This discussion between Özge Ersoy and Marysia Lewandowska, moderated by Rose Lejeune, explores a radical notion of collecting that challenges conventional notions of individual ownership.

Taking its departure point from research conducted by Özge, as well as recent examples of the destruction of historical artefacts, the discussion considers how social histories become embedded in the material objects of artworks. With reference to key artistic, archaeological and architectural practices, the participants will interrogate how it is possible to redefine our understanding of ownership to include concepts of immaterial presence, social knowledge and the communal.

This discussion was part of our Collecting as Practice programme. The event was titled Who Reallly Owns It? Thinking Through Ownership of Contemporary Art and Cultural Heritage and it took place at Delfina Foundation on 20 June 2017.

Özge Ersoy was a curator-in-residence at Delfina Foundation in summer 2017.