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13th International Istanbul Biennial
Sener Özmen
Optical Propaganda, 2012
Photograph (bottom)
Perfect Kefiyyeh, 2012,
Computer aided graphic design Dimensions variable
Courtesy the artist and Pilot Gallery (Istanbul, Turkey)
Photo: Servet Dilber
© Sener Özmen

13th International Istanbul Biennial

Mom, am I barbarian?

Şener Özmen » Murat Akagündüz » Jananne Al-Ani » Alice Creischer & Andreas Siekmann » Halil Altindere » Bertille Bak » Yto Barrada » Guillaume Bijl » Hanna Farah Kufr Birim » Annika Eriksson » Didem Erk » Ayse Erkmen » LaToya Ruby Frazier » Edi Hirose » Maxime Hourani » Rob Johannesma » Amar Kanwar » Amal El Kenawy » Jiri Kovanda » Maider López » Gonzalo Lebrija » Zbigniew Libera » Tiago Mata Machado » Nicholas Mangan » Nicholas Mangan » Cinthia Marcelle » Gordon Matta-Clark » Angelica Mesiti » Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset » David Moreno » Fernando Ortega » Fernando Piola » Agnieszka Polska » Wang Qingsong » Mika Rottenberg » Santiago Sierra » Shahzia Sikander » Hito Steyerl » Serkan Taycan » Stephen Willats » Hector Zamora » & others

Exhibition: 14 Sep – 20 Oct 2013

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts

34433 Istanbul

+90 212-3340763


13th International Istanbul Biennial
Mika Rottenberg
Squeeze, 2010
Single channel video installation (20 min.),
digital C-Print
Overall dimensions variable
Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York, NY, USA)
© Mika Rottenberg
photo: Server Dilber

13th Istanbul Biennial
14/9-20/10 2013
Curator: Fulya Erdemci

Until 20 October, the works over 88 artists, artist collectives and performers from all around the world can be visited in scope of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, titled “Mom, am I barbarian?” organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV). The final week of the exhibition will also feature various events, talks and film screenings.

As of 10 October, over 230,000 viewers have visited the biennial exhibitions in five venues. Realized as a free admission biennial for the first time, the 13th Istanbul Biennial verifies the role that art, research and discussion can play in society, as well as the growing interest in contemporary art. The visitor numbers have already doubled in the first four weeks as compared to the previous edition which attracted 110,000 visitors in total.

The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am I barbarian?” and curated by Fulya Erdemci, which borrows its title from poet Lale Müldür’s book, explores the notion of public domain as a political forum and focuses on the relation of art and literature (and poetry in particular). With the term ‘barbarian’, it also signifies the novel languages we need to learn or yet to invent to understand the ‘other’s and to conceive the world to come. The exhibition aspires to open up a space to rethink the concept of ‘publicness’ through art and elicit imagination and innovative thought to contribute to social engagement and discussion.

The Biennial Book, featuring a full visual documentation of the exhibition and essays and contributions by renowned authors including İlhan Tekeli, Süreyyya Evren, Suna Ertuğrul, Andrea Philips, Dan Hind, Suhail Malik, Alberto Lopez Cuenca will be published in December by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and Yapı Kredi Publications.

The 13th Istanbul Biennial organised by İKSV and sponsored by Koç Holding, takes place at Antrepo no.3 in
Tophane, Galata Greek Primary School in Karaköy, ARTER and SALT Beyoğlu on İstiklal Street and 5533
in İMÇ 5th Block.
The 13th Istanbul Biennial exhibitions will be open through the national holidays in Turkey between 12-20
October, 2013.
The electronic version of the 13th Istanbul Biennial guide is available on the biennial website, 13b.iksv.org/en.

13th International Istanbul Biennial
Halil Altindere
Wonderland, February 2013
Video, 8:25 min.
Courtesy the artist and Pilot Gallery (Istanbul, Turkey)
Photo: Servet Dilber

“Mom, Am I Barbarian?”
The notion of the public domain as a political forum will be the focal point of the 13th Istanbul Biennial. This highly contested concept will serve as a matrix to generate ideas and develop practices that question contemporary forms of democracy, challenge current models of spatio-economic politics, problematize the given concepts of civilization and barbarity as standardized positions and languages and, above all, unfold the role of contemporary art as an agent that both makes and unmakes what is considered public.

The idea of the public domain has diverse historic,philosophical, theoretical and geo-political roots and definitions. No matter how many interpretations exist, they are fueled by questions of democracy,related to equality, civic rights and political debate. From the existence of an artwork to the freedom of social media and the designation of urban spaces as public, the notion of public domain can cover a vast area where social engagement and political public debate are possible. It is this potentiality of public domain discourse that the exhibition aims to articulate.

13th International Istanbul Biennial
Zbigniew Libera
First Day of Freedom, 2012
Pigment ink on cotton paper, dibond, 135 x 250 cm
Courtesy Raster Gallery (Warsaw, Poland)
©: Zbigniew Libera
Photo: Servet Dilber
13th International Istanbul Biennial
Bertile Bak
Safeguard Emergency Light System, 2010
Video, 7 min.
Courtesy Nettie Horn (London, UK) and the artist
photo: Servet Dilber
© Bertile Bak
13th International Istanbul Biennial
Confronto, 2005, © Cinthia Marcelle