previews

  • Grupo Etcètera, El Mierdazo (The Big Shit), 2002, street intervention/political performance, Buenos Aires. From the 11th International Istanbul Biennial.

    11th International Istanbul Biennial

    Various Venues
    Sharjah United Arab Emirates
    September 12–November 8

    Curated by WHW (Ivet Curlin, Ana Devic, Nataša Ilic, and Sabina Sabolovi)

    Capitalizing on its location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, the International Istanbul Biennial has consistently offered an inventive platform for the representation of contemporary geopolitics. The eleventh iteration will be no exception, as the Croatian curatorial collective WHW (What, How & for Whom) borrows the title—and draws its conceptual framework—from Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s song “What Keeps Mankind Alive?” Presenting over one hundred works across three venues (two former industrial buildings and an abandoned school), the curators take up the urgent question of art’s capacity to bring about social change, charging the exhibition’s sixty-nine artists—among them Trevor Paglen, Wafa Hourani, and Artur Zmijewski—and substantial coinciding publication with the task of reinvigorating Brecht’s Marxist message to critique today’s neoliberal conditions.