Maela Sanmartin Rodriguez
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My name is Maëla, I’m from Alicante (Spain) and I’m 22 years old. I study Audiovisual Communication and Journalism in Madrid, and I’m passionate about documentary filmmaking, intercultural communication and human rights. My roots are French, Spanish and Argentinian, I love travelling and learning new languages. Music and painting are my passions, I love theater and dancing, and learning new things is my biggest motivation.
After studying one semester in Bologna (Italy) and another in Mexico City, I’ve recently been granted to study in Istanbul for 5 months. For this reason, I’m starting my internship with Diyalog as an online publisher and content creator. I hope this internship will allow me to get to know people from different cultural backgrounds, make contacts in the field of arts and communication, and acquire new skills in the digital field.
Mahalla Festival 2020
To cope with the COVID-19 pandemic the Mahalla Festival 2020 took place as a remote festival to overcome self-isolation, demobilization and paralysis.
The Mahalla Festival 2020 was implementing remote tools to keep intercultural communication and creative expression alive even in times of physical distance and to help to cope not only with the pandemic but also to create new forms of interactive communication and understanding between different communities in the world.
The Wandering Tower is the title of a surrealist short story by Sergej Prokofiev from the times of vivid migration movements on the edge of the world wars.
The Festival was quoting the title as a metaphorical frame for Mahalla 2020/2021. The tower of Babel is connected as a motive to the search for the origin of language and the access to the divine.
Murmuration refers to the phenomenon that results when hundreds, sometimes thousands, of birds fly in swooping, intricately coordinated patterns through the sky.
Murmuration looks also back on the migration movements of the 20th century in the interplay of international relations.
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.
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