Architect Merve Gül Özokcu was invited to share her research and practice in connection to the exhibition Unfinished Histories and The Fittja Kitchen Cookbook.
Women Narrative Spaces builds on oral histories and memories in connection to the everyday practices of cooking and eating, and how these are translated into new spaces for collectivity and solidarity. Starting with the story about her grandmother, Merve is shedding light on knowledges and social aspects that are formed in the kitchen and passed on through the generations.
Merve Gül Özokcu is based in Istanbul, Turkey and is currently a PhD candidate at İTÜ Istanbul Technical University. She is a member of the collectives Arazi Collective and Architecture for All Association, and has been working with participatory processes and projects for over 10 years. In Turkey, she has been part of projects involving the transformation of rural buildings into spaces for women and children, as ways to re-posses public spaces and create alternative spaces for education.
During this spring, Merve is a residence artist at IASPIS (Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s international programme for Visual and Applied Artists) and collaborates with different groups in the Stockholm region, such as Tensta Kvinnocenter, Kvinna för Kvinna Framåt in Fittja and Residence Botkyrka.