212 #16

212 #16

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212 #16 Anxiety Antidote
  • Condition: New
  • Language: English
  • 168 Pages 
  • 28cm x 38cm (11" x 15")
  • Published in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Autumn/Winter 2023
  • Frequency: Biannual

Anxiety digs deep into our very essence, in this day and age. We constantly feel wired and on-edge. A degree of mental peace only seems to exist in the vivid visual narratives of contemporary art and photography. This issue of 212, ‘Anxiety Antidote’, is a collective quest for inner peace, how to deal with our everyday worries, and the remedies artists and thinkers prescribe. 

In a world of uncertainties, ‘Anxiety Antidote’ is more than just a theme — it invites introspection. While no panacea exists for every ailment, perhaps the real antidote isn't in escaping chaos, but in embracing, understanding and reshaping it.

212 is a biannual magazine based out of Istanbul, published and distributed internationally. It contains short fiction and long-form reportage; distinctive photo essays and revealing interviews. Even though it was born in the city where east meets west (as the love-worn cliche goes), the magazine seeks to transcend the loaded dichotomies of Istanbul’s favourite metaphor, and extends its gaze far beyond the region.

The name “212” comes from the area code for Istanbul, but it also happens to be the area code for New York – a piece of misdirection that’s characteristic of the magazine’s ethos: as soon as you try too hard to close in on your subject it has a habit of defying you. Rather than pigeonholing ideas into narrow parameters, 212’s contributors trace connections that will surprise and delight.Each issue is centered around a loose theme and has two editions: English and Turkish. 212 aims to be as challenging as it is influential – to provide an inclusive space for ideas and perspectives to mix without prejudice and better interrogate social, artistic and cultural phenomena from the region and around the world.

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