5.–18. OCTOBER 2020

ADML billboard Istanbul (Draft) billboardimage Fatiha Zemmouri (MA)

BILLBOARD ISTANBUL 2020 is a two-week long exhibition in the public space of Istanbul that brings 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. From October 5th-18th, 2020  the billboards will be full of photographic images by the female artist – raising awareness and encouraging public debates on gender issues, as well as bringing contemporary art to a wider audience of all genders and ages.

ADML billboard Istanbul (Draft) billboardimage Julie Edel Hardenberg (GL)

BILLBOARD ISTANBUL 2020 provides a more prominent, public site for very different stories and images than the advertising that dominates the streets of many cities worldwide. The project gives women the opportunity to express themselves on their own terms, and makes the city more open and creative city – for everyone. The aim is to build bridges between cultures and to challenge our ideas around urban space, gender and identity. The billboards are an important statement, making the work of women artists from Turkey, Morocco and Scandinavia visible, and celebrating the kind of energy we need more than ever in these times.

CONCEPT AND PRODUCTION: The billboard project is the idea and concept developed by the Danish visual artist  Hanne Lise Thomsen. Her art and projects focus primarily on dialogue with the surrounding society: the metropolis provides the platform for many of her projects. The complexity of cities, with their constantly changing atmosphere and multifaceted architectural spaces, is a key starting point and source of inspiration, and guides the overall choreography of each individual project. 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 project is launched in collaboration with curator Lise Grüner Bertelsen and graphic designer Jeanne Betak.