‘…gift comes and brings with it transformation to the giver and the receiver.’
    “The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World”, Lewis Hyde, 2007

During the month of February, Space Debris hopes to re-enact a “collective re-conscious” project through making, creating and conversing. In the light of current events, we thought it was necessary to bring up the importance of creative production and its sustainability.

It is for this reason, we have decided to showcase a ‘mind lab’ of sorts, inviting artists to co-create, and share their thoughts on the mere condition of being, coping and existing in current turmoil of events.

The founder of Space Debris, Seyhan Musaoğlu has invited a number of artists to better illustrate their feelings one faces whilst in the making- and use the space of the “debris” as an “atelier” of sorts. In doing so she has asked to materialize one artwork by the artist who takes over the space by invitation. What comes out of this production is left to the artists’ iteration and judgment.

Lara Ögel is one of the artists invited to Space Debris with these sentiments in mind. She will be at Space Debris during the days from 21st of February to  26th, at given times and realize the “Gift”.

During a week of studio time at Space Debris, Ögel will invite artists and collaborators to discuss the idea of gift giving, through various mediums, sources and ideas.

Given to her as a gift by artist Gülsün Karamustafa is a group of selected found photographs from Karamustafa’s archive. Ögel will bring the gifts into the studio space. In doing so, the gift given to the artist will be shared with the third party who will come through the space to experience this very act of giving.

the giving of a gift tends to establish a relationship between the parties involved. furthermore, when gifts circulate within a group, their commerce leaves a series of interconnected relationships in its wake, and a kind of decentralized cohesiveness emerges.”

The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World”, Lewis Hyde, 2007

Gülsün Karamustafa, Merve Ünsal and Ari Akkermans are amongst the art practicioners that have been invited to collaborate on the project, by speaking about their own practice and urgencies.

The aim of the project is to look at artists’ practices, their relationship to the materials with which they make artworks, their dialogue and discussion around these objects and among themselves. The given time – 6 working days- will centralize itself around the theme of the gift, and is encouraged to be interpreted by each individual according to their own urgency.
Lara Ögel, İzmir 1987, lives in Istanbul. Ögel holds a bachelor degree in Screen Studies/Film from Clark University, Worcester, MA and has completed Intensive Foundation program at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, UK. Her work has been featured in various international art publications and have shown in solo and group presentations.

Ögel uses a variety of objects, images and other source materials that are the vernacular of her surroundings. In her practice, she reflects and modifies these commodities in installations, videos, sculptures and artist books and comments on their form and function within the greater society that we are all a part of.  Ögel’s works develop through a personal sense of urgency and achieve their form through research, meditation and become documentations of our conditions.

Merve Ünsal is a visual artist based in Istanbul. In her works, she employs text and photography, possibly beyond their form. Merve holds an MFA in Photography and Related Media from Parsons The New School of Design and a BA in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University. She was most recently a participant at the Homework Space Program 2014-15 at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut. She has participated in artist residencies at the Delfina Foundation and at the Banff Centre. Merve is the founding editor of the artist-driven online publishing initiative

Gülsün Karamustafa was born in 1946 in Ankara, Turkey and currently lives and works in Istanbul. Her practice is notable for its use of kitsch and ephemera to make commentary on social and cultural politics. In many of her works she uses items taken from their everyday context and creates a new narrative context for them. She is represented by Rampa, Istanbul.

Ari Akkermans is a freelance writer and art critic based in Moscow. His research focuses on visual culture in the Middle East, politics of memory and architecture.
*Space Debris is supported by SAHA as part of “Grant for the Sustainability of Independent Art Initiatives 2016–2017