15TH ISTANBUL BIENNIAL, THEMED "A GOOD NEIGHBOUR", STARTS ON SEPTEMBER 16thOrganised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the 15th Istanbul Biennial will take place from September 16 to November 12, 2017, with the sponsorship of Koç Holding. The biennial can be visited free of charge.
The 15th Istanbul Biennial, entitled "a good neighbour" and curated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, 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.
At the press conference, the curators, Elmgreen & Dragset, gave a brief curatorial statement about the conceptual framework of the 15th Istanbul Biennial: "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."
In addition to the two-month-long exhibition, which can be visited free of charge, the 15th Istanbul Biennial also features a Public Programme that encompasses a variety of events and discussions related to the concept of "a good neighbour".
In anticipation of the exhibition, the 15th Istanbul Biennial also 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, which capture unexpected encounters paired with questions asking what makes a good neighbour
Selected by the New York Observer as one of the most important art events of 2017, The Istanbul Biennial has also been named as one of the five exhibitions of 2017 that’s worth travelling for, by the Newsweek magazine.
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