The 15th Istanbul Biennial will be curated by the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset between September 16th and November 12th, 2017 with the title “A Good Neighbour”. The biennial to address home and neighbourhood concepts, will investigate the recent transformation of lifestyles at interior spaces. The 15th Istanbul Biennial, to be organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, can be visited for free for nearly two months. In the Biennial, a series of performances, film screenings and lectures will be organized as well as exhibitions in neighbouring venues.
The 15th Istanbul Biennial was also shown as “one of the 10 major art events worldwide in 2017” by US-based New York Observer, a globally acclaimed publication. The following comment was made on 15th Istanbul Biennial: ” The Venice Biennial and iconic Prada Marfa’s masterful artists, dynamic Elmgreen & Dragset duo are the curators of the 15th Istanbul Biennial that will certainly be full of surprises.” In addition, the Istanbul Biennial was shown as “one of the five exhibitions worth travelling for in 2017” by US-based Newsweek, one of world’s leading magazines.
(Hasan Bülent Kahraman – Writer, Academician)
“When we look at Turkey’s design scene, a contradictory picture emerges. This is of course a good situation… Because innovative approaches and traditional positions are intertwined. Still, there are great efforts all in all. I think that the most original works of the world are produced in Turkey. More can always be achieved. It is a rich, productive, prolific environment… Moreover, Turkey is a very fertile region in terms of culture and politics, and most of time at an undesired level. Nevertheless, I believe that the boundaries of conceptual expression need to be pushed further. Certainly the biggest issue is knowledge. Us knowing that what we introduce as new may be ancient. In other words, knowledge and culture… Also contemporary art is a field open to mediocrity. We need to be aware of this threat.”