During the 90th International Session of European Youth Parliament in Valencia, Utkan Dora Öncül took the conscious decision to leave his camera behind to slow down the interactions that he was having with the participants of the international youth forum. Rather than documenting the event through the means of photography which can be too fast therefore without a significant interaction between interviewer and interviewee; he drew 50 portraits within the 300 participants that were in Valencia between 21st of July and 4th of August 2019. He also recorded some of these conversations to a sound recording device in order to highlight that this project is about the conversations initiated by the drawings but not the drawings themselves. These portraits were later exhibited in the media team event with an experimental maze-like curatorial practice on August 1. The exhibition felt more like a pop-up show per se because Utkan Dora Öncül and Dominika Wojcik were drawing portraits live during the exhibition as well. After every portrait was finished, the participant who as just drawn, wrote their name, they place they come from and something they remember from the conversation. Then, participants put their portraits up while the exhibition was on-and running, therefore the exhibition was constantly evolving with every other portrait. This project created 50 more social interactions which wouldn’t have happened otherwise while highlighting the importance of slowing down in order to get to know others.
Portraits are added bellow. Conversations can be listened through clicking to the player.
Here are the two posters used as the promotional material for the exhibition.
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