Deniz OvaÖzlem Yalım Özkaraoğlu who has been the Director of Istanbul Design Biennial since 2010, will continue to contribute to the biennial as consultant and a member of the Istanbul Design Biennial Advisory Board, while pursuing her own projects in the field of design. Deniz Ova, who has worked for İKSV since 2007, has been appointed as the new director of the biennial.

Born in Germany, Stuttgart, Deniz Ova graduated from the University of Stuttgart in Political Science and Linguistics. After working as an assistant director in several theatre productions at the Stuttgart State and City Theatre, she started to work for the management and organisation of festival events in Stuttgart. Her first hospitality management was during the Şimdi Stuttgart festival in 2005 which brought her in touch with the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV). In 2007 she moved to Istanbul to lead the international projects department of İKSV and since then she has developed and organised the festivals and events of İKSV in European cities. (Co-productions for the 400th anniversary celebrations of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Turkey, 2012; Şimdi Now Sweden and Denmark, 2011; Anna Lindh Foundation Head of Network Turkey co-coordination and events; Spot On: Turkey Now, Vienna 2009; Turkey at one Glance. Excerpts from Life and Culture, Vienna 2008, the Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour, Turkey Department of Music and Performing Arts, 2008). Besides the festivals she coordinates the Pavilion of Turkey at the Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale and the artist residency studio “Turquie” at Cite International des Arts. In 2009 Deniz Ova was appointed to write with Görgün Taner and Deniz Unsal a critical report on the Arts and Culture scene in Amsterdam following the nomination of Görgün Taner as Art Advisor for the Amsterdam City Council. Deniz Ova, Director of International Projects in İKSV since 2010 has been appointed as the director of the Istanbul Design Biennial in 2013.

The first edition of Istanbul Design Biennial organised by İKSV and co-sponsored by Eren Holding, Koray Group of Companies, Vestel and VitrA was visited by 44,600 people. Together with its parallel events and exhibitions, Istanbul Design Biennial met an audience of approximately 115,000 viewers.

The conceptual framework of the second edition of Istanbul Design Biennial which will take place from 18 October to 14 December 2014 will be announced at a press meeting to be held in November 2013.

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