MagiC Carpets is a platform, co-financed by the Creative Europe Programme, uniting 15 European partners, with the Kaunas Biennial as leading partner.
The name of the project was conceived by Benedetta Carpi De Resmini – it’s a reference to the well-known tale of One Thousand and One Nights and to the idea of the magic or flying carpet, a “fantastic device” to travel the world in the blink of an eye. Scheherazade’s creativity and imagination, used to tell stories to intrigue and engage her husband, here become a convincing metaphor of the power of culture, to turn mistrust and confrontation into intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding, respect and even love. Magic Carpets it’s an awareness-raising project aiming at growing a sense of belonging, wherein people beyond their origin, would be able to create a network starting from those classification process coming from the logic of the old masterpieces of our childhood. One of the goal of the project is to broaden worldviews of young emerging talents by sharing different local identities throughout residency projects. Every year during the entire project the artists involved will be selected by an open call and each partner will pick two emerging artists per year. The selected artists will be asked to carry out an inquiry which may involve local communities; at the end of each residency they will be invited to realize a site-specific project.