Çanakkale Biennial: Coordinates

13 February – 8 March 2015
DEPO Istanbul

Artists: Nikita Alexeev (Moscow), Nigol Bezjian (Beirut), Klaus vom Bruch (Berlin), Ayşe Erkmen (Berlin-İstanbul), Aladdin Garunov (Moscow), Jakob Gautel (Paris), Güven İncirlioğlu (İzmir), Grigor Khachatryan (Erivan), Komet (İstanbul), Sıtkı Kösemen (İstanbul), Ulrike Rosenbach (Düsseldorf), Viron Erol Vert (Berlin-İstanbul), Yeni Anıt (Mardin-İstanbul), Ani Setyan (İstanbul), Hakan Kırdar (İzmir)

Curatorial Team: Beral Madra, Seyhan Boztepe, Deniz Erbaş

Presented to the Istanbuli art scene at DEPO, “ÇANAKKALE BIENNIAL: Coordinates” follows the conceptual framework generated by the 3rd and 4th International Çanakkale Biennials, addressing the historical memory which determines Çanakkale’s actual social and cultural texture. The exhibition brings together works that examine universal phenomena such as militarism, mythologies & micro-macro narratives and the monumentalization of history, within the unique context of Çanakkale.

With its grand narratives from Ancient Troy to the Gallipoli Campaign where half a million souls were lost in the first years of WW1, Çanakkale is a city that brings to mind the “phenomenon of war”. Organized in 2014 while the centennial of World War 1 was commemorated worldwide, the 4th International Çanakkale Biennial aimed at openning an artistic and intellectual space which brings forth a critical stance in relation to the problems created by the wars of our times, against the various ideologies that “legendize and sanctify war”. The biennial also intends to make “peace culture & liberty” – the common view of Çanakkale’s ever so supportive and influent civil society and local authority – clearly perceived on a national and international scale.

The selection presented to the İstanbuli audience, takes a look at the city throught the conceptual perspective of the previous two International Çanakkale Biennials, bringing together the work of international artists that probe Çanakkale’s authentic mythologies and corpus cliche via different materials and concepts. The exhibited works focus on militarism and historiography in a broad perspective ranging from the historical and cultural symbols that have come to be identified with Çanakkale since antiquity, to the micro and macro narratives spread across the national and regional geography.

Supporters: Anadolu Kültür, Open Society Foundation, Çanakkale Municipality, ÇATKAV, Avantgarde Collection