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11th. International İstanbul Biennial
12 September - 08 November 2009

11th International İstanbul Biennial is curated by What, How and for Whom/WHW. The exhibition is entitled 'What Keeps Mankind Alive?', the English translation of the song 'Denn wovon lebt der Mensch?' from The Threepenny Opera, written in 1928 by Bertolt Brecht, in collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann and Kurt Weill. The Threepenny Opera thematises the process of redistribution of ownership within bourgeois society and sheds an unforgiving light on various elements of capitalist ideology. Brecht's assertion from this play that 'a criminal is a bourgeois and a bourgeois is a criminal' is as true as ever, and the correspondences of rapid developments of liberal economy on disintegration of hitherto existing social consensus in 1928 and in present times are striking. The concept of the Biennial proposes not to go back to Brecht as a classic that needs to be rediscovered and shown to new generations, but rather to reflect on latencies of the past in the present and investigate possibilities of art to re-examine old and open new relationships between social engagement and aesthetic gesture.

Artist List
Jumana Emil Abboud • Vyacheslav Akhunov • Mounira Al Solh • Nevin Aladağ • Doa Aly • Karen Andreassian • Yüksel Arslan • Zanny Begg • Lida Blinova • Anna Boghiguian • KP Brehmer • Bureau d'études • Cengiz Çekil • Danica Dakić • Lado Darakhvelidze • decolonizing.ps by Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti, Eyal Weizman • Natalya Dyu • Rena Effendi • Işıl Eğrikavuk • Etcétera... • Hans-Peter Feldmann • Shahab Fotouhi • İnci Furni • Igor Grubić • Nilbar Güreş • Margaret Harrison • Sharon Hayes • Vlatka Horvat • Wafa Hourani • Hamlet Hovsepian • Sanja Iveković • Donghwan Jo & Haejun Jo • Jesse Jones • Alimjan Jorobaev • Michel Journiac • KwieKulik [presented by Zofia Kulik] • Siniša Labrović • Signs of Conflict: Political Posters of Lebanon's Civil War [a project by Zeina Maasri] • David Maljković • Marwan • Avi Mograbi • Rabih Mroué • Aydan Murtezaoğlu & Bülent Şangar • Museum of American Art-Belgrade • Marina Naprushkina • Deimantas Narkevičius • Ioana Nemes • Wendelien van Oldenborgh • Mohammad Oussama • Erkan Özgen • Trevor Paglen • Nam June Paik • Marko Peljhan • Darinka Pop-Mitić • Lisi Raskin • María Ruido • Larissa Sansour • Hrair Sarkissian • Ruti Sela & Maayan Amir • Canan Şenol • Société Réaliste • Mladen Stilinović • Tamás St.Auby • Jinoos Taghizadeh • Oraib Toukan • Vangelis Vlahos • Simon Wachsmuth • Artur Żmijewski • What is to be done / Chto delat?

"What Keeps Mankind Alive?"

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