The 5th edition of the Çanakkale Biennial in 2016, focused on the theme of “Homeland” (Anavatan, Heimat, الوطن, الأم, Patria), with artworks by 42 international artists, in relation to the constant succession of global migrations and flows of refugees and exiles: the imagery and visions of the idea of homeland, which are bound to 20 th -century nationalism and its after-effects.
The 5th Çanakkale Biennial has been canceled 3 weeks prior to its opening due to local political turmoil, but the geographical and conceptual connection that has been developed with the 6th Thessaloniki Biennial made it possible to present a small impression from the artistic content of the unrealized 5th Çanakkale Biennial in the context of “Imagined Homes” of the 6th Thessaloniki Biennial. In this framework, works by Ahmet Elhan, Norayr Kasper, Reysi Kamhi and Sermin Sherif, all developed for the 5th Canakkale Biennial are exhibited in Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art.
We strongly believe that this collaboration will be a gateway to a long-lasting dialogue between the two Biennials sharing common values such as the power of the artistic expression and a similar geographical aura on the opposite shores of the Aegean Sea.
The 6th Thessaloniki Biennial runs until 14 January 2018 in 4 different venues.