This discussion between Özge Ersoy (curator-in-residence, summer 2017) and Marysia Lewandowska, moderated by Rose Lejeune, explored 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 considered 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 event was part of our Collecting as Practice programme. The discussion was titled Who Reallly Owns It? Thinking Through Ownership of Contemporary Art and Cultural Heritage and took place at Delfina Foundation on 20 June 2017.