Özge Açikkol & Seçil Yersel (Oda Projesi)
is an artist collective based in Istanbul; composed of Özge Açıkkol, Güneş Savaş and Seçil Yersel who turned their collaboration into a project in 2000. From January 2000, their space in Galata functioned as a non-profit independent space, hosting projects, gatherings and acts up until march 16th2005, when Oda Projesi was evicted from the apartment due to the process of gentrification. Since then Oda Projesi has a mobile status and not any more space based; continues to raise questions on space and place creating relationship models by using different mediums like radio stations, books, postcards, newspapers or giving form to different meeting points; depending on and respecting to the creativity of Istanbul and its citizens.
born in Moscow on January 5th, 1957. In 1982 he graduated from the Mukhina Higher School of Industrial Design in Leningrad, where he studied at the Ceramics Department. He was a member of the Mitki group of artists, with whom he participated in exhibitions in many cities all over the world.
He moved to Nikola-Lenivets in 1989. In 2000 artist created Snowmen, the first project in the village of Nikola-Lenivets. It was the start of Nikolay Polissky’s career as a Russian land artist. The project involved endless ranks of snowmen marching over the fields. 220 snow warriors were made that winter, and Polissky’s neighbours from the village joined in.
He continued creating art objects from natural materials – snow, wood and rod, and organised art events to destroy them. Polissky organized several art events, when he understood that it is time to take things more seriously. And in 2005 he made a decision to found the festival, called “Archstoyanie” (“Architectural Standing”).