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16th Istanbul Biennial announces title and concept

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16th Istanbul Biennial


The 16th Istanbul Biennial’s title and conceptual framework was announced by the curator Nicolas Bourriaud at a press conference on Tuesday, 11 December at Lycée Français Privé Saint-Joseph d'Istanbul. Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Koç Holding, the 16th Istanbul Biennial will take place between 14 September and 10 November 2019.

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 media preview of the biennial will be held on 10-13 September 2019, and professional preview on 12-13 September 2019.

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

At the press conference, Nicolas Bourriaud announced the biennial’s title as 'The Seventh Continent'.

The 148-years-old Lycée Français Privé Saint-Joseph d'Istanbul where the press conference was held is home to one of the most extensive collections of natural sciences in Turkey, the Natural Sciences Centre. Guests who attended the press conference also had the opportunity to visit the centre showcasing Turkey's biodiversity, and the Gece / Nuit exhibition currently on view at the school. The collection contains over 30 thousand animal and 40 thousand plant species, as well as close to 5 thousand minerals and fossils from Turkey, majority of which are currently endangered or extinct.

16th Istanbul Biennial

THE SEVENTH CONTINENT

One of the most visible effects of the Anthropocene, the new geological era characterised by the impact of human activities upon the planet, is the formation of a huge mass of waste that has been called ‘The Seventh Continent’ – 3.4 million square kilometres, 7 million tons of floating plastic in the Pacific Ocean. The 16th Istanbul Biennial will explore this new continent: a world where humans and non-humans, our mass-productive systems and natural elements, drift together, reduced to particles of waste.

Today, we are acknowledging that the canonical western division between nature and culture has come to an end. The Anthropocene theory has contributed to this awareness, as the impact of human activities on nature generates an intertwined world where culture is reintegrating into nature, and vice-versa. Meanwhile, due to the increasing interconnections between cultures, as well as the development of transportation and migratory flows, the old centres are turning into megapolises sheltering a multitude of micro-cultures.

'The Seventh Continent' is an anthropology of an off-centred world and an archaeology of our times. It defines today’s art as an archipelago of diverse enquiries into global life, tracking the prints of human activity on the earth and our impact on its non-human inhabitants.

16th Istanbul Biennial

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).

Pilevneli Gallery opens new space in Istanbul

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Installation view of works by Daniel Firman at Pilevneli Factory
Installation view of works by Daniel Firman at Pilevneli Factory, Istanbul, December 2018, Photo: Courtesy the artist and Pilevneli Gallery


The opening of Pilevneli Mecidiyeköy's first exhibition, 'At the Factory: 10 Artists, 10 Individual Practices' at its new 4000m2 space was held on 11 December 2018. The group exhibition includes works by Refik Anadol, Hans Op de Beeck, Daniel Firman, Arik Levy, Tony Matelli, Ida Tursic&Wilfried Mille, Youssef Nabil, Şener Özmen, Jean Pigozzi and Erdoğan Zümrütoğlu and runs until 27 January 2019.

Address: Büyükdere Cd. No: 76, Mecidiyeköy/Şişli, İstanbul

ARTER is moving to its new space in Istanbul

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Koc Contemporary Art Museum by Grimshaw Architects

Koc Contemporary Art Museum by Grimshaw Architects

Koc Contemporary Art Museum. Photos: Courtesy Grimshaw Architects


Arter is leaving its current building where it has been active since 2010 and moving to its new home scheduled to open in September 2019.

An affiliate of the Vehbi Koç Foundation (VKF), Arter was opened in 2010 with the aim of providing a sustainable infrastructure for producing and exhibiting contemporary art. Arter presented 37 solo and group exhibitions to date with accompanying publications, talks, performances and workshops; and provided support for the production of 183 artworks in the framework of these exhibitions.

At its new building in the Dolapdere district of Istanbul, scheduled to open in 2019, which also marks the 50th anniversary of the Vehbi Koç Foundation, Arter will present exhibitions from but not limited to the VKF Contemporary Art Collection as well as performances and events across disciplines, expanding the range of its programmes.

Arter's new building is designed by Grimshaw Architects (UK) and has 18,000 square meters of indoor area. In addition to exhibition galleries and a sculpture terrace, the building will house performance halls, learning areas, a library, a conservation laboratory, an arts bookstore, and a café.

Arter's former building on Istiklal Street is currently under renovation and will be re-opened also in September 2019 as a yet-to-be-named exhibition space operated by the Vehbi Koç Foundation.

4th Istanbul Design Biennial kicks off

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Carlos Monleón, 'A Colloquy of Vessels, Facility Machine'
Carlos Monleón, 'A Colloquy of Vessels, Facility Machine' as part of 'Digestion School' at Studio X Istanbul, 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, 2018 Photo by Kayhan Kaygusuz


The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial running from 22 September until 4 November 2018 and curated by Jan Boelen under the theme 'A School of Schools' stretches 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.

As a space for critical reflection on design established in a historically rich context, the Istanbul Design Biennial offers the opportunity to question the very production and replication of design and its education. In 2018, the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial builds on the legacy of previous editions, in order to reinvent itself and become a productive process-orientated platform for education and design to research, experiment and learn in and from the city and beyond.

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.

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

Encouraging visitors to take a closer look at the exhibited works and the conceptual framework of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, guided tours are held every day except Mondays throughout the duration of the biennial at Akbank Sanat, Yapı Kredi Culture Centre, Pera Museum, Arter, SALT Galata and Studio-X Istanbul.

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

Studio Folder, 'The Physical Geography of the Sea' as part of 'Currents School'
Studio Folder, 'The Physical Geography of the Sea' as part of 'Currents School' at Yapi Kredi Cultural Art Center, 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, 2018


PARTICIPANT LIST
AATB
Åbäke
Aformal Academy & ARK.WORLD
Can Altay
Ersin Altın, Burçak Özlüdil, Augustus Wendell, Amy K. Hoover
Burak Arıkan
ARK.AMSTERDAM (Roosje Klap & Pauline Le Pape)
Arvid & Marie
Bakudapan
Kerim Bayer
Merve Bedir
Broomberg & Chanarin
Cihad Caner
Ali Murat Cengiz
Taeyoon Choi
Lorenzo Cirrincione, Jennifer Teets, Lorena Ancona
CMP OFFICE
Commonplace Studio, Jesse Howard and Tim Knapen
Danilo Correale
Cansu Cürgen & Avşar Gürpınar
Aslı Çiçek
Çukurcuma Okuma Kulübü / Reading Club
Amandine David
Demystification Committee
DESIS Felsefe Konuşmaları
Design Displacement Group
Theo Deutinger
Meeus van Dis
Disarming Design from Palestine
Bogomir Doringer
Dpr-barcelona
Eat Art Collective
ECAL x MacGuffin
Ecole Mondiale
Noortje van Eekelen
Lukas Engelhardt
FABB
Fictional Journal Collective
FRAME research Group (Remco Roes, Carla Swerts, Tom Lambeens, Griet Moors)
Annika Frye 

Alix Gallet
Gerçeklik Araştırma Grubu, Tasarım Laboratuvarı, Koç Üniversitesi
Teis De Greve
Gamze Gündüz, Güher Tan, Tangör Tan
Gökçe Gürçay
Ineke Hans
Lisa Hartje Moura, Pascal Rousseau, Noam Toran
Adam Harvey & Anastasia Kubrak
Nelly Ben Hayoun
Mark Henning
Esmé Hofman
Bora Hong
Nur Horsanalı
Housing the Human: Artem Kitaev (KOSMOS Architects), Mae-Ling Lokko, Simone C Niquille, Lucia Tahan, Dasha Tsapenko
Human Rights Foundation
Alexandre Humbert
IASPIS Urgent Pedagogies Symposium (Sepake Angiama, Markus Bader, Magnus Ericson, Joseph Grima, Sandi Hilal, Onkar Kular, Peter Lang, Tor Lindstrand, Pelin Tan, Merve Gül Özokcu)
Ils Huygens (Z33)
So Kanno
Andrea Karch
Navine G. Khan-Dossos
Roosje Klap
Rauf Kösemen
Ebru Kurbak
Matylda Krzykowski
Naho Kubota
Onkar Kular
LAB OF LABs: Professor Jussi Parikka, University of Southampton, Visiting Assistant Professor Andreas Treske, Chair Department of Communication and Design, I. D. Bilkent University, Dr. Faculty Member, PhD Simge Hough, Bilgi University, Jamie Allen, Ege Berensel, Ebru Kurbak
Landskip
Peter Lang
Legrand Jäger
Lifepatch
Mae-ling Lokko, Nana Ofori-Atta Ayim, Selassie Ataditka, Gustavo Crembil
Farzin Lotfi-Jam & Mark Wasiuta
LUCA School of Arts
Pedro Neves Marques
Margarida Mendes
Alexandra Midal
Carlos Monleón
Gökhan Mura
Martina Muzi
N55
New South
Camilo Oliveira
ONAGÖRE (Okay Karadayılar & Ali Taptık)
Şevket Pamuk
Parasitic Okuma Kulübü / Reading Club
Thomas Pausz
Ana Peñalba
Juliette Pépin
Hannah Perner-Wilson
Shailoh Philips
Mary Ponomareva
Irene Posch
Possible Bodies Collective
RADIOEE.NET AND PUB RADIO
Alice Rawsthorn
Livia Rezende
Ottonie Von Roeder
João Roxo
Emelie Röndahl
Mika Satomi
Helga Schmid
SCN
Judith Seng
Fahmy Shahin
SO?
Stigmergy·Family·Studio
Chick Strand
Studio Folder (Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual, Pietro Leoni)
Studio Makkink & Bey
SulSolSal
Jenna Sutela
Selim Süme
Aslıhan Şenel
Gülsün Tanyeli
Tattfoo Studio
Teaching Lies (Jamie Allen, Selçuk Artut, Rebekka Kiesewetter, Paolo Patelli, Donato Ricci, Benoît Verjat, Michael Edward Young)
Jennifer Teets & Lorenzo Cirrincione
Sera Tolgay
Sissel Marie Tonn
Joris Van Tubergen
Dr. Ahmet Uhri
Janna Ullrich
Unfold
University of the Underground
Henriëtte Waal (LUMA) & Studio Klarenbeek & Dros
Lukas Wegwerth
Nina Wiesnagrotzki
Pınar Yoldaş
İpek Yürekli
Peter Zin


Artists from Turkey at Gwangju Biennale

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Pinar Öğrenci, A Gentle Breeze Passed Over Us
Pinar Öğrenci, A Gentle Breeze Passed Over Us, video, HD, 4’50”, sound, color, 2017


Didem Özbek, Pinar Öğrenci and Halil Altindere were part of the exhibition 'Facing Phantom Borders' curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong, while İnci Eviner’s video work titled 'Nursing Modern Fall' was part of the exhibition 'Faultlines' curated by Yeon Shim Chung & Yeewan Koon at this year's 12th edition of Gwangju Biennale titled 'Imagined Borders' on view from 7 September until 11 November 2018.

As a city of art and culture, Gwangju and Gwangju Biennale Foundation host Gwangju Biennale established in 1995. Gwangju Biennale, founded in memory of the spirit of the 1980 civil uprising against the repression of the Gwangju Democratization Movement, is Asia's oldest and most prestigious biennial of contemporary art. Under the helm of previous curators which include Kerry Brougher, Sukwon Chang, Okwui Enwezor, Charles Esche, Hou Hanru, Honghee Kim, Yongwoo Lee, Youngchul Lee, Kwangsoo Oh, Wankyoung Sung, Harald Szeemann, Nancy Adajania, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, MamiKataoka, Sunjung Kim, Carol Yinghua Lu, and Alia Swastika, Gwangju Biennale has established itself as one of the highlights of the international contemporary art biennale circuit.

6th Çanakkale Biennial

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6th Canakkale Biennial, Installation view 2018
6th Canakkale Biennial Poster (detail)


The 6th edition of the International Çanakkale Biennial titled 'Before the Past—After the Future”, held between 29 September and 11 November 2018, brought together the works of 37 international artists, focusing on the concepts, images and ecologies of the past and the future.

The conceptual framework of the 6th Çanakkale Biennial is inspired from the units used to historicise time: 'Before the Past – After the Future' presents a selection of art productions that are directed to the horizontal (geographical) and vertical (historical) expansions of time that is defined as before and after certain milestones (BC/AD) or more objectively as its distance from the present day (BP- Before Present). One of the main venues of the 6th Çanakkale Biennial, Troia Museum, which opened its doors in 2018 Year of Troy, hosted works that focus on mythological and historical aspects of Troy. The unique spaces in the neighbouring Tevfikiye, which has recently been renovated and transformed into an Archeo-Village as part of the Respect to History Project hosted film screenings and workshops as well as the Biennial exhibitions. MAHAL, Korfmann Library, Bordo Bina, Sanatsever and Studio Mavinil were also among the Biennial venues.

6th Canakkale Biennial, Installation view 2018
6th Canakkale Biennial, Installation view 2018

Çanakkale Biennial Initiative (CABININ) is a Çanakkale-based non-profit initiative, founded by a group of collaborators from various fields and occupations. As a platform for producing artistic and cultural ideas and events, CABININ organizes and supports local as well as international events that would touch on socially responsible projects in particular, International Çanakkale Biennial. Hence, since the 1st Çanakkale Biennial (2008), all of the conceptual frameworks have been determined on the principle to oversee, examine and criticize the social problems relating to the country, region and the world through works of art.

Participating Artists:

Adrian Paci, Agnes-Meyer Brandis, Akın Aksu, Cem Demir, Hertog Nadler, Çınar Eslek, Deniz Sağdıç, Derviş Zaim, Emre Zeytinoğlu, Fani Zguro, Ferhat Özgür, Georgios Katsagelos, Guy Ben Ner, Hayri Esmer, Hülya Özdemir, Jakob Gautel, Janis Rafa, Jason Karaindros, Josephine Turalba, Katrin Korfmann & Jens Pfeifer, Krassimir Terziev, Larissa Sansour & Søren Lind, Mehmet Erim, Nancy Atakan, Nazlı Gürlek, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Pınar Yolaçan, Serhat Kiraz, Servet Koçyiğit, Seydi Murat Koç, Seyhan Boztepe, Tufan Baltalar, Ugo La Pietra, Yeni Anıt

A Look at Turkey's Contemporary Art Scene in Arles

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Sinem Disli, Pognon's cave remains, 2015, archival pigment print, 112,5 x 144cm
Sinem Dişli, Pognon's Cave Remains, 2015, archival pigment print, 112,5 x 144cm


On view at Maison des Peintres in Arles from 2 July until 23 September 2018 and curated by Ilgın Deniz Akseloğlu and Yann Perreau, 'A Pillar of Smoke' features work by artists and photographers who, from Diyarbakır to an Istanbul slum, from Trabzon (Trebizond) to central Anatolia, document today’s Turkey, a multi-faceted nation of obvious contradictions. According to the curators, the project began as a reflection on the creation, dissemination and reception of various kinds of images and art works in the context of what Turkey is presently going through. There is also a dialogue about those issues, ongoing for over a year now, with those whose work is on display here. When the official discourse tries to mask or distort reality, a new relationship to facts and the truth emerges. Today, Turkey’s artists, journalists and intellectuals take risks just by doing their jobs. This show pays tribute to those who continue expressing themselves despite conditions of extreme adversity.

Participaing Artists:
140 Journos, Halil Altındere (1971), Volkan Aslan (1982), Kürşad Bayhan (1980), Cihan Demiral (1986), Sinem Dişli (1982), Mathias Depardon (1980), Çağdaş Erdoğan (1992), Nilbar Güreş (1977), Korhan Karaoysal (1981), Ali Kazma (1971), Nar Photos, Desislava Şenay Martinova (1987), Ali Taptık (1983), Cengiz Tekin (1977), Furkan Temir (1995), Mehmet Ali Uysal (1976).

A Pillar of Smoke will be presented at the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival (Xiamen, China), from 23 November 2018 to 3 January 2019.

Çağdaş Erdoğan, Control Series, 2015-2016
Çağdaş Erdoğan, Control Series, 2015-2016

Sinem Disli, On the verge, 2015, (self-portrait) sculpture
Sinem Dişli, On the verge, 2018, [self-portrait] Sculpture and mixed media, 27 x 27 x 26 cm

SALT Reopens Its Beyoğlu Branch

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After more than 2 years of temporary closure SALT reopened its Beyoğlu branch on 17 April 2018 with the exhibition 'Continuity Error' by Aydan Murtezaoğlu and Bülent Şangar.

Following extensive renovations, the building now features 1,130 m2 of exhibition space, archival space, offices, a café called Bistro, Robinson Crusoe bookshop, a walk-in cinema, and a rooftop terrace-garden designed by architect Fritz Haeg. The six-story SALT building on Istiklal Caddesi dates back to the 19th century and was originally known as the Siniossoglou Apartment.

SALT is an art institution in Istanbul, which was initiated by Vasif Kortun and Garanti Bank in 2011, and has exhibition and workshop spaces in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey. It combines the previous activities of the Garanti Gallery, the Ottoman Bank Archives and Research Centre and the Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center. It is one of the six members of L'Internationale, a confederation of European art institutions; the other member institutions are the Moderna galerija in Ljubljana, in Slovenia; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, in Spain; the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona in Barcelona, also in Spain; the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen in Antwerp, in Belgium; and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands. Working in conjunction with the greater changes that are currently taking place in Istanbul’s arts scene, SALT hosts exhibitions and conferences, engages in interdisciplinary research projects, and has a library and archives for public use.

SALT reopens its Beyoğlu Branch
SALT Beyoğlu Entrance, photo: exhibist


Halil Altındere's Homeland acquired by MoMA

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Halil Altindere's Homeland at MoMA
Halil Altındere, Homeland, 2016, video still


Halil Altındere's video work 'Homeland' (2016) was acquired by Media and Performance Art department of MoMA, NY.

Shot in Turkey and Germany, Halil Altindere’s new video 'Homeland' spotlights the experience of forced migration. The contradictions that define refugee status are voiced by rapper Mohammad Abu Hajar, who is a Syrian refugee now living in Berlin. The work is placed in the context of the pro-democratic revolts in the course of the 'Arab Spring' in the Near East and shows the dangerous journey of the refugees through the neighbouring countries all the way to Europe as well as the search for a new life on the basis of Abu Hajar ’s song. The work was produced for the Berlin Biennial 2016.

Aslı Çavuşoğlu at New Museum

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Aslı Çavuşoğlu at New Museum
Aslı Çavuşoğlu, The Place of Stone, 2018 (detail). Fresco on 22 aerolam panels, 49 1/4 × 49 1/4 in (125 × 125 cm) each. Photo: Gençer Yurttaş


The artist's first solo museum show in United States titled 'The Place of Stone' featuring a new body of work realized for the exhibition opened on 18 September at New Museum, New York and is on view until 13 January 2019.

In her research-driven practice, Çavuşoğlu (b. 1982, Istanbul, Turkey) takes up questions of history and belief by examining objects, images, and cultural symbols that have endured over time. National identity and the mechanisms through which political projects are constructed are recurring concerns. Many of her works address narratives of the past and suppositions of the present through oral histories, archives, artifacts, and raw materials, such as those used for color pigments.

At the installation of the New Museum's lobby Aslı Çavuşoğlu explores the centuries-long trade in lapis lazuli, once a key ingredient for mixing blue pigment before the advent of chemical dyes. The stone was extensively used for fresco painting, a medium revived here in a multi-panel composition, limned in hues ranging from cerulean to Prussian blue. Examining the color as both a commodity and as a key ingredient in painting, Çavuşoğlu traces the story of blue from its mineral origins to its role in art history.

Lead support for Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s residency and exhibition is provided by SAHA Association.

Semiha Berksoy at Frieze London

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Semiha Berksoy at Frieze
Galerist (Istanbul) and Vigo Gallery's (London) joint booth at Frieze Masters 2018


Galerist (Istanbul) and Vigo Gallery (London) presented a solo presentation of the work of the extraordinary Turkish artist, opera singer and cultural figure, Semiha Berksoy (1910 – 2004) for the Spotlight section of Frieze Masters, 2018.

Semiha Berksoy (b. 1910, Istanbul, d. 2004, Istanbul) was one of the leading cultural scene figures in the early years of the Turkish Republic and one of the first internationally recognized Turkish artists. At the age of 19, she was accepted at the Academy of Fine Arts Istanbul, where she studied ceramics. She was also a student at Darülbedayi Drama School. With a multi-faceted artistic approach, Berksoy starred in the first Turkish sound movie and performed in the first Turkish opera. After graduating from the Berlin State Music Academy, she was awarded the titles of ‘World Class Opera Singer’, ‘Prima Donna’ and ‘State Artist’. In a life dedicated to art, she also made great contributions in the field of visual arts. Istanbul-based gallery Galerist recently published her catalogue raisonné in 2017.

Selected recent solo exhibitions include Semiha Berksoy with Love, O’Art, Istanbul, TR (2017); Wall of Hallucination, Galerist, Istanbul, TR (2014); I Lived on Art, I Lived on Love, Yapı Kredi Kazım Taşkent Gallery, Istanbul, TR (2010); Retrospective, Iş Sanat Kibele Sanat Gallery, Istanbul, TR (2003).

Selected group exhibitions include Artists in Their Time, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, TR (2015); Plurivocality, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, TR (2014); Past and Future, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, TR (2013); 9th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, CN (2012); Dream and Rea- lity, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, TR (2012); Istanbul Next Wave, Akade- mie der Künste, Berlin, DE (2009); Gender Battle, CGAC, Santiago de Compostela, ES (2007); Venice – Istanbul, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, TR (2006); 51st Venice Biennale, Ve- nice, IT (2005); Zeitwenden, Kunstmuseum Bonn, DE/ Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, AT (1999/2000); Mani- festa II, Luxembourg, LU (1998); 5th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (1997); Iskorpit, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, DE (1995).

Galeri Nev Istanbul moves back to previous location

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Misir Apartment, Istiklal Caddesi
Misir Apartment, Istiklal Caddesi 163, Istanbul


After relocating to Karakoy last season, the gallery decided to return to its previous gallery space at Misir Apartment on Istiklal Caddesi, Istanbul in September 2018.

Founded in 1984 by Ali Artun and Haldun Dostoğlu in Ankara, Galeri Nev established its space in Istanbul in 1987 and has been organizing regular exhibitions ever since, with the aim of introducing modern and contemporary art to both local and international audience.

In the early 1990’s, whilst continuing to present the masters of modern Turkish art, the gallery began to work with a group of younger, emerging artists. The enduring collaboration with this new generation which constitutes the core group of Galeri Nev Istanbul, attracted a devoted audience on national and international scale while boosting the careers of the artists.

Aside from the exhibitions held at Galeri Nev Istanbul’s gallery space under Dostoğlu’s direction, a significant number of retrospective exhibitions have been realized for the artists represented by Galeri Nev Istanbul such as Erol Akyavaş, Nejad Devrim and Alev Ebüzziya at prestigious locations in Istanbul.

An equally essential mission of the gallery has been numerous publication projects since its establishment. By means of the catalogues, original print suits and monographs whose number is over a hundred today, Galeri Nev occupies a pioneering position in contributing to cultural landscape in Turkey.

Nilbar Güreş wins the De'Longhi Art Projects Artist Award

on Monday, 05 March 2018. Posted in ---2018--- , March

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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

on Friday, 13 April 2018. Posted in ---2018--- , May

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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

on Thursday, 17 May 2018. Posted in ---2018--- , June

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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.


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