The Seventh Continent

curated by Nicolas Bourriaud

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV)

14 September – 10 November, 2019

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Curator Nicolas Bourriaud on the theme of the Seventh Continent and what awaits the visitors at the exhibition:

“The eponymous image that presides over the 16th Istanbul Biennial – The Seventh Continent – arose from a zone situated on the borders between science and political activism. We all know it only too well: a vast island of industrial trash surrounded by fish and other sea creatures fretting among plastic bags and cotton buds. But the 16th Istanbul Biennial is intent on taking this idea of a continent literally, and considering this moving heap as a territory yet unknown, in which humans and non-humans coexist out of necessity. It constitutes the negative side of the ‘new world’ once celebrated by the European settlers: not a continent there to invade and occupy by force, but inversely, a nation that formed behind our backs, almost without our noticing, born of our ways of life and production. The reverse mirror-image of our societies, the seventh continent is the country we don’t want to inhabit, made up of everything we reject.

In order to apprehend the seventh continent, we need the antennas of artists, its translators and anthropologists.

You, as the visitors, need only immerse yourself within the tribes composed by the artists of this exhibition, within the societies they invite you to explore, within the notions they reflect upon or forge, and you will be the anthropologists of this new world."

Pauki Hardware 
Jonathas De Andrade 
Ambera Wellmann 
Eloise Hawser 
Dora Budor 
Eva Kotatkova 
Korakrit Arunanondchai 
Korakrit Arunanondchai 
Max Hooper Schneider 
Marguerite Humeau 
Simon Starling 

Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul Museum of Painting and Sculpture
Deniz Aktaş, Özlem Altın, Jonathas de Andrade, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Ozan Atalan, Radcliffe Bailey, Rebecca Belmore, Dora Budor, Johannes Büttner, En Man Chang, Mariechen Danz, Elmas Deniz, David Douard, Simon Fujiwara, Claudia Martínez Garay, Anna Bella Geiger, Pakui Hardware (Ugnius Gelguda & Neringa Černiauskaitė), Eloise Hawser, Marguerite Humeau, Suzanne Husky, Rashid Johnson, Feral Atlas Collective, Eva Kot'átková, Agnieszka Kurant, Tala Madani, Jared Madere, Turiya Magadlela, Ursula Mayer, Güneş Terkol & Güçlü Öztekin, Mika Rottenberg, Max Hooper Schneider, Ylva Snöfrid, Jennifer Tee, Suzanne Treister, Ambera Wellmann, Haegue Yang, Müge Yılmaz, Phillip Zach.

Pera Museum
Anzo [José Iranzo Almonacid], Pia Arke, Charles Avery, Norman Daly, Ernst Haeckel, Evru/Zush, Sanam Khatibi, Melvin Moti, Glauco Rodrigues, Luigi Serafini, Paul Sietsema, Simon Starling, Piotr Uklański.

Büyükada – Island in the Sea of Marmara
Monster Chetwynd, Glenn Ligon, Armin Linke, Ursula Mayer, Hale Tenger, Andrea Zittel.


Exhibition images by David Levene

LAYR, Vienna
Here, in the building where Georges Bizet wrote his masterpiece Carmen in 1875, Matt Copson premieres a bildungsroman opera in three laser-projected parts: Age of Coming, Coming of Age and Of Coming Age. His opera tells the story of a baby at odds with a vengeful god, who tries to convince him that life is miserable and cruel, and nothing more. On view High Art, Paris
Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand
Der Tank of the Art Institute, Basel
Lafayette Anticipations, Paris
Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon
JTT, New York
Édouard Montassut, Paris