Kerem Ozan Bayraktar was one of the artist working in The Istanbul Biennial Production and Research Programme 2018-19.

About the program

The Istanbul Biennial Production and Research Programme consists of a series of consultancies, workshops, and seminars for artists and researchers who wish to conduct theoretical, practical, individual or collective work in art and art related fields. The programme aims to provide technical and intellectual support in an environment of constructive criticism, enabling participants from various disciplines to undertake in-depth research and production in the field of art.

While the programme supports the personal development of its participants through the facilitation of necessary time, space, resources, opportunities, and access to people required for art production and research, it also encourages unpredicted encounters, interdisciplinary productions, joint projects and new collaborations that may take place. During this process, it is intended that the participants become familiar with basic methodologies and interact with creative and conceptual methods outside their respective fields of expertise. Furthermore, the programme is designed to adapt dynamically every year according to the invited participants’ preferences regarding their themes and mediums, and general needs and requirements.

2018-2019 Period Advisory Board

The Advisory Board will be determining the participants for the programme, providing suggestions during the creation of content and periodically meeting with participants to exchange ideas on the progress of the programme. The Advisory Board will consist of experts from various disciplines and pedagogical backgrounds. The advisory board of the first year is composed of Gülçin Aksoy, Melis Behlil, Cevdet Erek, Borga Kantürk, Bige Örer, Erkan Özgen and Zeyno Pekünlü.


The participants’ advisors will be determined according to their research subjects and production methods. Participants will attend monthly meetings with their advisors for the duration of the programme. Advisors of the first year are: Fulya Erdemci, François Perouse, Nazlı Gürlek, Merve Elveren, Hale Tenger, Zeynep Dadak, Serdar Soydan, Tuğçe Tuna, Süreyyya Evren, Zeynep Öz, Gürcan Keltek, Esra Aysun, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, İz Öztat, Ali Taptık, Burak Delier, Tunca Subaşı and Burak Tamer.

Seminars and Workshops

Weekly seminars, lectures and workshops will be held with the participation of artists, curators and academicians from Turkey and abroad.

  • 26 October
    Banu Karaca: “Re-Reading Post-Ottoman Art Histories”
  • 30 October
    İsmet Akça: “Turkish Political Life: Basic Approaches”
  • 6 November
    Emin Alper: Artist Talk on the films Tepenin Ardı and Abluka
  • 9 November
    Gabi Ngcobo: “Dreaming Collectively: The Making of the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art”
  • 12 November
    Fırat Genç: “Basic Approaches in Urban Sociology and Current Literature”
  • 20 November
    Emre Yeksan: Artist Talk on the film Körfez “City as the Protagonist in Cinema”
  • 30 November
    Cenk Özbay: “Towards a queer research methodolgy?”
  • 3 December
    Metin Akdemir: “Companionship of Queer Art and Activism in Turkey!”
  • 11 December
    Özlem Altın ve Thiago Rocha Pitta: Artist Talks
  • 28 December
    Sezai Ozan Zeybek: “How Democracy Emerged? Three Different Answers From Political Science, Sociology and Geography”
  • 7 January
    Köken Ergun: Artist Talk
  • 14 January
    Saffet Murat Tura: “Consciousness and Memory”
  • 18 January
    Saliha Yavuz: “Artist and Other Actor in the Field of Art: Rights, Possibilities”
  • 25 January
    Deniz Gül: Artist Talk

Communal Workspace

Participants will be entitled to free access to a communal workspace within Abud Efendi Mansion where they can work together for six months on a daily basis, either individually or collectively, thanks to the venue support of the Yücel Culture Foundation.