The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (ISKV) is launching its 5th Istanbul Design Biennale on October 15 thanks to support from the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Entitled “Return to Empathy: Design for More Than One,” and curated by Mariana Pestana, this year’s Biennale will have a new structure that brings together various formats within the scope of pandemic measures. International participants of various disciplinary backgrounds will meet with visitors not only at exhibition venues but also both on Istanbul streets and digitally. Limitations brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak has forced the 5th Istanbul Design Biennale to re-evaluate how its structures its exhibitions and events in the name of protecting public health and safety. The Biennale will greet visitors with a program that gathers together on three lines of axis. First is “Critical Food Program,” a series of videos to be launched digitally. Second is the Land and Sea Library Program, which brings together projects from across the Mediterranean basin under the roof of Ark Culture (Cihangir). Third, extending along various points throughout Istanbul – including Pera Museum – “New Citizenship Rituals” is a series of programs that address how people are to readapt to co-habituating in a post-pandemic world. The Biennale was originally going to be launched in September. Instead, it is expected to kick off on October 15, 2020. Complete with its brand new format, both the Pera Museum and Ark Culture exhibitions will remain open to the public until November 15, 2020. The restincluding the programs, research projects, and videos – will remain open throughout 2021, long after the Biennale has closed its doors.
For more information: https://tasarimbienali.iksv.org/tr