The Mahalla Festival, Malta



The Mahalla Festival will take place in Malta between Nov 17 - 25

Towards the end of 2018 the Mahalla Festival invites local and international artists and initiatives to show concern and contribute artistic positions regarding the international migration moves. 

We believe that the topics have to be seen in a global con
text, discussing the triggers of migration and the problems of inclusion. The Festival aims to show the potential migration has through strong artistic works.

A Festival of film, literature, contemporary art, debates
and several activities combining events that invite local and international participants to mobilize visitors to explore communities under new aspects.

The Festival is located in venues around Valletta, St. Lucija and Zabbar in Malta.

Supported by

Art Council Malta 
Vodafone Malta Foundation
Frank Salt Real Estate 
Allianz Kulturstiftung for Europe
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Valletta
Office of the Federal Chancellor of Austria 
SAHA – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey
Austrian Honorary Consulate General
The Flanders department of cultuur, jeugd, sport and media

In Cooperation with

Sustainable Design Collective
Heritage Malta
MUZA: National Museum for Art and Community Museum Fortress Builders Studio 87
Utopian Nights
Valletta Contemporary African Media Association Malta

Sponsors

Wevideo
Mondays
Canon by avantech 
Örebrun kommun
BAC





Exhibition in Palazzo Zabbar:

An unconverted Palazzo in Zabbar is serving as a venue for site specific interventions. After having been the home of a noble family the Palazzo served as a police station and was partly burned down during the anti-colonial uprisings in the 1958. Some locals still have personal memories. Later the Palazzo served as a depot for one local band-club. Today it is for sale awaiting a new destiny. 

Antonio Cosentino (TR), Portable– Leather-Suitcase, Object. Eda Gecikmez (TR), The Memory of the Bird – installation: fabric-mural, drawings and objects. Güneş Terkol (TR), Whispering Tulle, Curtain-Installation. Margerita Pulé (MLT), The Cement Bakery – Installation. Ludivine Thomas (FR/SWE), Pop up installation, Clouds and stones. Benny Andersson (SWE), Carrying memories like stones. Mark Andersson (SWE), Dancing Feet –Sculpture, Paintings. Sara Pace (MLT), Traces of a Sleeping Beauty– Gold-Threads and Spray. Victor Agius (MLT), Ritual Columns. Installation with historical Festa columns. Mathilde Melek An (FR/TR), Golddess-Performance during the opening. Rio Drop, Bathroom, Installation, Objects, Hair-sculptures. Tom van Malderen (BEL/MLT), Tables for the 1%, Utopian Nights Photo Studio – Elise Billiard (MLT/FR), Jeremy Mangion (MLT), Malik Yahia (SD/MLT).





The Memory of the Bird, drawing on linen, 2018





“But if you journey on that narrow Way,
Then you will act as they once did and know
The miseries they had to undergo.
Of all the army that set out, how few
Survived the Way; of that great retinue
A handful lived until the voyage was done –
Of every thousand there remained but one.
Of many who set out no trace was found.
Some deep within the ocean’s depths were drowned;
Some died on mountain-tops; some died of heat;
Some flew too near the sun in their conceit,
Their hearts on fire with love – too late they learned
Their folly when their wings and feathers burned;
Some met their death between the lion’s claws,
And some were ripped to death by monsters’ jaws;
Some died of thirst; some hunger sent insane,
Till suicide released them from their pain;
Some became weak and could no longer fly
(They faltered, fainted, and were left to die);
Some paused bewildered and then turned aside
To gaze at marvels as if stupefied;
Some looked for pleasure’s path and soon confessed
They saw no purpose in the pilgrims’ quest;
Not one in every thousand souls arrived –
In every hundred thousand one survived”

Excerpt From
The Conference of the Birds
Farid Ud-Din Attar

p.275-276
lines 4136-54



The white – cheeked Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis) has a pale eye ring.  It is one of the species affected by the civil war in Syria.  These nightingales live in the Syrian Deir Ez-Zor region along the Euphrates River.  Due to the distorted balance of nature caused by armed conflicts, these birds flock together in millions with refugees to Turkey.  Since 2013, the Bulbuls are observed in Birecik, a district of the East Anatolian province in Urfa, it has been recorded as the national bird inventory of Turkey.


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In 2014, a huge airport project, started being constructed on 7650 hectares in the Northern Forests of Istanbul.  It is the Third Airport of the city. This is one of the most significant ecological regions in the world and one of the 100 protected forests in Europe.  The area consists of 90% lakes and forest.  Here the birds breed, feed and it is a hiding habitat for 200 bird species.  It is located on the most important bird migration route in the Western Palearctic region.  In Spring and Autumn, approximately 400,000 storks, about 200,000 raptors and hundreds of thousands of birds, waterfowl and shore birds use this migration route.  The first five species recorded using the Istanbul Strait are the Black Stork, the Stork, the Buzzard, the Falcon.  Moreover, the biggest bird population is the small Forest Eagle. 


--> Malta is an archipelago island.  It is one of the important places where birds migrate to and from Europe and Africa.  Notwithstanding this, hunting is a cultural tradition of the island and nearly one million birds used to be killed or captured every year. Turtle doves and quails are the most common hunted birds.  Several of these birds are killed not to be eaten but as a form of sport.  Especially the fastest flying birds like swifts, sparrows and swallows.  Most of the time, the corpses of the birds are left where they had fallen.  The large and colorful birds such as Marsh Harriers, Falcons, Golden Orioles, rollers and Flamingos are filled in and sold to collectors.  Another element threatening migrating birds is trapping.  Singing birds such as Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Hawfinch, Cool and Linnet are caged alive and then sold to so called ‘bird lovers’.  (This information is compiled from the CABS – Committee Against Birds Slaughter website.)  


Supported by SAHA

KAPSÜL MANZARA | LANDSCAPE IN A CAPSULE , GALERİ NEV ANKARA






EDA GECİKMEZ
“KAPSÜL MANZARA”
7 KASIM – 8 ARALIK 2018

“Manzaraya bakan insanların çoğunda bir kapsül oluşur derler. Bu kapsül sanıldığı kadar küçük değildir. Bu kapsül manzara ile seyirci arasındaki medyumdur. Şayet manzaraya bakan bu kapsülü koparıp alabilse, ölçülemeyecek kadar mutlu olurdu ve yeryüzü üzerinde cenneti fethederdi.”
Henri Michaux, Sihir Diyarında*

Galeri Nev, bu yıl başında taşındığı yeni mekânı Kırlangıç Sokak’ta 2018-2019 sezonuna Eda Gecikmez ile başlıyor. Gecikmez’in sergisi “Kapsül Manzara” adını, Henri Michaux’un bir öyküsünden ödünç alıyor.

Eda Gecikmez sanatının temelini iktidarın ürettiği bütünlüğü parçalamak üzerine kuruyor. Daha önceki eserlerinde bunu, içinde bulunduğumuz düzeninin bir simülasyondan ibaret olduğu düşüncesinden yola çıkarak kolaj yöntemi ile ifade eden sanatçı, bu sergisinde açısını değiştiriyor. Gecikmez bu defa, iktidar tarafından bütünlüğü bozulmuş olana, yani parçaların oluşturduğu manzaraya bakıyor. Önce akmış, boyası dökülmüş, yosun tutmuş, rutubetten küflenmiş bir boşluğu kendisine fon yapıyor. Derken bu fonda, bir sihirbazın şapkasından çıkar gibi kabuğundan çıkan bedenler, yarı taş yarı insan varlıklar salınıyor. Aynı fon, birbiri üzerine yığılarak başkalaşmış nesneleri de bütünleştiriyor ya da manzaralaştırıyor. 

Eda Gecikmez, “Kapsül Manzara” sergisinde aynı zamanda, sosyal mecralarda serbestçe dolaşan bazı beden parçalarını yakalayıp, onları da bütünleştiriyor, bu parçalardan âdeta yeni ve dev bir beden kuruyor. Yanyana getirdiği sırt, omuz, kol, ya da boyunlarda Gecikmez’i, üzerlerinin dövme ile sonsuza dek işaretlenmiş olması çekiyor. Eda Gecikmez bedenlerini manzaralar ile dolduran kişilerden Michaux’nun deyimiyle “koparıp aldıkları” ile onlara ve biz izleyenlere “ölçülemeyecek kadar mutlu olmayı” vaad ediyor.

Eda Gecikmez, Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi, Resim Bölümü’nden mezun oldu. Lisans eğitimi sırasında bir yıl İspanya Valencia Politeknik San Carlos Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi’nde eğitim gördü. Ardından Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi, Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü, Sanat ve Tasarım Programı üzerine Yüksek Lisans programına başladı. 2004 yılından başlayarak içlerinde Apartman Projesi’nin Berlin’de düzenlediği “Stay With Me” sergisi ve Galeri Nev öncülüğünde yapılan NevNesil “Oyun Parkı”, George Orwell’e ithafla düzenlediği “1984” ve geçtiğimiz yıl Eylül ayında İstanbul DEPO’da gerçekleşen “Meleklerin Payı” isimli sergilerin bulunduğu pek çok karma sergiye katıldı. İlk kişisel sergisi 2013 yılında İstanbul’da Amerikan Hastanesi Galerisi Operation Room’da “Ödünç Alınmış Birliktelik” başlığı altında izlendi. Gecikmez, 2015 yılında Mardin Bienali’ne davet edildi. 2016- 2017 döneminde SAHA desteği ile Beyrut, Lübnan’da Ashkal Alwan’ın düzenlediği Home Workspace Programı’na katıldı.

* Henri Michaux, Sihir Diyarında, Çev. Engin Soysal, MonoKL Yayınları, 2015





EDA GECİKMEZ
“LANDSCAPE IN A CAPSULE”
NOVEMBER 7 – DECEMBER 8, 2018

“In most of the people looking at a landscape, they say, a capsule comes into being. And this capsule is not so small as it is thought. It is the medium, which is between the capsule landscape and the viewers. If the viewer were able to tear away this capsule off the landscape, s/he would be immeasurably happy, would conquer the paradise on earth.”
Henri Michaux, Au Pays de la Magie

Gallery Nev starts the exhibition season of 2018-2019 with Eda Gecikmez at its new venue in Kırlangıç Street, where it has moved in the beginning of this year. This first show borrows its name from the story of Henri Michaux: “Au Pays de la Magie”.

Eda Gecikmez constructs her art’s base on disintegrating the totality produced by the power. The artist had expressed this by collages in her previous works; her point of view being that the system we live in was all but a simulation. Now we see that she changed her position: this time she looks at the landscape formed by the parts and pieces of that totality which was disintegrated by the very power. She makes a groundwork from the flowed, discolored, mossy and musty emptiness at first, then some bodies and half stone half human beings, who are coming out of their shells, suddenly oscillate on this ground as if appearing from a hat of a magician. The same ground, this time, integrates or regenerates the objects that have become metamorphic as they overlap on to each other, as landscapes again.

In her paintings shown in “Landscape in a Capsule” exhibition, Eda Gecikmez also captures somebody pieces circulating freely in social media and integrates them too; in fact constructs a new and giant body out of those pieces. The body pieces such as backs, shoulders, arms and necks are bind together and it is indeed the tattoos on them, which the artist is interested. And this is how she promises us, the viewers, the “immeasurable happiness” – those “thorn away” landscapes that cover the bodies, bodies that are marked everlastingly, promises us to be happy.

Eda Gecikmez is a graduate of Mimar Sinan University, Painting Department of the Fine Arts Faculty. During her university years she attended Valencia Polytechnic San Carlos Fine Arts Faculty for a year. She received her master’s degree at Yıldız Technical University, Social Sciences Institute, Faculty of Art and Design. Starting from 2004, she participated in many group exhibitions, some of them are: "Stay With Me” organized in Berlin by Apartment Project; “Game Park” by NevNesil; “1984” dedicated to George Orwell; and in September last year, “Share of Angels” at İstanbul DEPO, which are all realized by Gallery Nev. Eda Gecikmez’s first solo show was “Borrowed Togetherness” and it took place in 2013 at American Hospital Gallery, Operation Room in İstanbul. In 2015 she was invited to the Mardin Biennial. During 2016-2017 she participated in the Home Workspace Program in Beirut, Lebanon arranged by Ashkal Alwan supported by SAHA.

Seyahatin Geleceği: Sanat Eserinin Yolculuğu |  A Future of Travel: Journey of the Artwork , NOKS, Kadıköy



SEYAHATİN GELECEĞİ:
SANAT ESERİNİN YOLCULUĞU

Amsterdam merkezli Corridor Project Space ile NOKS Bağımsız Sanat Alanı beraber düzenledikleri “Seyahatin Geleceği: Sanat Eserinin Yolculuğu” sergisi ile sanat eserinin yolculuğuna dair hikayeleri biraraya getiriyor.

NOKS Sanat Eseri Taşıma Şirketi ve Corridor Sanat Deposu'nun işbirliği, SAHA Derneği ve Hollanda İstanbul Konsolosluğu'nun destekleriyle.

Katılan Sanatçılar: Ali Miharbi, Ali İbrahim Öcal, Ayça Telgeren
Berkay Tuncay, Borga Kantürk, Burçak Bingöl, Çağrı Saray, Eda Gecikmez, Elif Biradlı, Elif Öner, Fatma Çiftçi, Mehmet Ögüt, Özgür Demirci, Pınar Öğrenci, Sevil Tunaboylu, Suat Öğüt, Volkan Kızıltunç, Yasemin Nur, Yeni Anıt , Zeyno Pekünlü

Sergi: 9 Eylül - 7 Ekim 2018
Açılış: 8 Eylül saat 18:00

Sadece Cumartesi ve Pazar günleri 14:00 – 19:00 saatleri arasında açıktır.

Seyahatin Geleceği: Sanat Eserinin Yolculuğu

Gelecek ve yolculuk –en azından modern ütopyanın henüz canlı oduğu zamanlarda- ilerleme fikrinde birleşir. Bugün ise bu ilerleme fikrinin sancıları ve tökezlediği noktaları yaşıyor, tartışıyoruz. Tıpkı diğer alanlarda olduğu gibi sanat eserinin de yolculuğu pek de rahat değildir. Günümüz sanatçısının seyahat halinde oluşu, farklı coğrafyalarda üretmesi ve sergilemesi, sanat eserinin de sürekli bir seyahat halinde olmasını beraberinde getiriyor.

Seyahati ve sanat nesnesinin ulaşımını merkezine alan bu sergi, Noks Bağımsız Sanat Alanı ile Amsterdam merkezli Corridor Project Space işbirliği ile gerçekleştiriliyor ve Corridor Project Space'in 2017'de başlattığı Teotwawki* sergi serisinin son ayağını oluşturuyor. Dayanışmanın Geleceği, Neyin Geleceği?, Paranın Geleceği, Ekolojinin Geleceği, Arşivin Geleceği sergilerinden sonraki “Seyahatin Geleceği” sergisinin ikinci bölümünün ana konusunu sanat nesnesinin seyahatine ilişkin sanatçıların yaşadığı deneyimler ve ortaya çıkan hikayeler oluşturuyor.

Teotwawki: [ti.at.wak.i] “İngilizce "The End of the World as We Know It”. " "Bildiğimiz Dünyanın Sonu" cümlesinin kısaltılmış kullanımıdır. Ve günlük hayatın tamamen değişebileceği yeni ve beklenmedik bir durumun ortaya çıkması anlamına gelir. Medeniyetin, şehir hayatının, toplumun yazılı veya yazılım olmayan kuralları biranda değişebilir ve insanlar hayatta kalmak için yeni beceriler geliştirmek zorunda kalabilirler. Teotwawki sergileri de gelecek ile ilgili çeşitli başlıkları kullanarak öngörüler, tahminler ve kenanetler üzerine düşündürmeye çalışıyor.

"Seyahatin Geleceği: Sanat eserinin yolculuğu" sergisi süresince bir sanat taşımacılığı şirketine dönüşecek olan NOKS Bağımsız Sanat Alanında sanatçıların eser taşıma süreçlerine dair hikayelere yer verilirken, sanat eserinin dolaşımı ile ilgili imkan ve imkansızlıklar üzerine de konuşma ve tartışma fırsatları yaratılmış olacak.

CORRIDOR PROJECT SPACE

Corridor Project Space, iç ve dış sergileme alanları olan Amsterdam merkezli bağımsız ve disiplinlerarası bir sanat inisiyatitidir. Kurumsal ve ticari olanın dışında, yeni içerikler yaratma hedefindeki deneysel sanat pratiklerinin önemine inanırlar. Corridor Project Space Suzan Kalle, Suat Öğüt ve Müge Yılmaz’ın yürütücülüğündedir.

NOKS BAĞIMSIZ SANAT ALANI

NOKS Bağımsız Sanat Alanı, sanatçı ve akademisyen Elvan Ekren ve Volkan Kızıltunç tarafından 2017 yılında kurulmuş ve Kadıköy, İstanbul'da yeralan bağımsız bir sanat mekanıdır. Ana akım sanatsal yönelimlere karşı otonom bir duruşla deneysel sergi projeleri gerçekleştirmeyi amaçlayan NOKS özellikle fotoğraf, fotoğraf kitapları ve video projelerine ağırlıkla yer vermektedir. Sanatçıların buluştuğu, tartıştığı, bir laboratuvar olan NOKS aynı zamanda genç sanatçılarla ve sanat öğrencileriyle organik bir bağ kurmayı amaçlayan ortak bir çalışma, üretim, eğitim ve sergileme alanıdır.

NOKS Bağımsız Sanat Alanı: Talimhane Sokak No:19B Yeldeğirmeni, Kadıköy, İstanbul

http://www.noksart.space/
noksartspace@gmail.com



A FUTURE OF TRAVEL:
THE JOURNEY OF THE ARTWORK

Amsterdam-based Corridor Project Space and NOKS Independent Art Space bring together stories about the journey of the artwork together with the exhibition "A Future of Travel: Journey of the Artwork".

Participating Artists: Ali Miharbi, Ali İbrahim Öcal, Ayça Telgeren
Berkay Tuncay, Borga Kantürk, Burçak Bingöl, Çağrı Saray, Eda Gecikmez, Elif Biradlı, Elif Öner, Fatma Çiftçi, Mehmet Öğüt, Özgür Demirci, Pınar Öğrenci , Sevil Tunaboylu, Suat Öğüt
Volkan Kızıltunç, Yasemin Nur, Yeni Anıt , Zeyno Pekünlü

In collaboration with NOKS Art Shipping Company and Corridor Art Warehouse and with the support of SAHA Association and Netherlands Consulate of Istanbul.

Exhibition Dates:: 9th September- 7th October 2018
Opening: 8th September, 18:00

Open only on saturdays and sundays between 14.00 - 19.00.

A Future of Travel: Journey of the Artwork

Future and travel unite —at least when the modern utopia is still alive— in the idea of progress. Today, we are living through and debating the points where this idea of progress is suffering and stumbling. Just as it is in other areas, the journey of an artwork is not comfortable at all. The fact that today’s artist is in a travelling mode, producing and exhibiting in different geographies, brings along the fact that the artwork is also in constant travel.

This exhibition, focusing on the transportation of the art objects and travel, takes place in cooperation with the NOKS Independent Art Space and the Amsterdam-based Corridor Project Space, and is the last leg of the Teotwawki* exhibition series launched by Corridor Project Space in 2017. The exhibition, which is the second part of the Future of Travel exhibition —the latest one after Future of Solidarity, Future of What, Future of Money, Future of Ecology and Future of the Archive exhibitions—, takes the experiences of artists on travel of the art objects and the stories emerging through these experiences as its main subject.

Teotwawki: [ti.at.wak.i] is an acronym for “The End of the World as We Know It”. It stands for the potential occurrence of a new and unexpected situation where daily life might suddenly shift. Civilisation, urban life, spoken and unspoken rules of society may change and people may need to develop new skills in order to survive. Let us think about predictions, forecasts and prophecies on various themes in the future. We will use the Teotwawki as a tool to dive into the intentions, hopes, expectations and plans of each individual and community.

At the NOKS Independent Art Space, which will be transformed into a company of art transport during the "Future of Travel: The journey of the artwork" exhibition, there will be opportunities to talk on and discuss the possibilities and impossibilities of the circulation of artworks.

CORRIDOR PROJECT SPACE

Corridor Project Space is an independent and interdisciplinary contemporary art initiative in Amsterdam with indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces. They believe in the importance of experimental art practices that focuses on the creation of new content that is off the grid from the institutional and commercial circles. Corridor Project Space is run by Suzan Kalle, Suat Ögüt and Müge Yılmaz.


NOKS INDEPENDENT ART SPACE


NOKS Independent Art Space was founded in 2017 by artist and academician Elvan Ekren and Volkan Kızıltunç as an independent art space located in Kadıköy, Istanbul. At NOKS, which is a space run by artists for artists, the aim is to realize experimental exhibition projects with an autonomous stand against mainstream artistic trends. NOKS, which will mainly include photography and video projects; is a laboratory in which artists perform artistic experiments that challenge boundaries and concepts on the themes of their choice. Over and above it is a place where artists can meet and have discussions. NOKS is also a joint work, production, training and exhibition space aiming to establish an organic bond with young artists and art students.