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Özge Açıkkol, Xurban Collective, Nalan Yırtmaç

SAHA supported the production of works by artists Özge Açıkkol, Xurban Collective, and Nalan Yırtmaç participating at the 8th Bucharest Biennale and held between the dates 17 May–8 July 2018.

Curated by Beral Madra and Răzvan Ion, the Bucharest Biennial’s temporary structure allows a deconstruction of the systems supporting and underlying what has been called the ‘experience economy’. The Bucharest Biennale goes beyond merely orchestrating memorable ‘events’ that aim for prescribed notions of customizable transformation, which are characteristic of this economic model and importantly reflected in the global biennial format as well. Instead, the Biennale offers a platform to analyze, and potentially redirect, current social, political and economic imaginaries. It intends to make visible the power structures supporting such spheres of control, addressing the ways in which they are organized and coordinated, as well as implemented across broad segments of society. The Biennale is an attempt to turn these scripted ‘experiences’ upside down, to re-think and re-imagine processes of domination, while positioning the city of Bucharest as a field of cultural action and exchange. With its innovative model refined throughout the previous six editions, the Bucharest Biennale is now regarded as one of the most vital biennials in Europe, holding a widely respected position within the international art scene.

Özge Açıkkol, Nándor Angstenberger, Martin Balint, Nina Slejko Blom & Conny Blom, Liviu Bulea, Anur Hadžiomerspahić, Anna Khodorkovskaya, Naeem Mohaiemen, MP3, Damir Muratov, Aga Ousseinov, Bogdan Rața, Ana Riaboshenko, Juan Esteban Sandoval, Gabi Stamate, Mkrtich Tonoyan, xurban_collective (Güven İncirlioğlu & Hakan Topal), Nalan Yırtmaç.