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14th Istanbul Biennial: Saltwater Dissolves Fiction in the Truth of Desolation

by Pınar Üner Yılmaz
On September 3rd, social media went wild with a distressing image of a dead Syrian boy lying face down in the sand after his tiny body was washed ashore from the saltwater of the Mediterranean Sea. Fleeing from war in Syria, seeking refuge in Europe, the little boy died when one of the boats, carrying six Syrians, sank after leaving Akyarlar, Turkey, in a desperate attempt to cross the sea straight to Kos, Greece. That same day, the 14th Istanbul Biennial, with its theme held its press... [more]
Posted by Pınar Üner Yılmaz on 9/11/15
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Between East and West: The Making of Contemporary Art in Istanbul

by Pınar Üner Yılmaz
The socio-economic events of the late 80s were the harbingers of new cultural forms that gave rise to global interactions and to the transgression of art beyond its conventional sphere in the Euro-American world. Large-scale international exhibitions provided new platforms for cross-cultural dialogues, questioning political and aesthetic definitions in a so-called globalized art world. Recently, the center has shifted again towards the former peripheries, while making these fringes a... [more]
Posted by Pınar Üner Yılmaz on 3/3/15
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Withdrawal Symptoms: Public Space, Capital, and Boycotting the Biennales

by Sonja Hornung, Richard Pettifer
ut Art in the Public Sphere was held at HAU, Berlin, between Alice Creischer, Oliver Marchart, Simon Sheikh, Sarah Vanhee, and Joanna Warsza, moderated by Helmut Draxler. The evening was a part of HAU's Phantasm and Politics series, and discussion revolved around the upcoming Manifesta in St Petersburg. Afterwards, we had our own conversation. RICHARD PETTIFER: Having to pay €8 for a discussion about public space is the perfect ironic summary of what was discussed on stage. Increasingly, what... [more]
Posted by Sonja Hornung, Richard Pettifer on 4/11/14
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The Revolution Before the Rehearsal: 13th Istanbul Biennial

by Danyel Ferrari
To paraphrase Augusto Boal, art may not be the revolution but it is the rehearsal; in the case of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, however, the revolution arrived before the rehearsal. The Biennial’s focus, “the notion of the public domain as a political forum”, was announced in January, before the city it meant to take as both site and subject found more urgent occupiers with higher stakes. Fulya Erdemci who has curated past Biennials intended this year's “Mom, am I a Barbarian?” as a departure... [more]
Posted by Danyel Ferrari on 10/14/13
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