Scandinavian duo Elmgreen and Dragset say biennial offers a nuanced perspective on the country, but Turkish artists admit need to censor their work

In recent years the Istanbul biennial has grappled with subjects such as the city’s anti-authoritarian protests in Gezi Park in 2013 and Europe’s migration crisis. In 2009 the biennial’s manifesto said “politically neutral art is a means of policing the art world”.

The 15th edition of Turkey’s most important contemporary art event, which opens on Saturday, is curated by the celebrated Scandinavian subversives Elmgreen and Dragset, and takes as its theme “what makes a good neighbour”.

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