ERKAN AFFANBIO & COMMISSIONS LIST 2021
1) BA (Hons) “Middle Eastern Studies” at SOAS, University of London - Awarded: First Class.
2) MSc “Global Migration” at UCL, University of London - Awarded: Distinction
1) “Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment” (VR/360)
2) “The Show is Over” (Online)
3) “Notausgang” (E-Journal)
4) “ORIENTation Plan” (Radio)
Erkan Affan (b.1994) is a curator & writer born in London and currently based in Berlin. Through both academic and artistic mediums Erkan explores the intersections of sexuality, gender, migration and west Asian diasporic identity in their work. In 2018 they completed a research project for University College London’s ‘Migration Research Unit’ on queer worldmaking among Turkish* migrant communities in Berlin, relocating to the city permanently thereafter. Since then, Erkan has co-founded the Queer Arab Barty collective in 2019, curated a radio show titled “ORIENTation Plan” for Cashmere Radio in 2020, and most recently completed a curatorial commission with the city-administered heritage site “Bärenzwinger Berlin” that launched in March 2021 – featuring artworks and contributions from over twenty, BIPOC-identifying artists & activists.
Currently, Erkan is working with London-based Algerian performance artist Youcef Hadjazi on an online arts festival centring queer narratives from the MENA region – supported by Live Art Development Agency and the Library of Performing Rights in the UK. They continue to work between both London and Berlin, participating in workshops, panels and other such events that endeavour to address the lack of queer west Asian representation within the arts, culture & nightlife sectors.
*Turkish - those with origins in the area composing the Republic of Turkey, but whom may not neccessarily identify as Turkish; Greek, Armenian, Kurdish, Arab, Akhbazi, Assyrian and more.
**Full website coming soon(ish), when I have the time!