White Roses, Pink Glitter, 2020

Leman S. Darıcıoğlu

Live performance
5 hours 30 minutes
As part of “Glitter and Grief”, organized by SoliTsoli, Nawara and Gay Shame
6 October 2020 14:30 – 22:00
Haus der Statistik
With the curatorial support of Performistanbul

Zak Kostopoulus (aka Zackie Oh) was a Greek drag queen artist, queer and HIV activist living in Athens. On the afternoon of September 21 in 2018, he had been beaten up by some men. The police officers who came later continued to beat him even though he was lying down unmoving on the ground. Afterwards, he died in the ambulance. It has been two years now. Still, the killers are unpunished and the trial continues.

While daily governmental violence and oppression towards LGBTI+ people are raising through exploiting of the COVID-19 crisis, in “White Roses, Pink Glitter”, Leman S. Darıcıoğlu remembers Zak Kostopoulus and creates an image of queer resilience and mourning. Borrowing glitter by Zak’s instagram-post, titled “What if we get lost? I just follow the glitter,” Darıcıoğlu uses the glitter as a metaphor of queer strength and survival under the contemporary heteropatriarchal regime. While the white roses generally used to express condolence in funerals in Germany, it is also referring to the resistance group “White Rose,” under the Third Reich regime and furthermore, the pink references the pink triangle of the Nazi’s symbol marking [male] homosexuals. By merging the Nazi time references with the contemporaneity, the artist asserts that queers are resilient resistants of today’s daily fascism which still causes countless deaths, violence and precariousness.

Thanks to SoliTsoli, Nawara, Gay Shame, Yener Bayramoğlu, Hasan Aksaygın, Feo Marshmallow and Deniz Uysal for their support to make “White Roses, Pink Glitter” realize.