Cappadox 2016 launches with a theme that will act as an intersection of the festival events. The theme is called “Let us cultivate our garden” which is a quote from the last sentence of Voltaire’s classic novel Candide.
This sentence summarises the worldview of an old farmer Candide meets in Istanbul, after travelling the whole world in pursuit of happiness. What is more, it is a statement against contemporary life styles.
The art programme of Cappadox will continue until the 12th of June 2016, and will be curated by Fulya Erdemci and Kevser Güler (Associate Curator) with the participation of 15 artists and collaborators including Asunción Molinos Gordo(Cairo, Muscat and Guzmán), Ayşe Erkmen (Berlin and Istanbul), Christoph Schaefer (Hamburg), Hera Büyüktaşçıyan (Istanbul), John Körmeling(Eindhoven), Maider Lopez (San Sebastian), Marilá Dardot (São Paulo), Murat Germen (Istanbul), Murat Şahinler (Istanbul) and Nilbar Güreş (Vienna and Istanbul).
Taking a closer look at Cappadocia; which has been going through a shift from an agrarian livelihood to an economy more reliant on tourism, the artists will focus on farming, “fast” tourism and the relations of production under transformation. Furthermore, with site-specific and context responsive interventions, they will bring to the forefront the area’s living culture, inhabitants, voices, textures and even blossoming flowers.