Turkey at the 1st London Design Biennial

on Tuesday, 03 May 2016. Posted in ---2016---, September

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Turkey’s contribution to the first ever London Design Biennial was on view at Somerset house from 7 to 27 September 2016. The inaugural London Design Biennale featured projects from over thirty countries, which were called to respond to the theme of ‘Utopia by Design,’ celebrating the 500th anniversary of the publication of Sir Thomas More’s classic, Utopia (1516).

Coordinated by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), Turkey’s contribution to the biennale presented ‘The Wish Machine'. Autoban’s installation takes direct inspiration from the ‘wish-tree’, a cultural tradition deeply rooted in the ancient Anatolian faith and found in ancient Greek, Kabala and Persian believes. Its origins can be tracked back to the Neolithic. It operates on a simple mechanism that involves affixing a note or a memento to a branch of a tree as an act of hope born out of hopelessness. In this act, the tree becomes a place of last resort for one’s hopes and wishes, which are pinned on universal powers, in the hope that they can change the supplicant’s fate. ‘The Wish Machine’ takes this multi-cultural tradition as the key insight into how design and utopia can cooperate.

The installation that was installed in the West Wing G1A at Somerset House was an interactive pneumatic system operating in a mirrored space. Visitors were invited to walk through a tunnel that was made of transparent hexagonal tubes. They could share their hopes and wishes, vision of utopias, and aspiration for the future, by writing them on paper, and feeding them to the Wish Machine through a lid at the dead end. Notes then travelled back through the tubes to a place out of visitors’ sight, as if their destination is a place unknown. Just like throwing coins to the depths of a lake or lighting a candle to make a wish come true, the final destination being addressed remained a mystery.

Autoban's Project
Autoban's Project 'Wish Machine' for the 1st London Design Biennial in 2016. Photo: Courtesy Autoban and IKSV

In forming ‘The Wish Machine,’ Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar, the founders of Autoban, were motivated by the utopian idea of detaching from all known parameters belonging to the past and the present to dream for a better future. This positively provocative approach to suggest solutions for humanity and the act of dreaming was their biggest inspiration, reflected in their own field of design. The biggest problem they identified in today’s world is the inability to express an idea or a dream about a more positive future, without constantly having to struggle with the chaos of the present.

Having realised that preceding systems that were designed to create a ‘perfect’ order from chaos and diversity have eventually failed, the designers embraced the endless journey both as a method and form. Utopia was an inspirational resource for the idea of ‘being triggered for searching.’ Throughout their journey, Utopia was a reference point that inspired them to create constructive thinking and keep the essence of hope.

Autoban has worked in an interdisciplinary and collective setting with different expertise, to make a real, interactive, and perfectly working mechanical system, custom designed for the biennial space. In their design approach for the London Design Biennale, the company has looked into possibilities to express familiar traditions in new representations, and to build a century-long, well-known system with a surprising new form and function.

Ahmet Ögüt
Press Conference for Turkey's project for the 1st London Design Biennial in 2016. Photo: Mahmut Ceylan, Courtesy IKSV

Contemporary Artists from Turkey in the Imago Mundi - Luciano Benetton Collection

on Wednesday, 10 August 2016. Posted in ---2016---, August

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Istanbul Codex, imago mundi collection

227 works by artists from Turkey have recently been included in the ‚Istanbul Codex. Contemporary Artists from Turkey’ part of the Imago Mundi Collection , a cultural, democratic, global, non-profit project, promoted by Luciano Benetton with the aim of creating the widest possible mapping of the different contemporary artistic experiences of our world. In Imago Mundi, each country is represented by the works of established artists and new talents, commissioned with the maximum freedom of expression, whose only constraint is the 10x12 cm format.

The collection is accompanied by a publication of the same title with texts by Luciano Benetton, Claudio Scorretti, Irina Ungureanu, Lora Sarıaslan.

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Istanbul Codex, imago mundi collection

Güneş Terkol, Looking for Each Other
Güneş Terkol, Looking for Each Other, 2015, imago mundi collection

Gamze Taşdan, Orhan
Gamze Taşdan, Orhan, 2015, imago mundi collection

Güneş Terkol, Looking for Each Other
Kürşat Bayhan, Waterbottles, 2015, imago mundi collection

Work by Burçak Bingöl enters permanent Collection of the Met in New York

on Wednesday, 10 August 2016. Posted in ---2016---, August

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Burçak Bingöl’s work ‚Broken II’ (2013) is now part of the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum New York. The piece is part of a series in which the artist questions Turkish society and heritage, meshes its cultural and personal stories, deconstructs familiar everyday items then casts them in richly-decorated ceramic artwork. Objects such as plain white bottles and tiles are cast and/or decorated in resonance with the traditions of the pre-modern Near East (Seljuq, Ottoman and Safavid). Sometimes they are dashed on the floor – a violent act captured by the artist in a short video installation – and a selection of the shards are then reassembled and decorated. In "Broken II" irregularly broken ceramic pieces have been perpendicularly reassembled in a three-dimensional square panel. Utilizing the medium of floral-decorated stonepaste, this work connects to the traditional ceramics and the colorful, decorative patterns created throughout the centuries in the Islamic world. The prominence given to roses relates especially to the Ottoman period and Iznik ceramics more specifically, wherein this flower appears prominently alongside tulips, hyacinths and carnations, all of which are rendered in a stylized, rather than naturalistic, manner of those in "Broken II." This method of deconstructing a traditional Turkish art form or medium – then reassembling it into a contemporary object calls both to the artistic Ottoman and Islamic heritage and questions the idea of "what is art?" – Bingöl’s counter to Marcel Duchamp’s concept of "ready-made art."

Burçak Bingöl, Broken II
Burçak Bingöl, Broken II, 2013, The Metropolitan Museum New York

The artist’s practice is an interrogation of belonging, culture, identity, decoration and failure by blurring the boundaries between these seemingly distinct notions. They are psychological landscapes that hover between abstraction and representation, seduction and repulsion, adoption and preservation that both embrace and disregard Eastern and Western traditions. They are not only both questioning and expanding the Western canon but also inviting the viewer to a re-consideraton of the distinction between art vs. Craft and high vs. Low. Working with sculptures, drawings, video, photography and installation, her work is a constant investigation of materials and objects where the repetitive act is formulated by merging fiction and failure. Burçak Bingöl’s sixth solo exhibiton Mythos & Utopia will take place at Zilberman Gallery Istanbul between February and April 2017.

Turkey at the 15th International Architecture Biennial

on Monday, 29 August 2016. Posted in ---2016---, August

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The Pavilion of Turkey at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (28 May-27 November 2016) features the project Darzanà. Curated by Feride Çiçekoğlu, Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu and Ertuğ Uçar, with curatorial collaborators Cemal Emden and Namık Erkal, the exhibition team of Darzanà consists of Hüner Aldemir, Caner Bilgin, Hande Ciğerli, Gökçen Erkılıç, Nazlı Tümerdem and Yiğit Yalgın. The Pavilion of Turkey, coordinated by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and co-sponsored by Schüco Turkey and VitrA, is located at the Sale d’Armi, Arsenale.

Darzana, Pavilion of Turkey 15th Architecture Biennial in Venice 2016
Darzanà, Pavilion of Turkey, 15th Architecture Biennial in Venice 2016, Photo: Cemal Emden

Darzanà is a project about frontier infringement and on hybridity. It challenges the increasing confinement within borders of religion, language, race, nationality, ethnicity and gender. The project highlights the common cultural and architectural heritage shared between the arsenals of Istanbul and Venice. For the Biennale Architettura 2016, a last vessel, Baştarda, has been constructed out of abandoned materials found in the old dockyard of Istanbul and transported to Venice to suggest a new connection in Mediterranean.

Darzanà: Two Arsenals, One Vessel

The project title Darzanà means dockyard and it is a hybrid word, like the Turkish word tersane and the Italian word arsenale. These words are derived or distorted from the same root, the Arabic dara’s-sina’a (place of industry). They all originate from the common language that developed in the Mediterranean from the 11th to the 19th century among people such as sailors, travellers, merchants, and warriors. Known as Lingua Franca, this was a shared language when Mediterranean was the main vessel connecting the surrounding cultures. In the same vein, it is possible to talk of a common architectural language and to define it as Architectura Franca.

Despite their very different identities and populations today, Venice and Istanbul once both featured considerable dockyards of similar sizes and production. The common core of these dockyards was the shipsheds called “volti” in Italian and “göz” in Turkish. The shipshed is the building block of a shared architectural heritage; its proportions grow out of the dimensions of boats and of common building technologies. Darzanà links a shipshed of İstanbul with a shipshed of Venice by a vessel. For the project Darzanà, a last vessel, Baştarda was built earlier this year at an abandoned shipshed at the Haliç dockyards in Istanbul.

Similar to Darzanà, Baştarda is also a hybrid word. Derived from bastardo, Baştarda is a cross between a galley and a galleon and is propelled by oars and sails. As a symbol of Mediterranean hybridity, Baştarda creates a bridge between the two shipyards, one left to rot away in the megacity of Istanbul, the other springing to life only at certain times of the year in the museum-city that is Venice.

In Istanbul, Baştarda was constructed beneath a reproduction of the wooden trusses of the hall in Sale d’Armi of Venice shipyard that hosts the Pavilion of Turkey. Measuring 30 metres long and weighing four tons, the vessel was built from more than 500 pieces including seven kilometres of steel cable and abandoned materials found on site including wooden moulds, discarded furniture, signboards and boats. In April, the components were shipped to Sale d’Armi, where Baştarda was re-constructed in May for the Pavilion of Turkey. When La Biennale closes in November 2016, Baştarda will continue her journey and she will eventually become the centrepiece of a museum of arsenal, when the site is opened to public in Istanbul.

Darzanà’s main theme raises the question of whether it is possible to transform borders, fronts and other spaces of conflict into thresholds and spaces of consensus. In this vein, Baştarda becomes a vessel of frontier infringement. She came to Venice, and she will eventually go back to Istanbul, travelling back and forth, just as the languages, the architectural forms, and people of the Mediterranean, have done throughout history. Reporting from Darzanà, one can announce the futility of demarcations on the seas and in between the words.

For more information: www.iksv.org / pavilionofturkey.iksv.org

Darzana, Pavilion of Turkey 15th Architecture Biennial in Venice 2016
Darzanà, Pavilion of Turkey, 15th Architecture Biennial in Venice 2016, Photo: Cemal Emden

Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s Red/Red joins MoMA Collection

on Wednesday, 12 October 2016. Posted in ---2016---, October

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Installation view of Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s Red/Red at the 14th Istanbul Biennale, 2015. Photo: Sahir Uğur Eren

Pieces from Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s installation Red/Red (2015), which was made for the 14th Istanbul Biennial, are included in the permanent collection of MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art in New York. The work comprises a series of patterns that the artist drew on worn-out papers and handmade notebooks with an inspiration from Armenian miniatures, and by using a specific red pigment traditionally made from an insect known as the Ararat cochineal and found around the Aras River. The pigment’s extraction technique remains largely in oblivion, known only by a few masters. The whole work was previously on display at Mathaf - Arab Museum of Modern Art for the second time after the biennial, on the occasion of its inclusion into the museum’s collection. Four patterns from the same series that were not exhibited in the biennial will be permanently on view at MoMA.

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Installation view of Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s Red/Red at the 14th Istanbul Biennale, 2015. Photo: Sahir Uğur Eren

Anna Laudel Contemporary in Karaköy

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

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The gallery opened its doors in December in Istanbul’s Karaköy neighborhood with the exhibition ‘When Did We Stop Playing...’ curated by Isabel Bernheimer from Berlin based Bernheimer Contemporary Gallery. The new, five-storey gallery space is also going to host an Artist in Residency programme. Anna Laudel Contemporary, formerly ART350 gallery, was founded in 2012 by the German textile magnate Anna Laudel.

Meric Öner new director at SALT
Alexander Deubl, Striptychon, 2015, Installation View at 'When did we stop playing...' at Anna Laudel Contemporary, 2016

Tate Aquires works by Huseyin Bahri Alptekin

on Thursday, 19 January 2017. Posted in January, ---2017---

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Tate Modern London has acquired five of the artist’s works from his series H-Fact: Hospitality/Hostility from Rampa Gallery as part of their Frieze acquisition fund.

Meric Öner new director at SALT
Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, H Fact: Hospitality/Hostility, 2003-2007, hotel signs

Project for Turkey's Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennial Announced

on Thursday, 23 March 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , March

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In a press conference on 27 February acclaimed conceptual artist Cevdet Erek announced the concept of ÇIN - his project for Turkey's Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia.

Cevdet Erek at the Press Conference
Cevdet Erek at the Press Conference for Turkey's Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennial, Photo: Selcuk Polat, Courtesy of IKSV

At the conference, Cevdet Erek illustrated some methods and concepts that he has experimented with in his series of works since the end of the 2000’s, such as 'Room of Rhythms' and 'Rulers and Rhythms Studies and Sound Ornamentations' among others, with sounds, images and drawings he made during his presentation.

ÇIN, which is created as a site-specific work for the Pavilion of Turkey at this year's edition of the Biennale di Venezia, will be developed during the process and be shaped together with the venue. In his presentation, Cevdet Erek gave examples of the studies conducted for the preparation of the work ÇIN, shared through various media.

CIN Logo

The artist stated:

"Instead of trying to describe a project that is meant to be experienced on-site, and is still in the phase of formation, I propose to imagine a scene together as an exercise: There is a fenced ruin in the distance with a guard inside of it who should not leave during the day. The guard, while walking in silence, notices a visitor who carefully peeks around and the concert of thousands of crickets thanks to the visitor. This duo, who try to talk to each other at a distance, briefly cry out at the same time from the ear pain caused by a violent noise that occurs out of the blue. Then, at night, in another place as the officer tries to suppress the ringing in her ears by opening the window two fingerbreadths and the noise a notch, enters an alarm sound: ‘viyuviyuviyuviyu’. Then she tries to imagine again in the same order by going back to the beginning.”

Cevdet Erek, who talked about the working process in Istanbul and accompanying short trips, introduced the core project team and stated that the project would allow for new participants and collaborations. The project team includes project coordinator Yelin Bilgin, architect and Gürden Gür, architect, as well as Elif Tunçel, art historian, Ayşe Erek and visual identity designer Yetkin Başarır. A new publication accompanies the exhibition and will be available at the launch of the Pavilion of Turkey at the biennial

The Pavilion of Turkey will be located in the Arsenale at Sale d’Armi where the exhibition takes place. The long-term venue was secured by İKSV for the duration of 20 years from 2014 to 2034 and supported by generous contributions of 21 supporters. The exhibition in the Pavilion of Turkey at La Biennale di Venezia is sponsored by Fiat, and realised with the contribution of Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey and the production support of SAHA Association.

During and after studying architecture at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Cevdet Erek (b. Istanbul, 1974) worked at various architectural practices as well as in the music band Nekropsi. Upon finishing his MA in Sound Engineering & Design at İTÜ MIAM Center for Advanced Studies in Music, he was an artist in residence at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam from 2005-2006. Erek’s installations and performances were shown at dOCUMENTA (13) (2012); Istanbul Biennial (2003, 2013 and 2015), Sydney Biennial (2016), Sharjah Biennial (2013), Stedelijk Museum (2014), MAXXI (2014 and 2015), Istanbul Modern (2014, 2015 and 2016), Arter (2011), SALT (2012 ve 2015) among others. Major solo exhibitions of his work include 'Alt Üst' (2014) at Spike Island, Bristol and 'Week' at Kunsthalle Basel (2012). Erek published books such as 'SSS – Shore Scene Soundtrack' (2008, BAS), 'Room of Rhythms' (2012, Walther König) and 'Less Empty Maybe” (2015, Revolver/Artist). The artist received the Nam June June Paik Media Art Prize given by Kunststiftung NRW in 2012 for 'SSS – Shore Scene Soundtrack'. His most recent sound/music works include the sound and music direction for Kaan Müjdeci's feature length film 'Sivas' (71st Venice Film Festival - Special Jury Prize, 2014), music and the sound co-design for Emin Alper’s feature length film 'Frenzy' (72nd Venice Film Festival - Special Jury Prize, 2015). Since 2011 Cevdet Erek teaches at ITU and lives in Istanbul.

Fahrelnissa Zeid at Tate Modern

on Thursday, 08 June 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , June

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Fahrelnissa Zeid, Fight Against Abstraction
Fahrelnissa Zeid, Fight Against Abstraction, 1947 Istanbul Modern Collection, Eczacibasi Group Donation, (c) The Raad Zeid Al-Hussein Collection

This summer, Tate Modern will present the UK’s first retrospective of Fahrelnissa Zeid (b. 1901, Istanbul, d. 1991, Amman), reappraising her work in an international context. Zeid was a pioneering artist best known for her large-scale, colourful canvases – some over 5 metres wide – fusing European approaches to abstract art with Byzantine, Islamic and Persian influences.

This major exhibition will bring together paintings, drawings and sculptures spanning over 40 years – from expressionist works made in Istanbul in the early 1940s, to immersive abstract canvases exhibited in London, Paris and New York in the 1950s and 1960s, finishing with her return to portraiture later in life. Celebrating her extraordinary career, Tate Modern will reveal Zeid as an important figure in the international story of abstract art.

Artists from Turkey Featured at Documenta 14

on Thursday, 23 March 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , June

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Documenta 14 includes several works by artists from Turkey in both Athens and Kassel. Banu Cennetoğlu’s work 'Gurbet’s Diary' (27.07.1995–08.10.1997) (2016-7) in Athens is dedicated to Gurbetelli Ersöz, who was a journalist, and the only woman to hold the position of editor at a pro-Kurdish newspaper. After being arrested and tortured, she joined the guerilla, keeping a journal from 1995 until 1997 when she was killed. After its first publication in Germany in 1998, the diary was published in Turkey in 2014, but banned shortly after. The lithographic slabs of 'Gurbet's Diary' contain the pages of the diary, ready to be printed again. Her work 'BEINGSAFEISSCARY' (2017) in Kassel consists of ten aluminum letters borrowed from the Fridericianum and six letters cast in brass after the existing ones, based on graffiti existing on a wall at the National Technical University of Athens.

In Nevin Aladağ’s installation / performance 'Music Room' in Athens, items of furniture and household objects turn into resonating bodies that develop their own acoustic properties attributable to their shapes as evocative of the human body. In the process, prevailing notions of functionality, ergonomics, and purity of sound are called into question. Her installation entitled 'Jali​' (2017) in Kassel consists of glazed ceramics. Gülsün Karamustafa’s installation 'The Apartment Building' (2012) and Köken Ergun's two-channel video projection 'I, Soldier' (2005) are part of the collection exhibition of Greece's National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) at Fridericianum in collaboration with documenta 14.
The works will be on view in Athens until 18 July and in Kassel until 17 September 2017.

Banu Cennetoğlu, Gurbet’s Diary, 2016
Banu Cennetoğlu, Gurbet’s Diary (27.07.1995–08.10.1997) (2016–17), installation view at documenta 14 Athens 2017

Nevin Aladag, 'Music Room (Athens)',
Nevin Aladag, 'Music Room (Athens)', 2017, installation view at documenta 14 Athens 2017

Banu Cennetoğlu, BEINGSAFEISSCARY (2017)
Banu Cennetoğlu, BEINGSAFEISSCARY (2017), Ten aluminum letters borrowed from the Fridericianum and six letters cast in brass after the existing ones, Based on graffiti existing on a wall at the National Technical University of Athens as of April 6, 2017, 57.5 × 1085 × 1 cm overall Coproduced with Kunstgiesserei St. Gallen, Sitterwerk, Switzerland, installation view at Friedrichsplatz, Kassel, documenta 14. photo: Frieze

Istanbul Galleries in Basel

on Thursday, 23 March 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , June

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Turkish galleries Galeri Zilberman and Öktem & Aykut are representing Turkey at Basels art week this year. Öktem & Aykut are showing works by Elif Boyner and Lara Ögel at Liste, while Zilberman Gallery is participating in Volta with works by Alpin Arda Bağcık and Ahmet Elhan.

Lara Ögel, Turquoise II
Lara Ögel, Turquoise II, 2015, video, 11'

Sanatorium Gallery in Vienna

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , August

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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

15th Istanbul Biennial kicks off

on Saturday, 02 September 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , October

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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

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Ai Weiwei in Istanbul

on Saturday, 02 September 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , October

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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.

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