The 15th edition of the international art exhibition is a gathering of potentialities, a careful alignment of militant particles, and an assembly of thousands of diverse voices.
Hakan Topal (born in Turkey) is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He was the co-founder of international art collective, xurban_collective (2000-12). Trained as a civil engineer (BS), he continued his studies in gender and women’s studies and sociology (MS) at Middle East Technical University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research. He is an associate professor of new media and art+design at Purchase College, State University New York.
Reasons for Optimism in Istanbul’s Art World
The new generation of artists and curators is eager to explore alternative organizations and to tackle current social inequalities and issues.
What Happened to the Hagia Sophia Is a Terrible Shame
I recently visited the Hagia Sophia for the first time after its conversion and felt overwhelming sadness.
Reimagining Museum Design, With Education at the Forefront
It’s time to conceive of museums as social, educational centers with libraries, classrooms, gathering spaces where everyone — especially young people — love to hang out.
Fighting the Banality of Moderates: An Artist’s Vision for a Peaceful Turkey
When violence is celebrated, evil consumes good and insurgency turns into a kind of distortion of civilization. We have to find a way to break this vicious cycle.
Remembering a Beloved New Museum Security Guard
Elon F. Joseph, a kind, caring and a genuinely good person, passed away.