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Catalogue for the 14th Istanbul Biennial, held 5 September – 1 November 2015 and curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.
“Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms hovers around a material – salt water – and the contrasting image-forms of knots and waves. It looks for where to draw the line, to withdraw, to draw upon, and to draw out. It does so offshore, on the flat surfaces with our fingertips, but also in the depths, underwater, before the enfolded encoding unfolds.
This city-wide exhibition on the Bosphorus considers different frequencies and patterns of waves, the currents and densities of water both visible and invisible that poetically and politically shape and transform the world. With and through art, we mourn, commemorate, denounce, try to heal, and we commit ourselves to the possibility of joy and vitality, of many communities that have co-inhabited these spaces, leaping from form to flourishing life.”
With essays by Emin Özsoy, Aurora Scotti, Jean-Michel Vappereau, Griselda Pollock, Pietro Rigolo, Beatriz Colomina, Boris Groys, Alexander Provan, Andrew Yang, Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, Elvan Zabunyan, Penelope Deutscher, Adrian Parr, Bracha L. Ettinger, William Irvine, Chus Martínez, Jeffrey Peakall, Orhan Pamuk, and an anthology edited by Ingo Niermann.
Drafted by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
Edited by Süreyyya Evren
Publisher Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and Yapı Kredi Publications, Istanbul, 2015
ISBN 9786055275259, 6055275252