13th Istanbul Biennial
13th Istanbul Biennial

Mom, Am I Barbarian?


14 September-20 October 2013
Jorge Méndez Blake
"The Poet's House" (2013)
Photo: Servet Dilber
Héctor Zamora
"Material Inconstancy [Inconstância Material]" (2012)
Courtesy of the artist and Luciana Brito Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Photo: Servet Dilber
Maider López
"Ataskoa (Traffic Jam)" (2005)
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Servet Dilber
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Arter hosted the 13th Istanbul Biennial as one of the main exhibition venues between 14 September and 20 October 2013.

Curated by Fulya Erdemci, the 13th Istanbul Biennial, "Mom, am I barbarian?", which borrowed its title from poet Lale Müldür's book, explored the notion of public space as a political forum and focuses on the relation of art and literature (poetry). With the term "barbarian", it also signified the novel languages we need to learn or yet to invent to understand the "other" and to conceive the world to come. The exhibition aspired to open up a space to rethink the concept of 'publicness' through art and elicit imagination and innovative thought to contribute to social engagement and discussion. (Please find the conceptual framework of the 13th Istanbul Biennial here)

The 13th Istanbul Biennial hosted 88 artists and artist collectives. Featuring the works of 11 artists and 2 artistic/civil collectives from Turkey, as well as 3 artistic collaborations formed of both Turkish and foreign artists, the 13th Istanbul Biennial was one of the biennial exhibits with the highest rate of participation from Turkey up to date.

The 13th Istanbul Biennial exhibitions were held at Antrepo no.3 in Tophane, Galata Greek Primary School in Karaköy, ARTER and SALT Beyoğlu on İstiklal Street and 5533 in İMÇ 5th Block, Unkapanı.

Admission to the biennial exhibitions was free, overlapping with the biennial's vision to create a public space, reach out to a wider audience, and be accessible to everyone.

The Istanbul Biennial is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) with the support of Koç Holding.