Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by 2007-2026 Biennial Sponsor Koç Holding, the 17th Istanbul Biennial will take place between 11 September and 14 November 2021. The curatorial team for the 17th edition of the biennial will be Ute Meta Bauer, Amar Kanwar, and David Teh.
Istanbul Biennial 2022 will be situated in specific locations across the city to reveal and amplify connections between present-day life and Istanbul’s richly layered past. Spanning historic districts as well as those developed during the city’s expansion over the last century, the Biennial venues will include the atelier of a modern master calligrapher and bookbinder, a fifteenth century hammam, an abandoned Greek School, an art space run by immigrant artists, a former gas house, newly renovated as a cultural centre, an independent radio station that has broadcast for over two decades, alongside with a residency space for artists and curators to interact and produce new works. Together, these sites will not only play host to the biennial’s diverse projects, but will also reveal social histories and contemporary challenges faced by Istanbulites in the midst of constant change.
arthereistanbul opens its doors to the biennial audience. ✨
arthereistanbul was founded in 2014 by Syrian artists who had to leave their country due to war. It has been serving as a meeting point in Istanbul for artists facing displacement, as well as a space for developing and exhibiting their artistic practices. The venue is located at a three-floor building in the Yeldeğirmeni neighbourhood of the Kadıköy district and accommodates a recording studio, exhibition and workshop spaces. Its multi-purpose hall hosts regular film screenings. The co-hosts of the venue, cats may also come your way on every corner. Following your visit to arthereistanbul where the numerous stories and sounds of the biennial will intersect, and on your walk down towards the seaside, you will encounter one of the most dazzling views of Istanbul. As the sounds of seagulls fill in your ears, you may let yourself breathe in the smell of salty waters and then discover the colourful streets on your way to Bahariye and Moda, tagging along with the crowd.
Photo by: Sahir Uğur Eren