Organizers of the upcoming 13th Istanbul Biennial have been forced by circumstances to abandon their plans to stage art exhibitions in public areas like Gezi Park, Taksim Square and elsewhere, according to the show’s main curator.
“That’s why we have decided that the exhibitions and projects in public areas [may not help] these exhibitions, and that’s why we have decided not to make these exhibitions in those areas,” Fulya Erdemci said.
As such, the biennial team has been forced to opt for private venues for the exhibitions.
Earlier the biennial teams had announced that it would use public buildings that were temporarily left vacant by urban transformation as exhibition venues.
“These may include courthouses, schools, military structures or post offices, former transportation hubs like train stations and ex-industrial sites such as warehouses and dockyards, as well as the contested Taksim Square and Gezi Park. The hallmarks of current urbanism, such as shopping malls, hotels and office-residential towers, are being considered sites for artistic interventions as well,” the organizers had said in a written statement.
Following a change in the dates of the event, Erdemci said the biennial, whose title this year is “Mom, am I barbarian?” could be visited between Sept. 14 Oct. 20 at Antrepo No.3, Galata Greek Primary School, ARTER, SALT Beyoğlu and 5533.
The 13th Istanbul Biennial will focus on the theme of public space as a political forum, according to the press release sent by the biennial team. Entrance to the event will be free of charge.