Darağaç is a non-profit art collective located in Izmir Umurbey Mahallesi and an open space where new communication strategies are experienced.
Umurbey Neighborhood, formerly known as Darağaç, is located between Alsancak Stadium and Halkapınar used as an industrial zone in the past. Today, Darağaç neighborhood hosts artist / artisan workshops and residents. Darağaç is also the name of a group of exhibitions that have developed and matured with an atmosphere of intense dialogue and discussion between the artists, artisans and the residents of the neighborhood. The main goal of Darağaç is to transform the neighborhood into a space where young artists can show their work and to create a common discourse. Darağaç, due to the lack of venues in Izmir, acts as a reconciliation zone for the emerging artist and the public space.
Between 2016 and 2018, I collaborated with Darağaç Art Collective, on the first two annual exhibitions. I supported 'bkz. Darağaç' and 'Darağaç | bu arada' meetings for production, documentation, text, and design coordination.
The following year, I designed Darağaç_Book; a documentation of the first three exhibitions, and other events happened in the neighborhood.
© BURAK DİKİLİTAŞ — 2023