Since 1987, the Istanbul Biennial has been organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV). Unique to other conventional art exhibitions, the Istanbul Biennial favors an exhibition model that strives to enable a dialogue between artists and the audience through the interactive nature of their works. This year’s exhibition took place in ever-so-unique and normally not open to public venues, which excited Istanbulites even more.
The 17th Istanbul Biennial ranged over 13 various venues across either continent in order to encapsulate the historical essence of the city as well as the challenges of contemporary society faced by the local citizens.
On the Asian side, in the district of Kadikoy popular for its lively fish and produce market, one could find the Gashouse and arthereistanbul – an independent artspace created by Syrian migrant artists. These areas were explored alongside the potential of preparing a tailor-made event according to your specifications!
The district of Beyoglu included venues such as the Central Greek High School for Girls, Performistanbul Live Art Research Space (PCSAA), and the Pera Museum. Within the rooms of the highschool were several paintings, maps, equipment and other objects that helped to endure the memories of the bygone era. Just outside, the garden could be found ready to host groups following the exploration of the differing modes of art.
The final two venues were located in the Old City (Fatih), where one could appreciate the breathtaking views of the Golden Horn and the ancient sites whilst also visiting Barın Han, the atelier of Turkey’s renowned calligrapher, and the Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam. Barın Han is a particularly eclectic venue of five storeys which hosted exhibitions, artist workshops and meetings since 2019. In addition to this, beneath the Barın Han lies a historic cistern that may be utilized to accommodate guests with private tours or dinners.
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