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a good neighbour

16 September – 12 November 2017

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) has announced the list of artists,duos, and collectives that will take part in the 15th edition of the Istanbul Biennial.

The 15th Istanbul Biennial, entitled a good neighbour and curated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, reveals the participating artists of this year’s edition, which takes place from 16 September to 12 November 2017. Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Koç Holding, the 15th Istanbul Biennial 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.

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.

The 15th Istanbul Biennial’s Public Programme
In addition to the two-month-long exhibition, the 15th Istanbul Biennial also features a Public Programme coordinated by artist Zeyno Pekünlü that encompasses a variety of events and discussions related to the concept of “a good neighbour”.
Without neglecting the burden of history and the immediacy of actuality, the Public Programme focuses on the shared questions that led to a number of important debates in recent years. During the opening and closing weeks of the Biennial, it features symposiums with thought-provoking speakers such as activist and professor Shahrzad

Mojab, recognised for her research on the impact of war, displacement and violence on women’s learning and education; professor Joseph Massad, known for his criticism of liberal policies related to multiculturalism; professor of political economy Massimo de Angelis; and architect and scholar Stavros Stavrides, whose work focuses on spatial practices. Entitled Chosen Families, the first trails the quest for different kinds of belongings beyond family as an institution.

The second, Mutual Fate focuses on urban ecology and strives for finding ways out of anthropocentrism. With panel discussions, screenings, workshops and regular events throughout the Biennial, participants can be found cooking, reading and playing music together. Admission to all Public Programme events is free.

The 15th Istanbul Biennial – a good neighbour
The 15th edition of the Istanbul Biennial, entitled a good neighbour, is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV). The Biennial is made possible thanks to sponsor Koç Holding, with the patronage of several other supporters, international funders and funding bodies. It takes place from 16 September to 12 November 2017 and access to exhibitions and programming is free of charge.

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.

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
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
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

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