The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) is pleased to announce the list of artists, duos, and collectives that will take part in the 15th edition of the Istanbul Biennial.

The 15th Istanbul Biennial, entitled a good neighbour and curated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, reveals the participating artists of this year’s edition, which takes place from 16 September to 12 November 2017. Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Koç Holding, the 15th Istanbul Biennial brings together artworks by 55 artists from 32 countries, all addressing different notions of home, belonging and neighbourhood. The biennial takes place in six neighbouring venues: Istanbul Modern, Galata Greek Primary School, Ark Kültür, Pera Museum, Yoğunluk Atelier, and Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam.

“Your neighbour might be someone who lives quite a different life from yours. And hopefully you, unlike many politicians lately, are not the one who chooses to deal with your fear of otherness by fencing yourself off. The artists in the 15th Istanbul Biennial raise questions about ideas of home, neighbourhood, belonging and co-existence from multiple perspectives. Some of the artworks examine how our domestic living conditions and modes have changed and how our neighbourhoods have transformed, while others focus on how we cope with today’s geopolitical challenges on a micro-level. The Biennial takes its form from the invited artists’ personal or analytical statements: an engaging mixture of hopes and visions, of sadness and indignation, of history and present day.” Elmgreen & Dragset, curators of the 15th Istanbul Biennial

By the Numbers: 15th Istanbul Biennial

2 months

55 artists

32 countries

6 exhibition venues

30 new commissions


List of artists


Galata Greek Primary School


Heba Y. Amin. Born in Cairo, lives in Berlin

Mark Dion. Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, lives in New York, NY

Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe. Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Dayton, Ohio, both live in New York, NY

Kasia Fudakowski. Born in London, lives in Berlin

Pedro Gómez-Egaña. Born in Bucaramanga, lives between Bergen and Copenhagen

Lungiswa Gqunta. Born in Port Elizabeth, lives in Cape Town

Andrea Joyce Heimer. Born in Great Falls, Montana, lives in Ferndale, Washington

Morag Keil & Georgie Nettell. Born in Edinburgh and Bedford, both live in London

Olaf Metzel. Born in Berlin, lives in Munich

Mahmoud Obaidi. Born in Baghdad, lives in Burlington, Ontario

Henrik Olesen. Born in Esbjerg, lives in Berlin

Erkan Özgen. Born in Mardin, lives in Diyarbakır

Leander Schönweger. Born in Meran, lives in Vienna

Dan Stockholm. Born in Thisted, lives in Copenhagen

Ali Taptık. Born in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul

Bilal Yılmaz. Born in Manisa, lives in Istanbul


Istanbul Modern


Volkan Aslan. Born in Ankara, lives in Istanbul

Alper Aydın. Born in Ordu, lives between Ordu, Ankara, Konya, and Istanbul

Monica Bonvicini. Born in Venice, lives in Berlin

Louise Bourgeois. Born in Paris, died in New York, NY

Latifa Echakhch. Born in El Khnansa, lives in Martigny

Candeğer Furtun. Born in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul

Kim Heecheon. Born in Seoul, lives in Seoul

Mirak Jamal. Born in Tehran, lives in Berlin

Fernando Lanhas. Born in Porto, died in Porto

Victor Leguy. Born in Sao Paulo, lives in Sao Paulo

Klara Lidén. Born in Stockholm, lives in Berlin

Mahmoud Obaidi. Born in Baghdad, lives in Burlington, Ontario

Lydia Ourahmane. Born in Saida, lives in Oran and London

Rayyane Tabet. Born in Ashquot, lives in Beirut

Young-Jun Tak. Born in Seoul, lives in Berlin

Kaari Upson. Born in San Bernadino, California, lives in Los Angeles, California

Kemang Wa Lehulere. Born in Cape Town, lives in Cape Town

Yonamine. Born in Luanda, lives in Harare

Xiao Yu. Born in Inner Mongolia, lives in Beijing


ARK Kültür


Mahmoud Khaled. Born in Alexandria, lives in Trondheim


Pera Museum


Adel Abdessemed. Born in Constantine, lives in London

Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Born in Enugu, lives in Los Angeles, California

Alejandro Almanza Pereda. Born in Mexico City, lives in Guadalajara

Berlinde De Bruyckere. Born in Ghent, lives in Ghent

Vajiko Chachkhiani. Born in Tbilisi, lives in Berlin

Gözde İlkin. Born in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul

Liliana Maresca. Born in Buenos Aires, died in Buenos Aires

Lee Miller. Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, died in Chiddingly, East Sussex

Aude Pariset. Born in Versailles, lives in Berlin

Sim Chi Yin. Born in Singapore, lives in Beijing

Dayanita Singh. Born in New Delhi, lives in New Delhi

Tatiana Trouvé. Born in Cosenza, lives in Paris

Tsang Kinwah. Born in Shantou, lives in Hong Kong

Andra Ursuta. Born in Salonta, lives in New York, NY

Fred Wilson. Born in New York, NY, lives in New York, NY

Yoğunluk Atelier


Yoğunluk. Founded in Istanbul, live in Istanbul

Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam


Monica Bonvicini. Born in Venice, lives in Berlin

Stephen G. Rhodes. Born in Houston, Texas, lives in Berlin

Tuğçe Tuna. Born in Mons, lives in Istanbul


Outside all venues


Burçak Bingöl. Born in Giresun, lives in Istanbul

Lukas Wassmann. Born in Zurich, lives in Berlin


The 15th Istanbul Biennial’s Public Programme

In addition to the two-month-long exhibition, the 15th Istanbul Biennial also features a Public Programme coordinated by artist Zeyno Pekünlü that encompasses a variety of events and discussions related to the concept of “a good neighbour”.

Without neglecting the burden of history and the immediacy of actuality, the Public Programme focuses on the shared questions that led to a number of important debates in recent years. During the opening and closing weeks of the Biennial, it features symposiums with thought-provoking speakers such as activist and professor Shahrzad Mojab, recognised for her research on the impact of war, displacement and violence on women’s learning and education; professor Joseph Massad, known for his criticism of liberal policies related to multiculturalism; professor of political economy Massimo de Angelis; and architect and scholar Stavros Stavrides, whose work focuses on spatial practices.

Entitled Chosen Families, the first trails the quest for different kinds of belongings beyond family as an institution.
The second, Mutual Fate focuses on urban ecology and strives for finding ways out of anthropocentrism.

With panel discussions, screenings, workshops and regular events throughout the Biennial, participants can be found cooking, reading and playing music together. Admission to all Public Programme events is free. More details on the 15th Istanbul Biennial’s Public Programme can be accessed at

The 15th Istanbul Biennial – a good neighbour

The 15th edition of the Istanbul Biennial, entitled a good neighbour, is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV). The Biennial is made possible thanks to sponsor Koç Holding, with the patronage of several other supporters, international funders and funding bodies. It takes place from 16 September to 12 November 2017 and access to exhibitions and programming is free of charge.

Instead of a statement, the curators, artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, developed 40 questions that have guided the process of making the exhibition. These questions were first presented live in Istanbul by 40 performers of different ages, genders and backgrounds in December 2016, and were shared on the Biennial’s website and social media accounts. A video documentation of the press conference can found through this link:

From Moscow to Sydney: The International Billboard Project

In anticipation of the exhibition, the 15th Istanbul Biennial launched an International Billboard Project to share the theme of “a good neighbour” in different cities around the world. Through collaborations with cultural institutions worldwide, the International Billboard Project displays a carefully curated selection of photographs by Lukas Wassmann, which capture unexpected encounters paired with questions asking what makes a good neighbour. Host cities include Moscow (Russia), Sydney (Australia), Milan (Italy), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Armagh, Ballynahinch, Belfast, Downpatrick and Newry (Northern Ireland), Southhampton (UK), Calgary (Canada), Plovidv (Bulgaria), and Chicago (USA), Seoul and Gwangju (South Korea).

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