Concept of 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial announced

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Curated by Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley, the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial titled 'ARE WE HUMAN? : The Design of the Species : 2 seconds, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years' will run from 22 October to 4 December 2016.

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial explores the intimate relationship between the concepts of “design” and “human.” Design always presents itself as serving the human but its real ambition is to redesign the human. The history of design is therefore a history of evolving conceptions of the human. To talk about design is to talk about the state of our species. Humans have always been radically reshaped by the designs they produce and the world of design keeps expanding. We live in a time when everything is designed, from our carefully crafted individual looks and online identities, to the surrounding galaxies of personal devices, new materials, interfaces, networks, systems, infrastructures, data, chemicals, organisms, and genetic codes. The average day involves the experience of thousands of layers of design that reach to outer space but also reach deep into our bodies and brains. We literally live inside design, like the spider lives inside the web constructed from inside its own body. But unlike the spider, we have spawned countless overlapping and interacting webs. Even the planet itself has been completely encrusted by design as a geological layer. There is no longer an outside to the world of design. Design has become the world.

Design is the most human thing about us. Design is what makes the human. It is the basis of social life, from the very first artefacts to the exponential expansion of human capability. But design also engineers inequalities and new forms of neglect. More people than ever in history are forcibly displaced by war, lawlessness, poverty, and climate at the same time that the human genome and the weather are being actively redesigned. We can no longer reassure ourselves with the idea of “good design.” Design needs to be redesigned.

3rd Istanbul Design Biennial 2016
Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley at the Press Conference of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial at the Archeological Museum Istanbul, Photo: Muhsin Akgun

ARE WE HUMAN? : The Design of the Species : 2 seconds, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years invites a wide arrange of designers and thinkers from around the world to respond to a compact set of eight interlinked propositions:

DESIGN IS ALWAYS DESIGN OF THE HUMAN
THE HUMAN IS THE DESIGNING ANIMAL
OUR SPECIES IS COMPLETELY SUSPENDED IN ENDLESS LAYERS OF DESIGN
DESIGN RADICALLY EXPANDS HUMAN CAPABILITY
DESIGN ROUTINELY CONSTRUCTS RADICAL INEQUALITIES
DESIGN IS EVEN THE DESIGN OF NEGLECT
“GOOD DESIGN” IS AN ANESTHETIC
DESIGN WITHOUT ANESTHETIC ASKS URGENT QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR HUMANITY

These propositions will be explored over the coming year in events, classes, workshops, and online discussions – including open calls for responses to the propositions by short videos. This year of exploration around the world will culminate in a dense program of exhibitions, debates, broadcasts and publications during the six weeks of the Biennial in Istanbul that opens in October 2016. This Biennial is an archaeological project. It is not about celebrating particular designers or about visualizing remarkable futures. It will be a multi-media documentary about the state of design today, when everyday reality has outpaced science fiction. It will place the extreme condition of contemporary design into the context of the extended 200,000 year history of our species – from the first standardized ornaments and the footprints of the first shoes to the latest digital and carbon footprints. A Biennial normally focuses on the last 2 years. The time frame for this exhibition will span from the last 2 seconds to the last 200,000 years. Ancient archaeological artefacts from Turkey and the region will be presented at the heart of the Biennial to reframe the latest real-time thinking about design.

Rather than a singular design branding, a number of young Turkish graphic designers – Pemra Ataç, Yetkin Başarır, Özge Güven, Okay Karadayılar, and Sarp Sözdinler – will work on different dimensions of the biennial, from the streets to the publications, to the exhibition, and to the online activities. The multiplicity of visual identities will be treated as an integral part of the reflection on design rather than simply packaging or communication. Likewise, the exhibition architecture by Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation particularly (Roberto Gonzalez Garcia, Laura Mora, Federico Landi) will act as clusters of interactive clouds for reflection and discussion. Evangelos Kotsioris is the Assistant Curator of the project and the online dimensions are being directed by Iván López Munuera.

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial exhibitions will be held in Galata Greek Primary School, DEPO and Studio-X. The details of the biennial’s events programme will be announced later in 2016.

Curatorial Theme for 15th Istanbul Biennial Announced

on Wednesday, 18 January 2017. Posted in January, ---2017---

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15th istanbul biennial
Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset. Photo: Muhsin Akgün, IKSV

Titled ‚a good neighbour’ and curated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset the exhibition will deal with multiple notions of home and neighbourhoods, exploring how living modes in our private spheres have changed throughout the past decades. „Home is approached as an indicator of diverse identities and a vehicle for self-expression, and neighbourhood as a micro-universe exemplifying some of the challenges we face in terms of co-existence today,” the curators explained in the press conference.
Photographs by Turkish artist Ali Taptık were projected behind 40 performers posing the question, what it means to be a good neighbor at the press conference. The photos are part of a series he produced in Istanbul in relation to the theme.

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One of the performers at the Press Conference for the 15th Istanbul Biennial. Photo: Ilgin Erarslan Yanmaz

The biennial will be accompanied by an international billboard campaign, created by graphic designer Rupert Smyth together with artists. The campaign, which will be realised through collaborations with multiple cultural institutions worldwide, questions the ways in which neighbourhoods have changed all around the world. The 15th Istanbul Biennial will take place between 16 September and 12 November 2017.

Artists from Turkey at Transmediale’s 30th Edition

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New media art theorist Ebru Yetişkin and artist Bager Akbay will be speaking at a panel at transmediale festival’s 30th edition in a session on Alternative Futurism: Middle-East Imaginaries, together with Ayhan Ayteş, Morehsin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke on 8 February 2017 at Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus in Berlin. Works by Turkish new media artist Pınar Yoldaş will be on view at the transmediale exhibition Alien Matter at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, which was curated by Inke Arns on view from 3 February until 5 March 2017.

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Artificial Intelligence for Governance, The Kitty AI, 2016

Istanbul Galleries at Art Dubai and Art Basel Hong Kong

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Zilberman at Art Dubai
Installation view of Zilberman Gallery's booth at Art Dubai 2017

Turkish galleries Galeri Zilberman, SANATORIUM and Galerist participated at this year’s edition of Art Dubai taking place from 15-18 March. Sanatorium showed works by Ahmet Doğu İpek and Ali İbrahim Öcal, while Zilberman Gallery participated with Burçak Bingöl, Antonio Cosentino, Aisha Khalid and Walid Siti. Galerist exhibited works by Rasim Aksan, Semiha Berksoy, Deniz Gul, İdil İlkin, Seza Paker, Ayça Telgeren, TUNCA, Merve Unsal, Elif Uras, Burcu Yagcioglu and Nil Yalter.

Sanatorium at Art Dubai
Installation view of Sanatorium's booth at Art Dubai 2017

Istanbul-based galleries Dirimart and Pi Artworks participated in Art Basel Hong Kong from 23-25 March 2017. Dirimart showed works by Fahrelnissa Zeid, Sarkis, Ayşe Erkmen, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Haluk Akakçe, Mustafa Hulusi, Ebru Uygun, Özlem Günyol & Mustafa Kunt and Güçlü Öztekin while Pi Artworks brought works by Susan Hefuna, Maude Maris, Volkan Aslan, Yuşa Yalçıntaş and Gülay Semercioğlu.

Dirimart at Art Basel Hong Kong
Installation view of Dirimart's booth at Art Basel Hong Kong 2017

Artists from Turkey Featured at 57th Venice Biennial

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Running from 13 May – 26 November 2017, the main exhibition of the 57th Venice Biennial – titled 'Viva Arte Viva', curated by Christine Macel – includes works by artists Hale Tenger and Nevin Aladağ from Turkey. Aladağ’s 'Traces' is a 3-channel video work. On three separate projection surfaces, Aladağ creates a large-scale sound-and-image portrait of the city of Stuttgart, the place she spent her childhood and adolescence. Hale Tenger’s 7 channel video installation entitled 'Balloons on the Sea' takes its subject directly from a popular pastime practiced along the Bosphorus in Istanbul and along the coasts of Turkey; a game of shooting at balloons laid on the sea.

Nevin Aladağ, Traces
Nevin Aladağ, Traces, 2015 HD video, 3 channel video installation (detail)

Nevin Aladağ, Traces
Hale Tenger, Balloons on the Sea, 2011, video installation, 57th Venice Biennial, courtesy the artist and Galeri Nev Istanbul

Museum Sztuki Acquires Work by Sükran Moral

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Şükran Moral, Bordello II
Şükran Moral, Bordello II, 2011. Pigment Print 80x120cm Courtesy the artist and Zilberman Gallery

Şükran Moral’s 'Bordello' has been acquired by Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Poland. Moral is one of the seminal performance artists in Turkey. Her work challenges the position of women in society, focusing in particular on violence against women or other underrepresented groups. Moral’s performances have often taken place in very diverse spaces, from brothels and hamams to mental hospitals, disrupting thus their normal function and turning them into discursive platforms for art.

Cevdet Erek at the Pavilion of Turkey in Venice

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Bulent Eczacibasi, Cevdet Erek, Cengiz Eroldu. Photo: Poyraz Tutuncu
Cevdet Erek, ÇIN, 2017, installation view at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 57th Venice Biennial. photo: RMphotostudio

At the Pavilion of Turkey, Cevdet Erek presents 'ÇIN', a site-specific installation which uses architecture and sound to explore poetic and political imaginings. Its title has been imagined as a sound signal that foretells the work. An onomatopoeic word in Turkish, 'ÇIN' imitates a specific percussive sound, and is also a root from which the words reverberation and tinnitus are derived. With ÇIN, Erek continues the experimentation of themes and methods which he has investigated in his previous series 'Room of Rhythms', 'Rulers and Rhythms Studies' and 'Sound Ornamentations'. In these works, rhythms of history, every day and nature are formalised in the coming together of sound, architecture and performance; visual and sonic timelines are constructed; and architectural ornamentation is created through the use of sound patterns and speech.

Pre-conceptualisation, experimentation and improvisation each play a part in ÇIN’s creation. The basis of Erek’s work for the Pavilion of Turkey consists of a spatial programme concretised by an architectural construction and a multichannel sound installation that were conceived in tandem. Sounds - all produced in the space after its physical construction was completed - guide the one’s passage and are confronted both sequentially and as an infinite variety of combinations. Their complex configurations are at times immersive and at other moments are obscured due to the position and direction of the visitor, generating unseen boundaries and articulating transitivity. Over the course of the Biennale Arte 2017 ÇIN will also be open to interventions: in enabling artists to perform in the space, for instance, with the original sounds varied or switched off. Its form is never final.

Bulent Eczacibasi, Cevdet Erek, Cengiz Eroldu. Photo: Poyraz Tutuncu
Bulent Eczacibasi, Cevdet Erek, Cengiz Eroldu. Photo: Poyraz Tutuncu

Artists Announced for the 15th Istanbul Biennial

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The 15th Istanbul Biennial Map
The 15th Istanbul Biennial Map, Courtesy IKSV Istanbul


Taking place from 16 September - 12 November 2017, the 15th edition of the Istanbul Biennial, entitled 'a good neighbour' brings together artworks by 55 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

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

Nilbar Güreş wins the De'Longhi Art Projects Artist Award

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Nilbar Güreş wins the De'Longhi Art Projects Artist Award
Nilbar Güreş, Double Headed Snake - Queer Desire is Wild, 2015, Handmade belt. Courtesy of Galerie Tanja Wagner.


London Art Fair 2018 announced Nilbar Güreş, represented by Galerie Tanja Wagner, as the winner of the De’Longhi Art Projects Artist Award 2018.

Güreş’ work was exhibited as part of ​'Dialogues', an exhibition which invites pairs of international galleries to collaborate around a shared theme. In a first for London Art Fair 2018, this year’s edition of ​'Dialogues' features exclusively female or female-identifying artists whose work addresses the diverse experiences and identities of women. In doing so the curator Misal Adnan Yıldız aimed to address the lack of representation of women, especially non-European women, within the art world.

Nilbar Güreş, who identifies as a feminist queer artist, chooses a performative approach for her works, using photography, collage, drawing and video to place everyday realities into theatrical settings in order to explore cultural identity and codes. Güreş’ works are characterised by a playful and humouristic approach that is nonetheless both political and critical, addressing the effects of sexism, violence and gender inequality. Her work draws upon first-hand research and cultural observation, with Güreş often living with her subjects in order to experience their environments.

Güreş was born in 1977 in Istanbul, Turkey, and studied at the Department of Fine Arts at the Marmara University in Istanbul, and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. It is evident in much of her work that her cultural heritage is of great importance to her, although it also acts in conflict with other facets of her identity, with Anatolian narratives, symbols and fabrics inspiring her works. Head Standing Totem for example, created in Brazil for the São Paolo Biennial, draws upon Güreş’ Anatolian background, using scarves and serving cups within the composition, as well as making references to the indigenous cultures she encountered in Brazil. This trip also provided inspiration for a recently created collage on display at London Art Fair entitled ​Jumping Bed. The work evokes the ideas of wilderness and escapism, in a physical sense but also making reference to the wilderness of queerness and the empowerment that comes from escaping societal conventions and limitations. Güreş’ practice also encompasses video works, for example ​Wolf and Lamb, featuring two children playing in animal masks (the boy as a wolf, and the girl a lamb), inviting the viewer to challenge the gendered conventions they may be subjected to as adults.

Galerie Tanja Wagner, based in Berlin, works with a diverse group of emerging artists with strong social and political positions whose work fosters discussions about society and the humanity of the individual. The gallery facilitates the exchange of thoughts and beliefs, and also actively contributes to the expansion of a diverse and gender-balanced art market.

Nilbar Güreş will have her first solo exhibition in Berlin at Galerie Tanja Wagner, opening 23 February 2018, followed by a solo exhibition at Lentos Museum, Graz in June this year.

Nilbar Güreş wins the De'Longhi Art Projects Artist Award
Nilbar Güreş, Frozen Zebra, 2017, Mixed media on fabric, Galerie Tanja Wagner

4th Mardin Biennial 2018

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4th Mardin Biennial


The 4th International Mardin Biennial, entitled 'Beyond Words' and curated by a team consisting of Fırat Arapoğlu, Nazlı Gürlek and Derya Yücel, will be open to the public from 4 May until 4 June 2018.

Since its beginning in 2010, the International Mardin Biennial, directed by Döne Otyam and hosted by the Mardin Cinema Association, has received much acclaim both in its own region and on a global scale.

This 4th edition of the biennial will unfold in three interrelated sections: “Infinite Sight” curated by Fırat Arapoğlu, “Body Language” curated by Nazlı Gürlek and “Borders and Thresholds” curated by Derya Yücel. It will feature works by an international list of artists exploring various ways in which meaning is created and communicated beyond words – through sight, body language and space. In other words, the exhibition will bring together those specific modes of expression that are central to art-making – the visual, the bodily and the spatial.

As in the previous editions, the aim of this 4th edition is to transform Mardin’s historical buildings into creative platforms where the potential for communal space and a common language can be experienced. The German Headquarters (Alman Karargahı), Mor Efrem Monastery, Yıldız Turkish Bath, Mardin Museum stone houses, Arcaded mall shops (Revaklı çarşı dükkanları) and Carpenters’ Coffeeshop (Marangozlar Kahvesi) will be used as biennial venues.

www.mardinbienali.org

BEYOND WORDS – 4th International Mardin Biennials Artists List

Albena Baeva / Ali Emir Tapan / Ana Mendieta / Aslı Bostancı / Aydın Teker / Bilge Alkor / CANAN / Cengiz Tekin / Ceren Oran&Burcu Yılmaz / Chaw Ei Thein / Chris Burden / Çağrı Saray / Didem Erbaş / Eda Aslan / Emre Zeytinoğlu / Fırat Bingöl / Gizem Aksu / Guy Ben-Ner / Hasan Pehlevan / Huo Rf / İhsan Oturmak / İnsel İnal / İpek Duben / Janis Rafa / John Gerrard / Julian Stallabrass / Ken Friedman / Lewis Hine / Leyla Postalcıoğlu / Iliko Zautashvili / Magali Duzant / Mahmut Celayir / Maria Papadimitrou / MERKEZKAÇ / Metin Çelik / Mustafa Avcı / Mürsel Argunağa / Nasan Tur / Özlem Altın / Parastou Forouhar / PELESİYER / Ramize Erer / Romina Meriç / Sara Kostic / Senem Gökçe Oğultekin / Serkan Taycan / Seyhun Topuz / Simon Faithfull / Taner Ceylan / Youssef Nabil

Nicolas Bourriaud to curate 16th Istanbul Biennial

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Nicolas Bourriaud to curate 16th Istanbul Biennial
Nicolas Bourriaud, photo: Sergio Rosales Medina


The 16th Istanbul Biennial, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Koç Holding, will take place between 14 September and 10 November 2019. The 16th edition of the biennial will be curated by French curator, art scholar and writer Nicolas Bourriaud.

Bourriaud, one of the co-founders of Palais de Tokyo, Paris and current director of the Montpellier Contemporain, stated that he is very honoured to be able to contribute to the history of Istanbul Biennial, which has always been a place of strong curatorial statements since its creation in 1987. Also, as a crossing point, the city of Istanbul takes a specific signification today, in a global political era marked by binary thought. He stated that he will try to build an exhibition that measures up to our historical situation.

Istanbul Biennial’s Advisory Board commented on Bourriaud, that his research embracing the idea of multiverse is vital for the thoughtful minds of today. They strongly believe that Nicolas will develop an intriguing exhibition considering his esteemed curatorial and theoretical practice, his in-depth academic studies as well has his long term collaborations with artists and active engagement with new generations. The 16th Istanbul Biennial, under the curatorship of Nicolas Bourriaud, will celebrate and embrace the possibilities of transdiciplinary collaboration through the exhibition and its public programmes which will bring together artists and specialists living and producing in different parts of the globe.

The Istanbul Biennial Advisory Board members include Iwona Blazwick, Ayşe Erek, İnci Eviner, Yuko Hasegawa and Agustín Pérez Rubio.

Nicolas Bourriaud: Nicolas Bourriaud, born in 1965, is a curator and writer. He is the director of Montpellier Contemporain (MoCo), an institution he created, gathering the La Panacée art centre, the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the future MoCo Museum, which will be opened in June 2019. He was the director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris from 2011 to 2015. From 2010 to 2011, he headed the studies department at the Ministry of Culture in France. He was Gulbenkian Curator for Contemporary Art at Tate Britain in London from 2007 to 2010 and founder advisor for the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in Kiev. He also founded and co-directed the Palais de Tokyo, Paris between 1999 and 2006.

Bourriaud’s recent exhibitions include Crash Test, La Panacée (2018); Back to Mulholland Drive, La Panacée (2017); Wirikuta, MECA Aguascalientes, Mexico (2016); The Great Acceleration / Art in the Anthropocene, Taipei Biennial (2014); The Angel of History, Palais des Beaux-Arts (2013); Monodrome, Athens Biennial (2011) and Altermodern, Tate Triennial, London (2009). Nicolas Bourriaud was also in the curatorial team of the first and second Moscow Biennials in 2005 and 2007. His selected books are The Exform (Verso, 2016); Radicant (Sternberg Press, 2009); Postproduction (Lukas & Sternberg, 2002); Formes de vie: L’art moderne et l’invention de soi (Denoel, 1999) and Relational Aesthetics (Presses du reel, 1998).

16th Istanbul Biennial The 16th Istanbul Biennial is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Koç Holding as well as other supporters, international funders, and funding bodies to be announced.

The conceptual framework of the 16th Istanbul Biennial will be announced at a press meeting to be held in fall 2018. The media preview of the biennial will be held from 10-13 September 2019 and professional preview will be held on 12 and 13 September 2019.


The Pavilion of Turkey opens at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial

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The Pavilion of Turkey opens at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial
'Vardiya / The Shift', photo: IKSV


Curated by Kerem Piker and coordinated by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the Pavilion of Turkey presents 'Vardiya / the Shift' at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial, taking place from 26 May to 25 November 2018. Co-sponsored by Schüco Turkey and VitrA, the Pavilion of Turkey is located at Sale d’Armi, Arsenale.

Responding to the Biennale Architettura 2018 theme of 'Freespace', 'Vardiya' is a programme of public events that will transform the Pavilion of Turkey into a staging ground for creative encounter, collaborative production and cultural exchange across borders.

122 international architecture students from 16 countries will visit the Pavilion of Turkey in weekly ‘shifts’ as active producers of the evolving exhibition content. They will participate in workshops, engage in roundtable discussions and hear keynote lectures driven by guest scholars, designers and architects.

The programme will begin with multi-media installations, through which visitors will be informed about forthcoming activities and workshop themes. Throughout the twenty-five weeks of the biennial, the Pavilion of Turkey will host 13 workshops, focusing on a variety of topics; around 50 digital meetings with participants from a range of disciplines; and 6 lectures by keynote speakers, including an international roster of leading architects. All of the workshops, digital meetings and lectures will be open to visitors during biennale opening hours.

Kerem Piker, curator, lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey.

Kerem Piker was born in Ankara in 1978. He received his BArch degree in Architecture in 2001 at Istanbul Technical University and his MSC in Arch degree in 2004 at TU Delft. In 2010, He was selected as one of best 40 architects in Europe under the age of 40 by Chicago Atheneum.

In 2011 Kerem Piker founded KPM-Kerem Piker Mimarlık, Architectural Studio. KPM was awarded in several architectural competitions. In 2016, Akyazı Cultural Center designed by KPM received the best project prize in the 15th National Architecture Awards. Since 1998, Kerem Piker has taught in architectural schools as a visiting lecturer and juror, including İstanbul Technical University, Yıldız Technical University, Gebze Institute of Technology, Bilgi University and Kültür University.


İnci Eviner to Represent Turkey at 58th Venice Biennial

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Inci Eviner at the Venice Biennial
Inci Eviner at her Studio. Photo by Muammer Yanmaz. Courtesy the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.


A new installation by the influential artist İnci Eviner will be presented at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, to be held between 11 May and 24 November 2019.

A new installation by the influential artist İnci Eviner will be presented at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, to be held between 11 May and 24 November 2019. Curated by Zeynep Öz, the presentation will take place at a dedicated location at the Arsenale.

İnci Eviner’s work usually takes drawing as a starting point and comprises a large body of multi-layered pieces that range from paintings and video to performative and collaborative practices. Eviner explores the formation of subjectivity, and her work touches on the workings of power and the politics of representation, especially with regards to the female body. The complex set of relations that Eviner forms between video technologies and painting tradition proposes a different kind of perception.

She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions worldwide. She has been invited to participate in numerous biennials including the Sharjah Biennial (2017), Aichi Triennale (2016), Istanbul Biennial (2013 and 2005), Thessaloniki Biennale (2013), Asian Art Biennial (2013), Busan Biennale (2010), Shanghai Biennale (2008) and Venice Biennale (1997). Among the museums where her works have been exhibited are the Drawing Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille and Istanbul Modern.

Eviner was a winner of the Sharjah Biennial Prize (2017), and she was an artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for Art (California, 2017), Rauschenberg Foundation (Florida, 2017), SAM Art Projects (Paris, 2010), Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne (Vitry-sur-Seine, 2009), Cité internationalé des Arts (Paris, 2008) and International Studio & Curatorial Program (New York, 2004-2005).


M HKA Antwerp hosts Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin exhibition

on Tuesday, 10 November 2015. Posted in ---2015--- , November

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The exhibition titled 'Democratic luxury' has been developed as a collaboration between The Museum of Modern Art in Antwerp (M HKA) and RAMPA Gallery, Istanbul, with the displays across both venues together forming a major retrospective of the work of Alptekin. The display at RAMPA runs from 2 September 2015 until 14 November 2015 and the one in Antwerp from 16 October 2015 until 31 January 2016.

“I investigate the beauty and the vulgar and the relationship between them.”

Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin (Izmir, 1957–Istanbul, 2007) was fascinated by the difference between the promise of something and its banal reality. This promise could lie in the name of a cheap hotel offering the experience of a distant place, or in the branding of a mass-produced product unconvincingly simulating luxuriousness or exoticism. Alptekin was an artist that saw the profound effects of global capitalism on the everyday, observing the movement of people and products across geographies, particularly in the period following the collapse of the Soviet Union. He himself was also a traveller, studious of forms of feral capitalism surging from places considered the fringes of western modernity. It is the signifiers and remnants of all this – traces of the burgeoning effects of mobility, trade and image circulation – that Alptekin used as the materials for his art-making, as a means for contemplating what it all represented.

Part of the first generation of Turkish artists considered to be globally active and nationally influential, Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin is considered one of the most significant figures in the established contemporary art scene of Istanbul. The exhibition Democratic luxury is a major retrospective of his practice, bringing together works produced during the two decades either side of the new millennium. Since the early 1990s, Alptekin focused on an artistic production broad in scope, which included photographs, sculptures, installation, neon text, videos and collages. It is ‘plastic art’ reflecting the prosaic material qualities of ‘global junk’ that came with the flow of trans-national free-market capitalism. This dislocation with geography recurs as a thematic strand in much of his practice, analysing how a society’s representations of ‘other’ places conform to our desires and stereotypes. Democratic luxury aims to take us deeper into the thought-processes of the exhibited works through the inclusion of a selection of studies, drawings and notes from the Alptekin archive. The exhibition will also consider his collaborative initiatives with other artists such as the Bunker Research Group, the Barn Research Group or the Sea Elephant Travel Agency which aspired to organise a ‘floating laboratory’ for artists and thinkers to circumnavigate the Black Sea, developing critical discussions and artistic exchange, all-the-while tracing the route taken by the protagonist in Jules Verne’s novel Kéraban the Inflexible (1883).

Curator: Nav Haq

Huseyin Bahri Alptekin, Turk Truck
Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, Turk Truck, 1995/2013, Courtesy the Estate of Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, M. D. Morris, Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz and Rampa Istanbul, Photo: Bram Goots

Huseyin Bahri Alptekin with M D Morris, Heterotopia
Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin with M D Morris, Heterotopia, 1995/2013, Courtesy the Estate of Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, M. D. Morris, Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz and Rampa Istanbul

Nilbar Güres receives Belvedere Contemporary Art Award 2015

on Saturday, 09 January 2016. Posted in ---2015---

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Nilbar Güreş is the recipient of the fifth edition of the BC21 Art Award, a €20,000-worth prize presented biannually by the Boston Consulting Group and the Belvedere in Vienna. The Jury stated: „Notable for its idiosyncratic approach to a variety of media, Nilbar Güreş’ work distinguishes itself for its engagement with both the humor and politics of identity, sex, and gender. The artist’s collages, photographs, drawings, and objects reveal a playful intelligence with which she confronts normative conventions and stereotypical representations to great effect."

Güreş was nominated for the BC21 Art Award 2015 by Sophie Goltz (Stadtkuratorin Hamburg). This year’s selection jury comprised Vasif Kortun (Director SALT, Istanbul), João Ribas (curator, Serralves Museum, Porto), Polly Staple (Director Chisenhale Gallery, London), and Agnes Husslein-Arco (Director of the Belvedere and 21er Haus).

Nilbar Güreş received her BA in Fine Arts from Marmara University and went on to get her MA from the Department of Painting and Graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 2002. Exploring gender roles and cultural identities through collage, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and performance, the artist tries to identify moments of clarity amongst absurd elements of quotidian life. In Güreş’s collages - which combine drawing, embroidery, appliqué and painting – motifs and symbols from the oriental pictorial tradition are crossed with modern poses and (homo-)erotic scenes to form socio- political narratives. Challenging clichés of women’s social visibility and traditional roles, the artist creates provocative counter-images that address Western fears of Islamic symbols. The artist lives and works in Vienna and Istanbul.
Güreş had artist residencies in Malmö, Auckland, São Paulo and New York, and was awarded the Msgr. Otto Mauer-Award (2014), and the Professor-Hilde-Goldschmidt-Award (2013).
Her work was on show at the 21er Haus in Vienna, alongside works by the other three nominees, Andreas Duscha, Sarah Pichlkostner and Hannes Zebedin in November 2015.

Nilbar Güreş Belvedere Vienna
Nilbar Güreş, Courtesy Belvedere Vienna. Photo: Stephan Joham.

Nilbar Güreş, Promising Hands, 2014
Nilbar Güreş, Promising Hands, 2014, metal construction, fibres, a promise bamboo ring, wool. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Martin Janda and Rampa

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