Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, The Black and White Diary, Fig. 5, 2009. 365 black-and-white and desaturated color prints, installation view.

Dispatch: 12th Istanbul Biennial

The 12th Istanbul Biennial focused on artists from the Middle East and Latin America. According to “Untitled” co-curator Jens Hoffman, “We were looking for artworks that are formally innovative as well as politically outspoken and that relate to the general themes of the exhibition such as migration, violence, identity, and politics.” The overall theme was drawn from the works of Félix Gonzáles-Torres, whose artistic subjects echoed through the cavernous venue, evoked in various forms, shapes, and styles, though without appearing per se. Hoffman explained, “The work of Félix Gonzáles-Torres brings together the personal and the political in a very unique way. It tells us something about ourselves and the world around us in equal measures. …see the entire review in the print version of March’s Sculpture magazine.