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Latifa Echakhch, Crowd Fade, 2017.
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Joerg Heiser and Ben Eastham

Double Take is a feature of art-agenda in which two authors review the same exhibition. Written independently, the two texts share the same images and are published below. —by Jörg Heiser Given the current political situation in Turkey, I wouldn’t have been surprised if the curators of this year’s Istanbul Biennial, Berlin-based... continue reading
“Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms”

14TH ISTANBUL BIENNIAL, Istanbul

Adrián Villar-Rojas, The Most Beautiful of All Mothers (detail), 2015.
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Ana Teixeira Pinto

“Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms” takes its name and inspiration from the eponymous book Thought-Forms (1901) by the Theosophists Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater, who, after the death of the prominent Theosophist Madame Blavatsky (1831–91), expanded and re-conceptualized her attempt to extrapolate Newton’s theory of color into a syncretic... continue reading
View of “Who Shall Deliver Us From the Greeks and Romans?,” Galeri Manâ, Istanbul, 2014.
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Merve Unsal

“Who Shall Deliver Us From the Greeks and Romans?”—an exhibition curated by Cristiana Perrella for Galeri Manâ—directly addresses a recent trend in contemporary art of looking back towards classical Greek and Roman visual culture for sources and inspiration. The presentation includes works from a range of artists from different backgrounds—such... continue reading
View of “Burn These Eyes Captain, and Throw Them in the Sea!!,” Rodeo, Istanbul, 2014.
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Merve Unsal

As one wanders through the rooms of Rodeo’s apartment-cum-gallery space, works by eleven artists loosely connected by a low-key aesthetic make a timely statement on the condition of materiality now. Familiar media—a 16mm film, 35mm slides, paintings—are reinvented and intermixed with works fashioned from objects found in the domestic domain,... continue reading
Halil Altındere, Wonderland, 2013.
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Elmas Deniz

Curator Fulya Erdemci has said that the focus of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, Am I Barbarian?,” is “the notion of the public domain as a political forum.” The evocative title is borrowed from poet Lale Müldür’s eponymous book, with the obvious connotations of a sense of being an ultimate... continue reading
Sarkis’s “İkiz/Twin”

GALERI MANA, Istanbul

View of Sarkis’s “İkiz/Twin,” Galeri Manâ, Istanbul, 2013.
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Merve Unsal

In Karaköy, Istanbul, down the hill from the ongoing peaceful protests near Taksim Square, Galeri Manâ has been open only intermittently for the last three weeks. Yet the elegant exhibition on view there since late May serves as a moment of silence (contrasted to the immediate surroundings) and as a... continue reading

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