Istanbul Biennial


16 - 30 Sep 2005

16 September - 30 October 2005

Charles Esche
Vasıf Kortun

Hüseyin Alptekin
Pawel Althamer
Halil Altındere
Yochai Avrahami
Yael Bartana
Otto Berchem
Johanna Billing
Michael Blum
Daniel Bozhkov
Pavel Büchler
Phil Collins
Smadar Dreyfus
Lukas Duwenhögger
Maria Eichhorn
Gardar Eide Einarsson
Hala Elkoussy
Jon Mikel Euba
Cerith Wyn Evans
Jakup Ferri
Flying City
Luca Frei
Erik Göngrich
Gruppo A12
Daniel Guzman
Hatice Güleryüz
Chris Johanson
Y.Z. Kami
Karl-Heinz Klopf
Servet Koçyigit
Yaron Leshem
David Maljkovic
Oda Projesi
Paulina Olowska
Silke Otto-Knapp
Serkan Özkaya
Ahmet Öğüt
Şener Özmen
Dan Perjovschi
Ola Pehrson
Khalil Rabah
Mario Rizzi
Solmaz Shahbazi
Wael Shawky
Ahlam Shibli
Sean Snyder
Nedko Solakov
Jens Haaning
Pilvi Takala
Tintin Wulia
Alexander Ugay
Roman Maskalev
Axel John Wieder
Jesko Fezer

The title of the 9th İstanbul Biennial is simply 'İstanbul'. Curated by Charles Esche and Vasif Kortun with assistant curators Esra Sarigedik and November Paynter, it refers both to the real urban location and the imaginative charge that this city represents for the world. 'İstanbul' as a metaphor, as a prediction, as a lived reality, and an inspiration has many stories to tell and the Biennial will attempt to tap directly into this rich history and possibility.

The curators have selected 53 artists and artist groups. Around half have been invited to live and work in İstanbul for between one and six months. In contradistinction, the other half of the Biennial is made up of work from elsewhere around the world. These act as comparisons and conflicts with İstanbul itself, allowing the visitors to see this city more clearly through other urban and rural narratives. Many of these artists are based in cities with a strong historic connection to İstanbul, from Cairo to Prishtinë, Almaty to Berlin.

The Biennial will not use any of the historic monuments, preferring to work in sites that have a more common reference to the everyday life of the city in the Beyoglu and Galata neighbourhoods. The sites are an apartment block, an old customs storehouse, a former tobacco depository , a gallery, a shop, a theatre and an office building. Each building provides very different kinds of spaces for the works. The walk between these venues should also be seen as a part of the biennial experience with a few public works but mostly with the fabric of this area of İstanbul to inspire our visitors and serve as a way for them to shift their observation of the city for a moment under the influence of the biennial artists.

A crucial component of the 9th Biennial is the Positionings Programme, which will highlight specific local and international constellations within and beyond the city. A core part will be presented in the Hospitality Zone of the customs storage building where İstanbul artist initiatives will show work, a famous city magazine will run its offices and discussions, an international student workshop and an important archive of contemporary art books will all be housed. A major international reflection of the Biennial will take place at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, where the 18 year history of the İstanbul Biennial will be put into dialogue with the existing museum collection.

Finally, a multitude of books and publications will emerge as part of the Biennial including a free biennial guide given to all ticket holders; a book about art, cities and citizens; a Diyarbakir artist's' guide to İstanbul and more.

The 2005 İstanbul Biennial promises a distinctive approach to the burgeoning phenomenon of international biennials, one that is rooted in the place it is shown while always looking out at what is relevant for the rest of the world.

Tags: Gruppo A12, Hüseyin Alptekin, Pawel Althamer, Halil Altindere, Yael Bartana, Otto Berchem, Johanna Billing, Michael Blum, Daniel Bozhkov, Pavel Büchler, Phil Collins, Lukas Duwenhögger, Maria Eichhorn, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Hala Elkoussy, Jon Mikel Euba, Cerith Wyn Evans, Jakup Ferri, Luca Frei, Daniel Guzman, Jens Haaning, IRWIN, Chris Johanson, Y.z. Kami, Karl-Heinz Klopf, Servet Kocyigit, David Maljkovic, Ahmet Ögüt, Paulina Olowska, Silke Otto-Knapp, Serkan Özkaya, Sener Özmen, Dan Perjovschi, Khalil Rabah, Mario Rizzi, Ruangrupa, Wael Shawky, Ahlam Shibli, Sean Snyder, Nedko Solakov, Superflex, Pilvi Takala, Axel John Wieder, Tintin Wulia