The 15th Istanbul Biennial

"a good neighbour"


September 16 – November 12, 2017


Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), curated by the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset and entitled "a good neighbour", the 15th Istanbul Biennial deals with multiple notions of home and neighborhoods. Shaped by 40 questions developed by the curators, the 15th Istanbul Biennial invites visitors to explore exhibitions installed in six venues within walking distance. The venues include four traditional biennial spaces – Istanbul Modern, the Galata Greek Primary School, Pera Museum, and Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam ­– and two residential venues: the ARK Kültür Center in the Cihangir district and an artist collective’s studio in the Asmalımescit district. 

The 15th Istanbul Biennial brings together artworks by 56 artists from 32 countries, all addressing different notions of homebelonging and neighborhood. Istanbul Modern displays a number of multinational artistic positions in an open plan architecture, featuring large-scale sculptures, installations, and the other artworks. As a long-standing partner of the Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul Modern symbolises the continuity, experience and expertise of the exhibition. 

Photos: Sahir Uğur Eren


Video: Selçuk Metin & Ebru Gümrükçüoğlu 


Istanbul Modern List of Artists


Adel Abdessemed

Born in Constantine, lives in California, Los Angeles

Volkan Aslan

Born in Ankara, lives in Istanbul

Alper Aydın
Born in Ordu, lives between Ordu, Ankara, Konya, and Istanbul 

Latifa Echakhch

Born in El Khnansa, lives in Martigny

Candeğer Furtun
Born in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul

Kim Heecheon
Born in Seoul, lives in Seoul

Mirak Jamal
Born in Tehran, lives in Berlin

Fernando Lanhas
Born in Porto, died in Porto

Victor Leguy
Born in Sao Paulo, lives in Sao Paulo

Klara Lidén
Born in Stockholm, lives in Berlin

Mahmoud Obaidi
Born in Baghdad, lives in Burlington, Ontario

Henrik Olesen
Born in Esbjerg, lives in Berlin 

Lydia Ourahmane
Born in Saida, lives in Oran and London

Rayyane Tabet
Born in Ashquot, lives in Beirut

Young-Jun Tak
Born in Seoul, lives in Berlin

Kaari Upson
Born in San Bernadino, California, lives in Los Angeles, California

Kemang Wa Lehulere
Born in Cape Town, lives in Cape Town

Born in Luanda, lives in Harare

Xiao Yu
Born in Inner Mongolia, lives in Beijing


Outside all venues

Burçak Bingöl
Born in Giresun, lives in Istanbul


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