The third edition of Istanbul’s global contemporary and modern art fair launched today at the Haliç Congress Center, welcoming local and international VIP visitors to the fair following a press conference which featured presentations by the fair’s founders, directors and section curators. The fair will feature 87 galleries this year, representing 27 countries presenting works by more than 400 of world’s most innovative artists.
Haliç Congress Center
Participants come from 27 countries spanning Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, Central Asia, India and China. Several galleries will be attending for the fair for the first time including Victoria Miro (London), Sakshi Gallery (Mumbai), Aspan Gallery (Almaty), Galerie Du Monde (Hong Kong) and Aicon Gallery (New York & London).
Turkish galleries Kuad, Öktem&Aykut and the Empire Project will participate for the first time, joining previous participants: .artSümer, Dirimart, Galerist, Gallery Nev Ankara, Pi Artworks, Pilot, Sanatorium, Rampa, x-ist and Galeri Zilberman.
Through generous support of the Catalan government, 12 galleries from Art Barcelona (Associació de Galeries) will participate in the fair, including ADN Galerı́a, Àngels Barcelona, Galeria Joan Gaspar, Miguel Marcos Gallery, N2 Gallerı́a, Poligrafa Obra Gráfica, Galeria Joan Prats, Galeria Sicart, Galeria Senda, Galeria Carles Taché Projects, Galeria Trama and Valid Foto BCN Gallery.
Sandy Angus, Co-founder of ARTINTERNATIONAL says: ‘ARTINTERNATIONAL continues to grow in stature as the pre eminent Contemporary Art Fair in the region. It has firmly established itself as the main focus for collectors from the myriad of countries which surround it and who enjoy the further cultural attractions which Istanbul has to offer. It is a unique combination further enhancing the reputation of Istanbul as the main cultural centre for the region.’
Stephane Ackermann, Artistic Director of ARTINTERNATIONAL has curated a series of performances, installations and interventions for the 2015 edition. The artists commissioned to present work at the fair this year are Ali Taptik, Arslan Sukan, Burcak Konukman, Dominique Petitgand, Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Maya Hayuk and Nevin Aladağ.
This year’s artistic programme includes a number of performances, taking place in and around the fair, or obliquely, commending a level of involvement from visitors.
Videos on Stage
Videos on Stage is part of fair’s artistic programme and consisting of a series of films by artists from participating galleries. The section’s curator, Başak Şenova, will this year present a series of films to be screened at the fair’s auditorium.
‘Ruins and Wounds’, the title of this year’s screening programme, traces secret road maps of personal histories, stories, memories and dreams about wounds and ruins. Şenova says “some wounds heal, leaving nothing behind, but a scar and some wounds stay with a pain that lingers. While indicating the infinity and cruelty of time, ruins also stabilize the sense of ephemerality. The correlation between wounds and ruins could branch out into multiple narratives, perspectives, entities, and realities that exist and possessed at the same moment”.
Alternatives is a section of ARTINTERNATIONAL dedicated to independent art initiatives and brings together prominent local and international not-for-profit spaces, independent institutions and artists’ collectives. ARTINTERNATIONAL has this year commissioned artist, writer and curator Paolo Chiasera to curate the Alternatives section.
This year’s participating institutions include 5533, David Roberts Art Foundation, Masa, Near East, Nesin Art Village, Protocinema, Spot and Torun.
A 26-metre painted canvas evoking a nocturnal garden will be displayed in the fair’s Alternatives section, conceived as a place for artists, curators and institutions to come together and exchange ideas. The project follows a concept initiated by the Chiasera in 2013 with his elaboration of the concept of “Secondo Stile”; a genre he invented which features canvas-exhibitions-space and includes works by different artists done in the past or commissioned for the occasion.
Taking the form of a rite of passage-like game, The Hunter-Gatherer will engage fair visitors in a citywide game in order to search out its non-profit institutions. Participants will need to enter into direct dialogue with each non-profit space in order to learn and understand the role of each institution. Only by answering questions and tasks set by each will the visitor be able to pass through the different stages of the treasure hunt and be able to return to the fair to claim the reward.
By the Waterside
By the Waterside is the fair’s dedicated sculpture terrace, which spans the length of the Haliç Congress Center’s waterfront on Istanbul’s historic Golden Horn.
Ten works have been chosen for the third year running by ARTINTERNATIONAL’s selection committee from applications by the fair’s participating galleries including works by acclaimed artists Rada Boukova, Guldo Casaretto, Şakir Gökçebağ, Karl Karner, Yerbossyn Meldbekov, Ichwan Noor, Stefan Nikolaev, Javier Pérez, Paul Schwer and Walid Sitl.
ARTINTERNATIONAL: Online Exclusively at artsy.net
ARTINTERNATIONAL is pleased to announce a collaboration with Artsy, a leading resource for learning about and collecting art online. As the exclusive online host of ARTINTERNATIONAL, Artsy.net will feature an online preview the fair with works available for purchase from exhibiting galleries, plus features like Insider’s Picks and Trending Artists. The Artsy app for iPhone will become a personalised mobile guide to ARTINTERNATIONAL 2015, downloadable before the fair opens on September 4.
Notes to Editors:
The inaugural edition of ARTINTERNATIONAL launched in 2013, offering collectors and visitors a formidable new platform for international contemporary art. Additional elements include an artistic program featuring talks, screenings, performance, installation and a section for alternative art spaces. ‘By The Waterside’, ARTINTERNATIONAL’s sculpture terrace on the banks of the Golden Horn, will return in 2015 with sculpture works from participant galleries. Organisers of ARTINTERNATIONAL include Sandy Angus, cofounder of Art HK and coowner of India Art Fair. ARTINTERNATIONAL is produced in collaboration with Fiera Milano Interteks, Turkey’s oldest and most prestigious trade show organiser.
Photography : Taken from Artinternational page.