The 17th Istanbul Biennial, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and supported by Koç Holding, the Biennial Sponsor since 2007, opens to the public on Saturday,
The 17th Istanbul Biennial, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and supported by Koç Holding, the Biennial Sponsor since 2007, opens to the public on Saturday, 17 September 2022 and can be visited free of charge until 20 November 2022.
Curated by Ute Meta Bauer, Amar Kanwar and David Teh, this edition brings together people and processes in a gathering of more than 50 projects, each the fruit of long-term research and collaboration. Embracing various encounters in a myriad of forms, from a musical composition for water buffalos and giant puppet shows across the city, to a dumpling food festival, research projects on the archives of feminist movements, dialogues with birds, and a poetry channel inviting 15 poets to write a new poem every month for a year, this Biennial is above all an invitation to spend time together, thinking, talking, reading, viewing and listening in public, an invitation to ask questions, and question answers.
With its focus on process and participation, the 17th Istanbul Biennial involves over 500 artists, thinkers, writers, poets, puppeteers, researchers, environmentalists, architects, radio hosts, fishermen, buffalo herders, activists, stand-up comedians, conductors, ethnomusicologists, ornithologists and many others, have contributed to the biennial individually or through collective work with local communities across Istanbul and other parts of Turkey.
Acting as a host across the city, the 17th Istanbul Biennial spans 12 exhibition venues that are diverse in nature in the Zeytinburnu, Kadıköy, Fatih and Beyoğlu districts, as well as over 50 bookstores, second-hand booksellers, hospitals, cafes, metro stops, disseminating the ideas around which its projects are shaped. For global audiences, Radyo Bienal has been engaging Turkish-speaking communities with a 25-episode weekly programme hosted by Açık Radyo (Open Radio), an independent and egalitarian terrestrial radio channel, as well as featuring an English podcast series that can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts, with new episodes, added every Tuesday.
September 17 (Saturday) - November 20 (Sunday)
17th ISTANBUL BIENNIAL