Within the framework of “A Cup of Tea as an Archive” project, this time Mahir Namur hosts Hülya Karakaş, Onur Çevik, Aysel Sevil Sürek, and Zehra Konukman to reflect on Karakaş’s participatory performance “My Body, My Decision” that has taken place in Sinopale 5, sharing personal experiences.
For many years archives are hot both as a theme of academic discussion and as a space for the creative and investigative processes of many artists. This is a stark contrast to the traditional image of an archive as a dead place or the stereotypical archivist: a grey specialist with glasses and sleave protectors. Let’s remind ourselves of the two main functions of archives. The first, very practical one, is to keep an organisation, a community or a country running, such as the archive of our tax files. The other function, less urgent, is that of the memory archive.