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Istanbul Biennial

Mom, Am I A Barbarian?

SHAHZIA SIKANDER, Pivot, 2013, 3-channel HD animation with surround sound: 15 min 40 sec. 

Photo by Servet Dilber. Courtesy the artist and Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” said Oscar Wilde, and what better example of this notion was there than this year’s Istanbul Biennial, which seemed to have sensed, with an eerie prescience, the controversies that have overtaken its host city in the last few months. The Biennial’s title—“Mom, am I Barbarian?”—was borrowed
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