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Human Rights/Human Rites Exhibition Opens in Borland Project Space

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 Serap Erincin exhibition

Human Rights/Human Rites, an exhibition by Serap Erincin, 2015-17 Institute for the Arts & Humanities (IAH) Postdoctoral Scholar, will be on display in the Borland Project Space (125 Borland), Tuesday, February 21 – Thursday, March 23. As part of a residency project, Erincin will spend Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. working in the space, comprising a series of installations, video art, and interactive performance work.  

Erincin’s residency examines legitimized human rights violations in the western/civilized/first worlds. She contemplates ritual as metaphor through a constellation of affective and sensorial works that examine contemporary issues, such as the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean and the death penalty. Additionally, Erincin will host participatory events that invite the community to create their own multimedia artwork and discuss issues at the intersection of social justice and aesthetics.

Erincin is an artist-scholar who earned her Ph.D. in performance studies at New York University in 2013. Before joining Penn State in 2015, she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of London and the Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar of Performance Studies at the University of South Florida. She has lived and worked in Istanbul, London, New York, and Florida as a performer, director, and journalist. She has been appointed assistant professor of performance studies at Louisiana State University, but will continue her residency at IAH through spring 2017.

The following events will be held in the Borland Project Space in conjunction with the exhibition:

Workshop: New Technologies in Performance Design

Tuesday, February 28

5:00 – 6:30 PM

During the workshop, each participant will create a one-minute performance, broadly focusing on social justice and using various technologies.


Panel: Activism through Multimedia Art

Tuesday, March 14

5:00 – 6:30 PM

Artist-scholars who focus on activism and multimedia artwork will respond to questions about merging art, scholarship, and activism in and through institutions.


Closing Reception

Tuesday, March 21

4:30 – 6:00 PM


For more information, visit the Borland Project Space website: