14th Istanbul Biennial: “Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms”

Various Venues
September 5–November 1

Curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

With more than eighty participants, thirty venues, and the admonition to set aside three days to see everything, the Istanbul Biennial promises to make greater use of the city than ever before. For this edition it’s not only the city but also the Black Sea, the Bosporus, and the Sea of Marmara; also boats, islands, and Istanbul’s Asian side. New locations privilege the intimate—the house where Trotsky sought exile in 1929, the apartment where journalist Hrant Dink lived until his assassination in 2007—and taken together, they evince the ways in which private spaces allow for the agency of public acts. The biennial is poised for a conversation on form, nature, and feminism, with work by artists such as Etel Adnan, Vernon Ah Kee, Haig Aivazian, Arshile Gorky, Paul Guiragossian, and Füsun Onur set against the urgency of current and historical events, from Gezi Park and the Syrian civil war to the one-hundred-year commemoration of the Armenian genocide.