Adrian Villar Rojas. The Most Beautiful of All Mothers, 2015. Photo: Elīna Čivle-Üye

Photoreport: The 14th Istanbul Biennial Has Begun! 0

Photos: Elīna Čivle-Üye

- The 14th Istanbul Biennial -
 “SALTWATER – A Theory of Thought Forms”
Istanbul, Turkey
September 5 - November 1, 2015 

The 14th Istanbul Biennial is taking place September 5 – November 1, and features more than 80 artists, among them oceanographers, underwater archeologists, theosophists and neuroscientists. Spread over 36 venues, the Biennial stretches across both sides of the Bosporus and offers exhibitions in museums, on ferries, and in hotels, as well as in old bank buildings, garages, gardens, schools, shops and private homes.

In speaking about the conceptual core of the Biennial, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the curator of the 14th Istanbul Biennial, mentions the currents that make up the waters of the Bosporus and the differences in salinity of this sea water, and makes them into metaphors for today's Istanbul: in terms of the currents of its peoples and ideas, and the flows of war, weapons and love – things that are are not always visible. Archeology and psychoanalysis are Christov-Bakargiev's research tools. With the title of Saltwater, she also alludes to digital technologies. In thinking about chemical changes and the impact of the environment on physical materials, Christov-Bakargiev cites the politics of technology and its fragility, and states that “this world of power is actually very delicate. This is what alchemy and philosophy were about. And it is this kind of thinking that makes up the foundation of the Saltwater exhibition.”

The exhibition space in the Mizzi Mansion (the Red Palace), on Büyükada, the largest of the Princes' Islands in the Sea of Marmara

Susan Philipsz. Sound and photography installation Elettra (2015) in George Mizzi mansion

Merve Kilicer. Material, 2014–2015. Büyükada Public Library

Merve Kilicer. Material, 2014–2015

Marcos Lutyens. Neurathian Boatstrap, 2015

Michelangelo Pistoleto. Venus of the Rags, 1967. Istanbul Modern

Asli Cavusoglu's installation Red

Nikita Kadan. The Shelter, 2015. Istanbul Modern 

Grace Schwindt. Little Birds and a Deamon – A Still Life, 2015. Istanbul Modern

Fragment of Cildo Meireles' painting Projeto de Buaraco para jogar politocos desonestos (2011). Istanbul Modern

An exhibition venue –Trotsky House, and its adjacent beach. Leon Trotsky lived here between 1932 and 1933, at the end of his four-year exile in Turkey

View from Trotsky House to Adrian Villar Rojas' (1980) exposition

An exhibition venue – the rocking deck of the IDO seabus Kaptan Pasha, in dock at Büyükada Harbour

Adrian Villar Rojas. The Most Beautiful of All Mothers, 2015

Adrian Villar Rojas. The Most Beautiful of All Mothers, 2015