Magic Carpets is a platform that brings together thirteen European partners in a large project lasting four years. Co-financed by the Creative Europe Programme, led by the Kaunas Biennial, the concept has been conceived by Benedetta Carpi De Resmini for Latitudo, involving qwatz as Italian partner, consultant for developing artists’ residencies.
Magic Carpets refers to the famous tales in One Thousand and One Nights and to the idea of the magic or flying carpet, a “fantastical device” used to travel around the world in the blink of an eye. Scheherazade’s creativity and imagination, used to tell stories to intrigue and captivate her husband, here become a convincing metaphor for the power of culture to transform distrust and confrontation into intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding, respect and even love.
The project aims to bring various nations into dialogue through the archetypal image of the carpet, in order to reach a new approach to community participation that is rhizomatic, horizontal and reticulated. One of the goals is to have emerging artists travel throughout Europe, inviting them to relate with different realities and societies. It’s a project of raising awareness that aims to cultivate a sense of belonging, where people outside their countries of origin can create a network starting from the classification processes from the logic of the great classics of our childhood.