This week, as we look back at past editions of the Istanbul Biennial, here’s a deep dive into the archives—back to 1997 for the fifth edition, curated by Rosa Martinez, who titled it “On Life, Beauty, Translations and Other Difficulties.” Twenty years ago, in the 19th issue of @artasiapacific, curator Vasıf Kortun (later, the founding director of research and programs at SALT) had high praise for Martinez’s exhibition, writing: “It is seldom I walk out of a show buoyed with pleasure and an understanding of the fundamental proposals of a curator and of the connectivity between the works.” Check out this vintage article from our digital archive (link in bio).
📷: LIN TIAN-MIAO, The Profileration of Thread-winding, 1995, installation view, wooden bed, eiderdown, balls, 20,000 needles, thread, Chinese traditional paper, television and VCR; SIMRYN GILL, Untitled, 1996-97, shredded paper torn from Charles Darwin's The Origin of the Species and Cao Xuezin's The Story of the Stone (Mandarin and English translation).
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