This exhibition, which is curated by Hou Hanru with Ceren Erdem, Elena Motisi and Donatella Saroli, tackles the dynamics, the changes and the cultural demands of contemporary Turkey. Beginning with the recent protests at Gezi Park, the exhibition examines five major themes: urban transformations; political conflicts and resistance; innovative models of production; geopolitical urgencies; and hope. The work on display will demonstrate the passion for creativity, the joy that emerges from achieving objectives and the fury of the city.
Many of the most prominent artists from Istanbul will be exhibiting major works and new artistic productions with in-depth examinations and first-hand testimony. The long list of invited artists and architects includes: Hamra Abbas, Can Altay & Jeremiah Day, Halil Altındere, Emrah Altınok, Architecture For All (Herkes İçin Mimarlık), Volkan Aslan, Fikret Atay, Atelier Istanbul: Arnavutköy, Vahap Avşar, İmre Azem & Gaye Günay, Osman Bozkurt, Angelika Brudniak & Cynthia Madansky, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Antonio Cosentino, Burak Delier, Cem Dinlenmiş, Cevdet Erek, İnci Eviner, Extrastruggle, Nilbar Güreş, Ha Za Vu Zu, Emre Hüner, Ali Kazma, Sinan Logie & Yoann Morvan, Networks of Dispossession, Nejla Osseiran, Ceren Oykut, Pınar Öğrenci, Ahmet Öğüt, Didem Özbek, Şener Özmen, PATTU, Didem Pekün, Zeyno Pekünlü, Mario Rizzi, Sarkis, SO?, Superpool, ŞANALarc, Ali Taptık, Serkan Taycan, Cengiz Tekin, Güneş Terkol, Nasan Tur.
MAXXI is continuing its exploration of the cultural milieu of the Mediterranean basin and relations between the Middle East and Europe with this exhibition.