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Curating Contemporary Art (MA)

Fetine Sel Tuzel


The reciproCITY​ project proposal was developed in response to a brief from Artangel. We sought to expose the effects of "intentional" displacement caused by the lack of social housing in London and create awareness around the need for meaningful placement for those affected. 

According to an independent study by the London Tenants Organisation, London has had over 22,000 social housing buildings knocked down over the past 10 years. As a result, affordable housing has become scarce. And, instead of restoring, the city has been focused on demolishing.

We have chosen to ground our public display in the notion of “home”, concentrating on the themes of displacement, migration, multi-generational households, gentrification, upheaval, etc. We do this by presenting a domestic environment in which each object represents something that could possibly exist in a multi-generational home. The objects in the room and the art on the walls symbolise themes that have generated the reciproCITY project. We are inviting the viewer to use this room as a reference point to experience the realities that exist around the housing crisis.

In our public display, we present work by two commissioned poets, Phoenix Yemi and Miracle Nwaizu alongside Giles Watkins. On the screen in our display, we will show short films from Do Ho Suh and Jermaine Francis. We have also programmed a panel discussion with photographer Jermaine Francis, artist Harold Offeh, and social housing campaigner Kwajo Tweneboa, to join us in discussing the lack of affordable housing in London from various perspectives. We will end our live display with a film screening of Ayo Akingbade’s Jitterbug (2022).

Curated by: Byunghun Jun Chae, Alicia DeLarge, Xinran Fang, Jarelle Francis, Franziska Hanke, Luyan Li and Fetine Sel Tuzel.

Image: Camelot Street Estate flanking the Old Kent Road, London. Image courtesy of Tony Ray-Jones / RIBA Collections.

Portrait of Fetine Sel Tuzel

Fetine Sel Tuzel is a Cypriot artist and curator based in London. 

Coming from a politically problematic region like Cyprus always had a profound impact on Fetine Sel’s perspective and aspirations. Where she is from influences her deep interest and eagerness to work towards positive change. For this reason, she is particularly drawn to collaborating with communities that have been affected by conflict in socially and politically challenging areas.

As part of her independent curatorial research project, she explored building a curatorial model specifically tailored for communities affected by conflict or social and political issues. Fetine Sel has been influenced by Mary Louise Pratt’s concept of “contact zones”. By constructing contact zones, she aims to build and strengthen people-to-people connections, adapt the model to address different issues and communities, and hope to improve local engagement while building trust between communities or strangers.

Fetine Sel’s curatorial practice explores curating contexts, art as a social practice and the creation of functional spaces to facilitate social interaction. 

Prior to her studies at the Royal College of Art, she graduated with a BA in Art from the University of Reading. Fetine Sel was shortlisted for the CVAN Platform Graduate Award, South East and held a solo exhibition at Modern Art Oxford in 2021. Additionally, she actively participates in various bi-communal art projects, including the Fashion Heritage Network Cyprus as a curator, Visual Voices’ bi-communal artist residency programme and Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival.