Call for Applications for the 11th International İstanbul Biennial 2009 (Lá Fora… 89)

The 11th International Istanbul Biennial will take place between 12 September-8 November 2009 and takes its title, “What Keeps Mankind Alive?” from the closing song of the second act of Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera, written 80 years ago.

According to WHW, the question “What Keeps Mankind Alive?” seems to be more urgent and topical than when it was first posed by Brecht in 1928. The conceptual framework of the 11th International Istanbul Biennial “What Keeps Mankind Alive?” will serve as a trigger, as well as a certain script for the exhibition, allowing us and the artists to pose questions of economic and social urgency today.

The artists to participate in the 11th International İstanbul Biennial will be determined by What, How & for Whom / WHW, the curators of the exhibition. WHW continues to carry out research both in Turkey and abroad with this objective.

Each applicant is supposed to send the fulfilled Project Proposal Submission Form [pdf]-, CV and a maximum of three project proposals relating to the exhibition’s concept, which is announced with the title ‘What Keeps Mankind Alive?’.

Further Project Information

The applications should be received by the Biennial latest on January 30th, 2009. For sending soft copies of the project proposals, the e-mail address is

For the hard copies please use the address below.

Istanbul Kultur Sanat Vakfi
Uluslararası Istanbul Bienali
Istiklal Caddesi 64
Beyoglu 34435
Istanbul, Turkey

Final invitations to the participating artists will be sent by the end of June 2009 and all applicants will receive an answer regarding their project proposal by this date.
Please do not send any portfolios and consider that International Istanbul Biennial is unable to return any material received.


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