Agoraphobia, the prologue exhibition of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, will be held at TANAS, Berlin between 25 May and 27 July 2013. Curated by Fulya Erdemci and Bige Örer and co-curated by Kevser Güler, the exhibition aims to unfold the critical question of public domain which is central to the conceptual framework of the biennial through questioning the politics of space in relation to freedom of expression.


Exhibition opening: Friday, 24 May 2013, 6 pm to 9 pm
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm
Venue: TANAS – Raum für zeitgenössische türkische Kunst
Address: Heidestrasse 50 10557 Berlin

With the participation of Jimmie Durham, Freee (Dave Beech, Andy Hewitt and Mel Jordan), LaToya Ruby Frazier, Amal Kanawy, Lux Lindner, José Antonio Vega Macotela, Cinthia Marcelle, Şener Özmen, Proyecto Secundario Liliana Maresca (Liliana Maresca Secondary School Project), Christoph Schäfer and Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Agoraphobia will focus on the intricate layers of the concepts of freedom, censorship/auto-censorship and repression, while divulging diverse artistic strategies and formulas that can steer the imagination towards resistance and change.

Fulya Erdemci, curator of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, Bige Örer, director of the Istanbul Biennial and participating artists will attend the opening of the exhibition on Friday, 24 May from 6 to 9 pm. The special conversational exhibition tour, DIALOGUE will take place each Saturday at 2 pm throughout the exhibition featuring participants Fulya Erdemci and Bige Örer, Christoph Schäfer, Heike Catherina Mertens, Alicja Kwade, Ellen Blumenstein, Friedhelm Hütte, Udo Kittelmann, David Elliott and Joanna Warsza respectively.

A TANAS edition booklet will be published for Agoraphobia in English and German with installation views of all works and a text by Fulya Erdemci.

The 13th Istanbul Biennial titled “Mom, am I barbarian?” will be held from 14 September to 10 November 2013, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts under the sponsorship of Koç Holding. The professional preview of the biennial will take place on 12-13 September 2013.

Photo: Şener Özmen,  from the series Untitled (Megafon), 2005 C-Print, Courtesy Pilot Galeri, Istanbul, and the artist

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