As part of his participation in the 15th Istanbul Bienali, a good neighbour, artist Fred Wilson spoke at the bienali's Public Programme. Wilson discussed his work, Afro Kismet, which is on view now at the Pera Museum. Relating this work to his artistic practice and to a piece he had exhibited representing the United States at the 50th Venice Biennale, the artist said, "My work is about an issue which is both personal and universal. I dealt with something like this in Venice, as well; I researched the role of black people in the history of that area. Now I want to do something similar here to see how things were in the Ottoman Empire. I think this topic is very in line with the theme of the Bieniali: getting to know our neighbours."
To read more about Fred Wilson's talk from the Public Programme, click here. The 15th Istabul Bienali, a good neighbour, will be on view through November 12, 2017. For more information, visit the bienali's website.