"Only the Dead have Seen the End of War", 4th International Canakkale Biennial

group exhibition

"Only the Dead have Seen the End of War"

4th International Canakkale Biennial has its conceptual framework structured upon 1914-1918 - The Centenary of World War I. It lasts from 27 September - 2 November 2014 and welcomes 37 artists from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, Russia, Serbia, Romania, Lebanon, Palestine, Armenia, USA, Italy, Greece, Ireland, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Austria and Turkey to its main exhibition.

Gülçin Aksoy, Maja Bajevic, Nigol Bezjian, Bashir Borlakov, Songül Boyraz, Harold De Bree, Klaus vom Bruch, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Ersan Deveci, Nezaket Ekici, Reha Erdem, Ayşe Erkmen, Aladdin Garunov, Douglas Gordon, Murat Gök, T. Melih Görgün, Güven İncirlioğlu, IRWIN, Khaled Jarrar, Grigor Khachatryan, Sıtkı Kösemen, Raziye Kubat, Radenko Milak, Pınar Öğrenci, Ahmet Öktem, Marilena Preda Sanc, Antonio Riello, Anri Sala, Hans Schabus, Tunca Subaşı, Erdal Sezer, Panos Tsagaris, Astrid Walsh, Viron Vert

In the meanwhile of the biennial preparations, as the wars and slaughters occurring in a broad area stretching from Palestine, Iraq and Syria to Somali and Central Africa, we should also express our feelings of grief and sorrow for realizing once more the solid truth in the topic of our biennial today as recited by Plato 2500 years ago.

International Canakkale Biennial, since its foundation in 2006, has been aiming various purposes: Firstly, to establish an international center, and hence, to transform the city of Canakkale into a meeting point for production, observation and presentation of creations of contemporary art where Mediterranean, European and Middle-Eastern cultures intersect; secondly, by inviting numerous artists and experts, to locate the city into the international network of communications, arts and culture of global biennial community; and lastly, to provide an open platform for professionals, artists and institutions to exchange their practices and and share expertise in collaboration.

The arguments, interpretations and critics so far elaborated in considering the 100th year of 1st World War construct a favorably comprehensive conceptual framework for the International Canakkale Biennial. In the centenary of 2014, numerous projects and events are being held in those countries, which have participated in or effected by the war. International Canakkale Biennial anticipates a broad and an effective participation in cultural and artistic topics of global communication. Perceiving artistic and cultural creations as the most effective means of reflection and criticism since the beginning of 20th century, International Canakkale Biennial this year, aims at revaluating, elaborating and elucidating the ongoing political, social and cultural events and the impacts of war thereupon since 1914.

Recognizing the fact that the city of Canakkale, with its historical, cultural and natural context considerably effected by 1st World War and its outcomes, having played a considerable role at the turn of our century, the relevant countries through their diplomatic representatives and cultural centers have not spared the due consideration to the biennial.

The 4th International Canakkale Biennial provides an open communication and a collaboration platform for the international community and enables a comprehensive revaluation of the impacts of 1st World War and the 20th century at local, national and international levels on today’s political configuration and the historical geography of the Ottoman Empire as well.

The biennial has invited those artists and experts who are mostly prominent with their specific works of art interpreting the consequences of war and peace cycles and the following political, economical, social and cultural consequences in Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasia and in the Middle-East. The sensitivity, anticipation and subtlety within their works are not only focused on the conditions in their own countries, but also on the effects on other countries and societies as well; thus, all together, they accomplish an accurate body of a common visual memory and a valuable accumulation of images. We believe the presentation of those works shall create a substantial and a stimulating effect on the intellectual capacity of the younger generations.

As for the facilities, the three floors of Dogtas building in city center shall serve as the main location for the 4th International Canakkale Biennial. As previously, the Biennial shall use the special buildings and venues of historical importance like Korfmann Library, old Armenian Church, Mahal Art Center and the storehouses in the vicinity.

Along with paintings, photographs and video works of the artists, which have previously taken place in international exhibitions, their recent works specific to Canakkale Biennial will also be presented.