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20 May – 20 June 2022

5th Mardin Biennial

5th Mardin Biennial

5th Mardin Biennial Artists

Mardin Biennial, Turkey

SAHA provides support for Server Demirtaş, İpek Hamzaoğlu, Sibel Horada, Fatoş İrwen, Gülsün Karamustafa, Lara Ögel, Burak Özdemir, Ömer Pekin, Merve Ünsal, Deniz Üstel, who are invited to the 5th Mardin Biennial, held on 20 May – 20 June 2022. Curated by Adwait Singh, titled The Promise of Grass, the forthcoming 5th edition of the biennial explores the possibility for a mystical cosmopolitics or a social-ecology that is steeped in the notion of renouncement. The biennial takes place in 6 different venues, including the distinctive architectural structures of Mardin, such as the German Headquarters and Develi Han. 

About the 5th Mardin Biennial

"The 5th edition of the Mardin Biennial will explore the possibility for a mystical cosmopolitics or a social-ecology that is steeped in the notion of renouncement. This is being examined against the backdrop of the swelling tide of disenfranchised humanity (and more-than-humans) alongside a literal rise in the sea levels. The expansion of capitalist enclosure — perfectly illustrated by the pervasive phenomenon of gated societies as well as its auxiliaries such as luxury doomsday bunkers, floating sea barriers for mitigating movement of refugees as well as hostile public infrastructure and policies — has managed to lock a vast majority of its subjects out, inadvertently collectivising the precariat from Chile to Hong Kong over their shared vulnerability. Indeed, globalisation—the universal outreach that sought to unite us across cultural and geographical differences—has been systematically discredited by nationalist governments, who use it as a sword to terrorise the masses with an image of invading hordes threatening their jobs, social security and way of life, in short all the things that the self-same governments then freely enact under its cover. Where do we go from this impasse between capitalist encroachments over peoples’ rights and resources, and the rising multitudes that are left dispossessed in its wake?"

Artists :  Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam, Kamen Stoyanov, Lara Ögel, Nandita Kumar,

 Raphaël Grisey & Bouba Touré, Karan Shrestha, Abdessamad El Montassir, Neda Saeedi, Almagul Menlibayeva, Merve Ünsal, Kathyayini Dash, Jonas Staal, Marwa Arsanios, Burcu Yağcıoğlu, Deniz Üster, Ömer Pekin, Server Demirtaş, Mikhail Karikis, Sasha Huber, Bhagwati Prasad, Zahra Malkani, Uriel Orlow, Gülsün Karamustafa, Sibel Horada, Asunción Molinos Gordo, E.B. Itso, Rakhi Peswani, İpek Hamzaoğlu, Thukral & Tagra, Bint Mbareh, Selma Gürbüz, Burak Özdemir, Michael Rakowitz.

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