Artist-in-Residence Program

Izmir Mediterranean Biennial “Artist-in-Residence” Program

September 11 – October 22, 2023

With the aim of creating an interactive art environment and contributing to the formation of a network among the participants, the first phase of the Izmir Mediterranean Biennial, the “Artist-in-Residence” program was held between September 11 and October 22, 2023. 

Among the thirty-three (33) Biennial artists from eighteen (18) countries bordering the Mediterranean, including Türkiye, working in a variety of disciplines such as painting, video, ceramics and kinetic sculpture twenty-seven (27) artists and one art collective attended the IMB “Artist-in-Residence” Program.

Over a span of 10 days, the Biennial artists resided in four groups at the K2 Urla Breathing Zone where they delved into their creative processes and crafted artworks for the Izmir Mediterranean Biennial. The culmination of this residency will be on display as the Izmir Mediterranean Biennial concludes with the contemporary art exhibition titled “Looking at the Same Water,” which offers fragments from the diverse and dynamic art world of the region and aims to open a new space for the perspectives of artists living in the Mediterranean, at the Kültürpark Atlas Pavilion from January 23 to March 11, 2024, under the artistic direction of Ayşegül Kurtel.


Forming Artistic Bonds and Fostering Creative Collaborations

Aligned with the Biennial’s mission to strengthen the dialogue between those living on the shores of the Mediterranean through art, the “Artist-in-Residence” program emphasized collaboration, dialogue, and mutual inspiration. One of the aims of the residency was the opportunity for the artists to form profound connections and establish a strong artistic network. The goal of these interactions was to transcend boundaries and encourage the exchange of ideas, techniques, and perspectives, both now and in the future, with the ultimate goal of enriching each artist’s creative journey.


A Glimpse into the Artist’s World: Artist Presentations

Another noteworthy/notable aspect of the IMB “Artist-in-Residence” program was the “Artist Presentations”  held on September 12, September 28, October 10, and October 19, 2023, at EGIAD Social and Cultural Activities Center-Historical Portuguese Synagogue, Izmir Sanat and Atlas Pavilion, during which the participating artists shared their insights and creative processes with the public. Aimed at creating a deeper connection between the Biennial artists and the audience, these events allowed art enthusiasts and curious individuals to gain a comprehensive understanding of the artistic world and offered a glimpse into the diverse backgrounds and inspirations of the Biennial artists.

While the residency primarily focused on artistic pursuits, the artists also had the opportunity to explore the vibrant city of Izmir. This cultural interaction introduced them to Izmir’s rich heritage and dynamic scene, further deepening and enriching their creative experiences.


Counting down to the Exhibition

The Izmir Mediterranean Biennial’s “Artist-in-Residence” program has been a true celebration of art and culture. It provided a platform for artists to form lasting bonds, share their creative journeys, and explore the rich tapestry of the arts produced on the Mediterranean shores. The Biennial exhibition with the title “Looking at the Same Water” opens on January 23 at Atlas Pavilion and will be on view until March 11, 2024.


IMB Artist-in-Residence Program Participants:

11-20 September, 2023: Ana Aleksić, Greta Pllana, Laura Besançon, Mahdi Baraghithi, Nermin Sena Özger, Soufian Chemcham, Merkezkaç Art Collective

22 September – 1 October, 2023: Bawer Doğanay, Claudio Zorzi, Dalea Kovačec, Erdem Çolak, Marko Damiš, Nelly El Sharkawy, Yassine Sellame

3-12 October, 2023: Berna Dolmacı, Fredj Moussa, Marcelle Bitton, Mehdi Hachid, Nesligül Cebesoy, Nour Abou Saada, Revan Yaşar

14-22 October, 2023: Garance Alves, Levi Viller, Stratis Tavlaridis, Talha Demiral, Öznur Yıldırım, Vladimir Novak, Yağmur Kevser Barutçu