Trans-ID, Istanbul Biennial Parallel Event


September 19 – October 15, 2017
Venue: Surp Yerrotutyun Lutheran Church Asmalı Mescit Mah. İstiklal Cd. No: 142, Beyoğlu
Opening reception: September 19, 6-8pm
Visiting Hours: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, 11.00-18.00
and by appointment at or
Curators: Seyhan Musaoğlu and Anna Zizlsperger 

Organised in the context of the 15th Istanbul Biennial titled '
a good neighbour', Seyhan Musaoglu ( and Anna Zizlsperger ( will present a diverse selection of contemporary art under the theme transnationalism/interculturalism & identity in an exhibition titled trans-ID, that will include sculpture, installation, drawing, photography, video works, sound art, and performances. Including a significant amount of artists with a Turkish background, together with an array of artists from all around the world, the exhibition relates both to exhibist’s aim to be a platform for contemporary art in Turkey and Space Debris’ driving concept of connecting the Istanbul art scene with international artists for an innovative dialogue with a collective soul, challenging traditional boundaries. Set within the historical building of the Armenian Lutheran church Surp Yerrotutyun in the heart of Istanbul, on Istiklal Street, the exhibition also references the century-old history of Istanbul as a platform for the exchange of different cultures and a transnationalism that preceded the 21st century. 

Participating Artists: Murat Adash, Autumn Ahn, Nancy Atakan, Luna Ece Bal, Mehtap Baydu, Bashir Borlakov, Sinan Bökesoy, Melis Bursin, Şakir Gökçebağ, Allen Grubesic, Selin Kocagöncü, Servet Koçyiğit, Suat Öğüt, and Julie Upmeyer.

© Julie Upmeyer 2016