The city of Izmir and its ecology (in its original Greek meaning of the scientific study of the interactions between organisms and between organisms and their environment) served as the general topic frame for PORTIZMIR3. In their work a number of contemporary artists from Izmir investigate various topics linked to the social, political and ideological realms. Therefore, we decided that the third triennial edition will focus on engaged artistic practices that operate on the fringe of the art world and that deal with subjects and apply methodology from the outside world, from outside the ‘ivory tower of art’. We wish to create a platform that would show the potential of these practices, place them within a broader international art-historical and contemporary context, as well as show the different ways in which they can engage. This seems especially important in a city with an almost non-existent contemporary art scene and vocabulary that would help decipher it.