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5th Istanbul Design Biennial

Empathy Revisited: Designs for more than one

October 15, 2020 – November 15, 2020

Pera Museum, ARK Kültür and the city of Istanbul


The 5th Istanbul Design Biennial takes the theme of Empathy back to its roots to explore how design might equip us to feel into territories, landscapes, micro-organisms, other species, and also one another. Working collaboratively with designers, artists, architects, activists and thinkers, the biennial explores designs for multiple bodies, dimensions, and perspectives.

This year the project is curated by Mariana Pestana with Sumitra Upham (Curator of Programmes) and Billie Muraben (Assistant Curator & Deputy Editor) and organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) with the support of Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The programme comprises three main axes: an online series titled Critical Cooking Show, a set of research projects on the Mediterranean basin to be archived at the Library of Land and Sea, and a series of interventions in the city, titled New Civic Rituals.

The projects displayed at Pera Museum and ARK Kültür will be open to visitors until 15 November 2020, whereas the interventions in the city, research projects and video series will continue to evolve through 2021.


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