Istanbul Modern, Galata Greek Primary School,
Ark Kültür, Pera Museum, Yoğunluk Atelier
& Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam
Istanbul, Turkey
16 September to 12 November 2017 


The 15th Istanbul Biennial, entitled a good neighbour and curated by the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and is located at six nearby venues within walking distance in the heart of Istanbul.

Instead of a curatorial statement, the curators have developed forty questions that are guiding the process of making the exhibition. These questions were first presented live in Istanbul by forty performers of different ages, genders and backgrounds in December last year, and can be found on the biennial’s website and on social media accounts. Some of these questions, such as “Is a good neighbour a stranger you don’t fear?” and “Is a good neighbor someone who reads the same newspaper as you?” are being used for an international billboard project presented in several cities around the world.

“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

The Biennial will take place from 16 September to 12 November 2017 and can be visited free of charge for two months.