5.–18. OCTOBER 2020

ADML billboard Istanbul (Draft) billboardimage Hanne Lise Thomsen (DK)

BILLBOARD FESTIVAL ISTANBUL 2020 is a two-week long festival in Istanbul that will bring together and exhibit 115 Turkish, Moroccan and Nordic contemporary female artists and selected students from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Istanbul. The project brings non-commercial imagery to the cityscape of billboards – raising awareness and encouraging public debates on gender issues, as well as bringing contemporary art to a wider audience of all genders and ages. 

The project provides a more prominent, public site for very different stories and images than the advertising that dominates the streets of many cities worldwide. The aim is to build bridges between cultures and to challenge our ideas around urban space, gender and identity. 

ADML billboard Istanbul (Draft) billboardimage Zara Samiry (MA)

The billboard project is the idea and concept developed by the Danish visual artist Hanne Lise Thomsen. Thomsen has curated and realized BILLBOARD FESTIVAL CASABLANCA in 2015, the Billboard project WE ARE FROM HERE in Ramallah in 2012, and the citywide billboard project WOMEN2003 in Copenhagen and Malmö in 2003. 

The FESTIVAL includes a 5 day long festival program which will be open to the public. The program includes a number of the already participating artists, and will consist of various events such as: artist talks, video screenings, performances and panel debates. The dissemination will take place through the project's own website and other social platforms.

In addition, BILLBOARD FESTIVAL ISTANBUL also includes a seminar in November 2020 at The National Gallery of Denmark (SMK), Copenhagen. This will be arranged in collaboration with museum inspector Birgitte Anderberg from The National Gallery of Denmark (SMK), Copenhagen. The aim of the seminar is to bring knowledge and experience and not least the dialogue on art women and gender representation back to Denmark. 

The billboard project is launched by visual artist Hanne Lise Thomsen in collaboration with curator Lise Grüner Bertelsen. She holds an MA in Modern Culture from the University of Copenhagen and Jeanne Betak a graphic and book designer specialized in developing and formulating contemporary publications and catalogues. The project is supported by The Danish Arts Foundation's Project Committee, the Nordic Culture Fund and DID. Collaborators: Royal Danish Consulate General in Istanbul, Danish Cultural Institute, Kentvizyon, National Gallery of Denmark (SMK),

* Artists and additional collaborators have all confirmed their participation.