A surprising interim fair: CI Bloom | Onur BASTÜRK


Interest in the 17th edition of CI was high, both because Tersane Istanbul is a new venue and because of the excitement generated by the crowds after attending a physical fair after a long hiatus.
We will meet with another fair for new versions ahead of the CI, which will be held in September this year:
CI Bloom.
There are no foreign galleries at CI Bloom, which will be held at Shipyard Istanbul in May with main sponsor Akbank. There are only 23 local galleries.
They were also determined at the invitation of the selection committee.
So who is on the selection committee? These are the names in order:
Adnan Yerebakan (Sanatorium), Doğa Öktem and Tankut Aykut (Oktem Aykut), Moiz Zilberman (Zilberman Gallery), Oktay Duran (Art On Istanbul), Suela Cennet (The Pill) and Yeşim Turanlı (Pi Artworks).


Another surprise of the CI Bloom, which starts with a preview on May 10th, is that it gives quite a lot of space to food and drink.
The following brands will participate in this mid-term fair: Wu Bomonti, Momo, Cup of Joy, Markus Ribs, Sail Loft, Townhouse, Petra, Borsa, Parle and Nappo Pizza.
It should not be a prophecy to say that the area around Istanbul Shipyard will once again be intensely busy due to the fair ending on May 15th.


The two agendas of the Biennale:
The victory of women and Ukraine

The Venice Biennale, the world’s oldest and longest-running biennial, opens to the public tomorrow after being postponed by a year due to the pandemic.
The first line of the agenda for the 59th edition of the Biennale, which will last until November 27th, reads:
Victory of the women!
The relationship between men and women in the Biennale, which has so far mainly shown male artists in its main exhibition, will be radically reversed this year.
The Biennale’s Italian-born curator Cecilia Alemani, who is also director of New York High Line Art, has selected 213 artists for the Biennale’s main exhibition.
90 percent of these artists are women.
Alemani, the first Italian to curate the event, admitted in an interview that her native country of Italy remains “too sexist” despite the radical changes brought about by the #metoo movement in recent years.
Alemani’s emphasis on female artists is considered a stylish balance in the art world.
The Biennale takes place in two districts of Venice. One is Giardini and the other Arsenale.
All eyes are on the Ukrainian pavilion this year. Because the story of Pavlo Makov’s installation entitled The Fountain of Extinction, which was brought to Venice, the pavilion’s main artist, is so significant that it will be filmed years later.
After understanding that their participation in the Venice Biennale would become more difficult after Russia invaded their country on February 24, Pavlo Makov and curator Maria Lanko, after a brief decision, loaded the bronze funnels that form the Fountain of Extinction, into the trunk of their car and set off for Venice.
But of course they were not able to fit the 78 chimneys in the installation in the trunk.
For this reason, they had some of them replicated in Italy.
In an interview with The Guardian, Lanko and Makov explain the main motivation that drove them to Venice that night:
“Russia wanted to destroy Ukraine and Ukrainian culture.
Without culture there is no Ukraine! This feeling prompted us to go to Italy that evening to set up the exhibition. We were determined to show that we are here, that we exist.”

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