Behind the Scenes of the Cool City

On 7th and 8th of November, Salt Galata in Istanbul hosted a brilliant two day workshop titled ‘Cool Istanbul: Urban Enclosures and Resistances.’ The workshop was initiated as part of a research project based in the Institute of European Ethnology in University of Munich.

The event takes its name from a Newsweek cover from 8 years ago featuring the title ‘Cool Istanbul.’ Using this title as a starting point, the discussion of the workshop focused on investigating the creative processes in the production of a cool Istanbul, along with the consumption of the cool city and the brutal reality of gentrification, urban poverty, precarious labor, exploitation, discrimination and run-down neighbourhoods behind the cool façade of the city.

Left: Newsweek cover of Aug. 29, 2005, Right: Cool Istanbul workshop cover

Left: Newsweek cover of Aug. 29, 2005, Right: Cool Istanbul workshop cover

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Review: 13th Istanbul Biennial

Months before its opening, 13th Istanbul Biennial titled ‘Mom, am I barbarian?’ raised much criticism about its various aspects such as the event’s sponsors, subject, graphic design, etc. But why so much criticism?

Istanbul Biennial is organized by İKSV (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts), a foundation created and funded by a family corporation called Eczacıbaşı Holding. Internationally the biennial is Turkey’s most esteemed and famous art event. Various contemporary artists around the world are invited to participate in the event and it is a very significant occasion for the Turkish art scene which does not have collections of world famous modern and contemporary artists. Besides, the biennial is highly anticipated by art enthusiasts in İstanbul, a city with scarce amount of art museums and exhibitions compared to other big cities like New York, London and Paris.

 

Antrepo 3 Entrance Area

Antrepo 3 Entrance Area

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İNCELEME: 13. İSTANBUL BİENALİ

‘Anne, ben barbar mıyım?’ başlıklı 13. İstanbul Bienali, açılışından aylar öncesinden ismi, sponsorları, konusu, grafik tasarımı ve başka konular nedeniyle çeşitli merciler tarafından birçok eleştiriye maruz kaldı. Peki bu kadar eleştiri neden?

Eczacıbaşı Holding kontrolünde bulunan İKSV tarafından düzenlenen İstanbul Bienali Türkiye’nin uluslararası alanda en itibarlı ve ünlü sanat etkinliği. Dünyanın farklı yerlerinden güncel sanatçıların davet edildiği İstanbul Bienali, modern ve çağdaş sanat alanında uluslararası seyircinin ilgisini çekebilecek dünyaca ünlü sanatçıların işlerinden yoksun Türkiye için oldukça önemli bir olay. Ayrıca kabul edilmeli ki, New York, Londra, Paris gibi şehirlere kıyasla, yok denecek kadar az sanat müzesi ve sergisine sahip İstanbul’da bienal, sanatseverler tarafından iştahla beklenen bir etkinlik.

 

Antrepo 3 Giriş Alanı

Antrepo 3 Giriş Alanı

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