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Merve Ünsal & Onur Ceritoğlu

Harbouring Feelings

SAHA provided support for the production of the new project by Merve Ünsal and Onur Ceritoğlu who are invited to the City Link Festival held between 21–24 September 2017.

The Berlin based creative network “ON/OFF” is leading an urban action creating a new experience of Sydhavnen’s waterfront in Copenhagen. With local citizens they have collectively built a raft that encapsulates the industrial heritage of the site and acts as a testing ground for performative urban action. The raft took people on a journey linking terrestrial and maritime narratives of Sydhavnen, shaped by local and international participants. The raft hosted conversations and a performance called “Harbouring Feelings”. Artists Merve Unsal and Onur Ceritoglu launched the raft with members of the audience. They talked about feelings that they have been harbouring, framed within urbanity and gentrification - to think about safety of harbours in relation to feelings.

About Merve Ünsal and Onur Ceritoğlu

Merve Ünsal (1985, Den Haag) lives and works 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 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 m-est.org.

Onur Ceritoğlu (1983, Istanbul) is an architect, artist and academician based in Istanbul. In his works, Onur employs the disciplines of participatory art, architecture and urban design. He salvages the discarded to make form and create situations resulting in various mediums. Often, he works with found materials to contextualize the urban experience through a material-driven experience. Currently he continues his PHD research in architecture ITU. His research is based on urban transformation in relation with salvaging processes after demolition of the urban areas. He teaches interior design studio and furniture design at Istanbul Bilgi University. He is part of KABA HAT artist collective.