SALTWATER: Istanbul Biennial 2015
Against a spectacular oceanic backdrop, in the ruins of the mansion garden which once belonged to Leon Trotsky, pose a series of huge animal sculptures. They are simultaneously pristine formations in alabaster and calamitous chimeras, creations of cloth, wood, tin and terracotta clambering across their backs.
These are the works of Argentinian Artist Adrian Villar-Rojas “ The Most Beautiful Of All Mothers” (2015), created for the 14th Istanbul Biennial, SALTWATER : A Theory Of Thought Forms. Visitors can explore a programme of 1,500 artworks in 36 venues across the city, spread as far as Prince Islands, 20km south of the city.
Formed for the city on the Bosphorus by Carolyn Christov- Bakargiev, the programme “hovers around a material – salt water- and the contrasting images of knots and of waves. It considers different patterns of waves, the currents and densities of water, both visible and invisible that poetically and politically shape and transform the world. “
The tensions between human activity and ocean environments is an ongoing focus for Invisible Dust. We are planning a programme which focuses on the oceans, working with Hull Maritime Museum and Ferens Art Gallery as part of the Hull City of Culture 2017.
The 14th Istanbul Biennial: SALTWATER runs until 1 November 2015.