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Eva Kotátkova’s ‘Machine for Restoring Empathy’ installation. An autistic delegate’s perspective What must it be like to trust the universe to keep you upright? What is the cause of neurodivergent anxiety? These seemingly unconnected questions ricochet inside my head as I […]

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What is the point of the Istanbul Biennial?

The Istanbul Biennial has had a troubled few years. In 2013 it was embroiled in controversy over its reaction to political demonstrations in the city’s Taksim Square, while the current 14th edition arrived at a time of growing political tension in the country. As it draws to a close this week and Turkey prepares to go to the polls in a snap election, Dany Louise argues that this international biennial has failed to respond to the urgent and compelling context it finds itself in.

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