Friday, September 16, 2005

9th International Istanbul Biennial

9th International Istanbul Biennial
September 16 - October 30

Platform Garanti is one of the venues of the 9th International Istanbul Biennial with for artists and artist groups.

The two artists exhibiting in Platform’s gallery space are Hüseyin Alptekin and one of IRP’s guest artist Yael Bartana. Alptekin’s multi-media installation H-Fact, is a work inspired by his obsession with the quadriga of horses mounted on the façade of San Marco in Venice, which were originally from Istanbul. To the rear of the gallery is the two screen video projection Wild Seeds by Bartana. One projection depicts a group of 18-year-olds playing the self-invented game - The Evacuation of Gilad’s Colony and on the other are subtitles of their screams and banter.

In addition, two more biennial works adorn Platform’s façade.
A neon sign reading Geçici Geçen Kisi (Temporary Person Passing Through) by Otto Berchem hangs above the gallery entrance. Around this text, elements of the building have been painted magenta. This intervention is part of a series by GruppoA12 who have selected details of every biennial venue to be painted the same color in order to create a linking system of visual signage.