The 16th Istanbul Biennial, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, will be titled, The Seventh Continent.
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One of the most visible effects of the Anthropocene, the new geological era characterised by the impact of human activities upon the planet, is the formation of a huge mass of waste that has been called "The Seventh Continent"—3.4 million square kilometres, 7 million tons of floating plastic in the Pacific Ocean. The 16th Istanbul Biennial will explore this new continent: a world where humans and non-
Today, we are acknowledging that the canonical western division between nature and culture has come to an end. The Anthropocene theory has contributed to this awareness, as the impact of human activities on nature generates an intertwined world where culture is reintegrating into nature, and vice-
The Seventh Continent is an anthropology of an off-
The context of Istanbul is particularly well chosen for this theme, because the city and the whole country are not yet very aware of the harmful effects of plastic waste. In the capital, residents still use 400 plastic bags a year for an average of 15 minutes, abandoned anywhere ... and sorting of waste almost does not exist. A great awareness to organize on site!
The 16th Istanbul Biennial is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Koç Holding as well as other supporters, international funders, and funding bodies to be announced.
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