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Editor’s note: The 5th International Çanakkale Biennial has been cancelled. Click here for more information.
The 5th International Çanakkale Biennial is tackling a subject that hits close to home: the concept of ‘homeland’ in an age of massive global migration. Considering that Çanakkale is located just north of the epicentre of the European refugee crisis in the Aegean Sea, this seems like an appropriate topic to explore.
Curated by Beral Madra, Seyhan Boztepe and Deniz Erbaş, the biennial will use contemporary art to raise questions about the sustainability of ideas of national and ethnic identity in a world whose borders are becoming increasingly accidental and penetrable. It will try to start discussions on the traditional and post-modern societies which are now in flux, and the problematic consequences of 20th-century nationalism. Many of the 40 international artists who are participating in the biennial have migrated themselves, and their works explore related themes of nationality, identity and marginalisation.
The Piri Reis Museum will be the biennial’s main venue, with works also being displayed at MAHAL Art Centre, the Old Armenian Church, Mekor Hayim Synagogue, the Korfmann Library, Çanakkale Archaeology Museum, Çanakkale Ceramic Museum, the House of Ece Ayhan, ÇTSO Çanakkale House and the Çanakkale State Fine Arts Gallery.