In Istanbul for the Biennial?

Merve Arkunlar picks eight exhibitions to see

Nilbar Gures, BERF açık telefon kulübesi serisinden / BERF from the series open phone booth, 2011 Sarkis, Rainbow. Courtesy the artist and Galeri Mana

Anish Kapoor at Sakıp Sabancı Museum

This exhibition, showing in both the museum’s galleries and the gardens features works in marble, alabaster and other stone materials, many of which have not been seen in public before. The exhibition also includes existing works such as Sky Mirror and Yellow. To 5 January 2014

Şahin Kaygun: Hidden Face at Elipsis Gallery

Şahin Kaygun (1951-1992) was one of Turkey’s best contemporary avant-garde photographers. This exhibition at Elipsis showcases his Polaroid images from the1980s onwards, when the he first experimented with the visual representation of the ‘hidden face’. Working in film as well as photography, Kaygun’s directorial project Full Moon (1988) has been shown at Cannes and other festivals. To 2 October

Burak Delier: Play your part and the script will follow at PILOT

This exhibition, by an artist whose intelligent and witty projects always intrigue, showcases videos, sculptures, and installations that explore issues of economics and art and notions of private and public. To 26 October

Gülsün Karamustafa: A Promised Exhibition at SALT Beyoğlu & SALT Galata

Spanning 40 years this is established artist Gülsün Karamustafa’s most expansive retrospective to date and takes over both SALT locations on İstiklal Caddesi and the old Bankalar Caddesi. Works in a range of media, including painting, collage, installations and video, reflect topics including Turkey’s recent political history, migration, locality, identity, cultural awareness and gender. To 5 January 2014

Şükran Moral and Valie Export at Galeri Zilberman

This exhibition pairs two performance artists whose work around female sexuality, identity and power has often caused controversy Metanoia (later, after, beyond) is an installation that features 29 performance videos by Valie Export, dating back to the 1970s. Despair, the centrepiece of Moral’s exhibition is a video that focuses on a group of illegal immigrants on a boat in the middle of the sea, searching for a better life. To 26 October

Trevor Paglen at Protocinema

Trevor Paglen’s new large-scale sculpture, Prototype for a Nonfunctional Satellite (Design 4; Build 3), takes the form of a satellite with no commercial or military ‘purpose’. Detached from its function Paglen’s spacecraft-cum-art object highlights not only how information is communicated but how art relates to both its function and its audience. To 25 October

Cengiz Çekil and Nilbar Güreş at Rampa

This year, Rampa opens the season with two concurrent exhibitions. Cengiz Çekil showcases new work, With a Cleaning Cloth, a work comprised of 144 pieces, each featuring different configurations of a cleaning clth, canvas, string, paint and lace. Nilbar Güreş’s project Open Phone Booth, which debuted at Frieze Art Fair in 2011, and is shown here in Turkey for the first time, is a collection of photographs and a three-screen video installation that documents the need of villagers in an Alevi-Kurdish village in Bingöl to walk up to the hills to find reception on their cell phones. To 26 October

Sarkis: Twin at Galeri Manâ

This show features a new light installation Rainbow accompanied by the artist’s 1971 audio work 7 Roulettes. Created over two floors the exhibition sets up a dialogue between past and present, memory and perception. To 24 September

The I3th Istanbul Biennial continues until 20 October