Two Arsenals, One Vessel. Turkey at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale

Place: Venice, Country: Italy
Curators: Feride ÇİÇEKOĞLU; Mehmet V. KÜTÜKÇÜOĞLU, Ertuğ UÇAR
Commissioners: Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV)
Text by Federica LUsiardi
All photos © Inexhibit, 2016

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Turkish pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, installation view, photo © Inexhibit, 2016

Darzanà. Two Arsenals, One Vessel
Turkish pavilion at the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture

Darzanà, the word from which the exhibition of Turkey at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale takes its name, refers to the shared root of the terms tersane and arsenale, meaning shipyard in Turkish and Italian, respectively.

The exhibition features a large vessel, or rather the phantom of a vessel, made in Istanbul with some five hundred pieces recovered from the dismantling of decommissioned ships and reassembled in Venice thereafter.

The 30 meter-long dummy ship, named Baştarda, symbolizes the common heritage of Venice and Istanbul, and the infringement of barriers which divide two Mediterranean cities which have so much in common and which, nevertheless, have taken different directions a long time ago.


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Istanbul, indeed, is today a megalopolis – now facing the migration wave coming from South – with a large, largely abandoned, shipyards which are more and more attracting an attention based on conflicting interests due to its exclusive position on the city’s waterfront.

On the other side, Venice has become a “museum-city”, which as lost most of its population and production capability.

Therefore, that simulacrum of a vessel is there to narrate stories which bind two cities together, to embodies an exhortation to create common strategies, and to advance collaborative project aimed to foster the common good across all Mediterranean countries.

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The Venice Arsenale medieval dockyard complex is one of the venues of the Venice Biennale, It accommodates core exhibitions and several national pavilions


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