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#Istanbul Biennial rocks. Two pieces on the biennial

440 pairs of women’s shoes were hung on one of the city walls in #Istanbul. This is the number of women murdered by their husbands in Turkey during the year

….and I believe I may be the only one who has not shared photos from the Biennial in his/her Instagram account…


The art festival is spotlighting our tragic impact on the planet. Thank goodness for the lighter moments – such as James Baldwin walking, talking and smoking by the Bosphorus

Japanese arrowroot blankets the Alabama countryside, strangling the trees and fields. An endless tyre dump stretches to the horizon. Plastic waste accumulates in the oceans, forming a seventh continent. In fact, the agglomeration of plastic waste floating about in the Pacific is sometimes referred to as the Seventh Continent. An indictment of the way we live, the ever-growing garbage patch is testament to our wastefulness, heedlessness and greed. The Seventh Continent also provides the title for curator Nicolas Bourriaud’s exhibition for the 16th Istanbul Biennial. The biennial is itself another kind of accumulation, and one that is itself not without its own material and ecological cost, its own political ramifications.

Major museums are opening, and the Istanbul Biennial is underway. Just don’t ask about politics.
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