At a time when an identity politics allegedly upholding cultural diversity (as explored in the special “Art + Identity” summer issue of this magazine) has arguably contributed to deeper conflicts on an international scale, as reflected in anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe and the United States, the Brexit vote in Britain, and religiously inspired terrorism worldwide, the need to focus on local sensibilities and hybrid cultural heritages becomes more pressing than ever. In her latest show, “Where Is Eros? Vol. 3,” Furni did just that by taking everyday forms and routines and finding unexpected humor in them by way of cultural images that have both universal and very specific regional connotations. It’s perhaps not insignificant that the exhibition took place in an old building not far from the Galata Tower (1348) on one side and Neve Shalom Synagogue (1951) on the other, as well
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