The MAK exhibition SIGNS TAKEN IN WONDER: Searching for Contemporary Istanbul presents a topical snapshot of contemporary art production in the context of the city of Istanbul. Works by 33 artists from Istanbul, Turkish artists who live abroad, and other international artists—including new commissions and site-specific installations—develop an imaginative narrative about the culture and history of this many-faceted metropolis equally shaped by European, Oriental, and Asian influences.
Starting from the way that novels and essays inform collective notions about foreign cultures, the exhibition explores the importance of narrative within contemporary art. The exhibition takes its inspiration from an essay written by Homi K.
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