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ISTANBUL

Arter – Space for Art

Canan

Behind Mount QAF

CANANBird Woman2017, Installation with natural stone and stone carvings, dimensions variable.

Installation view of “Behind Mount Qaf” at Arter – Space for Art, Istanbul, 2017.

Photo by Murat Germen. Courtesy Arter – Space for Art.

Neo-Orientalist expectations have led to a subset of contemporary art that references—if only superficially—Eastern cultures in ways that would have Edward Said turning in his grave. In Turkey, where artists have a hefty catalog of civilizations to cite, we see “illuminated” cowboys sneaked…

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