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  • Cao Fei, My Future Is Not a Dream 02, 2006, color photograph, 47 1/4 x 59".

    The 10th International Istanbul Biennial

    Istanbul Biennial
    Multiple Venues
    September 8 - November 4

    Curated by Hou Hanru

    Poised to expand on the last Istanbul Biennial’s ambitious exploration of globalization, this tenth installment will stress artistic process by creating an “immense laboratory” for some one hundred Turkish and international artists, including Paul Chan, Nasan Tur, and Xu Zhen. Dispensing with strict thematic organization, curator Hou Hanru instead seeks to exploit Turkey’s geopolitical position as a sensitive border zone between Europe and the Middle East. Beyond the main exhibition venues, specially commissioned “situ-actions” (dialogues in nonhistoric urban spaces) and site-specific nighttime projects (“to allow the public to enjoy transcendent moments of dreaming,” according to the press release) will be found throughout the city. Whether this exhibition addresses the country’s ongoing crisis regarding Islamic challenges to its modern secular identity—newly evinced in the country’s recent general elections—remains to be seen.