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The prologue exhibition to the 13th Istanbul Biennial

May 25, 2013 – July 27, 2013

TANAS, Heidestraße 50, 10557 Berlin, Germany

The prologue exhibition to the 13th Istanbul Biennial, curated by the Biennial’s curator Fulya Erdemci and its director Bige Örer, takes place in Berlin’s very own Turkish contemporary art space.

‘Agoraphobia’ explores the politics of space in terms of the public domain. In this sense, the word ‘agoraphobia’, meaning the fear of crowds or fear of open spaces, is used to refer to the fear of freedom of expression and collective public action.

Through various mediums including photographs, drawings, paintings, sculptures and video art, the artists attempt to show how the growing discontent with existing regimes, governments and ideologies worldwide have resulted in the public reclaiming public spaces and using them to show their feelings of unrest. The exhibition is concerned with whether public spaces actually fuel the debate on collective public action or whether they just provide a platform to exercise civic rights – with or without actual results.

Artists exhibiting are Jimmie Durham, Freee, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Amal Kenawy, Lux Lindner, José Antonio Vega Macotela, Cinthia Marcelle, Liliana Maresca Secondary School Project, Christoph Schäfer, Mierle Laderman Ukeles and Şener Özmen, who is the only Turkish artist in the mix.

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