“Tiny Office Art” at the Swedish Consulate in Istanbul, 2017
"In the pharmacy, the grocery and the library are a collection of women working in the public arena, and in the work that reflects women's working environments, there are shelves related to the job in the background of each figure. Each work is the result of the interaction I have had on discovering and documenting different social structures and associations."
" Eczanede, bakkalda ve kütüphanede isleri kamusal alanda çalışan kadınlar üzerine bir seridir. Kadınların çalışma ortamlarını yansıtan işlerde her bir figürün arka planında işi ile ilgili raflar vardır..
Farklı sosyal yapıları ve ilişkileri keşfetmek ve belgelemek üzerine girdiğim etkileşimin sonucudur."
Tiny Office Art is a project which will show women artists from Turkey, highlighting one work of an artist which will be installed in Suzi Ersahin’s office, the Swedish Councellor of Affairs at the Consulate General of Sweden.
The exhibition will not be able to be seen by many people, it will be on view for guests to the office and the Consulate personnel. The artwork will however also be on display in social media and on the consulate web page together with a statement by the artist about the work.
The inspiration for the project is in part the women’s demonstrations on the 21 January 2017 and also the well-known Tiny Desk concerts that have been hosted in the office of National Public Radio’s Bob Boilen since 2015. Tiny Office Art wants to create a similar intimate place for viewing important Turkish women artists and hopefully become the inspiration for others to start their own tiny office art shows. We hope that it will in a very modest way shine a spotlight on some of the important and exciting women artists in Turkey. In keeping with its anti-hierarchical aims the Tiny Office Artists will not be curated as such, rather through conversation with each artist we will decide on the next one to be exhibited.
At a time when culture and women’s roles in society are under threat both in Turkey and globally it is important to show how acts of creativity can be an antidote to forces of hate and discrimination. We really hope that this modest proposal can both demonstrate a commitment to supporting the work of women artists in Turkey and inspire others to use limited means to celebrate and expose their work and come together in a spirit of creativity. We do hope that Tiny Office Art will spread to many more offices around the world!
In the grocery, 132cm x 197 cm, 2013 sewing on textile