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Title: Istanbul Biennial 2009-2013 : activism and the politics of art in the neoliberal economy
Author: Snow, Thomas
ISNI:       0000 0004 7230 9277
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis examines the intersection of art, activism, and the politics of neoliberalism in relation to three consecutive editions of the Istanbul Biennial, 2009, 2011, 2013. During this period, widespread disillusionment with the biennial institution in the city let to artists and activists disputing its corporate ties, links to tourist industries and urban gentrification, and thus its capacity to productively engage its publicised political and social thematics. In foregrounding discussion of each biennial in contemporary political circumstances, from 2007/8 global financial crisis up to the occupation of Gezi Park in 2013, I draw on the disagreements between curators, artists, and activists to critically reflect on the way perceived limitations are understood.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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