The International Istanbul Biennial is a contemporary art exhibition, held every two years in Istanbul, Turkey, since 1987. Considered as one of the most prestigious biennials alongside Venice, São Paulo and Sydney, the International Istanbul Biennial prefers an exhibition model which enables a dialogue between artists and the audience.
The title of the 13th Istanbul Biennial “Mom, am I barbarian?” is a quote from the Turkish poet Lale Müldür’s book of the same title and runs from 14 September to 10 November 2013.
Is the barbarian the ultimate other of ‘modern people’? Could your daily behaviour in a public area count as ‘barbaric’ for some others? Do we let people express themselves as they wish? Are we accepted to behave as we wish? What are public spaces and are we free in those places that are dedicated to us? What is the meaning of ‘public spaces’ and what are their relations with art and politics. These are some of the questions that this edition’s theme attempts to answer.
The 13th Istanbul Biennial is being held over five venues. Here is an itinerary for a two-day artwalk at this art exhibition:
Day 1 – Meet your art guide and drive to the first venue at Antrepo 3. After lunch, walk down to Galata Greek Primary School, another venue and then continue with art galleries in the Karakoy area.
Day 2 – Start your day at the Unkapani 5533 location and continue at Galata. Lunch in Kiva and visit a couple of art galleries before moving on to the Arter and Salt Beyoglu venues.
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