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Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center is one of the venues of the 9th International Istanbul Biennial. On this occasion seven artists who have participated in the Istanbul Residency Program (IRP) will present work in the Biennial exhibition curated by Charles Esche and Vasif Kortun – the director of Platform.

The two artists exhibiting in Platform’s gallery space are Hüseyin Alptekin and one of IRP’s guest artist Yael Bartana. Alptekin’s multi-media installation H-Fact, is a work inspired by his obsession with the quadriga of horses mounted on the façade of San Marco in Venice, which were originally from Constantinople. To the rear of the gallery is the two screen video projection Wild Seeds by Bartana. One projection depicts a group of 18-year-olds playing the self-invented game - The Evacuation of Gilad’s Colony and on the other are subtitles of their screams and banter.

In addition, two more biennial works adorn Platform’s façade. A neon sign reading Geçici Geçen Kisi (Temporary Person Passing Through) by Otto Berchem hangs above the gallery entrance. Around this text, elements of the building have been painted magenta. This intervention is part of a series by GruppoA12 who have selected details of every biennial venue to be painted the same color in order to create a linking system of visual signage.

Guests of IRP participating in the biennial:

Yael Bartana, Supported by European Cultural Foundation, The Netherlands Phil Collins, Supported by British Council, UK Jon Mikel Euba, Supported by Department of Culture of Diputación Foral de Bizkaia and Sala Rekalde, Spain Hatice Güleryüz Oda Projesi Wael Shawky, Supported by American Center Foundation, US Pilvi Takala, Supported by FRAME, Finnish Fund for Art Exchange, Finland


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9th International Istanbul Biennial
Kuratoren: Charles Esche and Vasif Kortun

mit Hüseyin Alptekin, Yael Bartana, Otto Berchem, Gruppo A12 , Phil Collins, Jon Mikel Euba, Hatice Güleryüz, Oda Projesi , Wael Shawky, Pilvi Takala