Bige Orer

The 14th edition of the Istanbul Biennial, called Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms has been drafted by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and colleagues, who were offered more than 1,500 selected works by over 80 participants from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America.

Spanning the Bosporus Strait; waters which unite the city of 14 million people divided by two continents – Europe and Asia, the exhibition at Istanbul Modern made a convenient starting point for discussion and discovery of “Saltwater”.

Artefact met with Bige Örer, Director of the Istanbul Biennial, as horse drawn carriages drove by chiming their bells on Princess Island and we took the opportunity to ask about culture, politics and how the arts from the exhibitions reach out to the wider audience.



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