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15th Istanbul Biennial

SAHA supported the new productions of artists from Turkey invited to the 15th Istanbul Biennial, held between the 16th of September and the 12th of November 2017.

The 15th Istanbul Biennial, entitled “a good neighbour” and curated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, brings together artworks by 56 artists from 32 countries, all addressing different notions of home, belonging and neighbourhood. Instead of a curatorial statement, the curators have developed forty questions such as “Is a good neighbour a stranger you don’t fear?” and “Is a good neighbour someone who reads the same newspaper as you?” that guided the process of making the exhibition. The 15th Istanbul Biennial takes place in six venues: Galata Greek Primary School, Istanbul Modern, Pera Museum, ARK Kültür, Yoğunluk Artist Atelier and Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam.

Supported Artists from Turkey and the Biennial Venues

Volkan Aslan (Istanbul Modern), Alper Aydın (Istanbul Modern), Burçak Bingöl (Outdoor), Candeğer Furtun (Istanbul Modern), Gözde İlkin (Pera Museum), Erkan Özgen (Galata Greek Primary School), Ali Taptık (Galata Greek Primary School), Tuğçe Tuna (Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam), Bilal Yılmaz (Galata Greek Primary School), and Yoğunluk İnisiyatifi (Yoğunluk Artist Atelier).

About Elmgreen & Dragset

Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset 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.

Previous curatorial projects include “The Collectors” at the Danish and Nordic Pavilions at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, marking the first-ever merging of two national pavilions to present a single exhibition, which received a Special Mention entitled “Curating Worlds.” Most recently, in 2016–2017, Elmgreen & Dragset curated “The Others”, a group exhibition at KÖNIG GALERIE in Berlin. In 2013, the duo curated “A Space Called Public”, a wide-ranging temporary public art project throughout the city of Munich, with the aim of generating a new conversation about the concept of public space today. The same year, with their exhibition “Tomorrow” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the artists designed a setting in which they staged paintings, furniture, and artifacts from the museum’s permanent collection. Earlier curatorial projects include “Not a Drop But the Fall”, together with Susanne Pfeffer, Künstlerhaus Bremen (2005) and “Update”, a performance-based festival that was part of Copenhagen’s European Capitals of Culture program (1996).