Spread across a dozen venues, with 500 contributors from almost 30 nations, the Biennial aims to draw in a public estranged by politics and two years of pandemic lockdowns.
A former journalist, Sim Chi Yin came to question the primacy of archival sources after realizing the deliberate decisions behind what gets included or excluded.
In The Seventh Continent, installations don’t so much play off one another as lead to a feeling of fatigue, as one ponders a stream of disparate weighty topics in rapid succession.
Dealing with themes of surveillance, personal and shared space, and what defines home in film, installation, and more.
Conversations with artists reveal a dark mood, and everyone is focused on one topic: When to leave? Where to go? What to do in the meantime?
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.
ISTANBUL — Caroline Christov-Bakargiev’s highly anticipated Istanbul Biennial, SALTWATER, A Theory of Thought Forms, is not exactly a straightforward affair.
With the opening of the 14th Istanbul Biennial this September, the galleries are at a clear disadvantage, and from the dozen or so shows open in the city at the moment, it is relatively difficult to find works that resonate beyond their local context. Still, there are some hidden gems outside the most predictable venues.
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.
ISTANBUL — Istanbul has launched a full frontal assault to claim its place amongst rising art centers by hosting the complex and provocative Istanbul Biennial, as well as a massive all-inclusive history of the city’s female artists, Dream and Reality – Modern and Contemporary Women Artists from Turkey at the Istanbul Modern right next door. The timing and juxtaposition of these two shows is not haphazard and should be viewed as twin prongs of an interior exploration and bold emergence.