With the title Poetic Justice," the latest Istanbul Biennial signaled its interest in reconciling self-expression and politics. For the first time, the exhibition sites included the Byzantine splendor of the Hagia Sophia.
BY ELEANOR HEARTNEY
"At the other end of the spectrum here were several works of sheer visual poetry whose social messages, if any, seemed secondary to the delight they provided. One of these was Jennifer Steinkamp's digitized projections of leafy trees on the walls of the Cistern. Glowing in the darkness like an apparition, their branches vibrated unnaturally while the water below provided a perfect, seamless reflection."