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Banu Cennetoğlu, İnci Eviner

SAHA provided support for the production of İnci Eviner’s new work and the participation of Banu Cennetoğlu at the Liverpool Biennial held between 14 June–28 October 2018.

Banu Cennetoğlu facilitated the distribution of The List in The Guardian newspaper, in print and online on 20 June 2018, World Refugee Day. Compiled and updated each year by UNITED for Intercultural Action, The List traces information relating to the deaths of 34,361 refugees and migrants who have lost their lives within, or on the borders of Europe since 1993. Since 2007, in collaboration with art workers and institutions, Cennetoğlu has facilitated updated versions of The List using public spaces such as billboards, transport networks and newspapers. Co-produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London and Liverpool Biennial, the new edition of The List will be available at Chisenhale Gallery (28 June–26 August 2018) and Liverpool Biennial (14 July–28 October 2018).

Inci Eviner has created a new film ‘Reenactment of Heaven’ for the Biennial. The film will reflect on the idea of heaven, and the question how religion and economy interact, counter and determine each other in different contexts. Exploring the role of women in a society dominated by the male gaze, Eviner asks for the place of women in heaven, a realm commonly associated with loyalty and respect. To encourage women to fight against suppression, the artist will make women the agents of her film and collaborate with a female dancer and performer on the production.

About the Artists

Banu Cennetoğlu (1970, Ankara) studied in Istanbul, Paris and New York before she was awarded a place at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2002. Her work has been presented at the 3rd and 5th Berlin Biennales (2004 and 2008), 10th Istanbul Biennial and 1st Athens Biennale (both 2007), Manifesto 8 in Murcia (2010), 10th Gwangju Biennale (2014), Documenta (14) (2017), and was one of two artists who represented Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). She is one of six artists invited for the 2016 DAAD Künstlerprogramm in Berlin. She lives and works in Istanbul where, for the past nine years, she has also run BAS, a non-profit project space in the city centre dedicated to collecting, archiving, exhibiting and publishing limited edition artists’ books.

İnci Eviner (1956, Ankara), explores politics of desire and disaster, space, subjectivity and its potentiality. As an artist, she is aware of the traumas with which we live that demand a new kind of listening and witnessing. She follows the current practices of power on the female body and researches outside of the given identity that is in a continuous state of enactment. She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions worldwide. She has been invited to participate in numerous biennials including Istanbul, Venice, Taiwan, Thessaloniki, Shanghai and Busan. Among the museums where her works have been exhibited are The Drawing Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille. Eviner was among the recipients of 2017 Sharjah Biennial Prize.

About Liverpool Biennial

Liverpool Biennial is the UK biennial of contemporary art. Taking place every two years across the city in public spaces, galleries, museums and online, the Biennial commissions international artists to make and present work in the context of Liverpool. Liverpool Biennial is underpinned by a programme of research, education, residencies and commissions. Founded in 1998, the Biennial has commissioned over 300 new artworks and presented work by more than 450 artists from around the world.