13th Istanbul Biennial

Art in the centre of social agitation

The 13th edition of the Istanbul Biennial opened with the title: ‘Anne, ben barbar mıyım?’* (Mom, am I barbarian?). The focal point of this Biennial was the notion of the public domain as a political forum. It questioned what is considered barbarian or civilized in the public domain.

The design reflects the politically and socially engaged concept with a strongly articulated visual language. Resembling borders of countries and neighbourhoods, the design is created by forces of conflict and consensus of the public and public space, freely translated into typography. Together they produce a language of force, pressure and movement.

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