Artists' Film International 2016

Artists' Film International 2016 on "Technology"

Istanbul Modern presented Artists’ Film International, an exhibition and program featuring videos, animations, and short films by artists from around the world in 2016. Focusing on the theme of "technology", the program explored the psychological and social effects of different technologies as well as the sociopolitical codes of new technologies, and the way they transform production processes of the moving image. Istanbul Modern invited Zeyno Pekünlü to the program in 2016, with her video "How to properly touch a girl so you don’t creep her out?" (2015). Pekünlü’s work was on view throughout 2016, not only at Istanbul Modern, but at the international partner organizations as well.


Initiated by the Whitechapel Gallery in 2008, this year Artists’ Film International continued in partnership with 13 art organizations from different parts of the world. In previous years, Istanbul Modern participated in the program with videos by Ali Kazma, İnci Eviner, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Sefer Memişoğlu, Bengü Karaduman, Burak Delier, and Vahap Avşar.

Program / Content: Çelenk Bafra, Yasemin Ülgen Saray

Within the scope of the program, the artists’ whose videos are shown in the exhibition, with the curatorial selection of Istanbul Modern are:

The Institute For New Feeling (Scott Andrew, Agnes Bolt, Nina Sarnelle) (Ballroom Marfa, Texas, USA); Igor Bošnjak (Belgrade Cultural Centre, Serbia); Andrés Denegri (Fundación PRóA, Buenos Aires, Argentina); Rohini Devasher (Project 88, Mumbai, India); Fareeha Ghezal (CCAA / Centre for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan); Igor Jesus (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Portugal).


Artists’ Film International 2016 Program Partners

CCAA / Centre for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan

Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas, ABD

Belgrade Cultural Centre, Belgrade, Serbia

Fundacion PRÓA, Buenos Aires, Argentina

GAMeC / Galleria D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy

MAAT / Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal

Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland

n.b.k. / Video-Forum of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany

Para Site Art Space, Hong Kong

Project 88, Mumbai, India

Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway

Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK