An open door for artists in Lisbon, similar to Istanbul

An open door for artists in Lisbon, similar to Istanbul

In the midst of the epidemic, when many artists saw their lives turned upside down, Ozge Topko decided to rent a studio in Campo de Ourique. The Turkish plastic artist has recently moved to the Portuguese capital and needs a place to store materials and work. But it didn’t stop there: Taking advantage of a street window, he began asking artists from all over the world to send their works by mail, to the nearby landmark, and then display them behind glass.

Now, in the Hypercube Project Space, Ozge’s work is beginning to sympathize with some of these works that, she explains, are “out of the box” for an exhibition that blends styles, media, and nationalities. “This is a continuation of my work,” says the artist, sitting in her whitewashed studio in Rua Almeida and Sousse. “I’ve always loved working in public spaces and collaborating with people.”

The name of the space is not accidental either. “Hypercube is a geometric figure – it is a cube in four dimensions,” in the blink of an eye about his love of architecture and history, but also a vision that came to him by “combining several artists in one space.” “This is not an art gallery, this is an art space where everyone is welcome and they can suggest projects.” The only requirement, in addition to wanting to share the space, is that it is inspired by different disciplines – sign, mathematics, digital art, experimental art, etc.

Ozge herself loves to experiment and create “different things, using different techniques,” depending on when and where you live. For example, his work in Istanbul was more “architectural, inspired by the history of a city through which many civilizations passed.”

Born in 1987 in Kırklareli, in the European part of Turkey, to a family that had nothing to do with the arts, Özge started studying science, but says that when she lives in Istanbul – where she moved after high school – “You have to be an artist. We have no other choice. It is a city Dynamic and inspiring.” Even today, “It’s my first love.”

The idea to leave Turkey came to him after graduation, after he went to Germany for his master’s degree at Burg Giebchischenstein Kunsthochschule Halle, near Berlin. From there he went to the UK, where he lived for a few months with his British friend. With the schedule split between Berlin, London and Istanbul, Özge decided he wanted to find a place where he could focus on his work – “without having two jobs just to survive like it happens in London.” Passionate about life in the big cities, but eager to escape the exorbitant prices of some of the big capitals, two and a half years ago, she ended up choosing Lisbon.

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