Mahalla Festival – Palimpsest: finishing this weekend
Sep 08, 2022

Mahalla Festival 2022, Istambul (Turkey)

We are pleased to inform you about the updates of  the Mahalla Fesitval under the title Palimpsest which is taking place in the frame of parallel events of the 17th Istanbul Art Biennial between Sep 1 and Sep 10. In the first week 1.000 people visit the Festival at the former Greek Primary School in Kurtuluş, Istanbul.

Palimpsest Sep 1 – Sep 10, 2022
daily: 12:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Özel Kurtuluş Rum İlköğretim Okulu

The title, Palimpsest, originally denotes a piece of writing material on which the original writing has been erased to make room for later writing. However, traces of the overwritten texts remain.

The Palimpsest Festival is taking place in cooperation with the MagiC Carpets network. MagiC Carpets is a Creative Europe platform uniting 16 European cultural organisations that create opportunities for emerging artists to embark on journeys to unknown lands and to create, together with local artists and local communities, new works that highlight local specificities.

The artists Filippo Riniolo (Italy), Elena Urucatu (Romania) and Ona Juciūtė (Lithunia) are participatiıng into the Mahalla Festival in the frame of the MagiC Carpets Network.

Upcoming Events

Palimpsest and Video-Art

Sep 9

Video Conference 14:00 – 18:00

14:00 Introduction Sabine Küper-Büsch in the school’s Hall
Talk with Uğur Orhan from Merkezkaç Diyarbakır about the works of Evin Buluttekin, Remzi Sever and himself on display in the Hall.

Questions & Answers

14:30 Walk to the First Floor.
Talk with Volkan Kızıltunç about the displayed works of Noks Art Space, Elçin Acun, Sami Baruh, Elvan Ekren, Yasemin Kalaycı, Mert Çağıl Türkay and himself.

Questions & Answers
15:30 Refreshments
Talk with Roua Jafar on the second Floor about her Video-Installation.

Questions & Answers
Talk with Mehmet Ali Boran.
Questions & Answers

Screening and Talk with Ekin Keser and Alper Şen
Questions & Answers

Sep 10

17:00 – 21:00

So Far Till Now – Sofa(R) on the Way

Posession of So Far Till Now – Sofa(R) on the way through Kurtuluş supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum.

With Barbara Eichhorn, Anna Khodorkovskaya and Joanna Zabielska.

The artists create a mobile assemblage on wheels from materials from the streets, donations in kind from the neighborhood and from local garbage collection points as a performative intervention in public space. The project plays with the awareness of more ecological approaches, with a focus on the value of our everyday objects and their recyclability, and turns rubbish into the playfully poetic center of artistic exploration.


with Gülce Özen Gürkan and Y.Unan =)

Participating Artists: Elçin Acun, Anet Sandra Açıkgöz, Esin Aykanat Avci, Dilruba Balak, Sami Baruh, Aaron Bezzina, Mehmet Ali Boran, Nora Byrne, Sevde Diker, Barbara Eichhorn, Elvan Ekren, Ilhami Tunç Gencer, Alfred Graf, Meryem Güldürdak, Gülce Özen Gürkan, Talin Gülen Schenk, Roua Jafar, Ona Juciute, Yasemin Kalaycı, Ekin Keser, Anna Khodorkovskaya, Volkan Kızıltunç, Lara Lee, Oğulcan Yiğit Özdemir, Filippo Riniolo, Alper Şen, Anna Schwarz, Gonca Sezer, Mert Çağıl Türkay, Şenay Ulusoy Orhan, Elena Urucatu, Erhan Us, Sema Kahraman Vurucu, Joanna Zabielska.

The events of Palimpsest are organized by DIYALOG with a support by the Federal Ministry Republic of Austria Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sports; Art Council MaltaAvusturya Kültür Ofisi Istanbul; Netherlands Consulate-General in Istanbul and the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation. In cooperation with the MagiC Carpets platfrom, co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Union.

More information available in here.