The 13th Istanbul Biennial, with its unlikely question for a title —“Mom, am I a 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. It addressed the rapid, contested development of Istanbul and the modern megapolis at large, whose 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 not addressed directly, 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. The week was bigger than the Biennial itself, however, with openings of new exhibitions at galleries and art spaces, a performance series and even a new art fair. Here’s a look around Istanbul in mid-September.