Tom Snow reviews Mustafa Hulusi's latest exhibition, <em>Negative Ecstasy</em>, curated by November Paynter, for Dirimart's recently-opened space in Istanbul. Hulusi – British-born, of Turkish-Cypriot descent – invokes the work of French literary critic Georges Bataille, in order, as Snow notes, to maintain an allegorical status in which an image becomes...
SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms
The 14th Istanbul Biennial is as broadly defined as it is integrated into the city, <em>SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms</em> is bound together, according to 'organizer' Carolyn Christov-Barkargiev, by 'one of the most ubiquitous materials in the world'. 'Ubiquity might well speak to the conflicted politics of biennials currently'...
Culture Now: Renzo Martens at the ICA, London
In this report, Tom Snow reflects on a talk by Renzo Martens at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, in December 2014. The Dutch artist presented and discussed a series of slides depicting sculptural self-portraits by artists from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and were exhibited internationally thereafter. Martens argues...