Material Replacement Zurich Istanbul
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The “Material” is a project of a non-profit association Verein Klinge23, founded by, both, publishers and artists. Located in Zurich, serves as a venue for book culture. It mainly focuses on books written by a variety of artists, but also – poetry, independent publications, or art theory. Moreover, the association prepares presentations and exhibitions on the book culture. The main values for the “Material” as key slogans are peace, free distribution of art, and knowledge beyond the mainstream media.
During the upcoming Mahalla festival, the association will prepare a book exchange to enable intercultural dialogue. Since it is considered as an independent bookshop, pieces written by Turkish authors will go to Zurich, where they will receive a “second life”.
Due to the pandemic and the continuous change of the restrictions, the group cancelled their arrival.
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.
This paleographic phenomenon will inspire the artists of the Mahalla Festival 2022. They will be concerned with the use of resources in a
comprehensive way: in terms of ecological, economic, political, social and communal memory culture.