Don’t bite me- International Art Residency and Simposium 2022, Istanbul, Turkey ,7. Nov – 4. Dec

about this project

Blue Rhino Art Consultancy is delighted to present the second edition of the “Don’t Bite Me!” International Art Residency & Symposium. The Residency curated by Tima Jam brings 23 international artist from 11 different countries to Istanbul, Türkiye where they have created their art works for the first two weeks of the residency and are now going to have their final exhibition at Akaretler no:55 between 24th of November and 4th of December.

After its first edition in 2019 in Napoli; following the concept of its originating program, “Don’t Bite Me” 2022 has at its core a philosophical interrogation of the potential tensions, risks, and downfalls inherent in human connections, in trusting a friend, lover, or family member. This year the residency will steer away from the negativity interrogated in the 2019 installment and set the unifying quality of relationships as the focus of the residency.

While the residency explores the unifying aspects of a relationship in the artworks, it also aims to create the same unity within the art community. Bringing artist from east and west in central location for all. Overall, Blue Rhino is committed to creating an inclusive environment for global collaboration, generating inspiration for original and unique art, curating diverse artworks, and supporting artists worldwide, regardless of their location, ethnicity, or religion.

During this residency the 23 artists that was chosen from 200 applicants get a chance to share the same space and interact with each other during their creation process. Artists have completed this initial creation process in Vialand Hotel Palace where they stayed and worked. As a part of this period they have went on field trips to explore Istanbul, its’ historical beauties and its’ galleries and exhibitions. Artist have not only used this period to take inspiration and create artworks but also to be a part of the community in Istanbul. Blue Rhino, has organized several workshops and art talks in collaboration with Soho House Istanbul. Furthermore, the residency program also organized a workshop collaboration with the Municipality of Gaziosmanpasa which aimed to inspire young art students and give them a unique opportunity to connect with international artist.

Following this initial phase, the residency has relocated itself to Akaretler no:55 where they will exhibit their art works with the sponsorship of Bilgili Holding. The opening and the private viewing of the exhibition will take place on the 24th of November and following that, the Official Party will be hosted at W Hotel in collaboration with What If Events. The exhibition will be open to public from 25th of November until the closing on the 4th of November and will conclude with a closing party on the 4th at the exhibition location.


7th November – 4th December 2022

final exhibition

24th November – 4th December 2022


Istanbul, Turkey


Tima Jam


Begum Guney


Ilayda Secer

Curator Assistant

Mihriban Yavuz, Dilara Kaya, Ayşe Başak Kurnaz, Nurşevin Sarıdağ, Sinan Kangal


Ahoo Hamedi (Iran),Alexander Votsmush (Russian), Anastasiia Danilenko (Russia), Dasha Rybina (Ukraine), Ehsan Arjmand (Iran), Elif Çelebi (Turkey), Hannes Schauer (Austria), Horacio Quiroz (Mexico), Ian Rayer-Smith (England), Johan Söderström (Norway), Kambiz Sabri (Iran), Levent Oyluçtarhan (Turkey), Liviu Mihai (Romania), Mahdieh Abolhassan (Iran), Mahsa Karimi (Iran), Mahsa Karimizadeh (Iran), Mauro Di Silvestre (Italy), Nenad Gajic (Serbia), Noa Ironic (Israel), Parisa Taghipour (Iran), Sema Barlas (Turkey), Saimir Ahmeti (Albania), Zahra Mohamadi (Iran)