is a contemporary art exhibition, held every two years in Istanbul, Turkey, since 1987. The Biennial is organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) since its inception. The Biennial aims to create a meeting point in Istanbul in the field of visual arts between artists from diverse cultures and the audience. The biennials IKSV has organized up to now have enabled the formation of an international cultural network between local and international art circles, artists, curators and art critics by bringing together new trends in contemporary art every two years.
The 2019 edition (14 September - 10 November)
will be curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, co-founder of Paris’s Palais de Tokyo, and it promises to feature local and international artists responding to pertinent themes of our time.
One of the most visible effects of the Anthropocene, the new geological era characterised by the impact of human activities upon the planet, is the formation of a huge mass of waste that has been called ‘The Seventh Continent’
– 3.4 million square kilometres, 7 million tons of floating plastic in the Pacific Ocean. The 16th Istanbul Biennial
will explore this new continent: a world where humans and non-humans, our mass-productive systems and natural elements, drift together, reduced to particles of waste.