Information on the 9th International Istanbul Biennial that will take place between 16 September – 30 October 2005.

For the first time the Biennial will be developed through a working collaboration between the director of Van Abbemuseum, Charles Esche and the Director of Platform Garanti CAC, Vasýf Kortun.

Esche and Kortun are working together on an exhibition structure that folds out of and reveals its context – the city of Istanbul. The title of this Biennial is "Istanbul", referring both to the real urban location and the imaginative charge that this city represents for the world. "Istanbul" as a metaphor, as a prediction, as a lived reality, and an inspiration has many stories to tell and the Biennial will attempt to tap directly into this rich history and its possibilities. (You may find detailed information about the concept of the 9th Istanbul Biennial in their web site here)

The curators will not be using any of the monuments located in the historical peninsula, preferring to work in sites that have a more common reference to the every-day, the physical legacy of modernity and the shift to a consumer economy.

The press opening of the 9th Istanbul Biennial will take place on the 15th of September and will be followed by panel discussions, performances, parties and other special events during 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th.