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World Report

the Istanbul Biennial

THE ORGANIZERS OF THE 8th International Istanbul Biennial could be forgiven for looking over their shoulder as the show’s opening approaches later this month. After all, the last two installments of the exhibition coincided with tragic circumstances—the 1999 show, curated by Paolo Colombo, debuted only a month after one of the most devastating earthquakes in Turkish history, while Yuko Hasegawa’s 2001 edition had the misfortune of kicking off just ten days after the World Trade Center attacks. Despite these unhappy coincidences, Istanbul has managed over the last decade and a half to successfully establish itself on the biennial circuit, with its position as a kind of fulcrum between Europe, Asia, and Africa drawing artists, curators, and critics from around the world to the historic city on the Bosporus.

This year’s biennial was organized by Dan Cameron, senior curator of New York’s New

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