>> Turkey's crackdown on opposition may have left a hole at the heart of the country's biggest art show. The 15th Istanbul Biennial asking what it means to be a good neighbor and the artworks on show aren't shy about taking on international affairs.>>
Turkish artist, Erkan Usjen, captures a deaf boy describing Islamic State capturing his village.
But critics say there's a noticeable absence of art about Turkey's turbulent domestic politics across the various venues that touch on conflict, protest, and displacement. There's no mention of Ankara's increasingly strange relationship with Europe following last July's failed coup. The Biennial director disagrees saying the personal is political.>> Artists from Turkey have responded to this notion in different ways using different mediums, and sometimes, thinking about urban transformation, sometimes thinking about their personal identities.
>> A nod to Istanbul's own transformation touches on the destruction of nature, a theme that runs through the exhibition. This Turkish artist features the bulldozer used to knock down trees for the city's third airport currently being built. Local artist, Berchak Bingle's surveillance cameras mourn the lost of green space in her neighborhood, a source of protest here in Turkey.
But she says her work also captures the changes in society through the growing use of surveillance.>> Now what we see through those camera is more important than the cameras itself like being on the street. For example, some guy just hits this lady who's wearing shorts, something. Those sort of things are more important than the cameras itself.
>> This year's Biennial suggesting it's getting even harder to be a good neighbor, but in troubled times maybe also ever more important.