artists & participants
16th Istanbul Biennial 2019
„The Seventh Continent“
14.09.2019 - 10.11.2019
Media preview: September 10–13
Professional preview: September 12–13
The 16th Istanbul Biennial, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, will be titled, The Seventh Continent.
One of the most visible effects of the Anthropocene, the new geological era characterised by the impact of human activities upon the planet, is the formation of a huge mass of waste that has been called "The Seventh Continent"—3.4 million square kilometres, 7 million tons of floating plastic in the Pacific Ocean. The 16th Istanbul Biennial will explore this new continent: a world where humans and non-humans, our mass-productive systems and natural elements, drift together, reduced to particles of waste.
Today, we are acknowledging that the canonical western division between nature and culture has come to an end. The Anthropocene theory has contributed to this awareness, as the impact of human activities on nature generates an intertwined world where culture is reintegrating into nature, and vice-versa. Meanwhile, due to the increasing interconnections between cultures, as well as the development of transportation and migratory flows, the old centres are turning into megapolises sheltering a multitude of micro-cultures.
The Seventh Continent is an anthropology of an off-centered world and an archaeology of our times. It defines today’s art as an archipelago of diverse enquiries into global life, tracking the prints of human activity on the earth and our impact on its non-human inhabitants.
Artists showing are:
At Istanbul Shipyards (Tersane Istanbul):
Yuji Agematsu, Deniz Aktaş, Özlem Altın, Jonathas de Andrade, Pia Arke, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Ozan Atalan, Radcliffe Bailey, Rebecca Belmore, Dora Budor, Johannes Büttner, Mariechen Danz, Elmas Deniz, David Douard, Simon Fujiwara, Claudia Martínez Garay, Pakui Hardware (Ugnius Gelguda & Neringa Černiauskaitė), Eloise Hawser, Marguerite Humeau, Suzanne Husky, Rashid Johnson, Feral Atlas Collective, Eva Kot'átková, Agnieszka Kurant, Tala Madani, Jared Madere, Turiya Magadlela, Güneş Terkol & Güçlü Öztekin, Thiago Rocha Pitta, Mika Rottenberg, Max Hooper Schneider, Ylva Snöfrid, Jennifer Tee, Suzanne Treister, Ambera Wellmann, Haegue Yang, Müge Yılmaz, Phillip Zach, Andrea Zittel.
At the Pera Museum: Anzo (José Iranzo Almonacid),
Charles Avery, Norman Daly, Ernst Haeckel, Evru/Zush, Sanam Khatibi, Melvin Moti, Glauco Rodrigues, Luigi Serafini, Paul Sietsema, Simon Starling, Piotr Uklański.
En Man Chang, Glenn Ligon, Armin Linke, Ursula Mayer, Hale Tenger.
In addition to the artists exhibiting in these three venues, Monster Chetwynd will participate in the 16th Istanbul Biennial with an outdoor project. Further details to be announced.