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The Lives of Cappadocia project is an art work by Aili Schmeltz examining cave dwellers lifestyles in Cappadocia, Turkey.
The Lives of Cappadocia project is an art work by Aili Schmeltz examining cave dwellers lifestyles in Cappadocia, Turkey.
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This summer I have invited to participate in an international artist-in-residency program at the Babayan Cultural house in amazing Cappadocia, Turkey! This is an incredible opportunity for me to study and work in an area that I have been fascinated by for a long time-  with your support I hope to launch the Lives of Cappadocia project that has been many years in the making.

THE PROJECT – THE LIVES OF CAPPADOCIA

The Lives of Cappadocia project is a detailed ethnographic documentation of the intersection of traditional and modern life in the unique environment of Cappadocia where I will complete a body of work that explores the experience of the ‘tourist’ in both public and private spaces. I will work with both the bizarre rock formation landscape features of the area, and the local people in the village of Ibrahimpasa, in my effort to capture this amazing local milieu. Specifically, I will photograph and document with video the interiors of volunteers’ cave dwellings to create contemporary portraits of local people through an examination of their living spaces. I will also tour ancient cave sites to contrast the modern villagers’ lives with the possible way of life of their ancestors. The end product of this research will be videos, photographs, digital collages, and drawings that will culminate in a book chronicling the project that will be produced when I return to Los Angeles. Throughout the duration of the project, I will document my adventure daily on a blog with photos, drawings, writings, and video clips that will serve as part travelogue and part sketchbook.

A link to the project blog HERE

THE PLACE

Cappadocia Turkey is an area of exceptional natural wonders, with a unique historical and cultural heritage—a surreal landscape, honeycombed with lunar rock formations and tabletop mountains. For hundreds of years, inhabitants have carved homes, churches, and complex underground cities into these intriguing volcanic spires. Cappadocia can trace its human occupation back to the Bronze Age. The area is most famous for its occupation of Christian settlers who fled to the area to escape persecution from the Romans. The first settlers constructed elaborate passages and entire underground cities out of the steep canyon rock faces. The occupants were entirely self-sufficient and developed an intricate network of living and storage spaces with protective, sealed entrances.

THE MONEY

Your generous contributions will help pay for the cost of working in Turkey for the month of my residency, every dollar will be greatly appreciated and utilized. I am asking for financial support in the amount of $2,500 from Kickstarter to get the project on its feet and make it a reality. Your assistance will cover the fees associated with attending Babayan Cultural House residency and transportation costs. Any donations above the funding goal will help with production costs such as hiring a translator, printing of the book, equipment such as a travel tripod, drawing materials, food and rental car fees during my stay.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about my project. Please help me spread the word - invite friends and family to help support this project. As a supporter of the project, you will not only be helping me attain my goals but you will also receive a return on your investment in the form of a unique piece of artwork.

MANY THANKS AND APPRECIATION!

ABOUT ME

I am a professional visual artist living and working in Los Angeles. My work is sculpture, installation, video, and drawing in media. The art works that I create are centered conceptually around place—I make work about particular places, the social and environmental history of these places, typically made with materials gathered from the places.

My fascination with Cappadocia, Turkey began as a freshman in college when I stumbled upon a book about vernacular architecture entitled Prodigious Builders by Bernard Rudofsky. This book has been very inspirational for me in my last 17 years of art making. The book introduced me to the cave dwellings of Cappadocia that have captivated and mesmerized me ever since. I discovered the Babayan Culture House Residency Program and instantly knew that I needed to continue an ongoing body of work that has developed in other places, most recently in the Berlin Tours series.

The Berlin Tours series was a collaborative project produced during the summer of 2009 in Berlin, Germany. The documentary project includes home tours and walking tours of the city—these “tours” were performed with the intent of getting to know the city through its public and private spaces while questioning ideas of perception.

For more information about me and my work visit my website and my blog-

www.ailischmeltz.com

ailischmeltz.blogspot.com

I also have a Facebook fan page HERE

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