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Lungs Project is a non-profit curatorial collective and print publication founded in 2016 by MA Curating graduates of the University of Sunderland in the UK. The team currently consists of Angela Burdon and Sheyda A. Khaymaz.
Based simultaneously in Istanbul, Turkey and the state of Ohio, US, Lungs Project is established as a transnational platform to promote the work of underexposed artists and writers, especially those who are from chronically underrepresented backgrounds. The project focuses on building a nourishing, collaborative community of early career artists and writers by merging contemporary art, design, and literature to prompt a cross-disciplinary dialogue. As an independent organisation, it aims to create new opportunities for emerging creatives while fostering critical thought and experimental methodologies through publishing and curating exhibitions. Lungs Project adopts various publishing models as curatorial praxis to highlight more democratised and decentralised forms of producing and disseminating knowledge.
The inaugural issue of Lungs successfully launched in September 2016 in Sunderland with an accompanying pop-up exhibition; Emerging! The second issue, launched in October 2017 with an exhibition in Newcastle entitled Dialogus. The launch of the third issue in October 2018 in Newcastle also featured a film programme titled Poly Voices. Lungs team is currently working on a poetry anthology by womxn of colour which will be published in Autumn 2019.
Angela Wingate-Burdon is an independent curator and photographer. Taking a broad approach to exhibition making, she is particularly interested in the social history of art, focusing on the inclusion of marginalised communities and widening participation and engagement programming. In her artistic practice, she uses photography as a tool to reimagine black identity. She has recently completed a Master’s Degree in Curating at the University of Sunderland. She is currently based in Ohio, U.S.
Sheyda Aisha Khaymaz
Sheyda A. Khaymaz is a sculptor and curator based in Istanbul, Turkey. They hold a BA in Fine Art from Northumbria University, Newcastle and graduated with a Master's Degree in Curating from the University of Sunderland. Both their artistic and curatorial practices are primarily concerned with the production of knowledge and examining the dominant power structures within contemporary culture through epistemology. Khaymaz's current research interests include postcolonial theory, social justice, ethics and politics of curating.
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