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Oct 15, 2010 - The 2nd International Antakya Biennial is open.
The 2nd International Antakya Biennial, entitled "Anlayışınız için teşekkür ederiz / Thank you for your understanding" is taking place between 15 October - 20 November 2010. Curated by Arzu Yayıntaş and Dessislava Dimova, the event is organised by the Antakya Academy Association.
Sep 28, 2010 - The Official Reception of the 2nd International Antakya Biennial  
The reception for the official presentation of the 2nd International Antakya Biennial was held at the Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Istanbul.
Sep 26, 2010 - Biennial artists list
In an effort to acknowledge the importance that the participation of the people of Antakya has for the creative process of the biennial, we have taken the decision to include in our artists list the names of those who have contributed to the artists’ projects.
Sept 11, 2010 - The 2nd International Antakya Biennial in Brussels.
"24 hours" posters of the biennial by A77 artists collective from Antakya and posters of biennial were the Antakya Biennial contributions to the exhibition "Nothing Politica"l curated by Komplot for the opening of their new space in Brussels. Until Oct 30.


"THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING"

 


“Thank you for your understanding” is the title of a work by artist Simon Kentgens, which will be shown in the 2nd Antakya Biennial. It refers to the signs we often see in the city, when public or private interventions obstruct our common spaces. 

In the context of Antakya, “Thank you for your understanding” is a way to address the relationship between the city and its inhabitants, but also between the biennial and its local public, as a mutual effort for understanding and working together. More generally, “Thank you for your understanding” explores the im/possibilities of finding a common ground on which we can stand as public – both in the exhibition and in the city.  

Today, our world remains fragmented and our individual efforts dispersed behind the unifying façade of globalization. Discovering what could be truly common means finding solidarities and shared sensibilities that are not based on the reigning form of universality today: capitalism. In the 18th century, aesthetics seemed to promise such an alternative - a universal common ground or “common sense.” For Kant it was in beauty that such a common sense was to be found. Even though beauty in the classical sense is not a category we would assign to art today, can we nevertheless take this example and imagine art as proposing such an alternative common space, a commonality beyond the market?  

Starting from the aesthetic grounds of our common existence, the Biennial will focus on the particular case of Antakya as a city in the process of rapid globalization and transformation. The city as the spatial model of the way society is organized and functions today is one of our common grounds of experience as human beings. Following David Harvey we will claim that the question of what kind of city we want cannot be separated from what kind of people we want to be and what kind of social ties, relationship to nature, lifestyles, technologies and aesthetic values we desire. Therefore the remaking of ourselves through changing the city is one of our most fundamental, human rights.  

Finally, the Biennial will experiment with its own form as a global, temporary, exportable structure. Instead of negating its role as a universalising agent, the Antakya Biennial will try to challenge it specifically by offering a common space for both international artists and the local public. 
 

Arzu Yayıntaş & Dessislava Dimova


 

15 OCTOBER / 20 NOVEMBER 2010

ARTISTS

 

A77 ADALET AKBAŞ MUHAMMAD ALİ GÜNAY ALKAN BURAK ARIKAN UFUK ATİLLA VARTAN AVAKIAN PIERRE BISMUTH HAKAN BİTMEZ NISRINE BOUKHARI LUCHEZAR BOYADJIEV RANA ÇUHADAROĞLU DERMAN DAĞLI BURAK DELİER HÜLYA DOLAŞ HÜLYA DÖNMEZ NATALYA DYU IŞIL EĞRİKAVUK VOLKAN ERAY MEHMET FAHRACI CYPRIEN GAILLARD EMEL SIKAR GENÇ NADİ GÜLER & M. HASAN DEMİRCİ   EMRAH GÖKDEMIR NADİ GULER & M. HASAN DEMİRCİ ÖZLEM GÜNYOL & MUSTAFA KUNT SANJA IVEKOVIC NEZİHE KARAKAYA SIMON KENTGENS İLKER KOCADAĞ FEVZİYE KOKU DANIELA KOSTOVA CÜNEYT KURT GHASSAN MAASRI RENZO MARTENS IVAN MOUDOV VESSELINA NIKOLAEVA FERHAT ÖZGÜRBORA PETKOVA  LARISSA SANSOUR BASTIAAN SCHEVERS AYGÜL SEZER MARY HYUNHEE SONG EMEL SÖKMEN FATİH TAN KEZBAN TATLI SEVGİ TATLI GÜNEŞ TERKOL VAROL TOPAC ISSA TOUMA GÖNÜL TÜRKER TUGAY UĞURLU MACİDE YALÇINKAYA & ZEHRA GÜZEL FADI YAZIGI MEDİHA YENİOCAK EDİZ YENMİŞ ELA YILMAZ SEVCAN YILMAZ NALAN YIRTMAÇ BELKIZ GÖNÜL YORULMAZ

 

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