The Space of Your Field of Affection
Thursday 28 November 18.30 - 21.00
Suzi Erşahin's home office in Stockholm (by invitation only)
TINY OFFICE ART
Tiny Office Art was originally a project that took place in my office between 2017 and 2018 at the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul during the time that I was the Swedish Councellor of Cultural Affairs in Turkey. The people who got to see the works were limited to either guests visiting my office, consulate personnel or those that arranged a special appointment. The works were also shown on social media. I was concerned to use a non-hierarchical structure that is why the only curatorial decision was to invite the first artist. After this first step, each person that exhibited was selected in turn by the participating artists through conversation. This process allowed for exciting and inspirational encounters and together in a very humble way, I believe we were able to shine a spotlight on some of the important and exciting women artists in Turkey today.
The selection of artists that showed their work in Istanbul were both established Turkish artists and younger voices and included: Gülsün Karamustafa, Gözde Ilkin, Burçak Bingöl, Sevinç Çalhanoğlu, Güneş Terkol, Sevil Tunaboylu, Eda Gecikmez, Gümüş Özdeş, Özlem Şimşek and Banu Cennetoğlu.
Of course moving the project to Stockholm means that it takes on a very different character. My office is no longer in the very special space that a consulate creates and is instead in my home. This shift moves the works that are shown from one sort of private space to another.
The first Tiny office artist in Stockholm was Dana Johnson.
A Manifesto (of sorts):
The inspiration for the project was in part the worldwide women’s demonstrations on the 21 January 2017 and also the well-known Tiny Desk concerts that have been hosted in Bob Boilen’s office of National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. since 2015. Tiny Office Art seeks to create a similar intimate space for viewing important women artists working in Sweden today. With any luck, it can become the inspiration for others to start their own tiny office art projects. I hope that it will, in a very modest way, highlight some of the exciting women artists working in Sweden. In keeping with its anti-hierarchical aims, the Tiny Office Artists will not be curated as such, rather as before, the participating artists will emerge through conversations with each artist in turn. At a time when culture and women’s roles in society are under threat globally, I feel it is important to show how a simple act of making the private public can be an antidote to forces of marginalisation and discrimination. I believe, in all its modesty, that this proposal can both demonstrate a commitment to supporting the work of women artists in Sweden and inspire others to use limited means to celebrate and expose artist’s work in their own private spaces and come together in a spirit of creativity.
The Space of Your Field of Affection
I am very happy to participate in your Tiny Office Art project.
I would like to make “The Space of Your Field of Affection” at your home office. I can describe it as somewhere between touch and vision, dream and function, “Never Again” and “Later On”, rejection and integration, and distance and proximity. It is referring to the demand and impossibility to construct divisions, boundaries, and structures.
To demonstrate this, I would like to examine your bookshelf and transform the existing order. I attempt to discover a new operation of classification. I am going to reference your sense of (un) familiarity as the criteria and project it upon the new constellation. I hope we can sit together and talk one afternoon for it.
Looking forward to meeting you soon!