On December 11 the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) announced the title and theme of the 16th Istanbul Biennial: The Seventh Continent. Nicolas Bourriaud, curator of the upcoming biennial, described the inspiration for the exhibition and title at a press conference held at the Lycée Français Privé Saint-Joseph d'Istanbul alongside their Natural Sciences Centre. The title alludes to the man-made islands of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean, nicknamed The Seventh Continent. Drawing on global and local calls for a more de-centered perspective and a focus on the newly emerging Anthropocene, the theme of this biennial is sure to be provocative. Venues will be announced in the spring.
The dates of the biennial will be September 14 – November 10, 2019.