Cappadox Festival 2017

Cappadox is the definitive Cappadocia experience, a progressive multi-disciplinary cultural festival that brings a host of international and local contemporary art, music, nature and outdoor programmes together. Set in the dramatic landscape of Cappadocia in Central Anatolia, Cappadox 2017 will take place between 18-21 May, sponsored by Volkswagen. Cappadox 2017 Contemporary Art section sets out with the theme “Ways Out From The World” through which diverse fields of the festival will intersect with each other.


Contemporary Art

Only the children who are locked up in the rooms know the ways out from the world

The “Ways Out From The World” is a quotation from the author, the poet and the artist Sami Baydar’s book of the same title from 1990. In despairing circumstances of impossibility and impotence of action, Baydar proposes the poetic act –Act of making meaning / making the World- as a vigorous enactment of emancipation, directly referencing to the realm of imaginary, the ways that art can open up.

As opposed to the naked reality as factuality, “Ways Out From The World” intends to conjure up desires for what has not yet emerged, not yet been visible and has yet to come.

In order to conceive the world today that has ever become more complicated with the ongoing wars, mass migrations, environmental problems, the exhibition aims at proposing novel languages, creative forms, unorthodox methods and practices to open up the imaginary. Cappadox 2017 contemporary art program will explore the distinct ways of poetic act, ‘making the world’ in the heart of the inspiring and complex geography of Cappadocia, by and large Anatolia. Excavating their unique ways out from the world, the invited artists will bring out proposals which encompass issues like voicing the possibility of an equalitarian companionship with other species on Earth, or introducing a new planet to move into.

All in all, “Ways Out From The World” does not refer to the escapist strategies, but it is rather an invitation to get as courageous as the imagination goes.

The art programme of Cappadox 2017 curated by Fulya Erdemci, Kevser Güler and Ilgın Deniz Akseloğlu (assistant curator) will be realized between the 18th of May and the 11th of June 2017 in Uçhisar, Red Valley and Avanos, with the participation of 20 international artists and collaborators with site-specific and context-responsive new productions.

Alper Aydın, Annika Eriksson, Deniz Gül, Erdağ Aksel, Chapuisat Brothers, Guillaume Bijl, Halil Altındere, Héctor Zamora, İris Ergül, Karin Sander, Lara Favaretto, Mehmet Ali Uysal, Nermin Er, Serkan Taycan, Yasemin Ozcan and Yaşam Şaşmazer’s site-specific and context-responsive  new productions for Cappadox will be seen in the contemporary art program venues of Cappadox in Uçhisar, Kızılçukur and Avanos from May 18th to June 11th.

Additionally, there will be an archive research exhibition that highlights the private / civil archives in Cappadocia, film screenings, alternative walks / tours, and as well as talks & panels in the programme.


Fulya Erdemci

Kevser Güler (Associate Curator)

Ilgın Deniz Akseloğlu (Asistant Curator)


Atıl Ulaş Cüce

Emin Naci Akkuyu

İkizler Seramik

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