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Onur Tayranoğlu
born in Istanbul, TR, currently based in Helsinki, FI.

Onur Tayranoglu is a transdisciplinary performance artist based in Helsinki. They approach various mediums such as text, video, digital media and installation through performance and theory based research processes. By often situating their practice in the grey areas between life and live art, Onur deals with the vague concept of performativity beyond art contexts; within the flow of social, political and cultural realities. Their artistic practice is informed and inspired by intersectional experiences, practices, histories and theories of queerness.

Onur is currently working on a long-term project “Queer Autonomous Zone Along the Pink-line” with a 2-year working grant from Kone Foundation. The pink-line, conceptualized by South African journalist Mark Gevisser, serves to analyze global divisions based on queerfriendliness with roots in racism and colonialism. Utilizing this rhetorical landscape, Onur engages in speculative work for intersectional queer liberation, collaborating trans-nationally with LGBTQ+ communities in Finland and Turkey. The collaborative efforts encompass public interventions, performances, exhibitions, and performative gatherings. The process will end with a film on this QAZ, working both as documentation of the project and as a point of departure for further speculation.


Live Art and Performance Studies, MA, University of Arts Helsinki,
Helsinki, Finland. 

Arts, Media and Society, BA, Leiden University,
Leiden, the Netherlands.
Game Studies and Cultural Analysis, Minor, Leiden University,
Leiden, the Netherlands.

Artist in Residency
Serlachius Residency,
Mänttä-Vilppula, Finland.

UrbanApa Mini-residency,
at Forum Box,
Helsinki, Finland.

Grants and Awards

2024, 2-year artist/working grant, Kone Foundation.
2023, University of Arts Helsinki Foundation Scholarship. 
2022, Project grant, University of Arts Helsinki.

Exhibitions, Performances and Screenings

Queer Art Film Night, Platform.
Vaasa, Finland.

Here and There, Circus Maximus & Serlachius Residency.
Mänttä-Vilppula, Finland.

Glitchz, Pixelache Festival. 
Helsinki, Finland.

Punch Up! Resistance & Glitter, Finnish National Theatre.
Helsinki, Finland.

Plug’n’Play, MUU Helsinki Contemporary Art Centre. 
Helsinki, Finland., The Grey Space in the Middle.
The Hague, The Netherlands.


Lapsody Festival / Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities,
Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki / Frame Contemporary Art Finland.
Helsinki, Finland.
Mad House Helsinki, 
Helsinki, Finland.

Re:Place, Aalto University ViCCA,
Kalasataman Vapaakaupungin Olohuone.
Helsinki, Finland.


Delta - an Ocean Call, Museum of Impossible Forms.
Helsinki, Finland.

The Posture of Impermanence / Huokoinen ele, Artsi Museum Vantaa.
Helsinki, Finland.

Absence Festival, ArtEZ University of the Arts.
Arnhem, the Netherlands.

Alt Kat: Learning and Interaction Space,
Istanbul Foundation for Arts and Culture (IKSV). Istanbul, Turkey.