JAN BOELEN
CURATOR

Jan Boelen (b. 1967, Genk, Belgium) is artistic director of Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium, and artistic director of atelier LUMA, an experimental laboratory for design in Arles, France. He also holds the position of the head of the Master department Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

Since the opening, Z33 House for Contemporary Art has been fashioning projects and exhibitions that encourage the visitor to look at everyday objects in a novel manner. It is a unique laboratory for experiment and innovation and a meeting place with cutting-edge exhibitions of contemporary art and design. With Z33 Research, design and art research studios established in 2013, Boelen is transforming Z33 from exhibition-based to a research-based institution. At the initiative of Z33 and the Province of Limburg, Manifesta 9 took place in Belgium in 2012. As part of his role at Z33, Boelen curated the 24th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2014.

Boelen also serves on various boards and committees including the advisory board of the V&A Museum of Design Dundee in the UK and Creative Industries Fund in the Netherlands. Boelen holds a degree in product design from the Media and Design Academy (now the LUCA School of Arts) in Genk, Belgium.

ABOUT ISTANBUL DESIGN BIENNIAL

Taking place since 2012, Istanbul Design Biennial aims to bring together a diverse cross section of design ideas once every two years, exploring a wide range of fields concerning design. Seeding ideas and fostering dialogue and intersections within the creative and academic community, the biennial operates on a network of national and international collaborations with cultural agents, institutions, universities and companies. Using the city as a dynamic space for projects, actions and interventions, the biennial tackles global design problems, brings the notion of design into scrutiny, stimulates critical debate, foregrounds underexplored or overlooked aspects of society and prompts further investigation into and exchange about emerging conditions of the world. In addition to its biennial exhibition and various activities, Istanbul Design Biennial seeks to ensure a long, deep and interdisciplinary conversation that will help rethink the question of design by multiplying the number of voices and assembling an inspirational design archive. Committed to design as a tool for understanding its complex role in today’s society, the biennial as a progressive discussion platform is in permanent transformation.

Istanbul Design Biennial is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV).

ISTANBUL FOUNDATION FOR CULTURE AND ARTS (IKSV)

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) is a non-profit cultural institution that was founded in 1973. The general objectives of the Foundation are: to make Istanbul one of the world’s foremost capitals of culture and the arts; to create continuous interaction between national and universal values and traditional and contemporary values via culture and the arts; and to contribute actively to the development of cultural policies.

IKSV was organising a single Istanbul Festival in the 70s, a festival that presented examples of different cultural and artistic disciplines. Over time, groups of events from different disciplines evolved into distinct festivals and biennials. Today IKSV organises the Istanbul Festivals of Music, Film, Theatre and Jazz, as well as the Istanbul Biennial, the Istanbul Design Biennial, Leyla Gencer Voice Competition, autumn film week Filmekimi and one-off events throughout the year. The Foundation hosts cultural and artistic events at its performance venue Salon, located at the Nejat Eczacıbaşı Building. IKSV also organises the Pavilion of Turkey at la Biennale di Venezia and coordinates an artist residency programme at Cité International des Arts, France. Furthermore, IKSV conducts studies and drafts reports with the aim of contributing to cultural policy development.

ISTANBUL DESIGN BIENNIAL HONORARY BOARD Beatriz Colomina
Hashim Sarkis
Deyan Sudjic
Alexander Von Vegesack
Mark Wigley
ISTANBUL DESIGN BIENNIAL ADVISORY BOARD Tulga Beyerle
Selva Gürdoğan
Nikolaus Hirsch
Justin McGuirk
Meriç Öner
CURATORIAL TEAM CuratorJan Boelen

Associate Curator Vera Sacchetti

Assistant Curator Nadine Botha
ISTANBUL DESIGN BIENNIAL TEAM DirectorDeniz Ova

Communication and Operations CoordinatorBahar Türkay

Exhibition and Project CoordinatorMerve Yücel

Fundraising CoordinatorEzgi Yılmaz

Communication and Operations AssistantSinan Köseoğlu
MEDIA RELATIONS DirectorAyşe Bulutgil

Managers Elif Obdan Gürkan (International Media)
Ayşen Ergene

Coordinators Ayşen Gürkan
Zeynep Topaloğlu
Berk Çakır

Visual Archive AssociatePoyraz Tütüncü

Visual Archive AssistantOzan Şahin

AssociateAyşe Zeynep Güldiken

AssistanAyşegül Öneren

Archive Photos Muammer Yanmaz
Ilgın Erarslan Yanmaz
Mahmut Ceylan
Ali Güler

Archive Videos Hamit Çakır
Mehmet Kartbak
İKSV STUDIO DirectorSelçuk Metin

AssistantEbru Gümrükçüoğlu
CORPORATE IDENTITY AND PUBLICATIONS DirectorDidem Ermiş Sezer

EditorialCoordinator Erim Şerifoğlu

EditorMerve Evirgen

PublicationsOperator Ferhat Balamir

Graphic DesignersEsra Kılıç
Ayşe Ezgi Yıldız

WebmasterSezen Özgür
SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMME DirectorYasemin Keretli Çavuşoğlu

ManagerZeynep Pekgöz

CoordinatorsZeynep Karaman
Yeşim Birhekimoğlu

AssistantZeynep Bilgihan
MARKETING Directorİrem Akev Uluç

MarketingCommunication CoordinatorCansu Aşkın

Creative Services CoordinatorMeriç Yirmili

Field Operations CoordinatorSezer Kari

Digital Media CoordinatorBahar Helvacıoğlu

Social Media AssistantEce Kartal

CRM CoordinatorÖzge Genç
SALES AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DirectorDilan Beyhan

Membership Programme CoordinatorsYıldız Lale Yıldırım
Gülce Şahin

Sales and Business Development CoordinatorÖykü Savlıoğlu

Sales Operations CoordinatorErcan Kaya

Sales Operations AssociateNeva Abrar

Operation AssociateIşıl Öztürk

Sales Operations AssistantsYeliz Vural
Burak Akgün
Canan Alper
PRODUCTION Production ManagerErdal Hamamcı

AssociateBaşat Karakaş

AssistantAli Uluç Kutal
INFORMATION AND RECORDS CENTER ManagerEsra Çankaya
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION Head of Finance and AdministrationAhmet Balta
FINANCE ManagersAhmet Buruk (Budget and Accounting)
Başak Sucu Yıldız (Finance)

Accounting and Finance Operations AssociateDeniz Yılmaz

Accounting and Reporting AssociateKadir Altoprak

AssistantsÇiğdem Arslan
Büşra Açıkgöz
PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL GRANTS ManagersAslı Yurdanur
HUMAN RESOURCES AND ADMINISTRATION DirectorSemin Aksoy

Human Resources SpecialistEren Ertekin

Human Resources AssociateCansu Zülfikar

Building Administration and Security ManagerErsin Kılıçkan

System AdministratorKadir Ayyıldız

Information Technology AssistantTahsin Okan Erdem

Reception OfficerLidya Durmazgüler

Warehouse OfficersMuzaffer Sayan
Şerif Kocaman

ServicesÖzden Atukeren
İbrahim Çakmak
Aydın Kaya
Hayrullah Nişancı
Serap Sürgit
Müzeyyen Öztürk