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