Documenta 14 last days

The historical exhibition Documenta, considered the most politically reactive art event in the western world, recently came to a close leaving behind an atmosphere of controversy around what the German political establishment considered its financial extravagance. Given that Documenta has in recent years spilled over to other countries – namely those suffering the impact of the west’s self interest in the form of occupations (Afghanistan) or forced bankruptcy (Greece) –  this editions saw a number of ambitious, free of charge exhibitions organised around Athens. In addition, at one of Kassel’s main venues, the solemn Fridericianum was mainly occupied... Read The Rest →

San Art Reader features ‘Embedded Souths’ festival of films by Global South artists Mythology Curatorial essay for one of the thematic strands of ‘Embedded Souths’ online moving image exhibition  curated by Zoe Butt, Uyen Le and myself. Commissioned by San Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the exhibition was screened in November 2016 in the framework of  San Art ‘Conscious Realities’ program.   One of the achievements of imperial reason was to affirm itself as a superior identity by constructing inferior entities (racial, national, religious, sexual, gender), and expelling them to the outside of the normative sphere of “the real.” I agree that today there... Read The Rest →

57th Venice Biennale

Walking and boating through tourists-saturated Venice to catch as much as possible of the Biennale exhibitions, openings and parties is a tall order. The feeling of having missed too much despite the effort is overwhelming, as the event seems to be growing exponentially with each edition. As any large exhibition, the current Biennale shows an array of very good works. Remarkably so, it also proposes the affirmative inclusion of prominent senior artists, which reveals much needed due respect to essential contributions to contemporary art languages. However, the central exhibition curated by Centre Pompidou curator Christine Macel seems to reenact... Read The Rest →

Telling Time: A refreshing edition of the ‘Bamako Encounters: African Biennale of Photography’ in Mali

Under the artistic directorship of Bisi Silva and a curatorial team formed by herself,  Yves Chatap and Antwan Byrd, the 10th edition of the Biennale – reborn after a 4 year gap due to the armed conflict – examines the concept of time through lens media production in Africa and the diaspora   The central exhibition at the National Museum of Mali, ‘Telling Time’ approaches past present and future in photographs and videos by 39 selected artists from an open call.             Exhibitions around the city... Read The Rest →

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