This year’s biennial focuses on the impact of human activities upon our planet. One of the results of this impact is the formation of a huge mass of waste that has been called ‘the Seventh Continent’, – 3.4 million square kilometres, 7 million tons of floating plastic in the Pacific Ocean. The 16th Istanbul Biennial will explore this new continent: a world where humans and non-humans, our mass-productive systems and natural elements, drift together, reduced to particles of waste.

Curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, the 16th Istanbul Biennial entitled The Seventh Continent, will feature the work of more than 60 artists. See the programme and venues here.

As part of the events taking place simultaneously with the 16th Istanbul Biennial, UK artist Monster Chetwynd installed an imaginative, immersive and permanent playground in the shape of a giant Gorgon’s head in Maçka Art Park on 13 September. Find out the details here.

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Monster Chetwynd

Monster Chetwynd (b. 1973, London, UK) lives and works in Glasgow. Known for her bric-a-brac style performance pieces, featuring handmade costumes, props and sets, Chetwynd describes her work as ‘impatiently made’, often re-using cheap materials that are easy to process and to use by the many performers she invites to participate, emphasizing the notion of collective development that informs much of the artist’s work. Recent solo exhibitions include De Pont, Tilburg (2019); Villa Arson, Nice (2019); Winter Commission, Tate Britain, London (2018); The Owl with the Laser Eyes, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2018); Uptight upright, upside down, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (2018); and Camshafts in the Rain, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2016).

Charles Avery

Charles Avery (b. 1973, Oban, UK) lives and works in London and Mull. Since 2004, Avery has dedicated himself to the invention of an imaginary island, new corners of which he continues to chart through drawings, sculptures, texts, ephemera and (more rarely) 16mm animations and live incursions into our own world. As Avery has said, the Island – with its fantastical flora and fauna, its eccentric cosmology and customs – is ‘a place that helps me to think.’ Selected solo exhibitions include The Gates of Onomatopoeia, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2019); These Waters, GRIMM, New York (2017); Study #15: Charles Avery, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2017) What’s the matter with Idealism?, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (2015). Selected group exhibitions include Pluriverse, La Panacée, Montpellier (2017); GLASSTRESS, Palazzo Franchetti, 57th Venice Biennale (2017); Art Night, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017). Avery represented Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007.

Simon Fujiwara

Simon Fujiwara (b. 1982, London, UK) often investigates dominant cultural forms such as tourist attractions, famous icons, historic narratives and mass media imagery at times even collaborating with the advertising and entertainment industries to produce his works. Through a process he calls ‘hyper engagement’ his work creates a portrait of a media generation, compelling and at times disturbing. Recent solo exhibitions include Hope House, Kunsthaus Bregenz (2018); Revolution, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris (2018); The Humanizer, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2017). Group exhibitions include Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018) and the MoMA Tokyo (2019).

Eloise Hawser

Eloise Hawser (b. 1985, London, UK) lives and works in London. With her practice spanning sculpture, film, and installation, Hawser meticulously extracts those bodily and emotional resonances in otherwise impersonal artifices, objects, and infrastructure. Her works can be found in several institutional collections, such as the Tate Britain. Her solo and two-person exhibitions include Lives on Wire, ICA, London, (2015); Hawser/Hofer, MUMOK, Vienna (2016); Sol Lewitt and Eloise Hawser, Vistamare, Pescara (2016); as well as the major exhibition By the deep, by the mark, Somerset House, London (2018). Some of her notable group exhibitions comprise The History of Nothing, White Cube, London (2016); The Weight of Data, Tate Britain, London (2015); Surround Audience Triennial, New Museum, New York (2015); Emotional Supply Chains, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2016).

Marguerite Humeau

Marguerite Humeau (b. 1986, Cholet, France) lives and works in London, UK. Humeau’s work stages the crossing of great distances in time and space, transitions between animal and mineral, and encounters between personal desires and natural forces. Humeau weaves factual events into speculative narratives, therefore enabling unknown, invisible, extinct forms of life to erupt in grandiose splendour. Solo exhibitions have been held at New Museum, New York (2018); Tate Britain, London (2017); Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2017); Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2017); Nottingham Contemporary (2016) and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016). Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including the High Line, New York (2017); Château de Versailles, Paris (2017); Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2017); FRAC Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse (2017); Serpentine Gallery, London (2014) and Victoria and Albert Museum, Sculpture Gallery, London (2014).

Simon Starling

Simon Starling (b. 1967, Epsom, England) is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since emerging from the Glasgow art scene in the early 1990s, Simon Starling has established himself as one of the leading artists of his generation, working in a wide variety of media (film, installation, photography) to interrogate the histories of art and design, scientific discoveries, and global economic and ecological issues, among other subjects. The recipient of the 2005 Turner Prize, his recent solo exhibitions include A l’ombre du pin tordu, MRAC, Sérignan (2017); Simon Starling, Nottingham Contemporary (2016); El Eco (In collaboration with Pilar Pellicer and Yasuo Miichi), Museo Experimental el Eco, Mexico City (2015); Metamorphology, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2014). Group exhibitions include 12th Shanghai Biennale (2018), Centre Pompidou Metz (2017), Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2017).

Suzanne Treister

Suzanne Treister (b. 1958, London, UK) is based in London and France. Since 1988 she has made works about video games, virtual reality and avatars. In recent projects, HEXEN 2.0, HFT The Gardener and SURVIVOR (F) her ongoing focus is the relationship between new technologies, society, alternative belief systems and the potential futures of humanity. Recent solo exhibitions include CAPC, Bordeaux (2018); HFT The Gardener, P.P.O.W., New York (2016); THE REAL TRUTH, A WORLD’S FAIR, Raven Row, London (2012). Group exhibitions include CCCB, Barcelona (2019), Busan Biennale, South Korea (2018), HKW, Berlin (2017).