55 Artists from 32 Countries at the 15th Istanbul Biennial!

Arts & CultureNewsJuly 27, 2017
55 Artists from 32 Countries at the 15th Istanbul Biennial!

Curated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset and visited free of charge, the biennial is organized under the theme “a good neighbor” between September 16 and November 12, 2017. Welcoming 55 artists from 32 countries, the biennial will display works that deal with concepts of home, neighborhood, and belonging.

Curators Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset say: “You neighbor may have a very different lifestyle than your own; but we hope that you’re not dealing with this by building fences around yourself based on your fear of the “other” as many politicians in the world have recently been doing. The artists participating the 15th Istanbul Biennial focus on home, neighborhood and collective life through various perspectives. While some of the works inspect how the situation and conditions of our home life has changed and the transformation our neighborhood has experienced, others investigate how we’ve overcome current geopolitical problems on a micro scale. Shaped by the personal of analytical expressions of the guests artists, the biennial creates spaces where hope tangles with dreams, sorrow with rage, and past with present.”

In addition to veteran biennial venues such as Istanbul Modern, Galata Greek Primary School, Pera Museum and Küçük Mustafa Paşa Bathhouse, the biennial will also be hosted by ARK Kültür in Cihangir and Yoğunluk Artists’ Workshop in Asmalımescit. The biennial will display new works by 30 artists.

Welcoming 55 artists from 32 countries, the biennial’s artist and venue list is as follows:

Galata Greek Primary School

Heba Y. Amin
Born in Cairo, based in Berlin

Mark Dion
Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts; based in New York

Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe
Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Dayton, Ohio; based in New York

Kasia Fudakowski
Born in London, based in Berlin

Pedro Gómez-Egaña
Born in Bucaramanga, based in Bergen and Copenhagen

Lungiswa Gqunta
Born in Port Elizabeth, based in Cape Town

Andrea Joyce Heimer
Born in Great Falls, Montana; based in Ferndale, Washington

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

Olaf Metzel
Born in Berlin, based in Munich

Mahmoud Obaidi
Born in Baghdad, based in Burlington, Ontario

Henrik Olesen
Born in Esbjerg, based in Berlin

Erkan Özgen
Born in Mardin, based in Diyarbakır

Leander Schönweger
Born in Merano, based in Vienna

Dan Stockholm
Born in Thisted, based in Copenhagen

Ali Taptık
Born and based in Istanbul

Bilal Yılmaz
Born in Manisa, based in Istanbul

Istanbul Modern

Volkan Aslan
Born in Ankara, based in Istanbul

Alper Aydın
Born in Ordu; based in Ordu, Ankara, Konya and Istanbul

Monica Bonvicini
Born in Venice, based in Berlin

Louise Bourgeois
Born in Paris, died in New York

Latifa Echakhch
Born in El Khnansa, based in Martigny

Candeğer Furtun
Born and based in Istanbul

Kim Heecheon
Born and based in Seoul

Mirak Jamal
Born in Tehran, based in Berlin

Fernando Lanhas
Born and died in Porto

Victor Leguy
Born and based in São Paulo

Klara Lidén
Born in Stockholm, based in Berlin

Mahmoud Obaidi
Born in Baghdad; based in Burlington, Ontario

Lydia Ourahmane
Born in Saida, based in Oran and London

Rayyane Tabet
Born in Ashquot, based in Beirut

Young-Jun Tak
Born in Seoul, based in Berlin

Kaari Upson
Born in San Bernardino, California; based in Los Angeles, California

Kemang Wa Lehulere
Born and based in Cape Town

Born in Luanda, based in Harare

Xiao Yu
Born in Inner Mongolia, based in Beijing

ARK Kültür

Mahmoud Khaled
Born in Alexandria, based in Trondheim

Pera Museum

Adel Abdessemed
Born in Constantine, based in Los Angeles, California

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

Alejandro Almanza Pereda
Born in Mexico, based in Guadalajara

Berlinde De Bruyckere
Born and based in Ghent

Vajiko Chachkhiani
Born in Tbilisi, based in Berlin

Gözde İlkin
Born and based in Istanbul

Liliana Maresca
Born and died in Buenos Aires

Lee Miller
Born in Poughkeepsie, New York; based in Chiddingly, East Sussex

Aude Pariset
Born in Versailles, based in Berlin

Sim Chi Yin
Born in Singapore, based in Beijing

Dayanita Singh
Born and based in New Delhi

Tatiana Trouvé
Born in Cosenza, based in Paris

Tsang Kin-Wah
Born in Shantou, based in Hong Kong

Andra Ursuta
Born in Salonta, based in New York

Fred Wilson
Born and based in New York

Yoğunluk Workshop

Founded and based in Istanbul

Küçük Mustafa Paşa Bathhouse

Monica Bonvicini
Born in Venice, based in Berlin

Stephen G. Rhodes
Born in Houston, Texas; based in Berlin

Tuğçe Tuna
Born in Mons, based in Istanbul


Burçak Bingöl
Born in Giresun, based in Istanbul

Lukas Wassmann
Born in Zurich, based in Berlin

Author: Duygu Bengi