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The Pavilion of Turkey in the Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition

The Venice Biennale has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Established in 1895, the Biennale has an attendance today of over 370,000 visitors at the Art Exhibition.
Turkey is participating in the Venice Biennale since 1991. Until 2003, there had been different exhibitions and installations exhibited in different spaces of the Biennale as co-lateral events.

In 2003, the first Pavilion of Turkey was inaugurated with the exhibition "in Limbo" with the participation of Gül Ilgaz, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Neriman Polat, Nazif Topçuoğlu and Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Beral Madra was the curator and the commissioner of the exhibition.

For the Pavilion of Turkey in the 51st International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, 2005, the video work "Absent Presence" by Hüseyin Çağlayan was exhibited in Palazzo Levi. The Pavilion was curated by Beral Madra and coordinated by Murat Pilevneli.

Since 2007, the Pavilion of Turkey is located in the Artiglierie building of the Arsenale and is organised by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), supported by a main sponsor institution and realised under the auspices of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the contribution of the Promotion Fund of the Turkish Prime Ministry. In 2007 the Pavilion of Turkey was realised with the sponsorhip of Garanti Bank and in 2009 IKSV coordinated the pavilion without any sponsors. In 2011 FIAT supported the Pavilion of Turkey as the sponsor, which will continue in 2013.

"The Friends of the Pavilion of Turkey" that has started in 2007 is also contributing to the realisation of the pavilion. The Advisory Committee, which changes every two years, nominates a curator who invites the artist(s) for the upcoming edition.

For the 52nd Venice Biennale, 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 the Biennale, the Advisory Committee selected Başak Şenova’s proposal “Lapses” to represent Turkey. “Lapses” has been shaped by the projects that demonstrate how the perception of "occurring events" can vary and lead to the differing narrations of history because of 'lapses' in collective memory and consisted of two projects: “Exploded City" by Ahmet Öğüt, and "CATALOG 2009" by Banu Cennetoğlu.

The Advisory Committee of the Pavilion of Turkey in the 53rd Venice Biennale chose Fulya Erdemci to be the curator. For the Biennale that took place in 2011, Fulya Erdemci invited Ayşe Erkmen, who represented Turkey with her work "Plan B".
The Committee for the 2013 Pavilion consists of Adriano Pedrosa (curator, editor, writer), Cengiz Çekil (artist), Cristiana Perrella (curator), Esra Aysun (cultural operator) and Mine Haydaroğlu (editor-in-chief). The Pavilion of Turkey in the 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale in 2013 will be curated by Emre Baykal.

Ali Kazma will represent Turkey at the Venice Biennale 2013

Ali Kazma will represent Turkey at the 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale in 2013. Having received 2010 Nam June Paik Award from the Art Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia and 2001 UNESCO Award for the Promotion of the Arts and participated to the Istanbul Biennial in 2011, 2007 and 2011, Ali Kazma will realise a new project for the Pavilion of Turkey.

The Pavilion of Turkey in Venice Biennale, coordinated by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), will be curated by Emre Baykal. Baykal had also curated Ali Kazma’s exhibition titled “Obstructions” at YKY Kâzım Taşkent Art Gallery in 2010.

Born in 1971, in Istanbul, Ali Kazma completed his undergraduate studies in the United States. After briefly studying photography in London, he returned to the United States to study film. He received his MA from the The New School in New York City where he worked as a teaching assistant.

Ali Kazma, who was granted 2001 UNESCO Award for the Promotion of the Arts, received 2010 Nam June Paik Award given by North Rhine-Westphalia Art Foundation in the field of media art, with his Obstructions series that he had been working on since 2005. His videos raise fundamental questions about the meaning and significance of human activity and labor, the meaning of economy, production and social organization. He has exhibited his works at the Istanbul Biennial (2001, 2007, 2011), Tokyo Opera City (2001), Platform Garanti Istanbul (2004), Istanbul Modern (2004), 9th Havana Biennial (2006), San Francisco Art Institute (2006), Lyon Biennial (2007), and Sao Paulo Biennial (2012) among others. Kazma has been living in Istanbul since 2000.

Emre Baykal appointed curator of the Pavilion of Turkey in Venice Biennale

The Pavilion of Turkey in the 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale in 2013 will be curated by Emre Baykal.

The Pavilion of Turkey in Venice Biennial will be coordinated by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) with the contribution of the Promotion Fund of the Turkish Prime Ministry, and sponsored by Fiat in 2013, as it was in 2011.

Emre Baykal, the curator of the Pavilion of Turkey in the 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale was appointed by İKSV’s Pavilion of Turkey Advisory Board, consisting of Esra Aysun, Cengiz Çekil, Mine Haydaroğlu, Adriano Pedrosa and Cristiana Perrella.

Emre Baykal worked for the Istanbul Biennial as Assistant Director from 1995 to 2000 and as Director from 2000 to 2005. In 2005, he co-curated the public space project “Istanbul Pedestrial Exhibition II: Tunel – Karakoy” together with Fulya Erdemci. From 2005 to 2008, he worked as the Director of Exhibitions at santralistanbul where he directed the inauguration show entitled “Modern and Beyond”, an art historical account of contemporary art in Turkey, with more than 450 works from the 1950s up to the 2000s. In 2009, he was invited to Depo, Istanbul as Artistic Director. Emre Baykal currently works as Exhibitions Director and Curator at ARTER, an initiative of the Vehbi Koc Foundation. Emre Baykal has curated many group exhibitions including “Second Exhibition” (ARTER, 2010–2011), “Tactics of Invisibility” (with Daniela Zyman; T-B A21, Vienna; Tanas, Berlin; ARTER, Istanbul 2010–2011), “Mahrem” (in the context of Nilüfer Göle’s “Non-Western Modernities Project”, santralistanbul; Kunsthalle Wien Project Space; Tanas, Berlin, 2007-2008); “Transfer” (a residency project exhibition in collaboration with NRW Kultursekretariat and co-curated by Basak Doga Temur, santralistanbul, 2007); 24th Istanbul Contemporary Artists Exhibition (with Susan van de Ven and Marcus Graf; Aksanat, 2005), “The Visitor” (with Rob Perree; Galerist, 2004) and solo shows by Mona Hatoum (“You Are Still Here”, ARTER, 2012), Kutluğ Ataman (“Mesopotamian Dramaturgies”, ARTER, 2011), Deniz Gül (“5 Person Bufet”, ARTER, 2011) and Ali Kazma (“Obstructions”, YKY Kazım Taşkent Art Gallery, 2010). Emre Baykal contributed to numerous publications and exhibition catalogues and is the author of Kutluğ Ataman, You Tell Me About Yourself Anyway (2008) published as a part of the Contemporary Art in Turkey series by Yapi Kredi Publications.

The Advisory Committee of the Pavilion of Turkey in the 55th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition:

Adriano Pedrosa
Adriano Pedrosa, born in 1965 in Rio de Janeiro, is an independent curator, editor and writer based in São Paulo. He has published in Artforum (NewYork), Art Nexus (Bogota), Art+Text (Sydney), Tate etc (London), Exit (Madrid), and Frieze (London), among others. Pedrosa curated F[r]icciones (with Ivo Mesquita, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid,2000), was adjunct curator and editor of publications of the XXIV Bienal de São Paulo (1998), co-curator and co-editor of publications of the 27th Bienal de São Paulo (2006), curator of Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte (2001-2003), curator of InSite_05, San Diego/Tijuana (2005), curator of 31st Panorama da Arte Brasileira (Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, 2009), and artistic director of the 2nd Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan (2009), co-curator of the 12th Istanbul Biennial (with Jens Hoffmann,2011). He was a juror of the UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts(Istanbul Biennial, 2001), of the Prêmio EDP Novos Artistas (Museu Serralves, Porto, 2003), and of the Hugo Boss Prize (Guggenheim Museum,New York, 2004). Currently he is director of Programa Independente da Escola São >Paulo‹ PIESP.

Cengiz Çekil
Cengiz Çekil was born in 1945 in Bor, Niğde and was also raised there. After finishing his undergraduate studies in Gazi University, he continued his studies in Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and opened his first exhibition "Reorganisation pour une Exposition" at the cellar of a cafe in 1975. Returning to Turkey in 1976, Çekil did his graduate studied in the branch of Sculpture at Ege University. The first retrospective of Çekil was realised in May-July 2010 at Rampa Gallery. The exhibition, which was curated by Vasıf Kortun assembled the works created by Cengiz Çekil between 1974-2010. The important exhibitions where Çekil's work were shown are; "I am still alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing" MoMA, NY (2001), 11th Istanbul International Biennial "What Keeps Mankind Alive?" (2009), Manifesta 5, "...With All Due Intent" San Sebastian (2004), 4th Istanbul International Biennial "Orient-ation" (1995), Ankara State Painting and Sculpture Museum "28th State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition" (1967). Çekil continues to live and work in Istanbul.

Cristiana Perrella
Born in rome in 1965, Cristiana Perrella is curator of the Contemporary Arts Programme at the British School at Rome, where she has developed a series of events focused on dialog between the British and the Italian scene, opening up the program to an increasingly wider range of interests, including music and video & film. She has curated individual exhibitions of both emerging and established artists such as Adam Chodzko, Chris Cunningham, Richard Billigham, Martin Creed, Nick Relph, Oliver Payne, Mike Nelson, Ian Kiaer and Douglas Gordon, to name but a few, alongside exhibitions of Italian artists like Vedova Mazzei, Paolo Canevari and Francesco Vezzoli. She has also curated large video surveys such as "Sweetie- Female Identity in British Video of the 80s and 90s" and "Videovibe- Art, Music and Video in the UK" as well as a touring retrospective about Leigh Bowery and a fast-moving events program including talks, live performances and screenings. She initiated the BSR series of commissions 'Viva Roma!', inviting British artists to make site-specific works on Rome, inspired by any aspect of the city. Until now she has commissioned and produced projects by Cerith Wyn Evans, Mark Wallinger, Yinka Shonibare, Scanner, Sophy Rickett, Jonathan Monk and Chris Evans.

She was part of the curatorial board of the 1st Biennial of Valencia, of the 1st and the 3rd edition of FotoGrafia - the International Festival of Photography of Rome, and of Videozone 2 - International Biennial of Videoart in Tel Aviv, of the Pandaemonium - Biennial of Moving Images 2001 at the LUX Centre in London.

Esra A. Aysun
Esra Aysun is a cultural operator, working as consultant and producer in the contemporary arts and a lecturer on cultural management in Istanbul, Turkey. She was born in Istanbul in 1974. She completed her BA at the Sociology Department of Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) and MA at the New York University, Administration of Performing Arts (New York). Having worked at eminent cultural institutions as Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Pozitif and Galerist in Istanbul and Brooklyn Academy of Music and Universal Music Group in New York, she has been one of the two initiators of the consulting and production initiative CUMA Contemporary Utopia Management (from 2009-2012). She is currently the International Project Consultant for the contemporary theatre DOT (since 2005) and the Director of the Museum of Innocence as of July 2012. Aysun is also the Program Coordinator at the Music Business and Management Department of MIAM / İTÜ and lectures at MİAM, MA program of Arts Management and the Museum Studies at the Yeditepe and Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul on arts management. Aysun's several articles on art and philanthropy has been published in Turkey and European countries. Aysun is an advisory board member of the IETM (Brussels); a board member of the Cimetta Fund (Paris) and AICA (Istanbul) as well as the Arts and Culture Network Program Coordinator in Turkey of Open Society Institute (Budapest).

Mine Haydaroğlu
Born in Zonguldak in 1958, Haydaroğlu has graduated from Robert College, Istanbul; Bennington College, VT, USA (B.A. in philosophy and social theory); Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Boston, USA (M.L.S.). Worked at MIT Libraries ( Cambridge, USA), American Library, British Council, Moran Ogilvy & Mather, Boyut Publishing House (Istanbul). Since 2001, editor of books on art and editor-in-chief of the bimonthly Sanat Dünyamız at Yapı Kredi Cultural Activities, Arts and Publishing (YKKSY) in Istanbul. Edited exhibition books and printed material for over 30 exhibitions incl. Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Otto Dix, Semiha Berksoy, Ali Kazma, Siyah Kalem, Çatalhöyük. Book editor of the “Contemporary Art in Turkey” and the “Adventure Istiklal” series curated by René Block. Published articles, translations and interviews in books on art, exhibition catalogs and periodicals. Gave conferences on art and publishing at YKKSY and at Yildiz Teknik and Koç universities. Developed and realized projects such as “Talks on Contemporary Art”, “Modern Dance Workshop”, “Theatre Workshop” at YKKSY, inviting leading names of the respective areas. Book translations: The Art Book (Anthology) , Mark Twain: A Murder, A Mystery, and A Marriage; Simon Houpt: Museum of the Missing; Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let me Go; Sarah Thornton: Seven Days in the Art World (April 2012)