Özge Akarsu

Filmmaker and visual artist

Photo: Jussi Virkkumaa

I am a filmmaker, visual artist, and artistic researcher from Turkey, based in Brussels.

During my residency at Saari, I will focus on the visual development of the animated documentary Nomos, which I am currently working on.

Nomos tells the stories of political women activists who have been subjected to systematic state violence. Through the stories of these women, I aim to reveal how the law is used to create a void, a ‘lawless’ space through the law mechanisms, and how this is inherent to the nature of the sovereign. I would like to convey how law mechanisms and law enforcement can be used to deprive personhood, to ‘make’  and ‘unmake’ certain bodies that are seen as unwanted by the sovereign.

During the residency period, I will zoom in on advancing visually and theoretically in both of my focus areas, working further on visual experiments, animation tests, and textual creation.


Özge Akarsu is a Belgian-Turkish filmmaker and visual artist. She is an artistic researcher (Ph.D. candidate) at the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema, and Sound (RITCS) in Brussels. Currently, she is developing an animated documentary funded by Flanders Audiovisual Funds (VAF). The project was selected by Cannes, Focus SCRIPT and Talents and Short Film Market in Torino, and received a grant and received a grant and residency at the Kone Foundation’s Saari Residence in Finland.