The artist collective Oda Projesi, meaning Room Project, was founded in 2000 as a non-profit independent space to activate and actualise communal exchange and dialogue. Since 2005, in response to the gentrification process in Istanbul, the collective has carried its studio-based practice into a range of media, including radio programmes, books, temporary places, postcards and newspapers, in their exploration of the use, production and mobilisation of communal space.
Oda Projesi’s multi-format participation in the Biennial is informed by the collective’s longstanding research into ‘motherhood and production’ and a series of meetings and interviews conducted with groups of mothers and non-mothers from the cultural sector in various geographies. Audio excerpts from their ongoing conversation series were featured in the weekly transmissions of Radyo Bienal at Açık Radyo 95.0, ‘parasitically’ leaking into its regular programming and questioning concepts like care, precariousness and sisterhood. The collective features in the channel’s English-language podcast series and launches the seventh edition of its Anne(x) newspaper during the Biennial with a series of public and more intimate conversations. The printed Turkish edition of the newspaper can be accessed from the reading rooms in the biennial venues Barın Han and Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam, as well as the P Building of Müze Gazhane and the Istanbul Bookstore in Gazhane.
Oda Projesi (estd. 2000, Istanbul, Turkey) is an artist collective based in Istanbul, which was founded as a non-profit independent space to activate and actualise communal spaces of exchange and dialogue, hosting projects, gatherings and acts. Since 2005, owing to the gentrification process in Istanbul, the collective has carried its studio-based practice into a range of media, including radio programmes, books, postcards and newspapers. Since 2003, Oda Projesi has been using the medium of the newspaper Annex, which has been published and exhibited in different international and institutional exhibitions, such as Annex 1: Structures of Survival, 50th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy (2003); Annex 2: Şiirsel Adalet (Poetic Justice), 8th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2003); Annex 3: Proje4L exhibition, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2004); Annex 4: Migrating Gardens, Mostings Hus, Copenhagen, Denmark (2009); Extraannex (Annex 5), Extrapool artist residency programme, Nijmegen, Netherlands (2012); Annex 6: On fail[l]ed tales and ta[y]lors, Tabakalera, San Sebastián, Donostia, Spain (2019) and Annex 7: Anne(x), 17th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2022).