30 March–14 April 2013
Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts
Nejat Eczacıbaşı Binası
Sadi Konuralp Caddesi No: 5
Şişhane 34433 İstanbul Turkey
T +90 212 334 07 64
F +90 212 334 07 64
ist.biennial [at] iksv.org
Curators: Fulya Erdemci, Yael Messer and Gilad Reich
Assistant curator: Ece Üçoluk
Organized by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts
The 13th Istanbul Biennial’s film programme Am I Not a Citizen? Barbarism, Civic Awakening, and the City is a collaboration between the Istanbul Biennial and the Istanbul Film Festival. As part of the 32nd Istanbul Film Festival, the programme serves as a prelude to the biennial exhibition, and aims to incite reflections on the overarching theme of the biennial; the public domain as a political public forum.
The programme brings together documentaries, feature films, and video art works tackling themes of citizenship, the public domain, democracy, and art. It features canonical films, as well as recent documentaries, and focuses on the poetics of politics through video works.
Am I Not a Citizen? Barbarism, Civic Awakening and the City features 17 films and video art works with diverse cinematic practices that question the limits of civilization in our day and age. It focuses on the destabilizing force of this current system and diverse responses through which notions of barbarism, activism, and civic participation are redefined.
Artists, directors and filmmakers offer viewers a platform to contemplate the public domain as a site of cultural, social and political engagement and insurrection. They propose new alternatives, collective imagination, self-organisation, and co-production.
The 13th Istanbul Biennial Film Programme will also include a panel discussion on how cinema explores and articulates the complex notions of barbarism, activism, and civic participation and the role of filmmakers in proposing alternatives to existent spaces and current realities:
Am I Not a Citizen? Barbarism, Civic Awakening, and the City Panel Discussion
8 April, 16h
Speakers: Dmitry Vilensky (Chto Delat), Paul Poet and Berke Baş
Introduction: Fulya Erdemci and Yael Messer
Pera Müzesi Auditorium
Meşrutiyet Caddesi No: 65
Tepebaşı Beyoğlu İstanbul
T + 90 212 334 99 00
The 13th Istanbul Biennial Film Programme:
C’est Une Hek / Joost Conijn, The Netherlands, Morocco (1997)
Chronicle of a Summer / Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin, France (1960)
Dammi I Colori / Anri Sala, Albania (2003)
En Construcción (Work in Progress) / José Luis Guerín, Spain (2001)
Don’t Touch the White Woman! / Marco Ferreri, France, Italy (1974)
Exterminating Angel / Luis Buñuel, Spain – Mexico (1962)
Gravity Hill Newsreel No.5 / Jem Cohen, USA (2011)
Tomorrow / Andrey Gryazev, Russia (2012)
Oh Beautiful Istanbul / Atıf Yılmaz, Turkey (1966)
Secta / Egle Budvytyte, The Netherlands (2006)
Hair / Agnieszka Polska, Poland (2012)
Spoils – Extraordinary Harvest / Alex Mallis, USA (2011)
California Dreaming / Bregtje van derHaak, The Netherlands (2010)
Squeeze / Mika Rottenberg, USA (2010)
The Take / Avi Lewis, Canada (2004)
The Tower: A Songspiel / Chto Delat (What is to be done?), Russia (2010)
Ausländer Raus! Schlingensiefs Container (Foreigners out! Schlingensiefs Container) / Paul Poet, Austria (2002)
Istanbul Film Festival
For more information on the 32nd Istanbul Film Festival (30 March–14 April 2013): film.iksv.org/en
Tickets will be available at Biletix sales channels, the Biletix call centre (0216 556 98 00) and Biletix website, as well as at the box offices of festival movie theatres between 10–19h (without a service fee).
The 13th Istanbul Biennial Mom, am I barbarian?
14 September–10 November 2013
For more information on the 13th Istanbul Biennial, upcoming events, and the Biennial Public Programme Public Alchemy, please visit the biennial website: 13b.iksv.org/en
Elif Obdan, T + 90 212 334 07 13 / elif.obdan [at] iksv.org