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8th International Istanbul Biennial

8th International Istanbul Biennial
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The 8th Istanbul Biennial is curated by Dan Cameron under the title "Poetic Justice" and will host approximately 85 artists from 42 countries. Dan Cameron is Senior Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, a position he received in 1995.

The conceptual framework of the 8th International Istanbul Biennial will be formed around the concept of Poetic Justice. In proposing this phrase as the basis for a sustained investigation into the latest developments in contemporary art, the exhibition seeks to articulate an area of creative activity in which the seemingly opposing concepts of poetry and justice are brought into play together. The 8th Istanbul Biennial will raise the questions of "What is justice? Why has justice emerged today as a question of pressing concern? Is justice possible in today's globalized world?", and with the title Poetic Justice which takes its cue from the literary device of the same name will reveal part of its underlying premise as an attempt to reconsider the wide stylistic breach between two different forms of art-making: one which takes as its subject the world and its affairs, a second one that address concerns which are more identified with the viewer's inner life.

One of the most important objectives of the 8th International Istanbul Biennial will be to create a lively and engaging public forum for responding to the ideas of artists whose work embodies a form of commitment to the goal of making art a vehicle for reconciling these two facets of life.

The 8th International Istanbul Biennial will utilise four main venues; namely the Antrepo No: 4, a 8.000 square meters former warehouse on the shore of the Bosphorous, the Mimar Sinan University Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Centre, now turned into an exhibition space was constructed in 1451 as an artillery factory; Yerebatan Cistern, built in 532 to store water for the Great Palace during Byzantine Empire and the Haghia Sophia Museum, one of the greatest architectural landmarks of the world.

International Istanbul Biennial Web Site

Contact: Tel: (90) 212 33 40 757

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