September 16, 2017 - Istanbul Biennial - 15th Istanbul Biennial: a good neighbour
September 16, 2017

Istanbul Biennial

(1) Candeğer Furtun, Untitled, 1994–96. Ceramic, 46.5 x 600 x 48 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Presented with the support of SAHA – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey. (2) Latifa Echakhch, Crowd Fade, 2017. Fresco, 365 x 2028 x 136 cm each. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Kamel Mennour (Paris), Kaufmann Repetto (Milan), Galerie Eva Presenhuber (Zurich), and Dvir Gallery (Tel Aviv). Produced with the support of Pro Helvetia and Institut Français. (3) Erkan Özgen, Wonderland, 2016. Single-channel HD video, 3:54 minutes. Courtesy of the artist. Presented with the support of SAHA – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey. All photos: Sahir Uğur Eren.

15th Istanbul Biennial
a good neighbour
September 16–November 12, 2017

The 15th Istanbul Biennial, entitled a good neighbour and curated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, opens to the public on September 16, 2017.

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) since 1987, the 15th Istanbul Biennial brings together more than 150 artworks by 56 artists from 32 countries, all addressing different notions of home, belonging and neighbourhood. The 15th Istanbul Biennial can be visited free of charge until November 12, 2017.

Elmgreen & Dragset: “The 15th edition of the Istanbul Biennial presents multiple artistic practices, which together become a tribute to diversity. Historical art positions and emerging ones compliment each other and offer a transhistorical continuity. Of the 56 participating artists, 30 have made new projects for the Biennial. a good neighbour can be experienced as an experiment in co-existence. Divergent and sometimes even conflicting statements exist side by side—for a while, they become neighbours—and function together by encouraging dialogue, reflection and continued discussion.”

The exhibition takes place in six nearby venues within walking distance:

Galata Greek Primary School

Artists: Heba Y. Amin, Mark Dion, Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe, Kasia Fudakowski, Pedro Gómez-Egaña, Lungiswa Gqunta, Andrea Joyce Heimer, Morag Keil & Georgie Nettell, Olaf Metzel, Mahmoud Obaidi, Erkan Özgen, Leander Schönweger, Dan Stockholm, Ali Taptık, Bilal Yılmaz

Istanbul Modern

Artists: Adel Abdessemed, Volkan Aslan, Alper Aydın, Latifa Echakhch, Candeğer Furtun, Kim Heecheon, Mirak Jamal, Fernando Lanhas, Victor Leguy, Klara Lidén, Mahmoud Obaidi, Henrik Olesen, Lydia Ourahmane, Rayyane Tabet, Young-Jun Tak, Kaari Upson, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Yonamine, Xiao Yu

Pera Museum

Artists: Adel Abdessemed, Monica Bonvicini, Louise Bourgeois, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Vajiko Chachkhiani, Gözde İlkin, Liliana Maresca, Lee Miller, Aude Pariset, Sim Chi Yin, Dayanita Singh, Tatiana Trouvé, Tsang Kin-Wah, Andra Ursuta, Fred Wilson

ARK Kültür

Artist: Mahmoud Khaled

Yoğunluk Atelier

Artist: Yoğunluk

Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam

Artists: Monica Bonvicini, Stephen G. Rhodes, Tuğçe Tuna

In addition to the two-month-long exhibition, the 15th Istanbul Biennial also features a public programme coordinated by artist and academic Zeyno Pekünlü that encompasses various events and discussions around the concepts of family and neighbourhood.

Two publications accompany a good neighbour, with the titles a good neighbour – Exhibition and a good neighbour – Stories. The exhibition book includes a foreword by the Istanbul Biennial Director Bige Örer, a curatorial introduction by Elmgreen & Dragset, an essay by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie and descriptions of every artist’s work by Pablo Larios. The storybook supplements the exhibition book by gathering together a wide variety of personal stories and memories about homes, neighbours and neighbourhoods by contributors include artists, writers and academics.

The list of 15th Istanbul Biennial participants and detailed programme of 15th Istanbul Biennial events and publications can be found at

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