15th Istanbul Biennial in Munich

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15th Istanbul Biennial at Pinakothek der Moderne Munich
15th Istanbul Biennial at Pinakothek der Moderne Munich Photo: IKSV


The 15th Istanbul Biennial collaborates with Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich to bring 12 international artists together to question the notion of home and neighbourhood between 14 December 2017 and 29 April 2018. Entitled 'a good neighbour_on the move', the exhibition is curated by Elmgreen & Dragset, curators of the 15th Istanbul Biennial and Bernhart Schwenk, head of contemporary art at the Pinakothek der Moderne.

A continuation of the 15th Istanbul Biennial entitled 'a good neighbour', the exhibition 'a good neighbour_on the move' at the Pinakothek der Moderne can be seen as a dialogue with this year's biennial illustrating how a globalised world is also changing the self-understanding of public art institutions and their exhibitions.

The exhibition features 10 artists from the 15th Istanbul Biennial, which was held between 16 September and 12 November 2017, as well as CANAN, an established contemporary artist from Turkey and Vlassis Caniaris, considered to be one of the most renowned and influential Greek artists of his generation. Artworks by these 12 artists from across the world reflect their experiences of the consequences of global conflicts, social control, perspectives on gender roles and forms of coexistence.

Participating artists:

Burçak Bingöl, born in 1976 in Giresun, lives in Istanbul
Vlassis Caniaris, born in 1928 in Athens, died in 2011 in Athens
CANAN, born in 1970 in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul
Vajiko Chachkhiani, born in 1985 in Tbilisi, lives in Berlin
Andrea Joyce Heimer, born in 1981 in Great Falls, Montana, lives in Ferndale, Washington
Gözde İlkin, born in 1981 in Kütahya, lives in Istanbul
Mirak Jamal, born in 1979 in Teheran, lives in Berlin
Mahmoud Khaled, born in 1982 in Alexandria, lives in Trondheim
Victor Leguy, born in 1979 in São Paulo, lives in São Paulo
Olaf Metzel, born in 1952 in Berlin, lives in Munich
Erkan Özgen, born in 1971 in Mardin, lives in Diyarbakir
Stephen G. Rhodes, born in 1977 in Houston, Texas, lives in Berlin

15th Istanbul Biennial at Pinakothek der Moderne Munich
15th Istanbul Biennial at Pinakothek der Moderne Munich Photo: IKSV

Artists from Turkey in Paris

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HOME IS WHERE THE (HE)ART IS


In the summer 2016, Gallery Paris Beijing invited Yann Perreau to curate the first solo exhibition of Turkish artist Mehmet Ali Uysal in France. The artist invested the space with a body of works, which, he explained, were created and assembled as an attempt to define a new home (“ev” in Turkish) for his oeuvre.

Following this gesture, from 1 February until 1 March, the gallery will exhibit works by a new generation of artists who live and work partly in Turkey, focusing on their relationship to that notion of “ev” under the title 'HOME IS WHERE THE (HE)ART IS'.

The participating artists have been exhibited around the world in the last few years, confirming the Istanbul art scene as one of the most interesting, innovative and dynamic of our time. Some of them have decided to move abroad recently. Others still live there, while most of them have now one foot here, and another one elsewhere. Hence, they have made of the world itself, in its complexity and diversity, their home. This exhibition doesn’t focus on the eternal themes of exile, diaspora or migrations and doesn’t reduce itself to 'Turkish artists', preferring to look at artists who live in Istanbul, whatever their nationality (a global city, Istanbul welcomes artists and creators from around the world, who consider it their home).

Yaşam Şaşmazer, Devastation, 2016
Yaşam Şaşmazer, Devastation, 2016, Linden Wood, Fungus, 175 x 54 x 35 cm © Yaşam Şaşmazer, courtesy of the artist and Galerie Paris-Beijing. photo credit: Bernard Brochard

It starts from a proverb: “Home is where the heart is” and follows a philosophical and aesthetical – even if political too – approach: in our globalized world, is the traditional apprehension of home relevant anymore? Can home still define one and only one specific location? “Here, isn’t it elsewhere”, questions Gözde Ilkin in her poem 'Delirium for a poetry of space'. How can travels, displacements and shifting remodel one’s apprehension of home, one’s sense of belonging and – ultimately – one’s aesthetics? Home is sometimes left behind, voluntary or by necessity. Still it can be recreated elsewhere. What do we remember of our previous homes?

Ultimately, isn’t home that strange, mysterious, ephemeral feeling that art can sometimes help to define? Something personal, always changed, always re-imagined, like memory itself, or may be like a romance? This group exhibition looks at how these questions can materialise, take shape in various bodies of works. It will transform the gallery into a transitory, dwelling, utopic space. A “Here and elsewhere”, as Anne-Marie Miéville and Jean-Luc Godard defined it in their eponymous film.
- Yann Perreau

Participating Artists:
Halil Altindere | Yesim Akdeniz | Volkan Aslan| Mehtap Baydu| Antonio Cosentino| Gözde Ilkin| Yaşam Şaşmazer | Güneş Terkol | Mehmet Ali Uysal

Yann Perreau is a French art critic, author and curator. He lives between Paris, Istanbul and Los Angeles.

Gözde Ilkin, Rëverie of Space, 2017
Gözde Ilkin, Rëverie of Space, 2017, 120 x 148 cm, Mixed media on fabric with text. © Gözde Ilkin, courtesy Galerie Paris-Beijing and artSümer gallery

Nevin Aladağ Wins Ernst Rietschel Art Prize

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The artist Nevin Aladağ has been awarded the Ernst Rietschel Art Prize for Sculpture. Named in honor of the late German sculptor Ernst Rietschel, who died in 1861, the prize has been awarded by the Ernst Rietschel Kulturring every two years since 1991 and is endowed with 15,000 EUR. Aladağ’s work will be on display in an exhibition at the Albertinum in Dresden in March 2018.

Nevin Aladağ (b. 1972, Van) moved to Stuttgart, Germany with her family in 1973 and studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich until 2000. In her practice comprising sculpture, installation, video and performance, Aladağ detaches everyday objects from their original context to investigate their social, cultural and political codings, as well as origins and history. Aladağ lives and works in Berlin.

Aladağ’s installations, video works, and performances were shown at numerous international museums and biennials, including recent participations in Documenta 14 in Kassel and Athens and the 57th Venice Biennale. Her work was exhibited at: Kunsthalle Basel (2014-15); Art Space Pythagorion, Samos (2014); Istanbul Modern (2014); Sharjah Biennale (2013); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2012); Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) (2011); Haus der Kunst Munich (2011), The Hayward Gallery, London (2010); XIV Biennale Internazionale di Scultura, Carrara, (2010); Riso Museum, Catania and Palermo (2010); TBA 21, Vienna (2010); Biennale Cuvée, Linz (2009) and (2010); 11th Istanbul Biennial (2009); The Al-Mamal Foundation, Jerusalem (2009); OPEN ev+a, Limerick (2009), and 8th Taipei Biennial, Taiwan (2008).

The jury comprised critic Kirsty Bell; Matthias Mühling, director of the Lenbachhaus in Munich; Thomas Thiel, director of the Kunstverein Bielefeld; and Hilke Wagner, director of the Albertinum.

Nevin Aladağ, Photo: Trevor Good, Courtesy Wentrup Gallery
Nevin Aladağ, Photo: Trevor Good, Courtesy Wentrup Gallery

4th Istanbul Design Biennial announces Concept

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Map of Istanbul, 1901, Blueprint
Map of Istanbul, 1901, Blueprint Photo: IKSV, Courtesy of Kerem Bayer Archive


The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial will be held from 22 September until 4 November 2018. Curator Jan Boelen announced the concept and open call at a press meeting held on Thursday, 12 October at Salon İKSV.

Titled 'A School of Schools', the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial will stretch both the space and time of the traditional design event, manifesting as a flexible year-long programme within which to respond to global acceleration, generating alternative methodologies, outputs and forms of design and education. 'A School of Schools' manifests as a set of dynamic learning formats encouraging creative production, sustainable collaboration, and social connection. Exploring eight themes, the learning environment is a context of empowerment, reflection, sharing and engagement, providing reflexive responses to specific situations.

Can the biennial use, question and reframe previously tried-and-tested education models – from the museum-as-encyclopedia to the laboratory, the studio and the academy – to create a setting for meaningful dialogue and design? Can design itself be a brave space for people to share their knowledge and ignorance, their experience and curiosity?

Engaging multigenerational, transdisciplinary practitioners from Turkey and abroad, 'A School of Schools' brings together old and new knowledge, academic and amateur, professional and personal, focusing on the process as much as the outcomes. Together, agents in this complex and ambitious ecosystem will create new knowledge, search for alternatives to implemented systems, and with radical diversity, push the boundaries of the design discipline.

The open call, which ended on 15 December, was extended to all designers, architects, scientists, engineers, chefs, craftspeople, activists and everyone else, who would either like to propose or participate in a school or learning experiment.

For the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, Jan Boelen is teaming up with Vera Sacchetti as Associate Curator and Nadine Botha as Assistant Curator.

For further details visit: aschoolofschools.iksv.org/en

Map of the Geographical Distribution of the Most Important Plands Yielding Food. Keith Johnston, 1858
Map of the Geographical Distribution of the Most Important Plants Yielding Food. Keith Johnston, 1858, Photo: IKSV, Courtesy of Kerem Bayer Archive

The Pavilion Of Turkey announces project for Biennale Architettura 2018

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'The Shift', Project for the Pavilion of Turkey at the 16th Biennale Architettura 2018
'The Shift', Project for the Pavilion of Turkey at the 16th Biennale Architettura 2018, Photo: IKSV


Following an open-call and a two-stage evaluation, İKSV, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, announced the project that will be exhibited at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia taking place from 26 May–25 November 2018.

Vardiya / The Shift, curated by Kerem Piker, will be presented at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia. Cansu Cürgen, Yelta Köm, Nizam Onur Sönmez, Yağız Söylev and Erdem Tüzün are assistant curators in the project.

The project proposes a spatial organisation for meeting, encountering and architectural production. Departing from the biennale’s theme 'Freespace', the Pavilion of Turkey welcomes architecture students, who will be hosted by İKSV in shifts, throughout the Biennale Architettura. Following an international open call, undergraduate and graduate students of architecture will be expected to visit the biennale, participate in the designated workshop programmes and contribute to architectural production with using various media. The exhibition content is expected to derive and flourish from this programme of workshops, performances and the participants’ individual contributions in situ, as well.

The exhibition programme of the pavilion is coordinated by İKSV, and realised under the co-sponsorship of Schüco Turkey and VitrA, and the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey. The Pavilion of Turkey opened at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia in 2014 for the first time, upon a 20-year allotment of the Arsenale with İKSV’s initiation and the contribution of 21 supporters.

The Selection Committee chose the project among the applications made in response to an open-call, after a series of evaluation meetings. The Committee’s members are Prof. Dr. Sibel Bozdoğan, Levent Çalıkoğlu, Prof. Dr. Arzu Erdem, Prof. Dr. Murat Güvenç, Yeşim Hatırlı, Prof. Dr. Süha Özkan and Prof. Dr. Uğur Tanyeli.

Further details regarding the Pavilion of Turkey at the 16th International Architecture Biennial in Venice will be announced later in 2018.

15th Istanbul Biennial kicks off

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15th Istanbul Biennial, Galata Greek Primary School
15th Istanbul Biennial, Galata Greek Primary School. Photo: exhibist


Taking place from 16 September - 12 November 2017, the 15th edition of the Istanbul Biennial, entitled 'a good neighbour' brings together artworks by 56 artists from 32 countries, all addressing different notions of home, belonging and neighbourhood. The biennial takes place in six neighbouring venues: Istanbul Modern, Galata Greek Primary School, Ark Kültür, Pera Museum, Yoğunluk Atelier, and Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam.

Instead of a statement, the curators, artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, developed 40 questions that have guided the process of making the exhibition. These questions were first presented live in Istanbul by 40 performers of different ages, genders and backgrounds in December 2016, and were shared on the Biennial’s website and social media accounts. A video documentation of the press conference can found through this youtube link.

“Your neighbour might be someone who lives quite a different life from yours. And hopefully you, unlike many politicians lately, are not the one who chooses to deal with your fear of otherness by fencing yourself off. The artists in the 15th Istanbul Biennial raise questions about ideas of home, neighbourhood, belonging and co-existence from multiple perspectives. Some of the artworks examine how our domestic living conditions and modes have changed and how our neighbourhoods have transformed, while others focus on how we cope with today’s geopolitical challenges on a micro-level. The Biennial takes its form from the invited artists’ personal or analytical statements: an engaging mixture of hopes and visions, of sadness and indignation, of history and present day.”
Elmgreen & Dragset, curators of the 15th Istanbul Biennial

15th Istanbul Biennial, Alper Aydin, 'D8M' (2017) at Istanbul Modern
15th Istanbul Biennial, Alper Aydin, 'D8M' (2017) at Istanbul Modern Photo: Sahir Ugur Eren


15th Istanbul Biennial, exhibition view at Pera Museum
15th Istanbul Biennial, exhibition view at Pera MuseumPhoto: Sahir Ugur Eren


15th Istanbul Biennial, exhibition view at Galata Greek Primary School
15th Istanbul Biennial, exhibition view at Galata Greek Primary School Photo: Ilgin Eraslan Yanmaz


From Moscow to Sydney: The International Billboard Project

In anticipation of the exhibition, the 15th Istanbul Biennial launched an International Billboard Project to share the theme of 'a good neighbour' in different cities around the world. Through collaborations with cultural institutions worldwide, the International Billboard Project displays a carefully curated selection of photographs by Lukas Wassmann, which capture unexpected encounters paired with questions asking what makes a good neighbour. Host cities include Moscow (Russia), Sydney (Australia), Milan (Italy), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Armagh, Ballynahinch, Belfast, Downpatrick and Newry (Northern Ireland), Southhampton (UK), Calgary (Canada), Plovidv (Bulgaria), and Chicago (USA), Seoul and Gwangju (South Korea).

The 15th Istanbul Biennial, Billboard Series
The 15th Istanbul Biennial, Billboard Series, Dublin, Courtesy IKSV Istanbul


List of artists

Galata Greek Primary School

Heba Y. Amin
Born in Cairo, lives in Berlin

Mark Dion
Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, lives in New York, NY

Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe
Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Dayton, Ohio, both live in New York, NY

Kasia Fudakowski
Born in London, lives in Berlin

Pedro Gómez-Egaña
Born in Bucaramanga, lives between Bergen and Copenhagen

Lungiswa Gqunta
Born in Port Elizabeth, lives in Cape Town

Andrea Joyce Heimer
Born in Great Falls, Montana, lives in Ferndale, Washington

Morag Keil & Georgie Nettell
Born in Edinburgh and Bedford, both live in London

Olaf Metzel
Born in Berlin, lives in Munich

Mahmoud Obaidi
Born in Baghdad, lives in Burlington, Ontario

Henrik Olesen
Born in Esbjerg, lives in Berlin

Erkan Özgen
Born in Mardin, lives in Diyarbakır

Leander Schönweger
Born in Meran, lives in Vienna

Dan Stockholm
Born in Thisted, lives in Copenhagen

Ali Taptık
Born in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul

Bilal Yılmaz
Born in Manisa, lives in Istanbul

Istanbul Modern

Volkan Aslan
Born in Ankara, lives in Istanbul

Alper Aydın
Born in Ordu, lives between Ordu, Ankara, Konya, and Istanbul

Monica Bonvicini
Born in Venice, lives in Berlin

Louise Bourgeois
Born in Paris, died in New York, NY

Latifa Echakhch
Born in El Khnansa, lives in Martigny

Candeğer Furtun
Born in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul

Kim Heecheon
Born in Seoul, lives in Seoul

Mirak Jamal
Born in Tehran, lives in Berlin

Fernando Lanhas
Born in Porto, died in Porto

Victor Leguy
Born in Sao Paulo, lives in Sao Paulo

Klara Lidén
Born in Stockholm, lives in Berlin

Mahmoud Obaidi
Born in Baghdad, lives in Burlington, Ontario

Lydia Ourahmane
Born in Saida, lives in Oran and London

Rayyane Tabet
Born in Ashquot, lives in Beirut

Young-Jun Tak
Born in Seoul, lives in Berlin

Kaari Upson
Born in San Bernadino, California, lives in Los Angeles, California

Kemang Wa Lehulere
Born in Cape Town, lives in Cape Town

Yonamine
Born in Luanda, lives in Harare

Xiao Yu
Born in Inner Mongolia, lives in Beijing

ARK Kültür

Mahmoud Khaled
Born in Alexandria, lives in Trondheim

Pera Museum

Adel Abdessemed
Born in Constantine, lives in London

Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Born in Enugu, lives in Los Angeles, California

Alejandro Almanza Pereda
Born in Mexico City, lives in Guadalajara

Berlinde De Bruyckere
Born in Ghent, lives in Ghent

Vajiko Chachkhiani
Born in Tbilisi, lives in Berlin

Gözde İlkin
Born in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul

Liliana Maresca
Born in Buenos Aires, died in Buenos Aires

Lee Miller
Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, died in Chiddingly, East Sussex

Aude Pariset
Born in Versailles, lives in Berlin

Sim Chi Yin
Born in Singapore, lives in Beijing

Dayanita Singh
Born in New Delhi, lives in New Delhi

Tatiana Trouvé
Born in Cosenza, lives in Paris

Tsang Kinwah
Born in Shantou, lives in Hong Kong

Andra Ursuta
Born in Salonta, lives in New York, NY

Fred Wilson
Born in New York, NY, lives in New York, NY

Yoğunluk Atelier

Yoğunluk
Founded in Istanbul, live in Istanbul

Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam

Monica Bonvicini
Born in Venice, lives in Berlin

Stephen G. Rhodes
Born in Houston, Texas, lives in Berlin

Tuğçe Tuna
Born in Mons, lives in Istanbul

Outside all venues

Burçak Bingöl
Born in Giresun, lives in Istanbul

Lukas Wassmann
Born in Zurich, lives in Berlin

Ai Weiwei in Istanbul

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Ai Weiwei at Sakip Sabanci Museum
Portrait of Ai Weiwei, Courtesy the artist


Sakıp Sabancı Museum hosts the first exhibition of Ai Weiwei in Turkey this fall. Running from 12 September until 29 January 2018, the exhibition displays a wide selection iof th artist's works next to new projects with a particular focus on porcelain works.

Ai Weiwei at Sakip Sabanci Museum
Ai Weiwei, Bicycle Basket with Flowers in Porcelain, 2014, porcelain. Courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio

Galleries move to Karaköy

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Mumhane Caddesi 48-50, Karakoy
Mumhane Caddesi 48-50, Karaköy, Istanbul. Photo: exhibist


The well-established galleries Galeri Nev, Pi Artworks, artSümer, Mixer and Sanatorium all opened their new spaces in Mumhane Caddesi in Karaköy, Istanbul, for the new season this September.

6th Thessaloniki Biennial

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Ahmet Elhan, Mapping, 2016
Ahmet Elhan, Mapping, 2016, courtesy of the artist and Zilberman Gallery


Running from 30 September 2017 to 14 January 2018, the main exhibition welcomes more than 75 artists from around the world. The title of this edition of the Thessaloniki Biennale is 'Imagined Homes', a concept that also stands as its general thematic framework, one which focuses on immigration issues as a starting point while simultaneously concentrating on the fluidity and constant redefinition of home as a concept. As a sign of support and solidarity, this edition chose to incorporate a segment of the 5th Canakkale Biennial, which was cancelled last year. That biennial had the similarly-titled theme of 'Homeland'. Halil Altındere, Ahmet Elhan and Reysi Kamhi from Turkey participate in the biennial.

Daire Gallery reopens in Cihangir

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Daire Gallery Cihangir
Daire Gallery, Simsirci Sokak 11/1, Cihangir, Istanbul


Daire Gallery is an open art space, which was established as an initiative in order to support contemporary and independent artworks in 2008 and closed its physical Tophane space in 2016. They opened the new season in their new location in Cihangir in October 2017 with the exhibition titled 'Floating Tactics After a Sunken Island' including works by Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Balca Ergener, Nazlı Gürlek, Sibel Horada, Evrim Kavcar, Didem Özbek, Yasemin Özcan, İz Öztat, Ülgen Semerci, Julie Upmeyer and Dilek Winchester running until 11 November 2017.

Elmgreen & Dragset to curate 15th Istanbul Biennial

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The 15th Istanbul Biennial, to be held 16 September - 12 November 2017, will be curated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, who state that their focus will be on “collaborative efforts and processes“ in the context of the present geopolitical situation “experiencing a new rise of nationalism.”

Elmgreen & Dragset (Michael Elmgreen, dr.h.c. and Ingar Dragset, dr.h.c.) are an artist duo who have worked together since 1995. Their artistic practice spans many genres, including installation, sculpture, performance, and theater. Their work has been included in the Istanbul (2013, 2011, 2001), Liverpool (2012), Singapore (2011), Moscow (2011, 2007), Venice (2009, 2003), Gwangju (2006, 2002), São Paulo (2002), and Berlin (1998) biennials. The artists were shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Prize, Guggenheim Museum, New York in 2000 and won the Preis der Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin in 2002. In 2012, Elmgreen & Dragset were selected for London’s Fourth Plinth Commission in Trafalgar Square. They were awarded honorary doctorates at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2015.

The Istanbul Biennial advisory board members include Adriano Pedrosa, Başak Şenova, İnci Eviner, Iwona Blazwick, and Ute Meta Bauer.

The conceptual framework of the 15th Istanbul Biennial will be announced at a press meeting to be held in fall 2016. The media preview of the biennial will be on 13 September, and the professional preview on 14 and 15 September 2017.

Elmgreen & Dragset
Elmgreen & Dragset. Photo: Elmar Vestner

trans-ID exhibition by exhibist and Space Debris

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trans-ID exhibition view at Surp Yerrortutyun Church, Istanbul
trans-ID exhibition view at Surp Yerrortutyun Church, Istanbul, 2017


Organised in the context of the 15th Istanbul Biennial titled a good neighbour, Seyhan Musaoğlu, founder of Space Debris and Anna Zizlsperger, founder of exhibist will present a diverse selection of contemporary art under the theme transnationalism/interculturalism & identity in an exhibition titled 'trans-ID', that will include sculpture, installation, drawing, photography, video works, sound art, and performances in an abandoned Armenian Church building located in the heart of Istanbul.
Including a significant amount of artists with a Turkish background, together with an array of artists from all around the world, the exhibition relates both to exhibist’s aim to be a platform for contemporary art in Turkey and Space Debris’ driving concept of connecting the Istanbul art scene with international artists for an innovative dialogue with a collective soul, challenging traditional boundaries. Set within the historical building of the Armenian church Surp Yerrortutyun in the heart of Istanbul, on Istiklal Street, the exhibition also references the century-old history of Istanbul as a platform for the exchange of different cultures and a transnationalism that preceded the 21st century.

Participating Artists: Murat Adash, Autumn Ahn, Nancy Atakan, Luna Ece Bal, Mehtap Baydu, Bashir Borlakov, Sinan Bökesoy, Melis Bursin, Şakir Gökçebağ, Allen Grubesic, Selin Kocagöncü, Servet Koçyiğit, Suat Öğüt, and Julie Upmeyer.

trans-ID 19 September – 24 October 2017
venue: Surp Yerrortutyun Church
Asmalı Mescit Mah. İstiklal Cd. ZNo: 142, Beyoğlu

Visiting Hours: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, 11am - 6pm and by appointment (please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for appointments)

Curators: Seyhan Musaoğlu and Anna Zizlsperger

trans-ID exhibition view at Surp Yerrortutyun Church, Istanbul, 2017
trans-ID exhibition view at Surp Yerrortutyun Church, Istanbul, 2017

Ergin Cavusoglu & Gülsün Karamustafa at Guggenheim NY

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Ergin Çavuşoğlu’s 'Crystal & Flame' (2010) and Gülsün Karamustafa’s 'Create your own story with the given material' (1997) have been acquired by the Guggenheim, NY and will be part of the museum’s upcoming exhibition 'But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa'.

The third exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, 'But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa’ (29 April – 5 October 2016), will illuminate contemporary artistic practices in the Middle East and North Africa and the region’s diaspora. Presenting a selection of newly acquired works for the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, this exhibition will feature installations, photographs, sculptures, videos, and works on paper from a broad selection of artists. Following its presentation in New York, the exhibition will travel to Istanbul’s Pera Museum in 2017. The exhibition is curated by Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa.

To date, MAP’s acquisitions program has brought more than 107 works by 85 artists and collectives into the Guggenheim’s permanent collection. More than 7,000 students, teachers, families, and art enthusiasts have participated in over 80 interactive education programs, developed jointly by the Guggenheim and its institutional partners across the world specifically for local audiences. In addition, MAP’s website at guggenheim.org/MAP offers a wealth of content, including videos by artists and curators, artist profiles, blog posts by international curators and critics, and interactive learning tools.

Crystal & Flame, 2010
Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Crystal & Flame, 2010, Four channel synchronized HD video installations, sound, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist, Rampa Istanbul & Guggenheim NY

Ergin Çavuşoğlu (born in Bulgaria, 1968) studied at The National School of Fine Arts “Iliya Petrov”, Sofia in the early 1980s. He consequently received a BA in painting from the University of Marmara, İstanbul, MA from Goldsmiths, University of London, a PhD from University in Portsmouth and his Professorship from Middlesex University. Ergin Çavuşoğlu currently lives and works in London, United Kingdom.

Gülsün Karamustafa, Create your own story, 1997
Gülsün Karamustafa, Create your own story with the given material, 1997
child-sized white cotton shirts, sewn shut with black cord in a meditation on the plight of immigrant children in Turkey. Courtesy the artist, Rampa Istanbul & Guggenheim NY

Born 1946 in Ankara, Turkey Gülsün Karamustafa lives and works in Istanbul and is one of Turkey’s most outspoken and celebrated artists. She has a forty-year oeuvre distinguished by installations, paintings, sculptures, and videos that examine the complexities of gender, globalization, and migration.

Meriç Öner New Director of SALT

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Vasıf Kortun, Director of Research & Programs of SALT since its founding in 2011 will be stepping down from his position at the end of March 2017 to join the institution’s Board of Directors. SALT’s new Director of Research & Programs Meriç Öner is a trained architect and has been Associate Director of Research and Programs at SALT since 2011. Öner was editor of the interactive database developed for the exhibition Becoming Istanbul (DAM, Frankfurt am Main, 2008) by GG. Later, she programmed the exhibition’s first display in Turkey at SALT Beyoğlu in 2011, together with “90” talks, presentations, screenings and performances on the city, among many others.

Meric Öner new director at SALT
Meriç Öner and Vasif Kortun at Salt Galata, Photo: Mustafa Hazneci

Sanatorium Gallery in Vienna

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Delia Jürgens, The Target is myself – I reach the Point of no Effort – the Arrow leaves the Bow
Delia Jürgens, The Target is myself – I reach the Point of no Effort – the Arrow leaves the Bow | Materialization 2015 / 2016 | part of Cloud Storage, Speisesaal Kyoto | photo Nora Lammers | courtesy the artist


In September 2017, Istanbul-based gallery Sanatorium will officially open the doors to its new gallery space at Schleifmühlgasse 3, in 1040 Vienna with an exhibition titled CYBER CORPOREALITY curated by Sabrina Steinek.

Rapid advances in information and communication technology are revolutionizing our every day life. Objective reality and the virtual world continue to merge into one another, blurring the thin line dividing them. And that’s just a brief snapshot of the complex reality we’re living in. Technology is developing rapidly; faster than we thought. And this speed is what makes it so challenging for us humans and our limited bodies. It seems as though humanity has reached the peak of evolution, as though the only way for an upgrade is by the means of technology. It’s already happening — avatars, cyborgs, virtual and augmented reality technologies and AI are being incorporated in our everyday life.

But if we’re creating new digital identities, new bodies and thereby new worlds, we have to ask ourselves what corporeality means in the 21st century. We have to reassess the objects we encounter.

How do embodied objects and materials reflect on the corporeal and its potentialities or limits? How do the objects and concepts we encounter these days shape and create bodies? How can we read and define bodies in analogue and digital spaces? CYBER CORPOREALITY is dedicated to explore the interplay and relationship between technology and corporeality in contemporary art.

Participating artists:

Delia Jürgens
Jennifer Mehigan
Adham Faramawy
La Turbo Avedon
Adam de Neige
Yagiz Özgen

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