Who Are We?
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 an activist 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 create a dialogue between various disciplines. As an independent organisation, it aims to connect emerging creatives with new opportunities 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.