Organisers of the fifth edition of the Çannakale Biennale in Turkey are to press ahead with the September event despite the failed coup of 15 July and its contentious aftermath, including continued security concerns after attacks at Istanbul Airport and elsewhere.

“We are determined to realise this biennial even under the current difficult conditions,” said the show’s general director, Beral Madra. “Maybe some artists will be reluctant to come—which we fully understand—but their works will represent them. We trust the prudence and will of the people and the officials who support the biennale as a product of democracy.”

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