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.