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16th Istanbul Biennial

The Seventh Continent

September 14 - November 10, 2019

Pera Museum will host the 16th Istanbul Biennial, organized by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV). The theme of the biennial, curated by French curator, author and academic Nicolas Bourriaud; is The Seventh Continent.

According to Bourriaud, each venue that hosts the biennial represents a different facet of the exhibition. Pera Museum will be transformed into an anthropology museum of parallel worlds — a place for faux-archeology and artists who reinvent history. As part of the Istanbul Biennial, Pera Museum will exhibit the works of 13 artists that rediscover the past. The lists of artists include Anzo, Pia Arke, Charles Avery, Norman Daly, Ernst Haeckel, Evru/Zush, Sanam Khatibi, Melvin Moti, Glauco Rodrigues, Luigi Serafini, Paul Sietsema, Simon Starling, and Piotr Uklański.

The Seventh Continent describes art as a form of anthropology that explores the impact of humans, the ways they follow, the marks they leave behind, and their interaction with the non-human. The biennial takes its name from the colossal garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean, which is considered to be one of the most visible effects of the Anthropocene period alongside global warming. This mass, dubbed the “Seventh Continent” in popular science, is an aggregation of plastic weighing 7 million tonnes and covering an area of 3.4 million square kilometers. On occasion of the 16th Istanbul Biennial, this phenomenon of a man-made continent of garbage in the middle of the ocean will serve as a starting point for discussions and debates by artists, thinkers, anthropologists, and environmentalists on the current position of art against ecological challenges. 

Having hosted the Istanbul Biennial since 2015, Pera Museum will again be presenting the event on three floors this year. As part of the biennial, the Civilization of Llhuros – widely regarded as a pioneering effort of archeological art and the culmination of Norman Daly’s over 40 years of comprehensive and meticulous work – will be exhibited on such a large scale for the first time.

Curated by French author and academic Nicolas Bourriaud, The Seventh Continent-themed biennial will take place in three locations (the historic Istanbul Shipyards (Tersane Istanbul), Pera Museum, and Büyükada) from September 14 to November 10, 2019, showcasing the art of 57 artists and artists’ collectives from 26 countries. Admission to the biennial will be free of charge.

During the course of the exhibition, Pera Museum will also present programs developed by the 16th Istanbul Biennial in collaboration with Pera Learning and Pera Film.

Venue entries require a personal QR code, which can be acquired by filling out the online form at 16bvisit.iksv.org or through the registration desks at the venues. Visitors are advised to register online prior to their visit to avoid long queues and ensure a pleasant visit.

Video

Suddenly A Stranger Appears

Inspired by the Biennial’s The Seventh Continent theme, Pera Film brings cinematic masterpieces that combine the memory of nature and society and encourage us to question our level of alienation to the world in which we live and the extent of our contribution to this alienation.


The Notions of Race Fred Wilson

The Notions of Race Fred Wilson

Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 15th Istanbul Biennial from 16 September to 12 November 2017.

Nam June Paik Video Art’s Pioneer

Nam June Paik Video Art’s Pioneer

Nam June Paik was video art’s pioneer (1932 –2006). It is interesting that while Warhol and Nameth were experimenting with psychedelic happenings that combined rock, film and performance, the video art pioneers Nam June Paik, Stephen Beck, Eric Siegel and Steina Vasulka were researching in a similar direction.

Memory Building Memories / Memory Room / Memento Mori

Memory Building Memories / Memory Room / Memento Mori

Each memory tells an intimate story; each collection presents us with the reality of containing an intimate story as well. The collection is akin to a whole in which many memories and stories of the artist, the viewer, and the collector are brought together. At the heart of a collection is memory, nurtured from the past and projecting into the future.