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ISTANBUL BIENNALE THEMATIC " MOM AM I A BARBARIAN " ( biennial bienali ) | by Thierry Geoffroy / Colonel
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this work is in the theme of the Istanbul Biennial : “Mom, am I Barbarian?”,

part of


Istanbul Biennial , Biennale “Mom, am I Barbarian?”, curated by Fulya Erdemci inspired by poet Lale Müldür’s book .

The biennale had thema on gentrification , "spatial justice " , art in public space etc .... . Since release of the curatorial concept , the Taksim Square occupation happened with protesters ( occupy ) and violent eviction from the police.

Now the Istanbul Biennale starts in a uncofortable situation beetween the wish of the sponsor(s) , the state , the city , the protesters and their global supporters and also the voiceless victims .


In Januar 2013 Biennalist was having a HQ to start debating and investigating about the Istanbul Biennial 2013

The Biennalist HQ was part of the ZKM museum exhibition in Berlin at the Akademie der Kunste

" Nothing to declare? " Akademie der Künste

Weltkarten der Kunst nach '89 in Berlin

KURATOREN Andrea Buddensieg, Peter Weibel, Johannes Odenthal



----------------------about Istanbul Biennial -------------------------

Advisory Board :Carolyn Christov-Bakargie ,Melih Fereli ,Hou Hanru ,Jack Persekian


previous Istanbul Biennial : The biennial was organised under the curatorship of René Block in 1995, Rosa Martínez in 1997, Paolo Colombo in 1999, Yuko Hasegawa in 2001, Dan Cameron in 2003, Charles Esche and Vasıf Kortun in 2005, Hou Hanru in 2007 and What, How & for Whom / WHW in 2009, Adriano Pedrosa and Jens Hoffmann in 2011 and will be realised by Fulya Erdemci in 2013.

Protesters at a solidarity rally in Venice during the Venice Biennale included Turkish pavilion artist Ali Kazma, Turkish pavilion curator Emre Baykal, curator Beral Madra, Istanbul biennial curator Fulya Erdemci, Witte de With director Defne Ayas, and others.

ISTANBUL BIENNIAL ( Biennale ) at Biennalist HQ @ZKM museum exhibition at akademie der Kunste / Biennalist HQ

The curator of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, Fulya Erdemci is a curator and writer based in Istanbul. Erdemci was curator of the 2011 Pavilion of Turkey at the 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale. She was the Director of SKOR (Stichting Kunst en Openbare Ruimte) Foundation For Art and Public Domain in Amsterdam between June 2008 - September 2012. Her projects at SKOR included: ‘Morality Wall: Between You and I’, four facade projects in collaboration with Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2010; ‘Actors, Agents and Attendants’, international research, symposium and publication series, the first edition, ‘Speculations on the Cultural Organisation of Civility’ was co-curated with Andrea Philips and Markus Miessen in 2010, and the second edition ‘Social Housing-Housing the Social’ (Amsterdam 2011) with Andrea Philips.


artist official in the Biennale 2013

Murat Akagündüz,Halil Altındere,Lutz Bacher,Yto Barrada,Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan

Guillaume Bijl,Nathan Coley,Alice Creischer & Andreas Siekmann,İpek Duben,Carlos Eduardo Felix da Costa (Cadu),Ayşe Erkmen

İnci Eviner,Hanna Farah Kufr Birim,Carla Filipe,HONF Foundation,Jorge Galindo & Santiago Sierra

Goldin+Senneby,Fernanda Gomes,Edi Hirose,Thomas Hirschhorn,Rob Johannesma,Tadashi Kawamata

Amal Kenawy,Ádám Kokesch,Jiří Kovanda,Mierle Laderman Ukeles,Rietveld Landscape,Gonzalo Lebrija

Zbigniew Libera,Lux Lindner,Maider López,Nicholas Mangan

Cinthia Marcelle & Tiago Mata Machado,Gordon Matta-Clark,Jorge Méndez Blake

David Moreno,Fernando Ortega,Wouter Osterholt & Elke Uitentuis,Şener Özmen,Claire Pentecost,Mere Phantoms

Fernando Piola,Provo,Mika Rottenberg

LaToya Ruby Frazier,Akademia Ruchu Free ,Santiago Sierra,Shahzia Sikander,Hito Steyerl,Nil Yalter & Judy Blum

Galata Greek Primary School, Photo: © Refik Anadol,Mülksüzleştirme Ağları

Volkan Aslan,Lutz Bacher,Bertille Bak,Rossella Biscotti,Franz von Bodelschwingh,Nathan Coley,Martin Cordiano & Tomás Espina

Elmgreen & Dragset,Annika Eriksson,İnci Eviner,Toril Johannessen,Basim Magdy,Lale Müldür & Kaan Karacehennem &

Şener Özmen,Falke Pisano,Sulukule Platform,Agnieszka Polska

Wang Qingsong.Newspaper Reading Club (Fiona Connor & Michala Paludan)

Peter Robinson,Jean Rouch,Proyecto Secundario Liliana Maresca,Serkan Taycan,Vermeir & Heiremans,Mahir Yavuz & Orkan Telhan

Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme,Héctor Zamora,Jananne Al-Ani,Maider López,Lutz Bacher

Jorge Méndez Blake,Carla Filipe,Praneet Soi,Angelica Mesiti

Didem Erk,José Antonio,Vega Macotela,Stephen Willats,Jimmie Durham,Cinthia Marcelle,Amar Kanwar,Lutz Bacher,Halil Altındere,Diego Bianchi



Fulya Erdemci, was among the first directors of the Istanbul Biennial (1994-2000), was director of Proje 4L in Istanbul (2003-2004) and worked as temporary exhibitions curator at Istanbul Modern (2004-2005). She was invited to curate the ‘Istanbul’ section of the 25th Biennale of São Paulo ‘Metropolitan Iconographies: Cities’ in 2002 and joined the curatorial team of the 2nd Moscow Contemporary Art Biennial ‘Footnotes on Geopolitics, Market and Amnesia’ (2007). Erdemci initiated the ‘Istanbul Pedestrian Exhibitions’ in 2002, the first urban public space exhibition in Turkey that centred on the “pedestrian” and co-curated the second edition in 2005 with Emre Baykal. In 2008 Erdemci co-curated SCAPE “Wandering Lines: Towards A New Culture of Space”, the 5th Biennial of Art in Public Space in Christchurch, New Zealand with Danae Mossman, presenting the work of 25 international artists throughout the urban spaces of Christchurch city. Erdemci has served on international advisory and selection committees, including “The International Award for Excellence in Public Art” initiated by the Public Art (China) and Public Art Review (United States) Shanghai, May 2012; the SAHA, Istanbul, 2012; the 12th International Cairo Biennial, Cairo, 2011; and, De Appel, Amsterdam’s, Curatorial Programme ‘10/’11 and ‘09/’10. Erdemci has taught at Bilkent University (1994–1995), Marmara University (1999–2000) and at Istanbul Bilgi University’s MA Programme in Visual Communication Design (2001–2007).




other Biennales (Biennials ) : Venice Biennial , Documenta Havana Biennial,Istanbul Biennial ( Istanbuli),Biennale de Lyon ,Dak'Art Berlin Biennial,Mercosul Visual Arts Biennial ,Bienal do Mercosul Porto Alegre.,Berlin Biennial ,Echigo-Tsumari Triennial .Yokohama Triennial Aichi Triennale,manifesta ,Copenhagen Biennale,Aichi Triennale

Yokohama Triennial,Echigo-Tsumari Triennial.Sharjah Biennial ,Biennale of Sydney, Liverpool , São Paulo Biennial ; Athens Biennale , Bienal do Mercosul ,Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art

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