Friday, September 21, 2007

Istanbul Biennial

"Not Only Possible, But Also Necessary: Optimism in the Age of Global War" was the title of the 2007 Istanbul Biennial curated by Hou Hanru. A handful of leading contemporary artists take over various parts of city buildings including the warehouse beside Istanbul Modern. Across the river in the plazas of shops we find a mix of works, some interactive and some that just make you wonder. But even in Turkey you find the fascination of animal painted sculptures, in this instance it was the cow, while at the same time visitors are consumed by the complexity of architectural variations between the Ottoman, Byzantine and Modern designs.

In the photos we find the works of Lee Bul, and Ken Lum which seemed to be the most successful piece of people looking at the unaware.