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4. International Çanakkale Biennial

The 4th edition of the International Çanakkale Biennial entitled “Only The Dead Have Seen The End Of War” takes place in Çanakkale, Turkey, from 27 September to 2 November 2014. SAHA supported the production of the works by the artists participating at the 4th Canakkale Biennial.

The 4th International Çanakkale Biennial aims to examine and interpret the political, social, and cultural events and effects of World War 1 (WW1) -which is still perceivable today- through contemporary art creations. The Biennial intends to create a visual sphere and bring forward the discussion on the major human movement (forced immigrations) and its consequences with special emphasis on the rupture between the people living on the vast territories of the Ottoman and Russian empire. The Biennial also focuses on the differentiation of economic systems and modernism – with reference to the new era of European and Soviet colonialism. By focusing on the after effects of this era, the Biennial examines the social & political impacts of the transition from a ‘polarized’ into a ‘globalized’ world system on the inhabitants of this region.

4th International Çanakkale Biennial purposefully takes place at venues which have historical and social meaning such as old Armenian Church, Korfmann Library, Er Bath (Ceramic Museum), Çimenlik Castle, Archaeological Museum, Jewish (Acorn) Depots, and the public spaces (The Bazaar Street, Waterfront and the Port area, Public park).

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Gülçin Aksoy (Istanbul), Maja Bajevic (Paris–Sarajevo), Nigol Bezjian (Beirut), Bashir Borlakov (Istanbul), Songül Boyraz (Vienna), Harold De Bree (Hague), Klaus wom Bruch (Berlin–Munich), Ergin Çavuşoğlu (London–Istanbul), Ersan Deveci (Izmir), Nezaket Ekici (Berlin–Istanbul), Reha Erdem (Istanbul), Ayşe Erkmen (Berlin–Istanbul), Aladdin Garunov (Moscow), Douglas Gordon (London), Murat Gök (Diyarbakır), T. Melih Görgün (Istanbul), Güven İncirlioğlu (Izmir), IRWIN (Ljubljana), Khaled Jarrar (Ramallah), Grigor Khachatryan (Yerevan), Anne Kodura (Berlin), Sıtkı Kösemen (Istanbul), Raziye Kubat (Istanbul), Radenko Milak (Belgrade), Jehane Noujaim (Boston), Pınar Öğrenci (Istanbul), Ahmet Öktem (Istanbul), Marilena Preda Sanc (Bucharest), Antonio Riello (Milano–London–Asiago), Anri Sala (Paris), Hans Schabus (Vienna), Tunca Subaşı (Istanbul), Erdal Sezer (Çanakkale), Panos Tsagaris (New York–Athens), Astrid Walsh (Dublin), Viron Vert (Berlin–Istanbul), Akram Zaatari (Beirut).

About International Çanakkale Biennial

Canakkale Biennial Initiative (CABININ) is a Canakkale-based non-profit initiative founded by a group of collaborators from various fields and occupations. As a platform for producing artistic and cultural ideas and events, CABININ organizes and supports local as well as international events that would touch on socially responsible projects in particular, Canakkale Biennial. Hence, since the 1st Canakkale Biennial (2008), all of the conceptual frameworks have been determined on the principle to oversee, examine and criticize the social problems relating to the country, region and the world through works of art.