Simryn Gill in the 12th Istanbul Biennial
17 September – 13 November 2011

The 12th Istanbul Biennial is set for 17 September - 13 November 2011, under the curatorship of Adriano Pedrosa and Jens Hoffmann, and includes the work of Simryn Gill. 12th Istanbul Biennial will explore the relationship between art and politics, focusing on works that are both formally innovative and politically outspoken. The work of the Cuban-American artist Félix González-Torres (1957-1996) is a primary inspiration for the biennial. The title of the biennial,Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial) 2011, references the way in which González-Torres named most of his works: 'Untitled' followed by a description in parentheses.

The 12th Istanbul Biennial will include five group shows and approximately 45 solo presentations. Each of the group shows will feature a large number of artists' works brought together under a particular theme. The theme titles - "Untitled" (Passport) "Untitled" (Ross) ,"Untitled" (Death by Gun) Untitled (Abstraction) , and Untitled (History) - refer to works by González-Torres. The organisers of the 12th Istanbul Biennial advocate renewed attention to the importance of the exhibition itself. The biennial will be precisely selected and installed in a single, constructed space, privileging the display and juxtaposition of the artworks. Special attention is being given to the exhibition's architecture, designed by Ryue Nishizawa of Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates (SANAA), Tokyo, with graphic design developed in collaboration with Jon Sueda of Stripe, San Francisco.