“The Seventh Continent” is the title of the 16th Istanbul Biennial. The 16th Istanbul Biennial, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), will take place between 14 September and 10 November 2019.
This year the Biennial will be curated by French curator, art scholar and writer Nicolas Bourriaud. Let’s get to know him better.
Nicolas Bourriaud (b. 1965) is a French curator, writer, scholar and co-founder of Paris’ Palais de Tokyo.
He curated a great number of exhibitions and biennials all over the world.
He helmed the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 2011 to 2015.
Bourriaud was the head of the studies department at the Ministry of Culture in France from 2010 to 2011.
He was the curator for contemporary art at Tate Britain in London from 2007 to 2010.
Currently, Bourriaud is the head of the Montpellier Contemporain, a new center for contemporary art housed in the Hôtel Montcalm.
Bourriaud is best known among English speakers for his publications Relational Aesthetics, Postproduction, and The Exform.
Relational Aesthetics in particular has come to be seen as a defining text for a wide variety of art produced by a generation who came to prominence in Europe in the early 1990s.
He talked about being curator of 16th Istanbul Biennial: “I am very honoured to be able to contribute to the history of Istanbul Biennial, which has always been a place of strong curatorial statements since its creation in 1987. Also, as a crossing point, the city of Istanbul takes a specific signification today, in a global political era marked by binary thought. I will try to build an exhibition that measures up to our historical situation.”
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