maria F. Scaroni), Bâtard Brussels 2016 invited by Tom Engels, Broken Dimanche Press reading series at Tropez Berlin, Pioneer Works NYC curated by Belladonna* Collaborative, Centre d'Art Contemporain Geneve CAMP invited by Andrea Bellini and Julian Weber, 2nd “<Interrupted =“Cyfem and Queer>“ curated by Creamcake, 1a Space Hong Kong as a part of the exhibition 'Hactivate Yourself’, TABLOID PRESS Readings and Montez Press Radio, NYC. Unexpectedly, invited by choreographer Jos McKain, ze appeared on stage as a performer of Fischerspooner at MELT! Festival in 2018.
In January 2018, their first book #225 I thought this would waspublished by Belladonna* Collaborative, NYC. Their texts and poems have appeared in the book Portrait Wayne McGregor, commissioned by The Bavarian State Ballet, on the official page of The Absence of Paths, the Official Tunisian Pavillion of the 57th Venice Biennial and on the blog The History of Painting Revisited in collaboration with Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle for the Fahrelnissa Zeid Retrospective.
They is working on their Ph.D. on queer chronopolitics in relation to performance, blackbox and dramaturgy with Prof. Dr. Bojana Kunst. Göksu’s texts can also be read on goksukunak.tumblr.com.
As an art-dance critic, Göksu has been contributing to several magazines and blogs such as frieze d/e, Ibraaz, m-est, TanzRaumBerlin, Berlin Art Link, sleek, e-skop, crap=good, The Carton, Paper Journal, Freunde von Freunden. Göksu has conducted interviews with various artists, curators, directors such as Hito Steyerl, Meg Stuart, Ahmet Öğüt, Monira Al Qadiri, Hanne Lippard, Annemie Vanackere. Ze is one of the editorial correspondents of Ibraaz, worked in the editorial team of quarterly interview magazine mono.kultur (2012-2016) and as a writer and project developer with Apartment Project Berlin (2012-2014). Göksu is one of the co-founders of the blog Viereinhalbsaetze that consists of 4,5-sentence-dance-criticism.
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