Two publications accompany a good neighbour. A book titled a good neighbour - Exhibition about the exhibition with a foreword by the Istanbul Biennial Director Bige Örer, an introduction by curators Elmgreen & Dragset, an essay by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie and descriptions of every artist’s work by Pablo Larios is supplemented by a story book titled a good neighbour - Stories gathering together a wide variety of personal stories and memories about homes, neighbours and neighbourhoods. Contributors include artists, writers, academics and many others. Their accounts take on a myriad of forms, including short stories, confessional texts, creative essays, letters, dialogues and poems. A flyer with maps and floor plans of the exhibition is also available for free at the venues to facilitate the experience of navigating the exhibition.

Please click here to view or download the a good neighbour - Exhibition book.

Published by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and Yapı Kredi Publications with the contributions of Vehbi Koç Foundation, the publications of the 15th Istanbul Biennial can be purchased for 20 TL (Exhibition) and 40 TL (Stories) from İKSV (Nejat Eczacıbaşı Building, Sadi Konuralp Cad. No: 5, Şişhane, Beyoğlu), and selected bookshops and online platforms. For wholesale requests from within Turkey, please contact Öykü Savlıoğlu at

The 15th Istanbul Biennial publications are made internationally available by Walther König publications. For private requests from outside of Turkey, please visit the website of Walther König by clicking here; or e-mail the publisher at for wholesale requests.


Please click here to read or download a PDF of Elmgreen & Dragset’s introduction to the book a good neighbour - Exhibition.

Reading List

This reading list is put together by Elmgreen & Dragset, and gathers references to books and essays in various genres and formats that shed light upon the intellectual ground beneath a good neighbour.


Ahmed, Sara, Claudia Castaneda, Anne-Maria Portier and Mimi Sheller (eds.). Uprootings/Regroundings: Questions of Home and Migrations. London: Bloomsbury Press, 2003.

Ahmed, Sarah. Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others. London, Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.

Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities. New York: Verso Books, 1983.

Bachelard, Gaston. The Poetics of Space. Boston: Beacon Press, 1958.

Betsky, Aaron. Queer Space: Architecture and Same-Sex Desire. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1997.

Blunt, Alison and Robin Dowling. Home: Key Ideas in Geography. London: Routledge, 2006.

Bonnevier, Katarina. Behind Straight Curtains: Towards a Queer Feminist Theory of Architecture. Stockholm: AXL Books, 2007.

Bourdieu, Pierre. Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1984.

Boym, Svetlana. The Future of Nostalgia. New York: Basic Books, 2001.

Briganti, Chiara and Kathy Mezei. The Domestic Space Reader. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012.

Casey, Edward S. The Fate of Place, A Philosophical History. Oakland: University of California Press, 1998.

Claviez, Thomas (Ed.). The Conditions of Hospitality: Ethics, Politics and the Aesthetic on the Threshold of the Possible. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013.

Cvetkovich, Ann and Douglas Kellner. Articulating the Global and the Local: Globalization and Cultural Studies. Boulder: Westview Press, 1997.

Depres, Carole. "The Meaning of Home: Literature Review and Directions for Future Research and Theoretical Development." The Journal of Architectural and Planning Research 8:2, (1991), 96-115.

Derrida, Jacques and Anne Dufourmantelle. Of Hospitality. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000.

Der Spiegel. Heimat. Annäherung an ein schwieriges Gefühl, June, 2016.

Devisch, Ignaas. Jean-Luc Nancy and the Question of Community. London: A&C Black, 2013.

Dikec, Mustafa., Nigel Clark and Clive Barnett. "Extending Hospitality: Giving Space, Taking Time." Paragraph 31:1, (2009), 1-14.

Eribon, Didier. Returning to Reims. Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2013.

Federici, Sylvia. Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle. Oakland: PM Press, 2012.

Fezer, Jesko., Christian Hiller, Nikolaus Hirsch, Wilfried Kuehn and Hila Peleg (Eds.). Housing after the Neoliberal Turn: International Case Studies. Berlin: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Spector Books, 2015.

Gandy, Matthew and Benny Nilsen. The Acoustic City. Berlin: Jovis, 2014.

Gandy, Matthew. Urban Constellations. Berlin: Jovis, 2011.

Gieseking, Jen Jack., William Mangold, Cindi Katz, Setha Low and Susan Saegert (Eds.). The People, Place and Space Reader. London: Routlegde, 2014.

Gilroy, Paul. After Empire: Melancholia or Convival Culture?. London: Routledge, 2004.

Gürbilek, Nurdan. The New Cultural Climate in Turkey, Living in A Shop Window. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Heidegger, Martin. Poetry, Language, Thought. New York: Harper & Row, 1971.

Huyssen, Andreas (Ed.). Other Cities, Other Worlds. Urban Imaginaries in a Globalizing Age. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.

Jackson, Michael. At Home in the World. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995.

Jones, Gill. Leaving Home. London: Open University, 1995.

Kaplan, Amy. "Manifest Domesticity." American Literature 5:3, (1998), 81-606.

Kidder, Tracy. House. Boston: Mariner Books, 1999.

Lefebvre, Henri. Rythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life. London: Bloomsbury, 1971.

Levin, Iris. Migration, Settlement, and the Concepts of House and the Home. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Macgregor Wise, J. Cultural Globalization: A User’s Guide. London: Wiley, 2009.

Miller, Daniel. Home Possessions: Material Culture Behind Closed Doors. London: Bloomsbury, 2001.

Nancy, Jean Luc. The Inoperative Community. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1991.

Nancy, Jean Luc. The Disavowed Community. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Oda Projesi. Neighbourhood, Room, Neighbour, Guest?. Berlin: Revolver Publishing, 2005.

Perec, George. Life, A User’s Manual. London: Vintage U.K. Random House, 2003.

Rice, Charles. The Emergence of the Interior. Architecture, Modernity, Domesticity. London: Routledge, 2007.

Rouner, Leroy S. (Ed). The Longing for Home. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1996.

Rybczynski, Witold. Home. A Short History of an Idea. London: Penguin Books, 1986.

Safran, William. "Diasporas in Modern Societies: Myths of Homeland and Return." Diaspora 1:1, (1991), 83-99.

Sennett, Richard. Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.

Schoenauer, Norbert. 6,000 Years of Housing. New York: Norton & Company Inc., 2003.

Stavrides, Stavros. Common Space: The City as Commons. London. Zed Books, 2016.

Still, Judith. Derrida and Hospitality: Theory and Practice. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010.

Warsza, Joanna (Ed.). I Can’t Work Like This, A Reader On Boycotts and Contemporary Art. Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2017.

Wigley, Mark. White Walls, Designer Dresses. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1996.

Wood, Dennis., Robert Beck. Home Rules. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1994.


Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Americanah. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.

Ballard, J.G. High-Rise. New York: Liveright, 1975.

Beatty, Paul. The Sellout. London: Oneworld Publications, 2016.

Capote, Truman. Other Voices, Other Rooms. New York: Penguin Random House, 1948.

Coetzee, J.M. Boyhood: Scenes from a Provincial Life. London: Secker & Warburg, 1997.

Le Corbusier. Toward an Architecture. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 1923.

Döblin, Alfred. Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf. London: Continuum, 1929.

García-Márquez, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude. London: Harper & Row, 1967.

Grass, Günther. The Tin Drum. Munich: Hermann Luchterhand Verlag, 1959.

Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll’s House. New York: Dover Publications, 1879.

Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake. Boston: Houghton Miffin, 2003.

Lee, Chang Rae. A Gesture Life. New York: Riverhead Books, 1999.

Mann, Thomas. Buddenbrooks. London: Vintage U.K. Random House, 1901.

More, Thomas. Utopia. London: Penguin Classics, 1516.

Ontdaatje, Michael. Running in the Family. London: Vintage U.K. Random House, 1982.
Pamuk, Orhan. Snow. London: Faber and Faber, 2002.

Perec, Georges. Species of Spaces. London: Penguin Classics, 1974.

Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One’s Own. Eastford: Martino Fine Books, 1929.

From Turkey

Argın, Şükrü. Nostalji ile Ütopya Arasında. Istanbul: İletişim, 2003.

Argın, Şükrü. Gezi’nin Ufkundan: Liberal Demokrasinin Krizi, Kamusallık ve Sol. Istanbul: Agora Kitaplığı, 2014.

Argın, Şükrü. Yaşlanan İnsanlık, Gençleşen Kapitalizm. Istanbul: Agora Kitaplığı, 2009.

Candan, Ayfer Bartu ve Cenk Özbay (Eds.). Yeni İstanbul Çalışmaları Sınırlar, Mücadeleler. Açılımlar. Istanbul: Metis, 2014.

Candan, Ayfer Bartu and Biray Kolluoğlu. "Emerging Spaces of Neoliberalism: A Gated Town and a Public Housing Project in Istanbul." New Perspectives on Turkey 39, (2008), 5-46.

Ender, Rita. İsmiyle Yaşamak. Istanbul: İletişim, 1984.
Gürkaş, Ezgi Tuncer ve Tayfun Gürkaş. "Yemeğin ve Kentsel Mekânın Temellük Edilmesi." Manifold October 2016,

Gürkaş, Ezgi Tuncer. "Yemeğin ve Kentin Mutenalaştırılması: Hipsterlar Ne Kadar Sorumlu?." Manifold July 2016,

Gürkaş, Ezgi Tuncer and Burcu Tüm. "Re-production of Urban Space through Food: Syrian Diners in Fatih, Istanbul." (Conference presentation, Berlin Istanbul Lecture Series - Urban Space and Refugees, Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, October 27-28, 2016).

Öğüt, Evrim Hikmet. "Müzik göçmenin ne işine yarar?" Birikim 320, (2015), 72-76.

Öğüt, Evrim Hikmet. "Geçici Göçün Sesleri: Istanbul’daki Keldani-Iraklı Göçmenlerin Müzik Pratikleri." Alternatif Politika 8:3, (2016), 460-473.

Zeybek, Sezai Ozan. "Fennî Ormancılığın Keçiler ve Köylülerle İmtihanı: Sömürge İmparatorluklarından Ulus Devletlere Orman Koruma." Toplum ve Bilim 137, (2016), 129-153.

Zeybek, Sezai Ozan. "Biyopolitika, güvenlik ve anti-piyasalar: Türkiye’de endüstriyel hayvancılığın seyri." Toplum ve Bilim 138:39, (2016), 105-124.