Te Tuhi, in partnership with the 15th Istanbul Biennial, presents the New Zealand iteration of the International Billboard Project, an initiative realised with multiple cultural institutions worldwide. The project is a collaboration between 15th Istanbul Biennial curators Elmgreen & Dragset, graphic designer Rupert Smyth, and artist Lukas Wassmann. Each billboard features a carefully curated selection of photographs by Wassmann, which capture unexpected encounters paired with questions asking what makes a good neighbour. Host cities include Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand; Moscow, Russia; Sydney, Australia; Milan, Italy; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Armagh, Ballynahinch, Belfast, Downpatrick and Newry, Northern Ireland; Southhampton, UK; Calgary, Canada; Plovidv, Bulgaria; Chicago, USA; Seoul and Gwangju, South Korea.
The 15th Istanbul Biennial, curated by the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, entitled A good neighbour, investigates multiple notions of home and neighbourhoods by exploring how living modes in our private spheres have changed throughout the past decades. The biennial will approach home as an indicator of diverse identities and a vehicle for self-expression, and neighbourhood as a micro-universe exemplifying some of the challenges that are faced in terms of co-existence today.