Master Project

Banu Grote

Bodrum Biennial: Aganta Burina Burinata


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2 September–1 November 2013
Bodrum: Sevket Sabanci Cultural Center, Bodrum Castle and the Osmanli Tersanesi

Ali Asker Bal, Alp Ucar, Anca Sinpalean, Andreas Marti, Ayessha Quarishi, Beyza Ergun, Buket Acartürk, Burcu Öztürk Karabey, Cora Piantoni, Demet Yersel, Dilek Isiksel, Elif Soyer, Ergun Sengül, Erol Eti, Ersin Dündar, Ender Güzey, Erdal Alantar, Esra Sa

Bodrum Biennial as an idea developed as a result of the annual art shows repeated all over the country by the Modern-Ist Association every year on the birthday of the Turkish Republic. They were called October Parades and  organized to be open on the 29th of October every year.  After ten years of regular exhibitions with the participation of many professional and amateur artists, there came the idea of making these shows in a more institutionalized format.

This was the beginning of the Bodrum Biennial. And I have been chosen as a curator for this project. I chose as the first biennial`s title: Aganta Burina Burinata. It is also the same title of a book written by Cevat Sakir Kabaagac, also known mostly as: The Fisherman of the Halicarnassus. These words symbolize the bond between all creatures and elements and it was also a greeting, which were used actually by the local fishermen when they first set sail to the open sea. It was a cry to the sky, to the sea and to all her creatures. It is reaching out for people; local, non-local, and also to remind of this relation of all.

Artists: Ali Asker Bal, Alp Ucar, Anca Sinpalean, Andreas Marti, Ayessha  Quarishi, Beyza Ergun, Buket Acartürk, Burcu Öztürk Karabey, Cora Piantoni, Demet Yersel, Dilek Isiksel, Elif Soyer, Ergun Sengül, Erol Eti, Ersin Dündar, Ender Güzey, Erdal Alantar, Esra Saglik, Fergül  Yücel, Figen Aydintasbas, Gidensson/Londrè, Gül Bolulu, Gülseren Südor, Halide Okumus, Hülya Degerbilir, Hülya Toksöz, Konstantinos Kotsis, Lale Cavuldur, Lea Contestabile, Maria Sezer, Mine Arasan, Monica Diener, Musa Köksal, Mustafa Sener, Nancy S. Woods, Nursen Kulatti, Nurseren Tor, Renk  Martin, Sebnem  Altuntas, Serap Efe Degismez, Setenay Ozbek, Seyma Müge Iba, Tatiana M. Kallergis, Teoman Südor, Tina Ruisinger, Yvonne Good, Zeynep Güldogdu

The Bodrum Biennial opened on the September 2nd 2013 with the participation of the 50 artists and it will continue till the November 1st 2013. The biennial consisted of three major exhibition places. Sevket Sabanci Cultural Center, Bodrum Castle and the Osmanli Tersanesi.