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10th International Istanbul Biennial , Not only Possible, But also Necessary-Optimism in the Age of Global War
Group Exhibition Istanbul, Turkey
Date: 09.08, 2007 - 11.04, 2007

Artists: KAN Xuan 阚萱 |  LU Chunsheng 陆春生 |  XU Zhen 徐震 |  ZHU Jia 朱加 | 

Curator: Hou Hanru

The 10th International Istanbul Biennial will not be a conventional thematic exhibition, rather; it will emphasise artistic production based on collective intelligence and the living process of negotiating with physical sites. The Biennial will focus on urban issues and architectural reality as a means of exposing different cultural contexts and artistic visions regarding the complex and diverse forms of modernity.
More than 100 artists and artist groups from 35 different countries will exhibit more than 150 projects throughout the 10th International Istanbul Biennial.
10th International Istanbul Biennial will explore the venues through titles implying the venues' role in Istanbul's political, economic and social aspects of its modernisation process.
"Burn It or Not?", Atatürk Cultural Centre, Taksim
Vahram Aghasyan, Nancy Davenport, Daniel Faust, Didier Fiuza Faustino, Nina Fischer, Maroan el Sani, Erdem Helvac?o?lu, Emre Hüner, Aleksander Komarov, Markus Krottendorfer, Lee Bul, Els Opsomer, Katleen Vermeir, Ronny Heiremans, Xu Zhen, Tomoko Yoneda
A leading example of the Republican Period Architecture and a symbol of the Taksim Square, the heart of Istanbul, the AKM Building serves as a major element of the city's cultural and political memory. Obviously, this modernist edifice incarnates the ideological model of Turkey's modernization driven by its republican revolutionary project. However, today it is under the threat of being gentrified by global capitalism's expansion. Through using this building as an important venue for the Biennial with an exhibition focusing on the question of utopia and its fate all around the world; questions of social progress, modernization and democracy, etc. in the current conditions of globalization will be raised and debated.
"World Factory", Istanbul Textile Traders' Market, Unkapani
Ramazan Bayrako?lu, Ege Berensel, Ursula Biemann, Cao Fei, Chen Chieh-jen, Claire Fontaine, Teddy Cruz, Nancy Davenport, Burak Delier, Vicky Funari, Sergio de la Torre, Jean-Baptiste Ganne, Sanja Ivekovic, ?mer Ali Kazma, Sora Kim, Lu Chunsheng, MAP Office, Julio Cesar Morales, Ou Ning/ Cao Fei, Ferhat ?zgür, Tadej Pogacar, Julien Prévieux, Raqs Media Collective, Lordy Rodriguez, Allan Sekula, oung Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Yushi Uehara / Berlage Institute, Zhou Hao, Ji Jianghong, Zhu Jia
The Istanbul Textile Traders' Market, buit in the 60s consists of six blocks which accommodate approximately a thousand shops. This intelligently designed vernacular modernist building, explored by its users in an organic and self-organizational manner, shows an interesting and peculiar case of how local economic activities with a modern vision bring a vital element to contribute to the urban evolution. And it's a perfect site for the project "World Factory" that manifests the reality and strategies of the negotiation between developed and developing worlds in terms of different models of production, consumption and economic development in the age of globalization and geopolitical conflicts.

"Entre-polis" and "Dream House", Antrepo no.3, Tophane
Hamra Abbas, Adel Abdessemed, AES+F, Allora Calzadilla, Sel?uk Artut, Fikret Atay, Jonathan Barnbrook, Ramazan Bayrako?lu, Cao Fei, Banu Cenneto?lu, Lia Chaia, Democracia, Atom Egoyan, Kutlu? Ataman, Extramücadele, Christoph Fink, Rainer Ganahl, Gimhongsok, Renée Green, Ivan Grubanov, Hazavuzu, Huang Yong Ping, Eleni Kamma, Ian Kiaer, Rem Koolhaas / AMO, Minouk Lim, Cristina Lucas, Ken Lum, Ramon Mateos, Multiplicity, Peng Hung-Chih, Alexandre Périgot, Radek Community, Michael Rakowitz, Porntaweesak Rimsakul, Fernando Sanchez Castillo, Sophia Tabatadze, David Ter-Oganyan, Nasan Tur, Wong Hoy-Cheong, Yan Pei Ming, Yang Jiechang

Buthayna Ali, Justin Bennett, Paul Chan, Chen Hui-Chiao, Emre Hüner, Kan Xuan, Taiyo Kimura, Gunilla Klingberg, Jewyo Rhii, Sam Samore, Taro Shinoda, Yan Lei / Brain Failure, Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries
Old customs warehouses located on the Bosporus near Tophane were used for the 4th, 8th and 9th Istanbul Biennials. This particular location, function and architectural identity allow a highly complex project to grow from within: two exhibitions will be realized in two overlapping structures. An "Entre-polis", dealing with issues of global trading, migration, border crossing and their impacts on urban life will be constructed in a labyrinth-like street-square-street micro-urban structure. Above this micro-city, there will be a series of high-rise platforms opening only in the evenings. They are "Dream Houses" that welcome people to stay and discover some most unexpected elements of the Biennial, and enjoy Istanbul by night from an unusual angle.

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