A Text Begins and Ends.
Cda-Projects Grant Lecture Performance Series

Merve Ünsal
March 12th, 2013, 18:30, KAT1

The lecture performance will be in Turkish.

The artist walks from home to work in seventeen minutes. The artist employs this time to think and to relax—two necessary components of her—actually, all—production. The artist has structured the lecture-performance to mimic this seventeen minutes—a part of her daily routine—to situate her practice. Tracing the contours of what constitutes a profession or any self-definition that we claim, really, is a matter of what we deem as that thing.

Merve Ünsal (b.1985, The Hague) is an artist based in Istanbul. She is currently interested in tracing artistic production through the lecture format. She has previously explored this topic through writing, editing, and visual and verbal collages that employ automatization and found imagery. She is the co-founder of, an artist-centered online project in which artist works, studio visits, and articles based on or related to conversations on visual practices are published.


For Cda-Projects Grant Lecture Performance Series, Burak Delier, Merve Ünsal, Aykan Safoğlu, Jalal Toufic and Selçuk Artut are invited to produce and give lecture performances between January – May 2013 at KAT1.

Each artist interprets the lecture performance format within their own practice and proposes performative strategies of staging discourse. Among the issues that will be discussed in the framework of Cda-Projects Grant Lecture Performance Series are artistic production and how it is marketed, autocensorship, construction of the artistic self, the vicious circle of eternal return and the troubled relationship of art practice in Turkey with the West throughout its history.