Istanbul Modern moves to temporary location

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Istanbul Modern moves to contemporary location
Union Française Building, Meşrutiyet Caddesi, Istanbul, photo:

Turkey’s first museum of modern and contemporary art is moving to its temporary space on 18 March 2018. To make way for the construction of the new museum building, they will close the doors of their current building Antrepo #4, and begin their move to the historic Union Française building in Beyoğlu. The space is expected to open to the public in May.

According to Hurriyet Daily News, Renzo Piano’s architecture firm, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, was chosen to design Istanbul Modern’s new building, which will be constructed over the next three years in the center of the Galata Port development project, a $1.2 billion initiative that aims to transform the Galata Port area into a tourist destination.

The old Union Française building on Meşrutiyet Caddesi in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district was built by Alexandre Vallauri in 1896. It was projected and built for a French colony which had become an important group in civil life in Istanbul till the end of 19th century. The building faces two roads and is located between Meşrutiyet Caddesi at the front and Minare Sokak at the back. Vallauri transversely divided the lot into three parts, and designed the middle part as a big space, and two other parts on the sides as meeting rooms, library, and office function areas.

Funds for the Istanbul Modern’s new building are being provided by the institution’s founding sponsor, the Eczacıbaşı Group, as well as a consortium behind the redevelopment project. Doğuş Group and Bilgili Holding are also backing the new facility.

Istanbul Modern moves to contemporary location
Istanbul Modern, Antrepo #4, Karaköy, Istanbul

Erdal Inci at Times Square

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Erdal İnci at Times Square
Erdal İnci, Centipedes, 2015, Ultra HD Video, installation view at 'Midnight Moment', Times Square, March 2018. Photo: Erdal İnci

Erdal İnci's HD video 'Centipedes' will be exhibited as part of 'Midnight Moment', a programme running on electronic billboards at Times Square, New York every night, until 31 March. Midnight Moment is the world’s largest, longest-running digital art exhibition, synchronized on electronic billboards throughout Times Square nightly from 11:57pm to midnight. Presented by the Times Square Advertising Coalition and curated by Times Square Arts since 2012, it has an estimated annual viewership of 2.5 million.

Centipedes represents a departure in Inci’s work, focusing not on pre-planned movements, but on the natural, chance choreographies of life at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey. In an aerial view, pedestrians and birds cross the Square according to their own particular motivations, completely unaware of the camera. The simple act of improvising a path through public space, an unconscious routine of city-dwellers and a subject of study amongst urban planners, comes into focus as each motion is cloned through temporal manipulation to repeat dozens of times. Individuals are multiplied into peculiar “centipedes” and popular paths are revealed as streams of movement. Though their paths sometimes intersect they never collide, appearing both real and surreal against the still or “photographic” background.

Erdal İnci is a multi-media artist, photographer and painter. He is primarily known as a GIF artist for an ongoing series in which he films himself performing pedestrian but whimsical actions (skipping, jumping, leaping, dramatically stumbling), often in public spaces, and almost always wearing an anonymizing black hoody. Inci edits the footage not just to loop in the full-circle fashion of any good GIF, but also to “clone” the figure within the frame, creating an endless stream of figures in a lockstep choreography. He is particularly interested in featuring busy urban public spaces - often with sociopolitical significance - because he believes they are amongst the most beautiful expressions of human achievement.

Erdal İnci at Times Square
Erdal İnci, Centipedes, 2015, Ultra HD Video

İnci’s chosen site for filming Centipedes resonates with the political life of Turkey and with the work’s exhibition in Times Square. In fact, Taksim Square is known as the “Turkish Times Square" – an iconic public space, transportation hub, tourist destination and site of annual New Year’s Eve and Pride celebrations and significant political demonstrations and incidents. The planned “Taksim Pedestrianization Project” – including the removal of Taksim Gezi Park, one of the few public green spaces in Istanbul, for the construction of military barracks and a shopping mall – sparked the broad “Occupy Gezi” movement in 2013 that led to the annulment of that plan, among other concessions from the Erdoğan administration. Centipedes documents the Square in 2015, at the center of life and debate in Istanbul.

Erdal İnci (b.1983, lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey) studied Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Hacettepe University, graduating in 2005. In 2012 he began turning his video works into GIFs posted to his blog His GIF works have been featured in Zeit Online, CNN, Wired, The Creators Project, The Huffington Post, Canal + and Deutsche Welle. In 2016 he co-founded with Çağrı Taşkın and Serkan Kaptan the artist collective Oddviz, which focuses on the use of photogrammetry to create interactive 3D models and videos. He is also represented by Art On Gallery in Istanbul.

Guido Casaretto included in the permanent collection of MOCAK

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Guido Casaretto included in the permanent collection of MOCAK
Guido Casaretto, 'Waterfront IV', 2016, epoxy, photo: the artist and Zilberman Gallery

Guido Casaretto’s 'Waterfront IV' (2016) has been included in the permanent collection of Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków (MOCAK). Over the last five years Casaretto has been focusing on processes of sensory perception, utilizing different materials in order to make unusual copies of systems that represent various phenomena. Casted using epoxy, 'Waterfront IV' transforms the image of sea waves into a sculpture triggering haptic perceptions.

With his most recent works, Casaretto establishes a relationship between sensory perception triggered through the layering of different elements, and craftsmanship that follows a similar layered process of creation. Inspired by the utilization of materials and the working methods of craftsmen, Casaretto’s works make it difficult to distinguish between real formations in nature and the artist’s attempts to copy them. By making use of various materials, geological formations and mythological stories from the Mediterranean Basin, the artist underlines the difference between art and craftsmanship, that is significant for this region.

Guido Casaretto (1981) lives and works in Istanbul. One of the founders of Sanatorium, some of his solo shows are: The Pope and Galileo Had A Minor Disagreement (Zilberman Gallery, 2017), Synesthesia (Zilberman Gallery, 2015), Extrasystemic Correlations (Zilberman Gallery, 2012), Default (Sanatorium, Istanbul, 2011); and some of his group shows are: Urban Justice (CerModern, Ankara, 2015), Venice Biennial Italian Pavillion (Venice, 2011), and Teatro Comunale (Italy, 2000). His work is included in MOCAK–Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków (Krakow, Poland) and many important private collections in Europe and Middle East.

Nilbar Güreş wins the De'Longhi Art Projects Artist Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Öktem & Aykut Gallery moves to new location

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After running their gallery for almost four years at Portakal Sokak 2 in Galata, directors Tankut Aykut and Doğa Öktem decided to relocate their gallery Öktem & Aykut to Istanbul's Şişhane district at Aybastı Sokak 3 in January 2018. The new location was inaugurated with Sinan Logie’s exhibition titled 'The Elementary Particles'.

Öktem & Aykut Gallery moves to new location
Sinan Logie, The Elementary Particles, 2018, installation view at Öktem & Aykut Gallery

15th Istanbul Biennial in Munich

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15th Istanbul Biennial at Pinakothek der Moderne Munich
15th Istanbul Biennial at Pinakothek der Moderne Munich Photo: IKSV

The 15th Istanbul Biennial collaborates with Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich to bring 12 international artists together to question the notion of home and neighbourhood between 14 December 2017 and 29 April 2018. Entitled 'a good neighbour_on the move', the exhibition is curated by Elmgreen & Dragset, curators of the 15th Istanbul Biennial and Bernhart Schwenk, head of contemporary art at the Pinakothek der Moderne.

A continuation of the 15th Istanbul Biennial entitled 'a good neighbour', the exhibition 'a good neighbour_on the move' at the Pinakothek der Moderne can be seen as a dialogue with this year's biennial illustrating how a globalised world is also changing the self-understanding of public art institutions and their exhibitions.

The exhibition features 10 artists from the 15th Istanbul Biennial, which was held between 16 September and 12 November 2017, as well as CANAN, an established contemporary artist from Turkey and Vlassis Caniaris, considered to be one of the most renowned and influential Greek artists of his generation. Artworks by these 12 artists from across the world reflect their experiences of the consequences of global conflicts, social control, perspectives on gender roles and forms of coexistence.

Participating artists:

Burçak Bingöl, born in 1976 in Giresun, lives in Istanbul
Vlassis Caniaris, born in 1928 in Athens, died in 2011 in Athens
CANAN, born in 1970 in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul
Vajiko Chachkhiani, born in 1985 in Tbilisi, lives in Berlin
Andrea Joyce Heimer, born in 1981 in Great Falls, Montana, lives in Ferndale, Washington
Gözde İlkin, born in 1981 in Kütahya, lives in Istanbul
Mirak Jamal, born in 1979 in Teheran, lives in Berlin
Mahmoud Khaled, born in 1982 in Alexandria, lives in Trondheim
Victor Leguy, born in 1979 in São Paulo, lives in São Paulo
Olaf Metzel, born in 1952 in Berlin, lives in Munich
Erkan Özgen, born in 1971 in Mardin, lives in Diyarbakir
Stephen G. Rhodes, born in 1977 in Houston, Texas, lives in Berlin

15th Istanbul Biennial at Pinakothek der Moderne Munich
15th Istanbul Biennial at Pinakothek der Moderne Munich Photo: IKSV

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 in Paris

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In the summer 2016, Gallery Paris Beijing invited Yann Perreau to curate the first solo exhibition of Turkish artist Mehmet Ali Uysal in France. The artist invested the space with a body of works, which, he explained, were created and assembled as an attempt to define a new home (“ev” in Turkish) for his oeuvre.

Following this gesture, from 1 February until 1 March, the gallery will exhibit works by a new generation of artists who live and work partly in Turkey, focusing on their relationship to that notion of “ev” under the title 'HOME IS WHERE THE (HE)ART IS'.

The participating artists have been exhibited around the world in the last few years, confirming the Istanbul art scene as one of the most interesting, innovative and dynamic of our time. Some of them have decided to move abroad recently. Others still live there, while most of them have now one foot here, and another one elsewhere. Hence, they have made of the world itself, in its complexity and diversity, their home. This exhibition doesn’t focus on the eternal themes of exile, diaspora or migrations and doesn’t reduce itself to 'Turkish artists', preferring to look at artists who live in Istanbul, whatever their nationality (a global city, Istanbul welcomes artists and creators from around the world, who consider it their home).

Yaşam Şaşmazer, Devastation, 2016
Yaşam Şaşmazer, Devastation, 2016, Linden Wood, Fungus, 175 x 54 x 35 cm © Yaşam Şaşmazer, courtesy of the artist and Galerie Paris-Beijing. photo credit: Bernard Brochard

It starts from a proverb: “Home is where the heart is” and follows a philosophical and aesthetical – even if political too – approach: in our globalized world, is the traditional apprehension of home relevant anymore? Can home still define one and only one specific location? “Here, isn’t it elsewhere”, questions Gözde Ilkin in her poem 'Delirium for a poetry of space'. How can travels, displacements and shifting remodel one’s apprehension of home, one’s sense of belonging and – ultimately – one’s aesthetics? Home is sometimes left behind, voluntary or by necessity. Still it can be recreated elsewhere. What do we remember of our previous homes?

Ultimately, isn’t home that strange, mysterious, ephemeral feeling that art can sometimes help to define? Something personal, always changed, always re-imagined, like memory itself, or may be like a romance? This group exhibition looks at how these questions can materialise, take shape in various bodies of works. It will transform the gallery into a transitory, dwelling, utopic space. A “Here and elsewhere”, as Anne-Marie Miéville and Jean-Luc Godard defined it in their eponymous film.
- Yann Perreau

Participating Artists:
Halil Altindere | Yesim Akdeniz | Volkan Aslan| Mehtap Baydu| Antonio Cosentino| Gözde Ilkin| Yaşam Şaşmazer | Güneş Terkol | Mehmet Ali Uysal

Yann Perreau is a French art critic, author and curator. He lives between Paris, Istanbul and Los Angeles.

Gözde Ilkin, Rëverie of Space, 2017
Gözde Ilkin, Rëverie of Space, 2017, 120 x 148 cm, Mixed media on fabric with text. © Gözde Ilkin, courtesy Galerie Paris-Beijing and artSümer gallery

Nevin Aladağ Wins Ernst Rietschel Art Prize

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The artist Nevin Aladağ has been awarded the Ernst Rietschel Art Prize for Sculpture. Named in honor of the late German sculptor Ernst Rietschel, who died in 1861, the prize has been awarded by the Ernst Rietschel Kulturring every two years since 1991 and is endowed with 15,000 EUR. Aladağ’s work will be on display in an exhibition at the Albertinum in Dresden in March 2018.

Nevin Aladağ (b. 1972, Van) moved to Stuttgart, Germany with her family in 1973 and studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich until 2000. In her practice comprising sculpture, installation, video and performance, Aladağ detaches everyday objects from their original context to investigate their social, cultural and political codings, as well as origins and history. Aladağ lives and works in Berlin.

Aladağ’s installations, video works, and performances were shown at numerous international museums and biennials, including recent participations in Documenta 14 in Kassel and Athens and the 57th Venice Biennale. Her work was exhibited at: Kunsthalle Basel (2014-15); Art Space Pythagorion, Samos (2014); Istanbul Modern (2014); Sharjah Biennale (2013); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2012); Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) (2011); Haus der Kunst Munich (2011), The Hayward Gallery, London (2010); XIV Biennale Internazionale di Scultura, Carrara, (2010); Riso Museum, Catania and Palermo (2010); TBA 21, Vienna (2010); Biennale Cuvée, Linz (2009) and (2010); 11th Istanbul Biennial (2009); The Al-Mamal Foundation, Jerusalem (2009); OPEN ev+a, Limerick (2009), and 8th Taipei Biennial, Taiwan (2008).

The jury comprised critic Kirsty Bell; Matthias Mühling, director of the Lenbachhaus in Munich; Thomas Thiel, director of the Kunstverein Bielefeld; and Hilke Wagner, director of the Albertinum.

Nevin Aladağ, Photo: Trevor Good, Courtesy Wentrup Gallery
Nevin Aladağ, Photo: Trevor Good, Courtesy Wentrup Gallery

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 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

4th Istanbul Design Biennial announces Concept

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Map of Istanbul, 1901, Blueprint
Map of Istanbul, 1901, Blueprint Photo: IKSV, Courtesy of Kerem Bayer Archive

The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial will be held from 22 September until 4 November 2018. Curator Jan Boelen announced the concept and open call at a press meeting held on Thursday, 12 October at Salon İKSV.

Titled 'A School of Schools', the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial will stretch both the space and time of the traditional design event, manifesting as a flexible year-long programme within which to respond to global acceleration, generating alternative methodologies, outputs and forms of design and education. 'A School of Schools' manifests as a set of dynamic learning formats encouraging creative production, sustainable collaboration, and social connection. Exploring eight themes, the learning environment is a context of empowerment, reflection, sharing and engagement, providing reflexive responses to specific situations.

Can the biennial use, question and reframe previously tried-and-tested education models – from the museum-as-encyclopedia to the laboratory, the studio and the academy – to create a setting for meaningful dialogue and design? Can design itself be a brave space for people to share their knowledge and ignorance, their experience and curiosity?

Engaging multigenerational, transdisciplinary practitioners from Turkey and abroad, 'A School of Schools' brings together old and new knowledge, academic and amateur, professional and personal, focusing on the process as much as the outcomes. Together, agents in this complex and ambitious ecosystem will create new knowledge, search for alternatives to implemented systems, and with radical diversity, push the boundaries of the design discipline.

The open call, which ended on 15 December, was extended to all designers, architects, scientists, engineers, chefs, craftspeople, activists and everyone else, who would either like to propose or participate in a school or learning experiment.

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

For further details visit:

Map of the Geographical Distribution of the Most Important Plands Yielding Food. Keith Johnston, 1858
Map of the Geographical Distribution of the Most Important Plants Yielding Food. Keith Johnston, 1858, Photo: IKSV, Courtesy of Kerem Bayer Archive

The Pavilion Of Turkey announces project for Biennale Architettura 2018

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'The Shift', Project for the Pavilion of Turkey at the 16th Biennale Architettura 2018
'The Shift', Project for the Pavilion of Turkey at the 16th Biennale Architettura 2018, Photo: IKSV

Following an open-call and a two-stage evaluation, İKSV, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, announced the project that will be exhibited at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia taking place from 26 May–25 November 2018.

Vardiya / The Shift, curated by Kerem Piker, will be presented at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia. Cansu Cürgen, Yelta Köm, Nizam Onur Sönmez, Yağız Söylev and Erdem Tüzün are assistant curators in the project.

The project proposes a spatial organisation for meeting, encountering and architectural production. Departing from the biennale’s theme 'Freespace', the Pavilion of Turkey welcomes architecture students, who will be hosted by İKSV in shifts, throughout the Biennale Architettura. Following an international open call, undergraduate and graduate students of architecture will be expected to visit the biennale, participate in the designated workshop programmes and contribute to architectural production with using various media. The exhibition content is expected to derive and flourish from this programme of workshops, performances and the participants’ individual contributions in situ, as well.

The exhibition programme of the pavilion is coordinated by İKSV, and realised under the co-sponsorship of Schüco Turkey and VitrA, and the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey. The Pavilion of Turkey opened at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia in 2014 for the first time, upon a 20-year allotment of the Arsenale with İKSV’s initiation and the contribution of 21 supporters.

The Selection Committee chose the project among the applications made in response to an open-call, after a series of evaluation meetings. The Committee’s members are Prof. Dr. Sibel Bozdoğan, Levent Çalıkoğlu, Prof. Dr. Arzu Erdem, Prof. Dr. Murat Güvenç, Yeşim Hatırlı, Prof. Dr. Süha Özkan and Prof. Dr. Uğur Tanyeli.

Further details regarding the Pavilion of Turkey at the 16th International Architecture Biennial in Venice will be announced later in 2018.

Concept of 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial announced

on Wednesday, 16 December 2015. Posted in January, ---2016---

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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:


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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