The 13th Istanbul Biennial, with its unlikely question for a title —“Mom, am I Barbarian?” (taken from a book of poems by Lale Müldür)—is centered around a series a challenging proposals about the meaning of citizenship, processes of urban development, forms of education and the conditions of labor in the neoliberal city. The Biennial was meant to address the rapid, contested development of Istanbul and the modern megapolis at large, but its realization was interrupted by the Gezi Park protests of late May and June—an explosion of discontent at the authoritarian, sectarian policies of the Turkish government. While these recent (and still ongoing) social uprisings are addressed in only a few artworks, many of the underlining causes are—including the egregious urban planning policies that displace marginal communities and privilege corporations over citizens. At its more poetic moments, the exhibition reflected the spirit of the Gezi resistance in the suspended, unfinished, provisional, impermanent, transient and collaborative qualities of works by 88 artists and collectives. Beyond the Biennial itself the week’s festivities included openings of new exhibitions at galleries and art spaces, a performance series and even the debut of a new art fair. Here’s a look around Istanbul in mid-September.