Art and Politics Collide at the 12th Istanbul Biennial

  • Photo courtesy of the artist Geta Bratescu and Ivan Gallery
    Geta Bratescu, Vestigii No 11, 1978. Photo courtesy of the artist Geta Bratescu and Ivan Gallery
  • Photo courtesy of the artist Claudia Andujar
    Claudia Andujar, Vertical 11 of the series MARCADOS, 1981-1983. Photo courtesy of the artist Claudia Andujar
  • Photo courtesy of the artist Letizia Battaglia
    Letizia Battaglia, After the shots of the killer, he remained seated in the chair without falling down, Palermo, 1975. Photo courtesy of the artist Letizia Battaglia
  • Martha Rosler
  • Photo courtesy of the artist Zarina Hashmi and Luhring Augustine, New York
    Zarina Hashmi, Atlas of My World, 2001. Photo courtesy of the artist Zarina Hashmi and Luhring Augustine, New York
  • Photo courtesy of Teresa Burga
    Teresa Burga, Untitled, 1979. Photo courtesy of Teresa Burga
  • Photo courtesy of Throckmorton Fine Art New York
    Tina Modotti, Woman with flag, c1928. Photo courtesy of Throckmorton Fine Art New York
  • Photo courtesy of Vintage Gallery
    Dora Maurer, Seven Twists (4), 1979. Photo courtesy of Vintage Gallery
  • Photo courtesy of the artist Geta Bratescu and Ivan Gallery
  • Photo courtesy of the artist Claudia Andujar
  • Photo courtesy of the artist Letizia Battaglia
  • Photo courtesy of the artist Zarina Hashmi and Luhring Augustine, New York
  • Photo courtesy of Teresa Burga
  • Photo courtesy of Throckmorton Fine Art New York
  • Photo courtesy of Vintage Gallery

One hundred and thirty artists will convene from September 17 to November 13 at the 12th Istanbul Biennial art exhibition, where they’ll explore the complex relationship between art and politics. The 2011 show, named Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial references the discourse of Cuban-American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957–1996), whose work—a series of untitled explorations into sexuality, loss, national identity, political and cultural alienation, and gun violence—largely influenced this year’s exhibition. Artists will expose these, and other themes from Gonzalez-Torres’s career, in five group shows and 50 solo presentations. The artists’ names will be announced at the biennial’s opening. (+90.212.334.0700, bienal.iksv.org/en)

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