Orwell’s work finds new life in Istanbul show
George Orwell’s 1984 is going through something of a revival. His novel, published in 1949, details government paranoia, rampant censorship, groupthink and persecution of individual thought. It’s currently back in the bestseller charts. This exhibition in Istanbul takes inspiration from Orwell’s prophetic book. It also explores the idea of polythink – the ability to hold multiple and seemingly conflicting ideas at once. The show starts with the Moscow Conceptualists of the 1970s and includes the work of 34 artists from across the globe. Doublethink: Double Vision runs at the Pera Museum, Istanbul, until August 6. For more information visit en.peramuzesi.org.tr.
A 1984 placard at a rally against NSA surveillance in Germany, in Frankfurt, 2013.