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3rd Mardin Biennial


The 3rd edition of Mardin Biennial entitled “Mythologies” takes place in Mardin, Turkey, from 15 May to 15 June 2015. SAHA provided support for the production of works of the artists participating at the 3rd Mardin Biennial.

The conceptual framework of the Biennial was set up with reference to Ali Artun’s text. The most essential aspect of the biennale is that there is no appointed curator. Instead, the biennale is realized with the contribution of locals as well as volunteers from elsewhere.

The 3rd Mardin Biennial embraces a collective approach, constituted mostly of locals. Likewise, the majority of the artists taking part are also from the surrounding region, among them are also artisans and craftsman. The Mardin Biennial proposes an alternative approach to the prevailing biennial processes by questioning the authority of a visiting curator who is often alien to the geography, history and context of the setting, and single-handedly decides whom, what and how to exhibit.


Ahmet Elhan, Aikaterini Gegisian, Alban Muja, Ani Setyan, Antonio Cosentino, Aysel Alver, Babak Kazemi, Canan Budak, Claire Hooper, David Blandy, Deniz Aktaş, Dilan Bozyel, Dilara Akay, Eda Gecikmez, Elena Bajo, Erick Beltrán, Ethem Erkan, Evrim Kavcar, Fani Zguro, Fırat Engin, Gabi Yerli, Hakan Kırdar, Halil Altındere, Haris Epaminonda, Iratxe Jaio & Klaas Van Gorkum, Işıl Eğrikavuk-Jozef Erçevik Amado, İbrahim Ayhan, Iman Issa, Isabel Rocamora, Juan Del Gado, Khaled Hafez, Krassimir Terziev, Lena Von Lapschina, Mehtap Baydu, Melih Apa, Mesut Alp, Metin Ezilmez, Miquel Garcia, Mike Berg, Murat Akagündüz, Murat Germen, Mürüvvet Türkyılmaz, Nadi Güler, Necla Rüzgar, Nezir Akkul, Nooshin Farhid, Oriol Vilanova, Özlem Günyol-Mustafa Kunt, Pedro Torres, Romain Kronenberg, Sait Tunç, Stuart Brisley, Şefik Özcan, Thierry Payet, Ursula Mayer, Yavuz Tanyeli, Yaygara, Barcelona Loop videoart, Zhou Tao, Oscar Muñoz, Levi van Veluw, Antonio Paquar, and Anne-Valerie Gasc.

About the Mardin Biennial

Mardin Biennial aims to bring contemporary art from Turkey’s west to its east; to enliven Mardin’s already enriching geography furthermore with artists, academicians, students and diverse communities; to create a new platform for dialogue; to add new dimension to the notion of the “center” and to place Mardin in a unique position through a series of exhibitions.

 The 1st Mardin Biennial was organized between 4 June–5 July, 2010 with the intention of transforming Mardin into a center for contemporary art. The Biennial curated by Döne Otyam took place in locations that are embedded within Mardin’s unique historical architecture and surrounded by as well as embedded in the daily life of the local people. Mardin as a city full of historical, cultural and geographical richness presented a different and enriching experience for contemporary artists. The 2nd Biennial took place between 21 September–21 October, 2012 curated by Paolo Colombo and Lora Sarıaslan and organized by the Ministry of Development Southeastern Anatolia Project Regional Development Administration, Mardin Governorship, Promotion Fund of the Prime Ministry, Mardin Municipality and with the support of the private sector.