The Pavilion of Turkey at the Venice Biennale
Caro Communications is delighted to be working with the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) to devise and implement a global communications campaign to support its Pavilion of Turkey at this year’s Biennale di Venezia. Curated by Alejandro Aravena, the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, which runs under the theme Reporting from the Front, will take place from May 28th to November 27th 2016 (Preview May 26th and 27th) across the Giardini and the Arsenale, and in various additional venues in Venice. The pavilion is curated by Mehmet V. Kütükçüoğlu, Ertuğ UÇAR and Feride Çiçekoğlu.
The theme of this year’s Pavilion of Turkey is Darzanà: Two Arsenals, One Vessel, reflecting the great “twin harbours of the Mediterranean:” Istanbul and Venice. The word Darzanà, which describes an inlet for shipbuilding, has its roots in Ancient Greek, Latin, Jewish, Arabic, and Turkish cultures. The project “aims to confront the Arsenale and the historic Istanbul shipyards at the Bienniale, carrying the Istanbul dock and its accompanying historic associations, exchanges, discussions, similarities, and visions of the future to a shipyard in Venice.”
Turkey participated in the International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, for the first time in 1991. Since 2007, the Pavilion of Turkey has been organised by İKSV, and the artist and the curator of the Pavilion are proposed by an Advisory Board that changes every two years. In 2014, on the initiation of İKSV, Turkey obtained a long-term venue at la Biennale di Venezia. The allotment of 20 years (from 2014 to 2034) at Sale d’Armi, Arsenale, one of the two main venues of the event, allowed the Pavilion of Turkey to take part for the first time in 2014 in the International Architecture Exhibition.