We often use the expression of "like flowers" when we express a beauty. Flowers taking a large part in the beauty understanding of existence, virtually oblige people to this approximation with the endless compositions of beauty they provide. Therefore, flowers are everywhere in our lives by both their true existences and their images drawn by the artists, who desire to reproduce this beauty further.
We can say that there is not any single field, in which flowers do not play a part, in the traditional arts of our civilization, where there were experienced very bright eras in the fields of both flower cultivation and flower painting. Everywhere is decorated with flowers from the ornaments of the Holy Qur’an to tiles, from divan pages to pillars in mosques, and from enormous monuments to tombstones. The flowers drawn in the fruit room of the Topkapı Palace with a naturalist style unfading for three centuries, or the stylized flowers drawn by the Karamemi’s magical hands and give off their smell to the Muhibbi divan, and those blossoming in flower books and flourishing in the hands of scientific flower painters... The flowery arts performed by the artists in this era by smelling the past and future, every aspect of a flower, is in the Yeditepe Biennial.
Artists in this themes: Ahmet Sacit Açıkgözoğlu, Emel Nurhan Ogan, Firdevs Çalkanoğlu, Gülsen Bilgin, Hülya Korkmaz, Mamure Öz, Safiye Morçay, Uğur Taşatan, Zehra Çekin, Endemik Çiçekler Grubu.
“Every number consists of one time, many repetitions of one.” says Feridüddin Attar. Sun rises and sets. It rises again, and sets again. We blink our eyes, blink again and again. Azan is recited, and recited again, and then again. It is rather meaningful that the lines in itself repeats. Repeating verses, repeating verbs, repeating notes, repetitions in gilding, miniature, calligraphy and architecture... Meaning the rhythm. Craftsmen seeing that something else reproduces in every repetition, in fact not the repeating thing, knowing that a straight line is not consisted of repeating dots, and hearing the chorus that the geometric rhythm says, are in the Yeditepe Biennial with their works, with which they say “there is art in their repetition”.
Artists in this themes: Ali Ulvi Mıhoğlu, Ardeşir Mojared Takistani, Armağan Bilgin, Aslı Ağırbaş, Dilek Yalçın, Ersin Yıldızhan, Fahriye Oya Kuyumcu, Fatma Özçay, Firdevs Çalkanoğlu, Füsun Onamay, Melis Uludağ, Faruk Dinçer Eratlı, İlhami Atalay, Melike Haliloğlu, Mehlika Hilal Kırca, Merve Nur Kayhan Hassan, Nursen Ve Güvenç Güven, Nurten Ünver, Osman Doruk, Recep Ve Züleyha Minga, Serap Bostancı Tulluk, Serap Ekizler Sönmez.
City of Fatih, workroom of Sinan, berceste of Nedim, song of Dede Efendi, notebook of Evliya Celebi, namazgah of Eyup Sultan, and nazargah of Sultan Abdulhamid... The city where the great dreams including sea were had: Istanbul. People seeing or not seeing Istanbul, and people living in it or just passing by it have something to say on it. Now, Istanbul has something to say regarding the past, today and tomorrow.
Today whatever there is that Istanbul whispers to the ear of artists with its south wind, north wind, sea changing color more than its sky, and many other things, they are all in Yeditepe Biennial.
Artists in this themes: Alparslan Babaoğlu, Bünyamin K., Dilek Yerlikaya, Fahriye Oya Kuyumcu, Işıl Arısoy Kaya, Nurcihan Velioğlu, Reza Hemmatirat, Sabriye Şeker, Şaban Demirdağ.
Let’s define it this way: The person overflowing from his/her own body and soul geography since s/he doesn’t fit in it is called artist, and the overflowing thing is called art. “Should I die, when I don’t say” is also from this kind. Sometimes, there are moments when the art doesn’t fit to the field where it is defined, and would make us say “what is it doing here”. Unusual beauties, which these leaps create and bring people to the line of “in fact it suits” or “why not”, open different fields both to art and artist and to the seeing eyes. Works of the ebullient artists not fitting in to a place are in the Yeditepe Biennial.
Artists in this themes: Aysel Ergül, Bienal Ekibi, Emre Akpolat, Alperen Akpolat, Hatice Ünal, Mustafa Cemil Efe, Ömer Faruk Dere, Ahmet Futtu, Ahmet Sacit Açıkgözoğlu, Berrin Çakin Güç, Havva Bayraktar, Eda Erzurumluoğlu Tülek, Nilgün Firdevs Baltepe, Nurhan Gürbüz, Yasemin Ağırdır, Nur Reyhan Albayrak Özal, Nilgün Firdevs Baltepe, Soner Şahin, Semra İsmailoğlu, Berrin Süzen, Aylin Eda Durak, Berin Alpar, Aylin Özkan, Leyla Varol, Dilek Yalçın, Hikmet Barutçugil, Hülya Sözer, Kubilay Eralp Dinçer, Nilüfer Mutlu, Nihal Özşirin, Tijen Sabırlı, Muhammed Türk, Mustafa Cemil Efe, Tonguç Yaşar, Sezer Tansuğ, Armağan Bilgin, Beyza Akıncı Kaplan, Betül Bilgin, S. Hilal Arpacıoğlu, Dağıstan Çetinkaya, Emel Gemici, Erol Kılıç, Mehlika H. Kırca, Emine Tuğyan Gündoğdu, Büşra Taşpınar, Murat Gür, Reza Hemmatirad, Selma Keleş Şahin, Fatma Zeynep Çilek, Hatice Ünal, Ali Emre Kaymak, Özden Aydın, Aysel Ergül, Ayşe Kiraz, Rakibe Kalkan, Şeyda Demirburan, Tüzin Tiryaki, Yılmaz Eneş, Zafer Baştak, Zehra Karakoç.
It is one of the creatures that people mostly emulate and would like to be in their shoes. We are jealous of their wings, and try to find ways to learn their language, and speak to them without considering what people might say. As a matter of fact, this is not a self-talk, rather, we get response for it. We set them to work, and send them to the beloved one to say our best regards or take the secret hidden in its feather to its owner, and then ask them “my crane, from whom did you get this cry”. We built pavilions for them when we live, and make room in our tomb for them to drink water when we die.
She is the Phoenix hidden behind the Mountain Kaf, and she is also the Philomel bleeding its breast on a rose branch, and she is also the Kaknüs that is burnt out and reborn from its ashes, and the Huma that never lands on, and she is the one telling the good news with an “olive branch” in its mouth that there is still life in the world after the flood.
The artists of this era, who look at the troubles of people and humanity, their remedies, their dreams, shortly everything that people go through with a view from birds, will tell the human conditions with bird language in the Yeditepe Biennial by saying “people like a bird”.
Artists in this themes: Ali Ahmet Çoktan, Asgar Moradi ve Zeynap Rahnama, Atilla Çakır, Ayşenur Kadakçı Velioğlu, Ayten Pelit, Bahar Yalçın, Güngör İblikçi, Hasan Ertuğrul, Hikmet Barutçugil, Hülya Yaatası, Özlem Özer Tuğal, Reza Hemmatirat, Şehnaz Biçer Özcan, Şeyma Yeniçeri, Yeşim Yıldız Kalaycıoğlu, Yonca Sanat Grubu.
Artists, who move forward in order to create the new tradition in the future by shouldering our traditional arts with all of their past, turns the solo exhibition zone of Yeditepe Biennal into a rainbow with their own works and the works of their students or their friends singing the same song along with them. Twenty exhibitions, where art branches like painting, sculpture and photography accompanies to miniature, gilding, hand-carving, marbling, tile art, calligraphy and ceramic arts, are hosting its visitors in the most beautiful places of Suriçi particularly in Turkish Islamic Arts Museum, Sirkeci Train Station, Beyazid II Turkish Bath Museum.
Artists with Personal Exhibits: Ahmet Sacit Açıkgözoğlu, Etem Çalışkan, F. Hande Topbaş, Murat Gür, Taner Alakuş.
Group Exhibitions: Algan Grubu, Alparslan Babaoğlu Ve Öğrencileri, Asiye Kafalıer Dönmez Ve Mimart Atölyesi, Ayten Tiryaki Ve Tiryaki Art, Cihangir Asurhouv Ve Öğrencileri, Emel Türkmen ve Altından Haleler, Nursen ve Güvenç Güven, Mamure Öz ve Nakkaş Tezyini Sanatlar Merkezi, Mehmet Memiş ve Öğrencileri, Mustafa Cemil Efe Ve Öğrencileri, Nilgün Alp ve Atölye Hiç, Said Chuanyi ve Ali Leı Gong, Semih İrteş Ve Nakkaş Tezyini Sanatlar Merkezi, Şehnaz Özcan Ve Öğrencileri, Tahsin Kurt ve Öğrencileri, Zerre projesi ile Mustafa Demir.
Cahide Keskiner, Süheyl Ünver defines her as “she realized the renaissance in Turkish ornamentation by reaching to a very advanced level in our fine art world”, says “Every work is not art, and every person producing works is not an artist. An artwork doesn’t come to existence without self sacrifice and devotion. Artist should act with decency and good manners. Regardless of how much a person produces or not, and regardless of how many activities s/he conducts or not, if s/he doesn’t understand that s/he is ‘nothing’, everything goes for nothing.” This group exhibition, where you can see almost all the colors that our traditional arts have taken in the hands of the artists of this age, and where you can ask the questions of what is art, and who is artist in your mind with every artwork you see, waits for you in the Yeditepe Biennial.
Group Exhibition Artists: Abdul Vahap, Yasemin Ergün- Kevser İbrahimoğlu, Ayşe Nurgül Kabasakal-Songül Sümen Ak, Betül Coşkun, Büşra Akan, Erol Kılıç, Esen Akgöl, Esra Eşin, Fatma Betül Acun, Figen Tekiner, Gül Tezbora, Gülten Kosova, Hacı Meryem Kiola, Hatice Ünal, Hüdayin Sav, Kamuran İşcan, Leyla Varol, Mehdi Naghavi, Meryem Şahin, Safigül Bengü Olgun-Zeynep Önen, Semra Ata, Tuba Ruhengiz Azaklı, Veysel Kucuras, Yasemin Taş, Zeliha İyilik, Zeynep Bato, Zeynep Bostan, Zeynep Elçi, Zeynep Işık Çetinkaya.
Artists in Group Tile Exhibition: Adilcan Güven-Cem Güven, Emel Gemici, Ersin Fethi Öçal, Gülen Kesova, Gülfer Akgönül, Güvenç Güven, İbrahim Kuşlu, Kifayet Özkul, Mehmet Gürsoy, Melike Haliloğlu, Nur Avlupınar, Özkan Tokaç, Rauf Sadi Güven, Ryuko Kito, Salih Sarıçam, Selma Keleş Şahin, Tenzile Özgün, Timur Bilir, Ümmühan Çelikkaya, Yumiko Kubota.
When we see an artwork affecting us, sometimes we ask from inside and sometimes aloud: “How could s/he do it”. Live performances partaking in the Yeditepe Biennial is a good opportunity to see the answer of this question with your own eyes. These programs, where the artist and the people wondering how they are done may meet by moving the workroom of the artist to the public exhibition areas, and where people may witness the formation of an artwork, are the most “alive” sections of the Yeditepe Biennial.
Artists: Garip Ay, İlhami Atalay, Leyla Kara, Reza Hemmatirat
Collection Exhibitions, where the artworks collected by the collectors, who gather the precious samples of our traditional arts got together within time, will meet with the art lovers, is full of beauties that you may not be able to find an opportunity to see one more time in the flesh.
Exhibited Collections: Termikel Mustafa Kaya's Yakup Cem Collection, Yusuf İyilik İcazet Collection
International exhibitions in the field of calligraphy, gilding and tile art offers the selected artworks regarding the different styles that artists fed by different cultures developed in the same field of art. Art lovers witness in international exhibitions that art unites people in the semantic world by removing all the boundaries drawn on maps. International exhibitions sometimes enable art lovers to see different aspects to same theme and sometimes, same aspects to different themes.
Artists: Abdurrahim Kahya, Abdurrahman Depeler, Abdurrazak Karakaş, Ahmet Koçak, Ali Toy, Ali Rıza Özcan, Awni Nakkaş, Aydın Kızılyar, Ayman Hassan, Bekir Çetintaş, Cemali Gündoğdu, Cevad Huran, Davut Bektaş, Efdalüddin Kılıç, Fatih Özkafa, Fatih Yıldız, Ferhat Kurlu, Fuat Başar, Habib Ramezanpour, Hakan Arslan, Hanife Alpaydın, Hasan Çelebi, Hüseyin Gündüz, Hüseyin Kutlu, Hüseyin Öksüz, Hüsrev Subaşı, Levent Karaduman, Mehmet Memiş, Mehmet Özçay, Menaf Nam, Muhammed Cevadzade, Muhammed Nuri Çetinkaya, Muhammed Yaman, Mustafa Parıldar, Nuria Garcia Masip, Osman Çiçek, Osman Özçay, Ömer Faruk Özoğul, Resul Afşin Okur, Sabah Arbili, Safarbati Mhamed, Savaş Çevik, Seyyid Ahmet Depeler, Tahsin Kurt, Yılmaz Turan, Yusuf Mazi.
Abdülhamit Yılmaz, Afsane Nangar, Arda Çakmak, Ayşe Sayın, Berna Kervan, Eyüp Özcan, Faruk Taşkale, Fatma Özçay, Firdevs Bakkal, Gülnur Duran, Gülsüm Gügercin, Halenur Bakkal, Hilal Dağtekin, İsmail Çökük, Kadriye Bayraktar, Mamure Öz, Nadir Tatar, Necati Sancaktutan, Nihal Tezcan, Nihan Ümran Ersin, Nilüfer Kurfeyz-Selim Sağlam, Nurdanur Ünal, Orhan Dağlı, Seda Demir, Selcen Belgin Balıkçı, Serap Bostancı Tuluk, Serhat Tokmak, Sevde Gülüt, Simanur Uzun, Şahalim Şahmansurav, Şeyma Okur, Vildan Sert.
People watching the art from far away and maybe thinking that they may never do it themselves get the chance to deal with art through workshops, which are highly influential in terms of getting the taste of art. Workshops, which will be made under the guidance of masters, offers the pleasure of performing art by bringing the artist and art lover together in the workroom environment.
Artists: Ayten Tiryaki, Esra Eşin, Güvenç Güven, Özlem Özer Tuğal, Serap Ekizler Sönmez, Yasemin Arıman
One of the purposes of the Yeditepe Biennial, where the style and style differences in classical arts are observed by creating a kind of laboratory environment, is carrying tradition to the future, and exchanging ideas about how it will be made and whether there will be some innovations that may be integrated to the tradition. The symposium titled as “Tradition in Future’, which is organized within the scope of the Yeditepe Biennial, is an important step for asking the questions, which were asked but could not be answered before about traditional arts, or the questions that were never asked before, and putting the different ideas on the table about the issues.
The symposium creates a field where the issues regarding the future of our accumulation of art, which will be carried from yesterday to today, and from today to tomorrow, are discussed. The symposium, which puts the question of “from where to where” in the center, wants to embrace both tradition and future by hosting many sessions with the participation of doyen names.