Conceptual framework of the İstanbul Biennial 2009
The 11th International Istanbul Biennial's conceptual framework has been announced by the Biennial curators WHW (What, How & for Whom) at the Biennial press conference.
The 11th International Istanbul Biennial will take place between 12 September-8 November 2009 and takes its title, "What Keeps Mankind Alive?" from the closing song of the second act of Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera, written 80 years ago.
According to WHW, the question "What Keeps Mankind Alive?" seems to be more urgent and topical than when it was first posed by Brecht in 1928. The conceptual framework of the 11th International Istanbul Biennial "What Keeps Mankind Alive?" will serve as a trigger, as well as a certain script for the exhibition, allowing us and the artists to pose questions of economic and social urgency today.
The curators of the 11th International Istanbul Biennial What, How & for Whom / WHW is made up of four women: Ana Devic, Natasa Ilic, Sabina Sabolovic and Ivet Curlin, who studied Art History and Comparative Literature in the University of Zagreb. WHW was formed in 1999; based in Zagreb, Croatia, and since 2003 has been directing the program of Gallery Nova -non-profit, city-owned gallery in Zagreb. For the social dimensions of their work in contemporary art since 1989, WHW has been awarded the first Igor Zabel Culture & Theory Award by the ERSTE Foundation.
The 11th International Istanbul Biennial will take place between the dates
12 September-8 November 2009.
More on the conceptual framework of the İstanbul Biennial HERE