Aksaray. Do you see the white flags?


The artist in residence from Austria – Maurizio Cirillo – will have a performance at Aksaray, Istanbul on Saturday February 23, 2018 between 11 am and 6 pm. Maurizio Cirillo lives and works since December in Istanbul. Maurizio Cirillo’s artistic practice, consisting of objects, photographs, videos, drawings and prints, could be seen as an on-going research on everyday life.


Performance by Maurizio Cirillo: Staying on the Platía Omonías in Athens for five days at a previously determined time span. 2013

The feeling of defencelessness and helplessness to the point of unconsciousness. We want to understand, to comprehend and fail miserably. In his work „Aksaray. Do you see the white flags?“ he wants to trace these feelings. Seemingly without plan, he will spend time on the square. he simply stand there, sunk in himself. In his presence, I is absent. He will show nothing, nothing concrete at least, only his physical presence. He surrenders himself, so to speak, to the urban space. He will take his place on the big square next to Aksaray Metro İstasyonu just come by and join him to experience the square!

His fellowship in Istanbul is part of the program of the Federal Chancellery of Austria. The Federal Chancellery of Austria awards four grants per year to Austrian artists in the framework of an abroad studio program. The artists use the time in Istanbul to realize projects in an international context, gain new inspiration and extend their networks.The cultural initiative diyalog, as the program’s partner, introduces the awardees to the arts scene. Through its network it offers them the opportunity to examine current artistic trends and exchange ideas with other artists and curators.

With a support of



Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker, Founding Member and Secretary General of diyalog, promotion of cultural exchange with Turkey. Since 2012 he is also project manager of InEnArt.

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