ArtInternational launches its second edition on Thursday, 25 September 2014,welcoming local and international VIP visitors to the fair following a press conference which featured presentations by the fair’s founders, directors, section curators and architect.
The fair, which this year features 76 galleries from 24 countries, will be open to the public between Friday 26 and Sunday 28 September. Drawing on Istanbul’s unique geographical location and thriving contemporary art scene, ArtInternational brings together many of the world’s most exciting galleries and offers unparalleled access to modern and contemporary art from Turkey, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Sandy Angus, co-founder of ArtInternational says: “We are all delighted with the progress we have made with ArtInternational since its launch a year ago, and believe we are on track to build an art fair which represents the best of the art scene not only in Turkey but for the region. The global positioning of Istanbul provides a unique meeting point for the international collectors at the beginning of a new season in the international art market. A great line up of galleries, a full and interesting VIP and a varied talks programme all make for an intense and varied experience for our visitors.”
Participant galleries have also contributed to By the Waterside, an outdoor sculpture section located on the pier of Haliç Congress Center. The section will feature works by celebrated artists including Benjamin Appel, Laurent Bolognini, Osman Dinç, Karl Karner, Joan Miró, Keita Miyazaki, Steven Naifeh and Jaume Plensa The Artistic Programme, curated by Artistic Director Stephane Ackermann, will feature site-specific installations, films and performances around the venue by artists including Chantal Yzermans, Voin de Voin, Hsia–Fei Chang, Erdem Taşdelen
and Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson Highlights of Stephane Ackermann’s program include a collaboration with the celebrated Turkish poet Lale Müldür, based on Violent Green (Azılı Yeşil) the experimental film project which she has created with Kaan Karacehennem and Franz
von Bodelschwingh. As well as screenings of select segments from the film, ArtInternational will host the trio as they continue to shoot the film on-site at the Fair. In addition, the Artistic Program includes a Video Programme curated by Başak Şenova under the theme of ‘An Epidemic of Amnesia’ which will bring together a range of outstanding names including Ahmed Mater, Annika Eriksson, Cengiz Tekin, George Barber, Gülsün Karamustafa, Persijn Broersen, Margit Lukács and Pravdoliub Ivanov. An Alternatives section for independent art initiatives is organized by Özge Ersoy and Merve Ünsal, and includes contributions by 49A, 5533, Bağımsız Sanat Derneği, Bandrolsüz, collectorspace, m-est, PASAJ, Protocinema, Reccollective, Sütüdyo, SPOT and Torun. The presentation will also include informal discussions and impromptu performances.