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12th International Istanbul Biennial
Frankie, 1995
Chromogenic print
Each 50.8 x 40.6 cm
Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA
Photography: courtesy the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA

12th International Istanbul Biennial

Eddie Adams » Claudia Andujar » Edgardo Aragón » Marwa Arsanios » Kutluğ Ataman » George Awde » Taysir Batniji » Letizia Battaglia » Mathew B. Brady » Chris Burden » Tammy Rae Carland » Mat Collishaw » Jonathas de Andrade » Simryn Gill » Rula Halawani » Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige » William E. Jones » Ali Kazma » Annette Kelm » Jazmin López » Tim Lee » Dóra Maurer » Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset » Tina Modotti » Yıldız Moran » Antoni Muntadas » Aydan Murtezaoglu » Catherine Opie » Lygia Pape » Rosângela Rennó » Martha Rosler » Ira Sachs » Collier Schorr » Hank Willis Thomas » Sue Williamson » Camilo Yánez » Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck » Akram Zaatari »

Exhibition: – 13 Nov 2011

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts

34433 Istanbul

+90 212-3340763


12th International Istanbul Biennial
Untitled I (The Pink Panther, 2092), 2007
Chromogenic print
152 x 122 cm
Courtesy the artist and Johnen Galerie, Berlin, Germany and Lisson Gallery, London, England
Photography: courtesy the artist

The 12th Istanbul Biennial explores the rich relationship between art and politics, focusing on artworks that are both formally innovative and politically outspoken. It takes as its point of departure the work of the Cuban American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957–1996). Gonzalez-Torres was deeply attuned to both the personal and the political, and also rigorously attentive to the formal aspects of artistic production, integrating high modernist, minimal, and conceptual references with themes of everyday life. The biennial is composed of five group exhibitions and more than 50 solo presentations, all housed in a single venue, Antrepo 3 and 5. Each of the group shows—Untitled (Abstraction), “Untitled” (Ross), “Untitled” (Passport), Untitled (History), and “Untitled” (Death by Gun)—departs from a specific work by Gonzalez-Torres. These five works are reproduced in the Companion publication and function as thematic anchors for the biennial. Each group show features a large number of works occupying a single room, and is distinguished by its gray walls from the solo presentations. The solo presentations are linked to one or several subjects of the group exhibitions, and push the themes decidedly further. Visitors are encouraged to become active readers, not just silent recipients, of the artworks presented here. To paraphrase Gonzalez-Torres, the 12th Istanbul Biennial is untitled because meaning is always changing in time and space. In the spirit of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, who genuinely wanted to make this world a better place and believed that his art could be a catalyst for change, we welcome you to the 12th Istanbul Biennial.

12th International Istanbul Biennial
My own private Angkor, 2007–8
Gelatin silver prints
39 x 38 cm each (90 photographs)
Courtesy Amrita Jhaveri, Mumbai, India; Breenspace, Sydney, Australia; Tracy Williams Ltd, New York, USA
12th International Istanbul Biennial
Fathers, 2006
Series of 34 digital prints
Each 54 x 74 cm
Edition 5
Courtesy Coleção Teixeira de Freitas, Lisbon, Portugal and Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut, Lebanon/Hamburg, Germany
12th International Istanbul Biennial
Palermo, 1982. Nerina worked as a prostitute. She and her two friends were murdered by the mafia for not respecting their rules, 1982.
Courtesy the artist