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Permanent Venue for Turkey at Venice Biennale

on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in January, Art News, ---2014---

Related Article: The Pavillion of Turkey at Biennale Architettura 2014


On the initiation of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and with the gracious support of 21 sponsors, Turkey is obtaining a long-term venue in the Venice Biennale, one of world's leading contemporary art and architecture events. The allotment of 20 years (from 2014 to 2034) at Arsenale, one of the two main venues of the event, will allow the Pavilion of Turkey to take part for the first time this year in the International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts will be the coordinator of the Pavilion of Turkey that will take part in the Venice Biennale's both International Art Exhibition and Architecture Exhibition for the next 20 years. İKSV has already been coordinating the Pavilion of Turkey at the International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, since 2007.

The sponsoring persons and institutions that have contributed in providing Turkey with a permanent venue in the Venice Biennale include Akbank, Mehveş-Dalınç Arıburnu, Nezih Barut, Ali Raif Dinçkök, Vuslat Doğan Sabancı, Füsun-Faruk Eczacıbaşı, Oya-Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Enka Foundation, Nesrin Esirtgen, Eti Gıda San. ve Tic. AŞ, Kadir Has University, Öner Kocabeyoğlu, MAÇAKIZI, Tansa Mermerci Ekşioğlu, Polimeks İnşaat, SAHA Association, Taha Tatlıcı, T. Garanti Bankası AŞ, Vehbi Koç Foundation, Zafer Yıldırım, and Yıldız Holding AŞ.

The 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, curated by Rem Koolhaas, will be held from 7 June to 23 November 2014. The biennale, entitled "Fundamentals", will feature a number of country pavilions in Giardini and Arsenale, besides the main exhibition.
The 55th International Art Exhibition attracted over 475 thousand visitors.

The 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, ran from 1 June to 24 November 2013. The Pavilion of Turkey in the Artigliere, Arsenale presented Ali Kazma's video series "Resistance" under the curatorship of Emre Baykal. The Venice Biennale, which featured 88 country pavilions including Turkey, besides curator Massimiliano Gioni's main exhibition entitled "The Encyclopaedic Palace", was visited by over 475,000 people during the six months it was open.

The Pavilion of Turkey is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, sponsored by FIAT and Vehbi Koç Foundation and realised under the auspices of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Republic of Turkey, with the contribution of the Promotion Fund of the Turkish Prime Ministry. SAHA Association gave support to the production of Ali Kazma's video series "Resistance".

The curator of the Turkish Pavilion in the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, will be announced by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts in 2014.

Venice Biennale Pavilion of Turkey, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia
Venice Biennale Pavilion of Turkey, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia

The Pavilion of Turkey at Biennale Architettura 2014

on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in January, Art News, ---2014---

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The Pavilion of Turkey, which, for the first time, will participate in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition that will run from 7 June through to 23 November 2014, has Murat Tabanlıoğlu appointed as curator and Pelin Derviş as project coordinator. Coordinated by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, the Pavilion of Turkey will be located at Arsenale, one of the main venues of the Venice Biennale, for 20 years from 2014 to 2034, thanks to the contributions of 21 supporters that allowed the allotment.

An alumnus of the Vienna Technical University Architecture Department, Murat Tabanlıoğlu had already gained valuable experience through his works with distinguished architects in Vienna when he returned to Turkey in 1990 to found the Tabanlıoğlu Architecture with his father Dr. Hayati Tabanlıoğlu. He designed the Doğan Media Center, a home also to the Milliyet Newspaper. Mr. Tabanlıoğlu teaches architectural studio at various universities, including Bilgi University, and gives lectures both home and abroad. As a jury member, in addition to his international contributions, such as at AIA and WAF, Mr. Tabanlıoğlu served on the Master Jury for the 2013 Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Pelin Derviş graduated from the Istanbul Technical University in architecture and completed her master’s degree in history of architecture at the same university. After working in her architectural practice on projects of various types and dimensions ranging from urban inventory projects to spatial and object design for 14 years she focused on the cultural production aspect of architecture. Working as an independent editor and curator in Istanbul, architect Pelin Derviş' special fields of interest include the documentation of modern architectural production and the contemporary urban issues of Istanbul.

IKSV has formed a Scientific Committee to provide curator Murat Tabanlıoğlu and project coordinator Pelin Derviş with the necessary academic support and counselling in their project for the biennial. The Scientific Committee comprises academicians who work on architecture and history of architecture, including Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture lecturer Prof. Dr. Arzu Erdem, Istanbul Şehir University Sociology Department lecturer and Director of the Center for Urban Studies Prof. Dr. Murat Güvenç, Aga Khan Award for Architecture former General Secretary and President of the World Architecture Community Prof. Dr. Suha Özkan, and Mardin Artuklu University Dean of Faculty of Architecture Prof. Dr. Uğur Tanyeli.

The 14th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, will be curated by Rem Koolhaas, on 7 June - 23 November 2014. The biennale, entitled "Fundamentals", will feature a number of country pavilions in Giardini and Arsenale, besides the main exhibition. The details regarding the Pavilion of Turkey will be announced in the first months of 2014.

Turkey in the Venice Biennale for the next 20 years On the initiation of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and with the gracious support of 21 persons and institutions, Turkey is obtaining a long-term venue in the Venice Biennale, one of the world's leading contemporary art and architecture events. The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts will be coordinating the Pavilion of Turkey that will take part in the Venice Biennale's both International Art Exhibition and Architecture Exhibition, and the commissioner will be IKSV's International Projects Coordinator Tuna Ortaylı.

The supporting persons and institutions that have contributed in providing Turkey with a permanent venue in Venice include Akbank, Mehveş-Dalınç Arıburnu, Nezih Barut, Ali Raif Dinçkök, Vuslat Doğan Sabancı, Füsun-Faruk Eczacıbaşı, Oya-Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Enka Foundation, Nesrin Esirtgen, Eti Gıda San. ve Tic. AŞ, Kadir Has University, Öner Kocabeyoğlu, MAÇAKIZI, Tansa Mermerci Ekşioğlu, Polimeks İnşaat, SAHA Association, Taha Tatlıcı, T. Garanti Bankası AŞ, Vehbi Koç Foundation, Zafer Yıldırım, and Yıldız Holding AŞ.

Murat Tabanlioglu (Curator) and Pelin Dervis (Project Coordinator)
Murat Tabanlioglu (Curator) and Pelin Dervis (Project Coordinator)

Baksi Museum awarded The Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2014

on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in January, Art News, ---2014---

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The Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2014 has been awarded to the Baksi Museum in Bayburt (Turkey) by the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

This museum is an example of the personal vision of its founder, Hüsamettin Koçan, and 160 contemporary artists around him, who aspired to bring a high standard of art and design to an under-developed rural area of Northern Anatolia. The museum aims to bridge the gap between the centre and the periphery, helping the local population to remain culturally and economically rooted in their territory and to sustain cultural memory by reviving traditional weaving and textile manufacturing.

According to Museum Prize rapporteur Vesna Marjanovic (Serbia, SOC), “this museum, its governance and the activities associated with it, provide a very inspiring model of how the principles of the Council of Europe Faro Convention on the value of cultural heritage for society can be adopted to fit locally.”

The Council of Europe Museum Prize has been awarded annually since 1977 to a museum judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding of European cultural heritage.

The winning museum will be presented with a bronze statuette, “La femme aux beaux seins” by Joan Miró, which the museum will keep for a year, as well as a diploma.

The prize is decided by the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) on the basis of a shortlist presented by a jury of the European Museum Forum, and forms part of the European Museum of the Year Awards.

Recent winners include the Museum of Liverpool, United Kingdom (2013), the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne, Germany (2012) and the Portimão Museum in Portugal (2010).

Baksi Museum Bayburt
Baksi Museum, Bayburt. Photo: Courtesy Baksi Museum

Burak Delier receives New Iniva Fund

on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in January, Art News, ---2014---

Related Article: Fatma Bucak receives 13th Illy Present Future Prize


Turkish artist Burak Delier, whose work explores capitalism through art, was announced the first to benefit from Iniva's new Commissions and Exhibitions Fund. Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) will commission new work from the artist to be exhibited for the first time in the UK in March 2014.

The Iniva Commissions and Exhibitions Fund will provide the next generation of artists from around the world with the opportunity to create new work, offering them creative freedom in terms of content, and supporting them to take their careers to the next level. The Fund has been established through the proceeds of an auction of works generously donated by artists who were supported by Iniva earlier in their careers. The first works, sold at auction through Sotheby's in February 2013, were donated by Yinka Shonibare MBE, Mona Hatoum, David Adjaye and Peter Randall-Page.

The new commission from Burak Delier, to be shown at Rivington Place from 26 March - 17 May 2014, will enable him to critique society in a way that is relevant to Turkey and beyond. Delier's work incorporates guerrilla art tactics and absurdist humour, often employing the strategies of the neo-liberal media with which he disagrees. Delier engages with questions of how artistic and capitalistic forms of production overlap. His practice takes on various media from video to installation and is often produced with others, whether through performances, or by the participants becoming part of his research to produce the artworks themselves.

Delier's 2012 work Collector's Wish explored the questions of how an artist reconciles his integrity with the vested interests of the commissioner, and whose agency, the artist or the commissioner, the resulting artwork ultimately expresses. In the work Delier documented his conversations with a well-known art patron, displaying what he was instructed to create.

"We're delighted to be launching the first Iniva Commissions and Exhibitions Fund artist. It is important artists are given the freedom to question society and this Fund gives them the support and opportunity to do just that. Burak Delier is not only commenting on the Turkish situation, but an economic system upon which so many of our societies are based." Comments Tessa Jackson OBE, Chief Executive of Iniva.

"Iniva played an important role in helping to establish my career at a crucial stage. I'm delighted that my donation is helping them to support other international artists and give them a significant platform in London." Yinka Shonibare MBE, artist.

"The work of Iniva is vital for maintaining a healthy visual arts ecology. The growing internationalisation of contemporary art has been shaped by organisations such as Iniva and initiatives like their Commissions and Exhibitions Fund enables new voices to be heard." Chris Dercon, Director of Tate Modern.

Burak Delier, Crisis and Control, 2013, video still
Burak Delier, Crisis and Control, 2013, video still. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Pilot Gallery Istanbul

Fatma Bucak wins the 13th Illy Present Future prize

on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in January, Art News, ---2014---

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Fatma Bucak (Alberto Peola Gallery, Turin) and Caroline Achaintre (Arcade Gallery, London) are both winners of the 13th edition of the illy Present Future Prize

The winners of the 13th edition of the illy Present Future Prize, dedicated to the most creative emerging talents, have been nominated by Carlo Bach, Art Director of illycaffè and Sarah Cosulich Canarutto, Director of Artissima 2013.

The jury panel has awarded Fatma Bucak with the following motivations:

“Fatma Bucak employed twelve elderly men – as both performers and audience – to create a kind of improvised theatre. Using humour – that is reminiscent of Samuel Beckett – her work touches on the complex narratives of place, gender and history in unexpected and refreshing ways.”

Since 2012 the partnership between Artissima and illycaffè has been strengthened by a formula attesting their growing and mutual collaboration. This year the illy Present Future Prize will allow the setting up of an art exhibition scheduled for 2014, in fall, at Castello di Rivoli dedicated to the winners selected by the international jury among twenty-four participants. This decision stresses once more the will shared by Artissima and illycaffè to keep developing in an innovative way the experience made in the international art research.

illy Present Future becomes therefore a further improvement of the exhibition project of Turin art institutions, and bears witness of a direct link between the research of Artissima on the global young art, and the will of Turin museums to be constantly committed to interpret contemporary art in a critic and profitable way.

Curatorial Committee of Present Future – ARTISSIMA 2013

Luigi Fassi (coordinator), Visual Curatore Arti Visive, Steirischer Herbst, Graz
Alex Gartenfeld, Curatore, Moca North Miami, Miami
Krist Gruijthuijsen, Direttore Artistico, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz
Robert Leckie, Curatore, Gasworks, London
Qinyi Lim, Curatrice, Para Site, Hong Kong
Alice Motard, Vice Director and Chief Curator, Raven Row, London

Jury of illy Present Future Prize – ARTISSIMA 2013

Defne Ayas, Director, Witte De With Center of Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Matthew Higgs, Director, White Columns, New York
Beatrice Merz, Director, Castello di Rivoli, Turin
Joanna Mytkowska, Director, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw

Fatma Bucak: Blessed are you who come - conversation on the Turkish-Armenian border (2012)
Fatma Bucak, Blessed are you who come - conversation on the Turkish-Armenian border (2012) Image: Courtesy the artist

Canan Tolon Exhibition at Parasol Unit in London

on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in January, Art News, ---2014---

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Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art will present a solo exhibition of works by Turkish-born artist Canan Tolon from 15 January - 16 March 2014. This, her first major exhibition in a London institution, provides in-depth insight into her works from 1986 to the present day. It includes Futur imparfait, 1986–1999, a series of 33 ink-wash and crayon figurative drawings that were recently acquired by the British Museum. At Parasol unit they will be on show all together for the first time in the UK.

Canan Tolon was born in Istanbul and grew up in various European countries. After earning her baccalauréat from the École Française d’Istanbul in Turkey, in 1975, she studied design in Edinburgh and London. In 1980, she received a BA from Middlesex Polytechnic / Architectural Association, London, and that same year moved to the Bay Area of San Francisco to study for a Masters in Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley. After graduating in 1983 she worked for about ten years in several architecture offices while continuing her work in the visual arts. Her paintings and installations have been exhibited internationally. She has works in a number of major public collections, including the British Museum, London; Istanbul Modern; IKSV (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and the Arts); the Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, Istanbul, Turkey; and the di Rosa Collection, Napa, USA.

Canan Tolon lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA and in Istanbul, Turkey.

This exhibition is curated by Ziba Ardalan, Founder/Director of Parasol unit.

Canan Tolon: Sidesteps is accompanied by a comprehensive book, including an artist interview by Ziba Ardalan and essays by Bill Berkson and John Yau, published by Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. A related programme of educational events at the gallery will include lectures, poetry readings, animation and storytelling workshops.

Canan Tolon, ‘Untitled’, 1999.
Left: Canan Tolon, ‘Untitled’, 1999. Black oil paint on Mylar, Sheet size 36 x 28 cm (14 x 11 in). Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Benjamin Blackwell Canan Tolon Untitled

Right: Canan Tolon, ‘Untitled (polyptych)’, 2001. Rust and pigment on canvas, 267 x 274 cm (105 x 108 in). Collection Pınar and Hakan Ertaç. Photo: Hakan Aydoğan

Moiz Zilberman merging his Istanbul Galleries

on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in January, Art News, ---2014---

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Zilberman is merging their sister galleries CDA-Projects and Galeri Zilberman and will operate under the name Galeri Zilberman at their existing venues on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Misir Apartmani in Istanbul.

The galleries will continue to host catalogued exhibitions of their represented artists, as well as incorporate new ideas and projects of guest curators in their program. Galeri Zilberman will also continue offering financial support and visibility to young artists by hosting Genc Yeni Farkli (Young Fresh Different), as well as promoting artistic projects with a 10.000 Euro grant. In its third year, lecture performances, debates and talks shaped around the Grant which will still be organised at Kat1 in Misir Apartmani’s 1st floor.

Hera Büyüktaşçıyan at Delfina Foundation

on Monday, 05 May 2014. Posted in May, ---2014---

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Hera Büyüktaşçıyan was recently invited to participate at the Delfina Foundation Residency in London in summer 2014.

Hera Büyüktaşçıyan was born in Istanbul in 1984 with Greek-Armenian heritage. She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Marmara University in 2006. Since then, she has held several solo exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions in Turkey and abroad. Her work relates to questions of identity, belonging, xenophobia, socio-cultural themes and self memory. She uses metaphors from iconographic elements, stories, quotes and self narratives.

In 2013, Büyüktaşçıyan was nominated for the Turkish finalist of Henkel Art Award 2013. She currently lives and works in Istanbul.

Founded in 2007, Delfina Foundation promotes cross-cultural dialogue and artistic experimentation creating opportunities for emerging and established artists, curators and writers to reflect on what they do, position their practice within relevant global discourse, create career-defining research and commissions, and network with colleagues. They forge international collaborations to build shared platforms to incubate, to present and to discuss common practices and themes.

Hera Buyuktasciyan at Delfina Foundation
Hera Buyuktasciyan. Photo: Courtesy Hera Buyuktasciyan

Andy Warhol in Istanbul at Pera Museum

on Friday, 02 May 2014. Posted in May, ---2014---

Related Article: Rampa at Frieze New York


To be exhibited in Turkey for the first time, silk screen series and prints by Andy Warhol will be on view in a show titled Pop Art For Everyone at Pera Museum in Istanbul this summer. The exhibition is composed of selected works of Andy Warhol from the Zoya Museum Private Collection in Slovakia, Modra. Iconic works such as Campbell’s Soup, Cowboys and Indians, Endangered Species, and Flowers will be accompanied by portraits of well-known important figures. The works will be on show until 20 July.

Andy Warhol at Pera Museum
Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1970, Portfolio of ten works, Ed. 108/250, Silkscreen, 91.4 x 91.4 cm
Photo: ©2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Demsa Collection hires Zaha Hadid

on Sunday, 04 May 2014. Posted in May, ---2014---

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About 15 years ago Demet and Cengiz Çetindoğan started to build up the Demsa Collection, which officially became part of Demsa Group in 2006 and today is in the process of being transformed into a public museum.

The architectural project for the Demsa Museum has been developed by Zaha Hadid, one of the most acclaimed architects of our times. In her design, Hadid reinterpreted Turkish architectural forms such as the muqarnas and the stars in a modern way. The project is being realised in collaboration with GCAM and Thomas Krens, former director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York City, who is currently overseeing the completion of the Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

One part of the Demsa Collection comprises works of Calligraphy and includes works dating from the ninth to the mid twentieth century and is the largest such private collection in Turkey. The second part consists of classical, modern and contemporary works of Turkish art, starting with 19th century Turkish paintings with first examples of canvas painting. With over 2000 artworks, Demsa Collection is the first private collection in Turkey to portray the evolution and development of Turkish art history with exemplary works from artists with masterpieces from different periods. The third part of the collection is newly formed with international contemporary acquisitions.

The museum is scheduled to open its doors at the end of 2015.

Rampa at Frieze New York

on Saturday, 03 May 2014. Posted in May, ---2014---

Related Article: Halil Altindere at MOMA PS1


Istanbul based gallery Rampa will participate in Frieze New York, taking place from 9-12 May this year. On show will be works by CANAN, Nevin Aladağ, Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, Vahap Avşar, Ergin Cavuşoğlu, Cengiz Çekil, Hatice Güleryüz, Selma Gürbüz, Nilbar Güreş, Gülsün Karamustafa, Servet Koçyigit, Ahmet Oran, Güçlü Öztekin and Erinç Seymen. You can visit the gallery at Booth B14 at Randall’s Island Park New York.

Frieze ferry services run from the 35th Street Ferry Dock on the East River every 20-30 minutes during fair opening hours. Frieze bus services run from outside the Guggenheim Museum on 5th Avenue between 88th and 89th Streets approximately every 10 minutes during fair opening hours.

Nilbar Güreş
Nilbar Güreş, Cloth-Skirt, 2011, photography, 180 x 120 cm. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Rampa

Cengiz Çekil, Waxings
Cengiz Çekil, Waxings, 1999, 50 x 50 cm each. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Rampa

Gülsün Karamustafa
Gülsün Karamustafa, Talisman, 2013, mixed media, 103 x 58 cm. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Rampa

Halil Altindere at MOMA PS1

on Thursday, 01 May 2014. Posted in May, ---2014---

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MoMA PS1 shows the first museum presentation of Halil Altindere's work in the United States. The exhibition titled Halil Altindere: Wonderland is organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Director MoMA PS1, and Chief Curator at Large, The Museum of Modern Art, with Mia Locks, Curatorial Associate, MoMA PS1.

Since the mid-1990s, Halil Altindere (Turkish, b. 1971) has emerged as one of the most prominent contemporary artists in Turkey with a multifaceted practice that ranges from video, sculpture, photography, installation, and performance to collaborative editorial and curatorial projects. His work examines the systems of power deeply embedded in Turkish culture with poignant reflections on broader questions of belief, belonging, alienation, and resistance.

Wonderland (2013) documents the anger and frustration of a group of youths from the Sulukule neighborhood of Istanbul, a historic area home to Romani communities since the Byzantine Empire that has been increasingly demolished since 2006 as part of an “urban renewal” development project. Presented in the style of music video, Wonderland captures the young men of the hip-hop group Tahribad-ı isyan, rapping about inequality and gentrification as they are simultaneously confronted by the police.

Altindere’s work will be on show until 11 May.

Halil Altindere, Wonderland
Halil Altindere, Wonderland, February 2013, video still. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Pilot

14th Istanbul Biennial will be drafted by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

on Tuesday, 10 June 2014. Posted in June, July, ---2014---

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The 14th Istanbul Biennial (5 September-1 November 2015), organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, will be drafted by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev with a number of alliances. She will seek the artistic advice of Cevdet Erek, the intellectual rigor of Griselda Pollock, the sensitivity of Pierre Huyghe, the curatorial imagination of Chus Martinez, the mindfulness of Marcos Lutyens, the acute gaze of Füsun Onur, the political philosophies of Anna Boghiguian, the youthful enthusiasm of Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran, the wise uncertainties of William Kentridge and manifold qualities and agencies to come as the process develops.

Christov-Bakargiev stated,“while thanking the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and its advisory board for entrusting me with the preparations of the forthcoming biennial, I take this opportunity to pay my condolences to the miners and their families who are suffering for the deaths in Soma last week. It is sad to announce an exhibition at such a time, and yet with and through art, we mourn, commemorate, denounce, try to heal, and we commit ourselves to the possibility of joy and vitality, leaping from form to life.”

According to Christov-Bakargiev, “the 14th Istanbul Biennial will embark looking for where to draw the line, to withdraw, to draw upon, and to draw out. It will do so offshore, on the flat surfaces with our fingertips but also in the depths, underwater, before the enfolded encoding unfolds.”

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is an author, an organizer of events and exhibitions, and a researcher of artistic practices, the histories of art and the politics of aesthetics. She is the Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University (2013-15). She received the Leverhulme Professorship from the University of Leeds for 2014. In 2013, she was the Menschel Visiting Professor in Art at The Cooper Union, New York, as well as the Pernod Ricard Visiting Professor in the philosophy of art and naturecultures at the Goethe - Universität Frankfurt am Main / Institut für Philosophie She has lectured widely on the relationship between the arts and the sciences, including most recently at Harvard University (2014). From 2009 to 2012, she was the artistic director of dOCUMENTA (13) which took place in 2012 in Kassel, Germany as well as in Kabul, Afghanistan; Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt; and Banff, Canada. Previously, Christov-Bakargiev was the artistic director of the 16th Biennale of Sydney (Revolutions-Forms That Turn, 2008) and chief curator at the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art (2002-8, interim director in 2009). She was senior curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, a MoMA affiliate in New York, from 1999 to 2001. Other group exhibitions she has organized include The Moderns, Turin (2003), Faces in the Crowd, London and Turin (2004), Citta’ Natura (1997), and Molteplici Culture (1992). Her books include William Kentridge (1998), Arte Povera (1999), and for dOCUMENTA (13) the 100 Notes-100 Thoughts series as well as The Logbook and The Book of Books (2011-12).

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

The 14th Istanbul Biennial is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and sponsored by Koç Holding and other supporters, international funders, and funding bodies to be announced.

The conceptual framework of the 14th Istanbul Biennial will be announced at a press meeting to be held in fall 2014. The preview of the biennial will be on 3-4 September 2015.

Istanbul Biennial

Carloyn Christov-Bakargiev
Carloyn Christov-Bakargiev, Photo: Jason Simon, 2013, Courtesy of Mildred's Lane

Moving Image expands to Istanbul

on Tuesday, 10 June 2014. Posted in June, July, ---2014---

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Moving Image, founded in 2011, is an art fair dedicated to video art and experimental film. Moving Image Istanbul is the first in a series of new locations for the flagship fairs in New York and London, designed to bring video art to a wider audience and help participating galleries explore emerging markets around the globe. Taking place in the Kuleli Building of the Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul, September 25-28, 2014 the fair will run alongside another new high end art fair in town - ArtInternational.

Moving Image co-founders Murat Orozobekov and Edward Winkleman explained, “With this expansion to the very exciting and burgeoning art market in Istanbul, the gateway between Europe and the Middle East, Moving Image seeks to broaden the international scope of its mission to connect more of the collectors, curators, and dealers supporting contemporary artists working in moving-image-based media.”

Kathleen Forde, Artistic Director of Borusan Contemporary Istanbul and a member of the Moving Image Curatorial Advisory Committee, elaborated on the choice of Istanbul, "As a longtime fan and advisor for the Moving Image Art Fair in New York, I am thrilled to hear that it will be launched in Istanbul this year. The Istanbul art scene has had a definitive international boom in recent years which appears only to be continuing to gain momentum. Moving Image has always been forward thinking across the board from concept, to timing, to location and of course in the work it presents ...so it is in line with their progressive paradigms to be coming to Istanbul at this time. Perfect timing, as always! I am really looking forward to seeing the fair in this special context."

Highlights of the 2014 Istanbul fair include several world premieres, including videos by Şener Özmen (PİLOT Gallery, Istanbul); Jonathan Monaghan (Curator's Office, Washington DC); Shaun Gladwell (Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City); and Nancy Atakan & Volkan Aslan (5533, Istanbul). Single-channel videos at the fair include works by Nino Cais (Central Galeria de Arte, Sao Paulo); Chen Tianzhuo (Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai), and Mounir Fatmi (Galerie Analix Forever, Paris). Among the historical films in the fair are works by David Wojnarowicz (P•P•O•W, New York) and Leslie Thornton (Winkleman Gallery, New York). Several large installations include works by Wolfgang Staehle (Postmasters, New York); Hans Op de Beeck (Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York); Basim Magdy (artSümer, Istanbul); and Sue de Beer (Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York).

Among the special events sponsored by Moving Image Istanbul are "Bring Your own Beamer" (BYOB) at Pera Museum, a one-night exhibition/performance by unrepresented, emerging Turkish film and video artists who will take over the fifth floor gallery hall of Pera Musuem in an improvised installation. Curated by Fatma Çolakoğlu and Ulya Soley, BYOB at Pera Museum runs 7-10pm, Saturday, 27 September, 2014. Also Mari Spirito, Founding Director of Protocinema, will host a screening and conversation with emerging artist Atalay Yavuz, who works with readily available materials. This events will take place at Moving Image on Saturday, 27 September, 4-5.30pm.

Moving Image New York 2014
Moving Image New York 2014. Photo: Etienne Frossard

Participating artists / Galleries & Non-Profit Institutions [as of September 1, 2014]

Nancy Atakan / Pi Artworks (Istanbul, Turkey)
Nancy Atakan & Volkan Aslan / 5533 (Istanbul, Turkey)
Nino Cais / Central Galeria de Arte (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Rob Carter / Morgan Lehman Gallery (New York, NY)
Chen Tianzhuo / Vanguard Gallery (Shanghai, China)
Sue de Beer / Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York, NY)
Sirma Doruk / Mixer (Istanbul, Turkey)
Chris Doyle / Catharine Clark Gallery (San Francisco, CA)
Mounir Fatmi / Galerie Analix Forever (Paris, France)
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The Pavilion of Turkey at Biennale Architettura 2014

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On 5 June 2014, Turkey inaugurated its debut exhibition, Places of Memory, at its long-term pavilion at Arsenale, one of the two main venues of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia. On the initiation of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and with the contribution of 21 supporters, Turkey obtains a long-term venue, from 2014 to 2034, at the Biennale di Venezia, one of world's leading contemporary art and architecture exhibitions.

Murat Tabanlıoğlu curated the project together with project coordinator Pelin Derviş and a team of exhibitors, Alper Derinboğaz, Metehan Özcan, Candaş Şişman, Ali Taptık and Serkan Taycan.

Rather than conducting a historical account of modern epoch in Turkey, presenting an exhaustive catalogue, or trying to capture its unique local attributes, Places of Memory at this year’s Biennale Architettura in Venice attempts to explore the main theme of the biennial via perceptions and experiences.

According to Murat Tabanlıoğlu, the project idea departs from three areas of Istanbul: The first comprises Taksim, where the curator was born and grew up. Taksim is also an important square, with a constantly changing appearance because of partial and inconsistent interventions. The Atatürk Cultural Center, situated on the narrower end of the square, is a symbol of modern architecture in Turkey. Murat’s father, Hayati Tabanlıoğlu, was the architect. This first area spreads out across a wider zone, and continues downhill from the square to the coast, passes along the warehouses designed by Sedad Hakkı Eldem, an important representative of 20th century architecture in Turkey, reaching Salıpazarı harbor. Like many other areas in Istanbul, this area, too, is undergoing transformation. The GalataPort project (a master plan proposal, 2001) developed by Tabanlıoğlu Architects for the area, and the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, which they transformed from a warehouse into a museum (2004), were among projects that triggered change in this area. The second area is Bâb-ı Âli, where Tabanlıoğlu spent his youth. Starting in Sirkeci, the area used to host the headquarters of important newspapers and printing houses in Turkey along two sides of the Cağaloğlu slope, he used to pass through this world every day since he studied in a high school in the same area. The final one is Büyükdere Boulevard and its environs. This area, once lined with fields and orchards, later with light industry buildings, today is in juxtaposition with the CBD, featuring high-rise buildings especially between Levent-Maslak axes that connect main transportation routes of the city.

A detailed discussion of these places that acted as thresholds during different stages of Tabanlıoğlu’s life—or in a sense, his memory—seeded the first layers of the conceptual framework. The focus in the exhibition is not necessarily on these places, but rather on the concept of place itself, incorporated with the subjective vision of every exhibitor in the team. The works interact with each other via different approaches based on different scales and mediums.

Places of Memory, Pavilion of Turkey
Places of Memory, Pavilion of Turkey, 14th Venice International Architecture Biennale, 2014
Installation Photo: Vladimiro Speranzoni

Places of Memory, Pavilion of Turkey
Places of Memory, Pavilion of Turkey, 14th Venice International Architecture Biennale, 2014
Installation Photo: Italo Rondinella

Places of Memory, Pavilion of Turkey
Places of Memory, Pavilion of Turkey, 14th Venice International Architecture Biennale, 2014
Installation Photo: Italo Rondinella
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