“We are honored to be appointed curators of the fifteenth Istanbul Biennial, having previously taken part as artists in three editions of the biennial,” the artists said in a prepared statement. “In light of the current global geopolitical situation, in which we’re experiencing a new rise of nationalism, it will be important for us to curate a biennial based on collaborative efforts and processes. Collaboration is something that feels natural to us, since we have been working together as an artist duo for more than twenty years. A biennial can be a platform for dialogue, and a format in which diverse opinions, perspectives, and communities can coexist.
”The day before the announcement, Elmgreen & Dragset debuted their latest public artwork, a large, vertical swimming-pool sculpture titled Van Gogh’s Ear, at Rockefeller Center, hosted by Public Art Fund. The duo has many public projects, including Prada Marfa, 2005, a fake Prada store outside the iconic Texas town; they represented the Danish and Nordic pavilions at the Venice Biennale in 2009.