13th Istanbul Biennial: Art in the centre of social agitation

The focal point of this Biennial will be the notion of the public domain as a political forum

07 OCTOBER 2013, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Summary
On September 14 the 13th edition of the Istanbul Biennial was opened, titled: ‘Anne, ben barbar mıyım?’* (Mom, am I barbarian?). The focal point of this Biennial will be the notion of the public domain as a political forum.

On September 14 the 13th edition of the Istanbul Biennial was opened, titled:  ‘Anne, ben barbar mıyım?’* (Mom, am I barbarian?). The focal point of this Biennial will be the notion of the public domain as a political forum. It questions what is considered barbarian or civilized in the public domain. In response to the protests around Gezi Park, curator Fulya Erdemci has shifted the focus beyond public space, towards the public. From the start the curator expressed the wish for an identity that would be able to adapt itself to the changing conditions of the Biennial. The design reflects the politically and socially engaged concept with a strongly articulated visual language. Resembling borders of countries and neighbourhoods, the design is created by forces of conflict and consensus of the public and public space, freely translated into typography. Together they produce a language of force, pressure and movement. The Istanbul Biennial is held September 14 to October 20. Admission is free.


* The title of the Istanbul Biennial “Mom, am I barbarian?” is a quote from the Turkish poet Lale Müldür’s book of the same title.
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