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VENICE BIENNALE

2016

The Pavilion of Turkey at la Biennale di Venezia

Established in 1895, la Biennale di Venezia has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world.

Turkey participated in the International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia for the first time in 1991 with the personal efforts of Beral Madra, and with the contributions of Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Beral Madra was the curator and the commissioner of the exhibitions between 1991 and 2001.

In 2003, the Pavilion of Turkey was initiated with a temporary exhibition space rented with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. The first Pavilion of Turkey, curated and commissioned by Beral Madra, presented the exhibition "in Limbo" with the participation of Gül Ilgaz, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Neriman Polat, Nazif Topçuoğlu and Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

In 2005, the video work "Absent Presence" by Hüseyin Çağlayan featuring Tilda Swinton was exhibited in Palazzo Levi, in the Pavilion of Turkey at the 51st International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia. The Pavilion was curated by Beral Madra and coordinated by Murat Pilevneli.

Since 2007, the Pavilion of Turkey has been organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, The artist and the curator of the Pavilion are proposed by an Advisory Board that changes every two years.

In 2007, for the 52nd International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, Vasıf Kortun was appointed as the curator of the Pavilion of Turkey and invited Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin to realise a project for the Pavilion. Alptekin’s installation was named “Don’t Complain” and consisted of a series of specific single-cell spaces in a semi-arched form.

For the 53rd edition of la Biennale di Venezia, the Advisory Board selected Başak Şenova’s proposal “Lapses” for the Pavilion of Turkey. “Lapses” has been shaped by two projects: “Exploded City" by Ahmet Öğüt, and "CATALOG 2009" by Banu Cennetoğlu.

At the Pavilion of Turkey in the 54th International Art Exhibition, Ayşe Erkmen represented Turkey with her work "Plan B". The Pavilion of Turkey was curated by Fulya Erdemci, with Danae Mossman as curatorial collaborator.

The Pavilion of Turkey in the 55th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia in 2013 was curated by Emre Baykal who invited Ali Kazma with his work “Resistance”.

In 2014, on the initiation of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and with the gracious support of 21 sponsors, Turkey obtained a long-term venue in la Biennale di Venezia. The allotment of 20 years (from 2014 to 2034) at Sale d’Armi, Arsenale, one of the two main venues of the event, allowed the Pavilion of Turkey to take part for the first time in 2014 in the International Architecture Exhibition.

The Pavilion of Turkey at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia that ran from 7 June through 23 November 2014 presented the project Places of Memory, performed by the curator Murat Tabanlıoğlu, the project coordinator Pelin Derviş and the exhibitors Ali Taptık, Alper Derinboğaz, Candaş Şişman, Metehan Özcan and Serkan Taycan.

In 2015, “Respiro” a project by the influential conceptual artist Sarkis, curated by Defne Ayas will be presented in the Pavilion of Turkey at the 56th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale between 9 May and 22 November 2015.

The Advisory Board of the Pavilion of Turkey at the 56th International Art Exhibition consists of the artist Ali Kazma, Burcu Pelvanoğlu, associate professor of Art History at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts; Cristiana Perrella, independent curator and art critic; curator Lewis Johnson, and Zerrin İren Boynudelik, Yıldız Technical University art and design faculty member.

Sponsors of the Pavilion of Turkey

The Pavilion of Turkey is realised under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey.

In 2007, the Pavilion of Turkey was realised with the sponsorship of Garanti Bank while in 2009, İKSV coordinated the pavilion without receiving any sponsorship. The Friends of the Pavilion of Turkey Programme initiated in 2007 has also contributed to the realisation of the Pavilion in 2011. Fiat has become the sponsor of the Pavilion of Turkey in 2011, and continued its support in 2013 and 2015. SAHA Association has given production support of the Pavilion in 2013 and 2015. 

The Pavilion of Turkey at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in 2014 was co-sponsored by Schüco Türkiye and VitrA, with the production support of Häfele.

The sponsoring persons and institutions that have contributed in providing Turkey with a permanent venue in la Biennale di Venezia include Akbank, Mehveş-Dalınç Arıburnu, Berrak-Nezih Barut, Ali Raif Dinçkök, Vuslat Doğan Sabancı, Füsun-Faruk Eczacıbaşı, Oya-Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Enka Foundation, Nesrin Esirtgen, Eti Gıda San. ve Tic. AŞ, Ahu-Can Has, Öner Kocabeyoğlu, MAÇAKIZI, Tansa Mermerci Ekşioğlu, Polimeks Holding, SAHA Association, Taha Tatlıcı, T. Garanti Bankası AŞ, Vehbi Koç Foundation, Zafer Yıldırım, and Yıldız Holding AŞ.

2016

Open Call

15th International Architecture Exhibition
La Biennale di Venezia
Pavilion of Turkey
28 May – 27 November 2016

Content

La Biennale di Venezia 15th International Architecture Exhibition
Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts & Pavilion of Turkey
Terms of Application
Selection Process
Calendar
Selection Committee

15th International Architecture Exhibition
La Biennale di Venezia

One of the world’s leading architectural events, the la Biennale di Venezia International Architecture Exhibition’s next edition will take place on 28 May - 27 November 2016. The Board of la Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, convened on 18 July 2015 and appointed the Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena as the Director of the International Architecture Exhibition. Aravena will be curating the exhibition, which will kick off with the vernissage held on 26-27 May.

Aravena declared that the 15th International Architecture Exhibition would take shape through focusing on and learning from architectures that through intelligence, intuition or both of them at the same time, are able to escape the status quo.

“There are several battles that need to be won and several frontiers that need to be expanded in order to improve the quality of the built environment and consequently people’s quality of life. This is what we would like people to come and see at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition: success stories worth to be told and exemplary cases worth to be shared where architecture did, is and will make a difference in those battles and frontiers. We would like to present cases that, despite the difficulties, instead of resignation or bitterness, propose and do something.”

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts & Pavilion of Turkey

The Pavilion of Turkey, located in a space assigned to it for 20 years (2014-2034) at the la Biennale di Venezia’s one of the two main exhibition venues, Arsenale, is coordinated by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, with the gracious support of 21 sponsors.

In the 14th International Architecture Exhibition (7 June - 23 November 2014), the Pavilion of Turkey had hosted the project “Places of Memory” that was curated by Murat Tabanlıoglu, together with project coordinator Pelin Dervis and the exhibition team of Ali Taptik, Alper Derinbogaz, Candan Sisman, Metehan Ozcan, and Serkan Taycan.

Terms of Application

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) is making a two-stage Open Call to organize the exhibition to be hosted by the Pavilion of Turkey in its second time in the la Biennale di Venezia International Architecture Exhibition. The first stage calls for the applications to draft a conceptual framework for an exhibition in the Pavilion of Turkey. The second stage will address issues such as method, curatorial team, publications, and budget, all in detail. The applicants to be chosen at the end of this two-stage process are expected to take all curatorial responsibility and develop their project in coordination with the Selection Committee and the İKSV team.

For Applications:

The application form,
A text (max. 5000 characters) that clearly states the curatorial proposal,
A document (in Turkish and/or English; in PDF format; smaller than 5 MB) that presents the visual (and audio if applicable) aspects of the proposal,
A portfolio that includes the detailed CV’s of the applicants and their relevant work.

must be submitted to the venedikbienali@iksv.org by 6 pm on 23 October 2015.

The applications are open to all people and institutions working in relevant fields, including architects, designers, artists, historians, curators, theoreticians, and critics. The İKSV employees and the first degree relatives and business partners of the selection committee are not eligible for application. Applications can be individual or as a team and international collaborations are encouraged with at least one participant from Turkey. If applying as a team the leader should be determined.

Selection Process

As a platform that brings together different architectural ideas and practices, the la Biennale di Venezia International Architecture Exhibition becomes a meeting point for architecture and the public. The biennale has gradually evolved since its inception in 1980 and in recent years has become the center of attention for comprehensive discussions about the past, present, and the future of architecture.

In this context, the proposals for the first stage should present a conceptual framework that

is capable of discussing the contemporary discourses in the field of architecture on a local, regional, and global scale through fresh ideas and concepts,

in addition to the exhibition setup, investigates and explores concepts of or beyond architecture through alternative interdisciplinary practices,

develops a strong curatorial narrative with a potential for challenging the status quo through criticism and interaction.

Calendar

24 August 2015, Open Call Announcement
23 October 2015, Deadline for the first stage applications
2 November 2015, Announcement of the results for first stage
29 November 2015, Deadline for the second stage applications
14 December 2015, Announcement of the results for second stage
26 – 27 May 2106, Vernissage
28 May 2015, Exhibition Opening

Selection Committee

The exhibition to be hosted in the Pavilion of Turkey will be determined through an Open Call by a Selection Committee of seven. The Selection Committee and İKSV team will not give feedback on the unaccepted proposals. The applicants should by no means communicate with the committee members to discuss their proposals during the first stage. The Selection Committee may interview the applicants for their projects that are selected for the second stage and ask for more detailed explanations. The Selection Committee will evaluate the proposals depending on criteria such as; the possibility of realizing the concept within the limits of the proposed budget, competence of the curator or the curatorial team, and the creative potential of the proposed theme. The Selection Committee will continue to follow the process and advise on the selected project following the second stage.

Selective Committee Members:

Prof. Dr. Sibel Bozdogan,
Kadir Has University, Faculty of Art and Design, Head of Architecture Department
Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), Lecturer

Levent Calikoglu,
Director of Istanbul Modern Museum

Prof. Dr. Arzu Erdem,
Abdullah Gül University, Dean of Faculty of Architecture

Prof. Dr. Murat Güvenc,
Kadir Has University, Director of Istanbul Studies Centre
Kadir Has University, Faculty of Economic Administrative and Social Sciences, Political Science and Public Administration Lecturer

Yesim Hatirli,
Founding Partner in Hatirli Architecture Co.Ltd.
Member of Turkish Association of Architects in Private Practice, (TSMD)
Middle East Technical University, Department of Architecture, Visiting Lecturer

Prof. Dr. Süha Ozkan,
Founding President of International Union of Architects

Prof. Dr. Ugur Tanyeli,
Bilgi University, Dean of Faculty of Architecture