Box of the Unnecessary

15 Jun 2019 – 30 Jun 2019

Event times

weekends 12:00 - 18:00

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Tasarım Bakkalı

Istanbul, Turkey


Travel Information

  • 10 minutes walk from Kadıköy bus stop
  • 10 minutes walk from Kadıköy stop of M4 metro line
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an interactive exhibition of objects found in daily life


Objects found in daily life... However, the ones you will see here are not found in alien surroundings or on the streets! They are all from our houses!

These objects somehow infiltrated inside our homes – our sacred sanctuaries. Though they remain strangers to our lives, they settled in our houses. They neither belong to nor represent us but they are there. For some reason, they cannot be thrown away. Souvenirs, wedding souvenirs, heirlooms, waste products of capitalism...

Maybe, they made their way in at times when we were strangers to ourselves. Maybe, they got accepted when we were alienated to ourselves by a fake motivation. The common issue among them: you can neither throw away nor sell them!

An ongoing swapping ritual commenced by Clinical Psychologist Nursel Akhan and Architect/Musician Tolgay Keskin resulted in an inventory of those type of objects. They gathered the unnecessary things they cannot throw away inside a box and swapped the boxes with a ceremony.

The results were interesting: some unnecessary objects found a compatible place in other person’s life.However, there were those objects... Well; they could only be exhibited.

Some of the objects displayed are kitsch, some were functional when combined with other parts, and the reason of some objects’ existence are yet to be found.

The last swapping ceremony of boxes will be held at the opening of the exhibitions and some of those objects will have their places in the exhibition.

A designated space will be reserved for the visitors also! If you have objects which are qualified to enter the Box of the Unnecessary in your houses, you may install those objects to their deserved place in the exhibition. Also, if you spot an object you wish to be a part of your life, you may also take it with you.

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