Istanbul

Post image for A Luminescent Installation Responds to Twitter Users’ Mood Swings

The exhibition proposes two core questions: Is this type of city compatible with the needs of its inhabitants, and is this kind of anonymous and automated policing comparable to public administration and democratic politics?

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Post image for The Artist Bringing Neon Icebergs to the Arctic Circle

ISTANBUL — Bahar Yürükoğlu makes icebergs bleed neon colors.

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Post image for Mapping Gentrification and Urban Resistance in Istanbul

ROME — “Urbanization has always been a class phenomenon of some sort,” David Harvey writes in Rebel Cities.

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Post image for Turkish Government Censors Video Projection and Youth Biennial Artworks

ISTANBUL — This year hasn’t been particularly easy for members of the arts community in Turkey, as they have come increasingly under fire, facing growing censorship and cancellations of exhibitions.

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Post image for Digitally Sewn Photographs that Extend Our Depth of Vision

Turkish photographer Aydın Büyüktaş describes his surreal photographic series Flatland as a “multidimensional romantic point of view.”

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Post image for Istanbul Gallery Cancels War-Themed Exhibition, Citing “the Delicate Situation in Turkey”

Post-Peace, an exhibition that was slated to open on March 2 at the nonprofit cultural center Akbank Sanat in Istanbul, has been cancelled due to what organizers are describing as ongoing political tensions within Turkey.

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Post image for Gathering Gossip and Parsing Truth at the Istanbul Biennial

ISTANBUL — “Gossip,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is “trifling or groundless rumour.” I actually like to think of it as knowledge, but the kind that’s not considered true or rational — at least not yet anyway.

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Post image for Allegedly Fake Joan Mirós Trigger Trials in Turkey

On November 20, 2013, an exhibition titled Miró in Istanbul opened at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University’s Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Center, but its two-month run was cut short when the objects on view were denounced as fake and it closed on December 20.

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Post image for Art that Opens Our Eyes to Istanbul’s Political Disintegration

ISTANBUL — The ground was literally shaking as we walked into the dilapidated Rizzo Palace on the island of Büyükada, the biggest of the Prince Islands of Istanbul.

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Post image for In Two Istanbul Galleries, Artists Piece Together Memories of Gezi

ISTANBUL — Central Istanbul looks markedly different today than it did around this time two years ago.

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