Darağaç is a non-profit art collective located in Izmir Umurbey Mahallesi and an open space where new communication strategies are experienced.
On the map of this brave new world, where ideas of ‘settle’ment and ‘belong’ing seek for new meanings for themselves, within the man-made borders, merely a dot, just like others: Darağaç. Artists having muse from their neighbors along with a cup of coffee when producing their own works of art, asking for what they need from the opposite window instead of over the phone, experiencing the feeling of being one while living together: Darağaç. Paintings on the walls, neighbors sitting on porches and children playing on streets; a neighborhood with the daily hustle and bustle of artists and craftsmen working, that warm feeling we recall from the past that always heals us: Darağaç. A place where daily chit-chat evolves into art events; where the residents are the artists, and artists are the spectators: Darağaç. Collective mind and effort that carry the spirit of the neighborhood, lend an ear to the voice of the artworks, listen to the people sharing their thoughts,experiences, and memories between the lines. Whatever surfaced to the daylight from the depths of your memory, whatever is on your mind, whatever taste that still lingers after reading this book – that’s what Darağaç is.
– Zeynep Yavuzcezzar
December 1st, 2019 İzmir