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 ‘Does it feel cosy?’ - a digital art exhibition exploring what it means to feel at home.

The British Council’s innovative digital exhibition platform ‘Museum Without Walls’ launched its fifth edition ‘Does it feel cosy?’ on 27 May 2021. The exhibition, co-curated by Rita Aktay representing Turkey and Ritika Biswas representing the UK, looks at the female experience, domestic space and wider ecology, and explores what it means to feel at home within and outside of oneself.  

This is the fifth exhibition of the platform which reached more than a million visitors so far. It brings together works from the outstanding British Council Collection alongside works by international contemporary artists. 

We launched the new exhibition with an online event on 27 May at 2pm UK time with the participation of Skinder Hundal, British Council Director Arts, ‘Does it feel cosy?’ co-curators Rita Aktay and Ritika Biswas, project's artistic advisor Elliott Burns and the project manager Su Başbuğu. 

The event was held in English with Turkish simultaneous translation as well as British and Turkish Sign language interpretations. 

You can find our launch event here.

About the curators: 

Rita Aktay

Rita Aktay (b.1997, Istanbul) is a curator based between Istanbul and London. Currently a Curatorial Fellow at the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, she recently completed an MFA in Curating following a BA in Fine Art and History of Art at Goldsmiths University. In 2019, she curated the exhibition “Ubiquitous Surfaces” as part of her residency with Open Space in Istanbul. After setting up the screening website “Roses, Rocks, Dust and Dances” in 2020, she is currently working on launching an online publishing platform supported by the Arts Council England. She has previously worked for various London based galleries and hosted workshops at the Slade School of Fine Art and Deptford Moving Image Festival. 

Ritika Biswas

Ritika Biswas grew up in Kolkata, India and holds a Liberal Arts degree from Yale-NUS College, Singapore, and an MPhil in Film and Screen Studies from the University of Cambridge. She was, until recently, a curator, and touring and special projects producer at New Art Exchange in the UK. She is currently the Artistic Director for the Busan Sea Art Festival 2021, which will be held this October-November. Her creative and socio-political practice exists at the nexus of deep research, eco-critical play, collaborative kinships, and justice, particularly within the Global South.  

Elliott Burns

Elliott Burns is an exhibition curator, co-founder of the online gallery Off Site Project and associate lecturer at the University of the Arts London. Specialising in digital art ecologies, social media and post-anthropocene museology, he has worked on projects for the Austrian Cultural Forum London and the Centre for Investigative Journalism, as well as being invited to speak at Modern Art Oxford, Somerset House Studios, Tate Exchange, the UCL Multimedia Anthropology Lab and the Whitworth Gallery. With a background in arts and technology initiatives he mixes creative and academic approaches with strong administrative and project management skills.