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.
Arter, sanat için alan, space for art, Beyoglu, Istiklal Caddesi, Emre Baykal, Istanbul, güncel sanat, contemporary art, Turkey, René Block, Melih Fereli, Esen Karol, Ömer Koç, collection, Vehbi Koç Foundation, Vehbi Koç Vakfı, Starter, İkinci Sergi, Second Exhibition, .-_-. , Halil Altındere, Burak Arıkan, Volkan Aslan, Vahap Avşar, Banu Cennetoğlu, Yasemin Özcan Kaya, Ayşe Erkmen, Hafriyat, Murat Akagündüz, Antonio Cosentino, extramücadele, İnci Furni,
Mustafa Pancar, Ali Kazma, Aydan Murtezaoğlu, Bülent Şangar, Joseph Beuys, Tactics of Invisibility, Ahmet Öğüt , İz Öztat, Cengiz Tekin, Canan Tolon, Nilbar Güreş, xurban_collective, görünmezlik taktikleri, tactics of invisibility, thyssen-bornemisza art contemporary, T-B A21, ANAMED, nasan tur, nevin aladağ, füsun onur, kutluğ ataman, esra ersen, inci eviner, sarkis, hale tenger, daniela zyman, başak doğa temür, patricia piccinini, deniz gül, beni bağrına bas, 5 kişilik bufet, 5 person bufet, bufet, hold me close to your heart, kutlug ataman, mezopotamya dramaturjileri, mesopotamian dramaturgies, kutluğ ataman, erdem helvacioglu, siyaha ozgurluk, freedom to the black, mona hatoum, you are still here, hala buradasin, nevin aladag, basak doga temur, berlinde de bruyckere, the wound, yara, vincent dunoyer, selen ansen, murat alat, sophia pompéry, sophia pompery, ece pazarbaşı, başak şenova, hamle, the move, rosa barba, runa islam, adel abidin, haset, husumet, rezalet, envy, enmity, embarrassment, volkan aslan, hatırlamayı unutma, don't forget to remember, mat collishaw, hayalet görüntü, afterimage, sarkis, cage/ryoanji yorumu, interpretation of cage/ryoanji, fatma bucak, yet another story about the fall, düşüşe dair bir başka hikâye daha, aslı çavuşoğlu, özge ersoy, taşlar konuşuyor, the stones talk, marc quinn, aklın uykusu, the sleep of reason, füsun onur, through the looking glass, aynadan içeri, göçebe bakış, the roving eye, iola lenzi, ali kazma, zamancı, timemaker, spaceliner, barbara heinrich, peter anders, sandra boeschenstein, pip culbert, inci eviner, monika grzymala, nic hess, gözde ilkin, pauline kraneis, hans peter kuhn, zilla leutenegger, pia linz, christiane löhr, ulrike mohr, jong oh, nadja schöllhammer, heike weber