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Pazartesi, 5 Aralık 2022
Pazartesi, Aralık 5, 2022
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🏘️ Yeldeğirmeni, Ahu Toksöz

The neighborhood where of those who take care of their artisans, cats, dogs and plants. It's the place for those who hold on tight to those old-time relationships.
Together with Koç Holding x İstanbul Bienali

Koç Holding welcomes art enthusiasts to the 17th Istanbul Biennial Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) since 1987 and sponsored by Koç Holding since 2007, the 17th edition of the Istanbul Biennial has opened its doors to the public eye. The Biennial, which will be open to public visit until 20 November , is prepared with a different approach in this edition due to the pandemic precautions as well as its one-year delay. The 17th Istanbul Biennial meets its viewers in various spots of the city such as bookstores, hospitals, nursing homes, cafes, metro stations, and Açık Radyo. An avid supporter of culture and arts, Koç Holding is happy to sponsor the Istanbul Biennial by 2036. To find the short film focusing on the healing and transformative qualities of art, you may visit this link.

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Photo: Deniz Sabuncu

A mechanism that silences and de-identifies people, and turns them into a mass. This is our first reading of the city. That it destroys the individual. But can our perspective change? Can we see the buildings piercing the sky, that first attract our attention when we step into the neighbourhood, as households breathing in and out instead of as just concrete masses? Maybe the laundry hanging from lines stretched between two windows on the balcony is not visual pollution. Maybe there is an action, a rebellion in the patterns, exclamations and words embroidered on a single sock. Like plants trying to grow through the broken pavement between the cobblestones on which we cannot walk because of parked cars; like church bells, like the colourful ribbons tied to tree branches.

Occupied buildings by ivies of Yeldeğirmeni

Photo: Deniz Sabuncu


When we dismiss responsibility upon seeing a kitten taking shelter in the shadow of the rear tyre of a car by saying "someone else, another person, the driver of the car will see it anyway", is the culprit just the hurry of life, the unstoppable plans of the city, or just our choices themselves? The headphones are a buffer against the sounds of construction; they are also the barrier between us and Ali Usta who greets us, the hum of the wind, the singing of birds, the rustling of leaves, and wishes of a ‘good morning’. On the road we commute every day, following the same artery, we decrease the area we cover in the city with the number of steps we take. The city does not shrink, we fade and cower among its rising storeys. 

However, we want to multiply. Maybe that's why we like to return to Yeldeğirmeni. Today, we are walking with those who revolt for tomorrow. We collect some waste from the market for compost, some eggshells. We get involved in the problems of the neighbourhood, just because we don't live there doesn't make them other people’s problems. Our action to protect our freedoms starts with those who have nothing to do with us. Together, we create a secluded majority.

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Koç Holding welcomes art enthusiasts to the 17th Istanbul Biennial


Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) since 1987 and sponsored by Koç Holding since 2007, the 17th edition of the Istanbul Biennial has opened its doors to the public eye.

The Biennial, which will be open to public visit until 20 November, is prepared with a different approach in this edition due to the pandemic precautions as well as its one-year delay.

The 17th Istanbul Biennial meets its viewers in various spots of the city such as bookstores, hospitals, nursing homes, cafes, metro stations, and Açık Radyo. 

An avid supporter of culture and arts, Koç Holding is happy to sponsor the Istanbul Biennial by 2036. To find the short film focusing on the healing and transformative qualities of art, you may visit this link. 

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