Financial Times

Seriously contemporary

The artists at this year’s Istanbul Biennial deftly tackle the weightiest themes



Even before you know the back story, “180 Seconds of Lasting Images” (2006), by the Beirut-born pair Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, grips the gaze. A mosaic of 4,500 tiny rectangles of photographic paper, only on close inspection do its shifting hues resolve into figures. It was assembled from film shot by Joreige’s uncle, who is still missing since he was kidnapped in the Lebanese civil war.


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