Design Trust Seed Grant

Istanbul Design Biennial Partner Program Research

Istanbul Design Biennial Partner Program Research seeks to maintain a broader examination of the design and cultural scene in Hong Kong, the Pearl River Delta and Asia through the institutions and professionals based there. The research will look into the contemporary approach of institutions; how they include interdisciplinary practices and are creating a relationship between the worlds of design, architecture, and culture and arts, in addition to searching for role model events, organizations and institutions that are not solely devoted to one field, instead creating links for future engagements in various areas. The reseach is designed as pre-preparation research for a partner programme, a so called “tandem” program for institutional or individual partners that seek to build collaborative projects committed to the process of working together, to share their expertise and to learn from each other.

About Deniz Ova

Deniz Ova is Director of Istanbul Design Biennial at Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), since 2013. Ova started to work at İKSV in 2007 as the project leader for the International Projects department, where she developed and organised the festivals and events of the foundation in different European cities, carrying on as the director of the department from 2010 to 2013. Besides the festivals, she has been coordinating the Pavilion of Turkey at the International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, the artist residency studio “Turquie” at Cité Internationale des Arts, and recently managed the participation of Turkey in the London Design Biennial. Since 2014, she is advisor to the Pavilion of Turkey at the International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia. She is fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar and Stiftung Mercator “Turkey Europe Future Forum”.