September 29 – November 11 2018

 Çanakkale Biennial, realised by the Çanakkale Biennial Initiative (CABININ) and supported by OPET, takes its inspiration from Troy on its 6th edition. Çanakkale Biennial will be open for 6 weeks and will bring together the works of 37 international artists, touched by the concepts, images and ecologies of the past and the future and produced using different mediums. As a body supported by local, national and international partnerships and carried forward with a collaborative mindset, Çanakkale Biennial Initiative is also assuming the artistic direction of the Biennial.

Adrian Paci, Agnes-Meyer Brandis, Akın Aksu, Cem Demir, Hertog Nadler, Çınar Eslek, Deniz Sağdıç, Derviş Zaim, Emre Zeytinoğlu, Fani Zguro, Ferhat Özgür, Georgios Katsagelos, Guy Ben Ner, Hayri Esmer, Hülya Özdemir, Jakob Gautel, Janis Rafa, Jason Karaindros, Josephine Turalba, Katrin Korfmann & Jens Pfeifer, Krassimir Terziev, Larissa Sansour & Søren Lind, Mehmet Erim, Nancy Atakan, Nazlı Gürlek, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Pınar Yolaçan, Serhat Kiraz, Servet Koçyiğit, Seydi Murat Koç, Seyhan Boztepe, Tufan Baltalar, Ugo La Pietra, Yeni Anıt

The conceptual framework of the 6th Çanakkale Biennial is inspired from the units used to historicise time: “Before the Past – After the Future” is preparing to present a selection of art productions that are directed to the horizontal (geographical) and vertical (historical) expansions of time that is defined as before and after certain milestones (BC/AD) or more objectively as its distance from the present day (BP- Before Present).

One of the main venues of the 6th Çanakkale Biennial is the Troia Museum that will be opening its doors during 2018 Year of Troy. Works that focus on mythological and historical aspects of Troy will be exhibited in the Museum’s Temporary Exhibition Hall. The unique spaces in the neighbouring Tevfikiye which has recently been renovated and transformed into an Archeo-Village as part of OPET’s Respect to History Project will be hosting film screenings and workshops as well as Biennial exhibitions. Biennial’s exhibition venues in the city centre on the other hand, will be MAHAL- CABININ’s events venue that was opened five years ago, and the independent cultural venues Bordo Bina, Sanatsever, and Studio Mavinil, all of which are founded in the recent years in Çanakkale by young artists and designers for various functions. There will be a video anthology of 11 artists put together by Videoist at the Troia Foundation Korfmann Library, one of the institutional partners of the Biennial.

As part of the complementary elements of the Çanakkale Biennial- the Biennial Child, Biennial Youth, AccessAbility and We are at the Biennial programmes, film screenings, talks and workshops will be held during the six weeks that the Biennial is on and these will aim to create a sustainable interaction ground between Çanakkale city centre and Tevfikiye Village and the Troy region.

Troy is once again on the World’s agenda at its 20th year of entering the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List with its unique existence that sways between an epic tale and a historical fact. Homer’s epic Iliad has been able to respond to both humankind’s curiosity for knowledge and authenticity and its need for dreams and imagination for centuries and millenniums thereafter. Homer’s epic and Trojan civilisation continues to be an inspiration for a diverse range of creative productions from high art to mass culture. Like all historical events, it gives us clues so as how to understand the context of present day’s social relations while continuing to be a reference for our cultural climate and collective memory with its epic aspect.

We could take another look at Troy today and contemplate how the history repeats itself in the ceaseless conflict between the East and the West or the North and the South and in the destiny of archaic struggles of the transitional geographies. Alternatively, like archaeologist M. Osman Korfmann did, we could reminisce it “as a communications and trade centre that is comprised of passageways and ports at the edge of the two cultural worlds and as an affiliation area between Asia and Europe” and witness the wealth and opportunities that the interdependence of cultures and people have created. The historicity of Troy is “a dreamed reality or a realised dream; an unprecedented rage; a tragedy that no heart can bear, a trick that turned everything upside down… Perished cities and hopes have turned into epics and dreams; these dreams and epics have shaped in flesh and bones and become Troy.” (Prof. Rüstem Aslan, head of excavations at Troy)

6th Çanakkale Biennial is executed by CABININ in partnership with OPET and Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University FFA and with the support of Consulate General of the Netherlands, Italian Cultural Institute, Goethe Institute, French Institute, SAHA Association, Kale Group, Akol Hotel, Cafe du Port, Anzac Hotels, Truva Hotel, Wilusa Tourism, Sardalye and Troia Philharmonics Association. The institution that provided the venues for the biennial activities are the Ministry of Culture of Tourism of Turkish Republic -Troy Museum, OPET and Troia Foundation.



“Eren Guendelsberger, the nephew of Seyhan Boztepe, the Founder-Director of the Çanakkale Biennial, was born in Washington DC in 1995. Eren contributed immensely to the Children and Youth programmes of the Çanakkale Biennial in the past with his works in various fields of art, especially in music. Sadly we lost him on December 26th, 2017. We would like to dedicate the sixth edition of Çanakkale Biennial in his loving memory.”



Çanakkale Art Walk 2, has once more reunited the art scenes from Çanakkale and Osnabrück, with the artworks of 40 artist from 17 countries.

The twinhood between Osnabrück and Çanakkale started on the 2004 and facilitated a long term collaboration between the two cities art scenes. Canakkale Art Walk started in 2015 as a result of the ongoing dialogue of the civil societies. In collaboration with BBK Osnabrück the exhibition presented a selection of works from the 3rd and 4rt Canakkale Biennial dispersed in 5 different artist studio in the city.

After the success and public attention that Canakkale Art Walk recieved, the preperation for the second edition started on june 2016. Again initiated by BBK and the support of the municipality of Osnabrück, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Museumsquartier (Felix-Nussbaum-Haus/ Kulturgeschichtliches Museum), Bund Bildender Künstler Osnabrück (BBK) and Gesellschaft für zeitgenössische Kunst e.V. joined their forces in order to host Canakkale Art Walk 2. The exhibition curated by Christian Oxenius, has intented on bringing into the realm of Europe, the concept of “Homeland” brought forward by the 5th Canakkale Biennial. Despite the cancellation of the 5th Canakkale Biennial three weeks prior to its opening, Çanakkale Art Walk 2 project has continued its journey.

The conceptual framework developed by Christian Oxenius, aims at opening up to discussion the concept of “homeland” together with every layer of meaning and feeling that surrounds this concept, from national narratives to personal histories.

Çanakkale Art Walk hosted the works of the 5th Çanakkale artists Halil Altındere, Aissa Deebi, Ahmet Elhan, Ghazel, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Birgit Johnsen & Hanna Nielsen, Reysi Kamhi, Eleni Mylonas, Kalliopi Lemos, Ali Mihabri and Boris Mikhailov, together with Jakob Gautel, Jun-Ichiro Ishii, Panos Tsagaris and Viron Erol Vert that participated to its previous editions.

Çanakkale Art Walk 2 is inaugurated on the 6th of June at the Kunsthalle Osnabrück and was open till the 6th of August.

Exhibition venues:
Kunsthalle Osnabrück,
Museumsquartier (Felix-Nussbaum-Haus/ Kulturgeschichtliches Museum),
Bund Bildender Künstler Osnabrück (BBK)
Gesellschaft für zeitgenössische Kunst e.V.

Artist list:
Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin (TR), Halil Altındere (TR), Zehra Arslan (DE/TR/IL), Jakob and Manila Bartnik (PH/PL), Cana Bilir-Meier (AUT/TR), Burçak Bingöl (TR), Hera Büyüktasçiyan (TR), Aissa Deebi, Ahmet Elhan (TR), Köken Ergun (TR), Petra Fiebig (DE), Jeanno Gaussi (AFN/DE), Jakob Gautel (DE), Aikaterini Gegisian (GR), Ghazel (IRN/FR), JR (FR), Jun-Ichiro Ishii (JP), Pravdoliub Ivanov (BG), Birgit Johnsen & Hanne Nielsen (DK), Ahmet Kavas (TR), Katerina Kuznetcowa (RU) und Alexander Edisherov (GEO), Reysi Kamhi (TR/IL) Stefan Tchernboc (DE), Kalliopi Lemos (GR), Ali Mirhabi (TR), Boris Mikhailov (UA), Eleni Mylonas (GR/USA), Felix Nussbaum (DE), Maria Otte (DE), Julie RochCuerrier (CA), Margit Rusert und Christine Vennemann (DE), Hiltrud Schäfer (DE), Joanna Schulte (DE), Soheila Sokhanvari (IRN/UK), Veit Stratmann (FR/DE), Panos Tsagaris (GR), Stefanos Tsivopoulos (GR), Viron Erol Vert (DE/TR), Roberto Voorbij (NL).

With the support of SAHA Association.

More info on: http://caw.bbk-osnabrueck.de/

During the week dedicated to people with disability that runs between the 10th and 16th of May, MAHAL Art Centre hosted a photo exhibition and a panel discussions in order to emphasize the awareness on the concept of accessibility. The event was organised by the Çanakkale Biennial DissAbility Group.

Hakan Kumuk is one of the pioneer war photojournalist of Turkey: starting from the mid 1980, he covered war and conflict zones in our region and worldwide: Gulf War in 1991, Abhaz-Georgia War in 1992, Bosnian War in 1994, Chechnya War in 1995, Kosovo War in 1997, the civil war in northern timor of Indonesia in 1998. His documentation and testimonies not only visualised these tragedies but also depicted the horror of war and helped the raise social awareness. His work was awarded by many institutions among which Turkish Journalist Society, Communication Faculty of Istanbul University. In 2007 he was the first Turk, together with his journalist friend Bengüç Özerdem to set foot on the Northern Pole.

After retiring from journalism, Kumuk focused on his photographic works and in 2016 he developed a photographic project in collaboration with One Hearth Thousand Hope – The Association for Children with Cerebral Palsy. The photo project entitled “Freedom on my Mind” documents the hippotherapy sessions of kids with cerebral palsy. The project aims at raising awareness about cerebral palsy that affects one in every four thousands children, and contributing to the operation, curing, education and social expenses of children with cerebral palsy.

On the second day of the exhibition, a panel discussion on “Disability Awareness” brought together activist and academics. Ilgın Aydınoğlu (Istanbul University Disability Applied Research Center) talked about the society’s perception about the disability, referring to his years long field work. Two academician with cerebral palsy, Seben Ayşe Dayı and Serim Berke Yarar shared their experiences on their struggle on equal to social life and education system. The founding director of CABININ (Çanakkale Biennial Initiative) Seyhan Boztepe introduced the Dissability Program that is an integral part of the contemporary art projects of the initiative. All the participant agreed on the fact that more work should be done in order to improve the disability perception of the society and emphasized this basic principal: The disabled people does not seek any different or exclusive treatment from the society. They just want to be an integral part of the society with equal rights and access to social life.

The “Freedom on my Mind” exhibition of Hakan Kumuklasted till the 21th of May and the income of the exhibition is donated to One Hearth Thousand Hope Association.

05 September 2016, Çanakkale

In recent years, our region has experienced an atmosphere of war and conflict, and the recent tragic events which the country has gone through has deeply upset us. Since January 2016, both the national and international press have been informed that the 5th Çanakkale Biennial, meant to take place between 24 September – 6 November, would focus on the issue of “migration”, one of the most urgent questions for our region and our city. The biennial did not seek to limit the issue to what is happening in the Middle East today, but to express the universal idea of being “torn apart” from one’s homeland through the delicate and empathetic works of 42 artists.

Organised by the civil initiative CABININ since 2008, the Çanakkale Biennial has always been unique in its active involvement with public, private and civil formations and in its dialogue with all segments of society. It has been an increasingly important responsibility to organise an internationally recognised event in Çanakkale through the universal language of art, and to make visible the social fabric of our city that has adopted a culture of peace and tolerance. With this responsibility in mind, we have continued our work with dedication, with the ongoing support of our partners and supporters.

At this point, with less than three weeks left to the opening of the Çanakkale Biennial, we are deeply saddened by the developments within a political agenda that does not place art as a primary point of concern. Beral Madra, the art director and the co-curator of the biennial since its third edition in 2012, has willingly left her position due to this agenda that is contradictory to the basis of our organization.

As the Çanakkale Biennial Initiative, we will continue to represent the values of the Biennial, built upon the hard work of hundreds, and of our city, through maintaining our practices in the artistic field. However, in these circumstances where art is eclipsed by the developments that exclude it, and also due to the sensitising atmosphere caused by the realities that surround us today, we have lost our ability and enthusiasm to carry out the biennale in line with our most vital values. For this reason, we would like to sadly announce that we have decided to cancel the 5th Çanakkale Biennial, which was planned to open on 24 September.

In addition to the Municipality of Çanakkale, the main sponsor of the biennial, communications were carried out with various national and international organisations to ensure participation and support for this year, as with the previous editions. We would like to thank our main sponsor, the Municipality of Çanakkale and also the Governorship of Çanakkale, for their venue support, and the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism among other supporters, for their contributions.

We would like to express our deep gratitude and love for all artists, participants, supporters for the hard work and support they have given to the biennial to this day.

Exactly one year after Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body was washed up on our shores, we would like to dedicate the unrealised 5th Çanakkale Biennial and the efforts of everyone involved to all the people who have been expelled from their homelands.

Kind Regards,
CABININ – Çanakkale Biennial Initiative

5th International Çanakkale Biennial
that will be running from September 24 to November 6, 2016
has announced line-up of 40 Artists, Venues throughout city-centre

Works by 40 internationally celebrated artists are to be included in the 5th edition of The International Çanakkale Biennial, has been announced on a press conference held on the 13th of May in Istanbul, with the presentations of the curatorial team.

JR (France-USA), Peter Aerschmann (Switzerland), Cengiz Aktar (Turkey), Nevin Aladağ (Turkey-Germany), Halil Altındere (Turkey), Maher Abdel Aziz (Syria), Canan Beykal (Turkey), Sabine Küper-Büsch & Thomas Büsch (Germany-Turkey), Aissa Deebi (Palestine), Cem Demir (Turkey), Bikem Ekberzade (Turkey), Ahmet Elhan (Turkey), Tuğba Elmacı (Turkey), Mehmet Erim (Turkey), Çınar Eslek (Turkey), Anur Hadžıomerspahıć (Bosnia), Roza El Hassan (Hungary), Pravdoliub Ivanov (Bulgaria), Alfredo Jaar  (Chile-USA),  Haider Jabbar (Iraq), Reysi Kamhi (Turkey), Norayr Kasper (Canada), Bouchra Khalili (Morocco-France),  David Larsson (Sweden), Kalliopi Lemos (Greece), Dieter Mammel (Germany), Angela Melitopoulos (Germany), Ali Miharbi (Turkey), Boris Mikhailov (Ukraine-Germany), Eleni Mylonas  (Greece), Birgit Johnsen & Hanne Nielsen (Denmark), Adrian Paci (Albania), Sermin Sherif  (Turkey), Vahit Tuna (Turkey), Josephine Turalba (Philippines), and Esin Turan (Austria-Turkey).

5V2A2542The new and previously exhibited artworks on display will explore the theme of “Homeland” (Anavatan, Heimat, الوطن, الأم, Patria), chosen by a curatorial team of Beral Madra, Deniz Erbaş and Seyhan Boztepe. The Turkish city of Çanakkale is located on the Dardanelles Strait, just north of the epicentre of the European refugee crisis in the Aegean Sea, and the curators have chosen to focus on a crucial concept behind the constant succession of global migrations and flows of refugees and exiles: the imagery and visions of the idea of homeland, which is bound to 20th-century nationalism and its after-effects.

Discussing the theme of this year’s Biennial, curator Beral Madra said: “The 5th International Çanakkale Biennial will be a perfect opportunity for us to face and challenge global human movement with the universal language of contemporary art and thus have a civil commitment and positioning towards the ongoing tragedy. The Biennial will try to raise questions about the sustainability of ideas of national and ethnic identity in a world whose borders are becoming increasingly accidental and penetrable. In inviting artists, curators and institutions to observe, examine and interpret these themes, thesis and discourses, the Çanakkale Biennial may present a discourse which will advocate that even if the migrants/refugees are changed by the society they migrate to, human history has revealed that they also challenge and transfuse the host society with a new creativity and vision.”

5V2A2702Many of the invited artists explore related themes of nationality, identity and marginalization in their art, with some working in disciplines including graphic and industrial design, photojournalism, and documentary film-making, as well as contemporary art. Artworks will be exhibited at venues throughout the centre of Çanakkale. The main venue will be the Piri Reis Museum, with MAHAL Art Centre, the Old Armenian Church, Mekor Hayim Synagogue, the Korfmann Library, Çanakkale Archaeology Museum, Çanakkale Ceramic Museum, the House of Ece Ayhan, ÇTSO Çanakkale House and the Çanakkale State Fine Arts Gallery also planned to be hosting exhibitions.

Several institutions have collaborated with the curatorial team on the participation of artists in the 5th International Çanakkale Biennial. The organisers are grateful to The Consulate General of Switzerland; Ellis Island National Park Service / Ellis Island Museum and the US Consulate General; The Embassy of Sweden; Hungarian Cultural Center; Pilot Galeri, Istanbul; Gallerie Polaris, Paris; The Ruya Foundation; Kuad Gallery; Gallerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris, and Anadolu Kultur.

Founded by a civil initiative (CABININ) in 2006 and supported mainly by the Municipality of Çanakkale, at a point of intersection between Mediterranean, European and Middle Eastern cultures, the International Çanakkale Biennial has previously explored themes strongly connected to the geopolitical and historical context of the city. In 2014, the conceptual framework of the 4th edition of the Biennial built upon the Centenary commemorations for WWI; in 2012, it touched upon recent waves of uprising in Turkey and the region with the theme ‘Fictions and Dissentions’.

5th International Çanakkale Biennial Team:
General Art Director: Beral Madra
General Director-Founder: Seyhan Boztepe
CABININ Executive Curator: Deniz Erbaş
Exhibition Manager: Kubilay Özmen
Organisation Team: İsmail Erten, Özen Algönül Erkek, Cem Katı, Didem Gürdoğan, Aynur Ganiler, Mert Karaçıkay, Çağla İlk, Ilgın Aydınoğlu, Erdal Sezer, Irene Panzani, Ender Açıkalın, Yıldırım Şahiner, Onur Tekin…
Çanakkale Municipality: Özlem Eryiğit, Sevil Albay
Design: Serdar Negir
Corporate press consultant: Aynur Ganiler
International PR partner: FLINT



HABER 2To live with dignity, regardless of disability, is a human right according to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. With this in mind, the exhibition highlights the lives of 22 ordinary people of all ages from Turkey and Sweden living with disability. Through their intimate stories we get an understanding of the challenges that they face and their demands to take a full, equal and dignified role in society at large.

Erişiyorsam Varım! / AccessAbility Exhibition, is a co-production by the Swedish Institute, Ruh Sağlığında İnsan Hakları Girişimi Derneği (RUSİHAK), Engelli Kadın Derneği (ENGKAD) and the section for Cultural Affairs at the Swedish Consulate.

The exhibition can be visited from the 3.05.2016 to the 16.05.2016 at Mahal Art Center in Çanakkale. For all portraits and their stories, audio description is provided. Visitors who are blind or have visual impairment will have the opportunity to use headsets to listen to audio descriptions of the visual materials.