Laura Langer at Kunsthaus Glarus | frieze | review

Laura Langer at Kunsthaus Glarus | frieze | review

The spiral has been used as a symbol since the beginning of recorded culture. In Celtic mythologies, for instance, spirals denote elevation to higher levels of consciousness. Popular iconographies based on Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian mythology, on the other hand, combine the spiral with a straight 

Closer at Kunstverein Düsseldorf | frieze | review

Closer at Kunstverein Düsseldorf | frieze | review

In their essay ‘The Guild of the Brave Poor Things’(2017), artists Park McArthur and Constantina Zavitsanos ponderwhether true privacy is still a viable reality. This is an especially pertinent question for McArthur, whose own impaired mobility requires her to maintain proximity to others to carry 

Sara Sadik | Kaleidoscope | interview

Sara Sadik | Kaleidoscope | interview

Sara Sadik’s fictional narratives portray the Maghrebi youth (whom she refers to as beurness) in Marseille, the city to which she belongs. Rooted in a local perspective, her scripts, films, and performances tackle wider issues, such as the politics of identities and behaviours that lack media representation. Through her computer-generated images and gamified references to pop culture items including Capri Sun, Dragon Ball, and Kalenji clothing, Sadik builds her imaginary scenarios, evading the colonialism(s) that have usurped physical and virtual territories. Through her tactical use of new technologies and social media, Sadik aims to create spaces for fairer representations. 

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METAL | publication | published by Material Review

METAL | publication | published by Material Review

Artists and authors offer their views on the ethical and aesthetic significance of metal in contemporary culture. Starting with a journey through the Basque Country (Spain) and its metallurgical tradition, the publication addresses some collective imaginaries of the industrial, technological, and social transition from the 

Who Cracks the Whip?: Angharad Williams | Mousse | article

Who Cracks the Whip?: Angharad Williams | Mousse | article

Welsh artist Angharad Williams’s eclectic practice encompasses diverse forms—from painting to sculpture, as well as video, installations, and performances. These expressions are informed by questions around authority, speech, and class. Due to the constraints of the pandemic, Williams’s work has become more static and materially 

Good Pictures : Austin Lee | Kaleidoscope | article

Good Pictures : Austin Lee | Kaleidoscope | article

At first sight, Austin Lee’s paintings and sculptures might feel
provocatively childish, even histrionic—but upon digging beneath
the surface, further layers are revealed. From his deliberately basic
compositions and palettes to his hybrid processes, Lee’s works
analyze the power of image creation, as well as contemporary
forms of painting.

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Camilla Steinum Plays with Chance | frieze | review

Camilla Steinum Plays with Chance | frieze | review

‘Pick a card’ is the initial instruction visitors receive prior to entering Camilla Steinum’s immersive exhibition, ‘Symptom, Sympathy’, at Westfälischer Kunstverein. Further directions and notes are included in a booklet that serves as a manual for the show. Yet, before picking a card from the 

Blending as Resistance: Peppi Bottrop / Mousse / review

Blending as Resistance: Peppi Bottrop / Mousse / review

Regarding the artist’s working space, Daniel Buren once wrote that the studio frames the reality and truth of an artwork. In his text The Function of the Studio (1979) he suggested that the work of art ultimately belongs in the studio, because it is only 

Shuang Li: Body, Soul, Desires, and Affections / Heichi / article

Shuang Li: Body, Soul, Desires, and Affections / Heichi / article

In his book Testo Junkie, the philosopher Paul B. Preciado claims that the real engine of capitalism is the pharmacopornographic control of our subjectivities. The products of this economy are serotonin, testosterone, cortisone, antibiotics, alcohol, tobacco, morphine, insulin, cocaine, Viagra, basically any substance that facilitates the production of mental and psychosomatic states of excitement or relaxation or feelings of omnipotence and control. 

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Danica Barboza / Kaleidoscope / article

Danica Barboza / Kaleidoscope / article

Danica Barboza’s practice encompasses a multiplicity of forms. The great commonality linking her sculptures, drawings and writing is the artist’s emphasis on the processes of deconstruction and discovery. Her narratives grow out from the dissection of bodies and structures, and are leavened with a sharp