I missed Istanbul’s marathon by just one week but no way I could miss Istanbul’s Biennial! Amazing – it is incredible that me, a traveller from Poland could find so much personal experience cought up there, in Turkey, in true art. This year’s was political. There were statues made of riffles, war photography, pieces of cloth torn through with bullets… at some stage it got very heavily loaded with emotions. So many different works so much to tell, I won’t even attempt to describe http://12b.iksv.org/en
We didn’t walk out too depressed though:
will you survive?
Simon Evans above
But my absolute number one was Egyptian origin artist Wael Shawky and his Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show File: a filmed puppet show telling the history of First Crusade( 1096 – 1099 ). I sat there with my jail dropped down: intrigues, betrayals, massacres, fanaticism – that was so real I couldn’t believe no real actors are on the stage. Marionettes’ costumes were little masterpieces themselves. I wish it’s showed at history classes.