The 15th Istanbul Biennial, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Koç Holding will take place between 16 September and 12 November 2017. The 15th edition of the biennial will be curated by the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset.

Elmgreen & Dragset stated, “We are honored to be appointed curators of the 15th Istanbul Biennial, having previously taken part as artists in three editions of the biennial. In light of the current global geopolitical situation, in which we’re experiencing a new rise of nationalism, it will be important for us to curate a biennial based on collaborative efforts and processes. Collaboration is something that feels natural to us, since we have been working together as an artist duo for more than twenty years. A biennial can be a platform for dialogue, and a format in which diverse opinions, perspectives, and communities can coexist.”

At the press conference, Elmgreen & Dragset spoke about some of the themes that can be associated with the title and said that the biennial’s format will bear traces of being curated by artists. They also explained, “‘a good neighbour’ will deal with multiple notions of home and neighbourhoods, exploring how living modes in our private spheres have changed throughout the past decades. Home is approached as an indicator of diverse identities and a vehicle for self-expression, and neighbourhood as a micro-universe exemplifying some of the challenges we face in terms of co-existence today.” 

The biennial will take place in different venues throughout the city and, in addition to the exhibition, will include a series of performative interventions as well as a film and public programme.

40 QUESTIONS ON WHO IS A GOOD NEIGHBOUR?

Is a good neighbour someone you rarely see?

Is a good neighbour a family without pets?

Is a good neighbour someone who just moved in?

Is a good neighbour reading the same newspaper as you?

Is a good neighbour important to you?

Is a good neighbour your friend on Facebook?

Is a good neighbour active in your local community?

Is a good neighbour slower or faster than you?

Is a good neighbour a reminder of how things used to be?

Is a good neighbour someone who would never complain?

Is a good neighbour genderless?

Is a good neighbour someone who makes you feel at home, while you listen to low voices through the wall?

Is a good neighbour a woman in love, humming as she prepares a meal for her girlfriend?

Is a good neighbour the homeless guy next to you?

Is a good neighbour someone with no WiFi password and a strong signal?

Is a good neighbour a person who has never thrown a party?

Is a good neighbour someone with a bigger family than yours?

Is a good neighbour wearing headphones?

Is a good neighbour a man with a gun to protect his property?

Is a good neighbour richer or poorer than you?

Is a good neighbour older than you, with a different sense of rhythm—over there, the turntable visibly spinning, while you’re wireless?

Is a good neighbour leaving you alone?

Is a good neighbour someone who collects your mail when you’re on holiday?

Is a good neighbour just one of those sentimental childhood memories?

Is a good neighbour someone who just moved out?

Is a good neighbour from a neighbouring country?

Is a good neighbour an elderly widow who seldom goes out?

Is a good neighbour willing to babysit your 5-year-old?

Is a good neighbour someone who has a “Close The Borders” sticker on his car?

Is a good neighbour a collector of odd items displayed in her window?

Is a good neighbour cooking for you when you’re sick?

Is a good neighbour tuned in to the same channel as you, watching from a sofa almost like yours, bought from a similar chain store?

Is a good neighbour just some shadows cast on the rolled-down blinds next door?

Is a good neighbour a champion of good taste?

Is a good neighbour patiently listening to the same story that you’ve told so many times before?

Is a good neighbour signing the petition against the landlord raising the rents once again?

Is a good neighbour someone who leaves his shoes outside the door?

Is a good neighbour someone who lives the same way as you?

Is a good neighbour too much to ask for?

Is a good neighbour a stranger you don’t fear?

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