Artists Announced for the 15th Istanbul Biennial

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


Taking place from 16 September - 12 November 2017, the 15th edition of the Istanbul Biennial, entitled 'a good neighbour' brings together artworks by 55 artists from 32 countries, all addressing different notions of home, belonging and neighbourhood. The biennial takes place in six neighbouring venues: Istanbul Modern, Galata Greek Primary School, Ark Kültür, Pera Museum, Yoğunluk Atelier, and Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam.

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

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

From Moscow to Sydney: The International Billboard Project

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

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


List of artists

Galata Greek Primary School

Heba Y. Amin
Born in Cairo, lives in Berlin

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

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

Kasia Fudakowski
Born in London, lives in Berlin

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

Lungiswa Gqunta
Born in Port Elizabeth, lives in Cape Town

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

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

Olaf Metzel
Born in Berlin, lives in Munich

Mahmoud Obaidi
Born in Baghdad, lives in Burlington, Ontario

Henrik Olesen
Born in Esbjerg, lives in Berlin

Erkan Özgen
Born in Mardin, lives in Diyarbakır

Leander Schönweger
Born in Meran, lives in Vienna

Dan Stockholm
Born in Thisted, lives in Copenhagen

Ali Taptık
Born in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul

Bilal Yılmaz
Born in Manisa, lives in Istanbul

Istanbul Modern

Volkan Aslan
Born in Ankara, lives in Istanbul

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

Monica Bonvicini
Born in Venice, lives in Berlin

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

Latifa Echakhch
Born in El Khnansa, lives in Martigny

Candeğer Furtun
Born in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul

Kim Heecheon
Born in Seoul, lives in Seoul

Mirak Jamal
Born in Tehran, lives in Berlin

Fernando Lanhas
Born in Porto, died in Porto

Victor Leguy
Born in Sao Paulo, lives in Sao Paulo

Klara Lidén
Born in Stockholm, lives in Berlin

Mahmoud Obaidi
Born in Baghdad, lives in Burlington, Ontario

Lydia Ourahmane
Born in Saida, lives in Oran and London

Rayyane Tabet
Born in Ashquot, lives in Beirut

Young-Jun Tak
Born in Seoul, lives in Berlin

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

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

Yonamine
Born in Luanda, lives in Harare

Xiao Yu
Born in Inner Mongolia, lives in Beijing

ARK Kültür

Mahmoud Khaled
Born in Alexandria, lives in Trondheim

Pera Museum

Adel Abdessemed
Born in Constantine, lives in London

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

Alejandro Almanza Pereda
Born in Mexico City, lives in Guadalajara

Berlinde De Bruyckere
Born in Ghent, lives in Ghent

Vajiko Chachkhiani
Born in Tbilisi, lives in Berlin

Gözde İlkin
Born in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul

Liliana Maresca
Born in Buenos Aires, died in Buenos Aires

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

Aude Pariset
Born in Versailles, lives in Berlin

Sim Chi Yin
Born in Singapore, lives in Beijing

Dayanita Singh
Born in New Delhi, lives in New Delhi

Tatiana Trouvé
Born in Cosenza, lives in Paris

Tsang Kinwah
Born in Shantou, lives in Hong Kong

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

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

Yoğunluk Atelier

Yoğunluk
Founded in Istanbul, live in Istanbul

Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam

Monica Bonvicini
Born in Venice, lives in Berlin

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

Tuğçe Tuna
Born in Mons, lives in Istanbul

Outside all venues

Burçak Bingöl
Born in Giresun, lives in Istanbul

Lukas Wassmann
Born in Zurich, lives in Berlin

4th Istanbul Design Biennial Curator Announced

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The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial Curator Jan Boelen
Jan Boelen, Curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, Courtesy IKSV Istanbul


Jan Boelen has been appointed as the curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, to be held from 22 September to 4 November 2018.

Jan Boelen (b. 1967, Genk, Belgium) is artistic director of Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium, and artistic director of atelier LUMA, an experimental laboratory for design in Arles, France. He also holds the position of the head of the Master department Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

Since the opening, Z33 House for Contemporary Art has been fashioning projects and exhibitions that encourage the visitor to look at everyday objects in a novel manner. It is a unique laboratory for experiment and innovation and a meeting place with cutting-edge exhibitions of contemporary art and design. With Z33 Research, design and art research studios established in 2013, Boelen is transforming Z33 from exhibition-based to a research-based institution. At the initiative of Z33 and the Province of Limburg, Manifesta 9 took place in Belgium in 2012. As part of his role at Z33, Boelen curated the 24th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2014.

Boelen also serves on various boards and committees including the advisory board of the V&A Museum of Design Dundee in the UK and Creative Industries Fund in the Netherlands. Boelen holds a degree in product design from the Media and Design Academy (now the LUCA School of Arts) in Genk, Belgium.

Sanatorium Gallery in Vienna

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


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

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

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

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

Participating artists:

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

Contemporary Istanbul Announces Gallery List 2017

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Contemporary Istanbul 2017


Contemporary Istanbul (CI) art fair announced the preliminary exhibitors list for the upcoming 12th edition of the fair. CI brings together leading contemporary art galleries from Turkey and around the world, giving a regional and international focus to the dynamic contemporary art scene that has developed in Istanbul in recent decades.

Participating galleries:


44A, Istanbul
55Bellechasse, Paris & Miami
Ab Anbar, Tahran
Ab Gallery, Seul
Acaf, Şangay
Alan Istanbul, İstanbul
Andakulova, Dubai
Anna Laudel Gallery, İstanbul
Archeus Post-modern, Londra
Aria Art Gallery, Floransa
Art On Istanbul, İstanbul
Bernheimer Contemporary, Berlin
Bozlu Art Project, İstanbul
C.A.M, İstanbul
C24, New York
Cep Gallery, İstanbul
Dastan's Basement, Tahran
Dix 9, Paris
Dirimart, İstanbul
Eastwards Prospectus, Bükreş
Flowers Gallery, Londra
Gaia Gallery, İstanbul
Galeri Miz, İstanbul
Galeri Nev, İstanbul
Galeria Continua, San Gimignano & Beijing
Galerist, İstanbul
Galeri̇ 77, İstanbul
Galeri Baraz, İstanbul
Galeri Binyil, İstanbul
Galeri Siyah Beyaz, Ankara
Gallery 1957, Akra
Gama Gallery, İstanbul
Gazelli Art House, Londra & Bakü
Heavenlymade, İzmir
Inda Gallery, Budapeşte
Isabel Croxatto, Santiago
JoanGaspar, Barselona
Karavil Contemporary, Londra
Krank Art Gallery, İstanbul
Kristen Hjellegjerde, Londra
Leila Heller, New York & Dubai
Licht Feld, Basel
Liquid Art System, Capri & İstanbul
Magic Beans, Berlin
Mark Hachem, Paris & Beyrut
Marlborough, New York
Maximilian William, Londra
Merkur, İstanbul
Mixer Gallery, İstanbul
N2 Gallery, Barselona
Nicodim Gallery, Bükreş & Los Angeles
NK Gallery, Anvers
Olcay Art, İstanbul
Öktem & Aykut, İstanbul
Parasite Gallery, Tel Aviv
Pg Art Gallery, İstanbul
Pi Artworks, İstanbul & Londra
Pilevneli Gallery, İstanbul
Piramid Sanat, İstanbul
Plan B, Cluj, Berlin
Project Artbeat, Ti̇blis
Red Art Galeri, İstanbul
Sanatorium, İstanbul
Shirin Gallery, Tahran & New York
Smac Gallery, Cape Town
Sophia Contemporary, Londra
Triangle Gallery, Tel Aviv
Victor Lope, Barselona
Victoria Miro, Londra
Vigo Gallery, Londra
Villa Del Arte, Barcelona
X-ist, İstanbul
Zilberman Gallery, İstanbul & Berlin

Ali Kazma at Jeu de Paume in Paris

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Video work Safe
Safe, 2015, Resistance series, video, colour, sound, 3 min 18 s. Courtesy of the artist and Galeri Nev Istanbul. © Ali Kazma


Ali Kazma´s solo exhibition Subterranean is on view at Jeu de Paume in Paris from 17 October 2017 until 21 January 2018. Ali Kazma (b.1971, Istanbul) is a video artist whose works have been exhibited in biennials and art institutions worldwide. Having received his MA degree in 1998 from The New School in New York City, he returned to Istanbul in 2000 where he still resides.

Ali Kazmas art explores themes relating to the world of work, man’s control of his environment and his ability to transform his world. His videos raise fundamental questions relating to the meaning of human activity, the economy, production, and social organization. Curious, observant and keen to portray certain realities of the globalized worlds of commerce and industry, Ali Kazma has a profound awareness of his responsibility as an artist, who through the prolific production of images, is undeniably adding to the growing mass of existing visual accounts. His work emphasizes the necessity of resisting the standardization of values and leveling of differences.

Between 2006 and 2015, Ali Kazma has primarily developed video art, structured around two series, entitled Obstructions and Resistance. Of variable duration (between 5 and 17 minutes), his videos explore the world of industrial, artisanal and artistic production, constituting an immense archive of the contemporary world of work.

Often presented in the form of installations, Kazma’s videos strike the spectator by their intensity and rhythm: repetition, precision, the noise of the machines and the sounds generated by the tools, the concentration of their protagonists. Equally impressive is the skill with which the artist succeeds in eclipsing his own presence: the subject of the film seems completely unaware of the camera.

trans-ID exhibition by exhibist and Space Debris

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Luna Ece Bal, Where I Come From, 2017, site specific installation
Luna Ece Bal, Where I Come From, 2017, site specific installation


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

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

trans-ID 19 September – 15 October 2017
venue: Surp Yerrortutyun Church
Asmalı Mescit Mah. İstiklal Cd. ZNo: 142, Beyoğlu

Visiting Hours: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, 11.00-18.00 and by appointment

Curators: Seyhan Musaoğlu and Anna Zizlsperger

Autumn Ahn, Basement Nymph IV, 2013, xerox lithmaster photographi print series, toner ink, mulberry fiber-paper
Autumn Ahn, Basement Nymph IV, 2013, xerox lithmaster photographic print series, toner ink, mulberry fiber paper

Elmgreen & Dragset to curate 15th Istanbul Biennial

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

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

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

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

Elmgreen & Dragset
Elmgreen & Dragset. Photo: Elmar Vestner

Artists from Turkey Featured at 57th Venice Biennial

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

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

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

Artists from Turkey Featured at Documenta 14

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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

Ergin Cavusoglu & Gülsün Karamustafa at Guggenheim NY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meriç Öner New Director of SALT

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

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

Istanbul Galleries at Art Dubai and Art Basel Hong Kong

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

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

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

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

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

Fahrelnissa Zeid at Tate Modern

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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.

Concept of 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Curatorial Theme for 15th Istanbul Biennial Announced

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Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset. Photo: Muhsin Akgün, IKSV

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

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

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

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