The Gift: Lara Ögel, a letter from the artist

February 22, 2017 Current Events Uncategorized

The gift is a gestural project that will take place in space debris between February 21 through 26.

“Seyhan; founder, director of space debris, invited me to take over the gallery space as a form of atelier and asked me to activate it through my own urgencies. in her own words; Space Debris hopes to re-enact a ‘collective re-conscious’ project through making, creating and conversing. in the light of the 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. 

Instead of materializing a ‘final’ artwork, i wanted to think of a more interactive presence in the space. the project came about when thinking of the archive of photographs of Gülsün Karamustafa gave to me as a gift. the literature behind this project is a lovely book: “The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World”, Lewis Hyde, 2007 which basically breaks down poetically such beautiful facts, some of which i was drawn to: that ‘gift’ is the creative impulse or the unexplained thing that moves the artist to create (and it discusses many works from profound creators, as example Walt Whitman), that the gift is not a commodity, and therefore art is not a commodity, and that the gift must always move. 

In thinking of this idea that the gift must always move, i am bringing the archive that was gifted to me by Gülsün into the space, and that is where our journey begins. 

Each individual that i invite, is encouraged to interpret these questions that i have mentioned and are welcome to bring out their own urgencies to the surface. 

Gülsün Karamustafa will bring in the idea of archive as a gift.

Merve Ünsal will bring in the idea of time. 

Ali Amir Tapan and Gizem Karakaş will be joining me to speak about their project ‘unexpected visitor’ ; a discreet artwork projected that travelled through e-mail.

I will bring in the archive that was gifted, and will research ways in which other gifts travel, at the end, i hope to produce a studio space where the remains of all this discussions live, we will have had conversations and readings on the said topics, with the potential of bringing them together in a publication to be.”

Lara Ögel, February 2017