TOGETHER IN THE DIGITAL CLOUD NIRIN, The 22 Sydney Biennale in Perspective By Gabriela Salgado I am writing from self-isolation in my apartment, listening solely to the occasional chitchat of birds that softly pierces the almost continuous silence: such is the new soundtrack of life in the city. Like them, I am slowly adjusting to a reality that was unthinkable a few weeks ago. By then I was in Sydney, rushing through the traffic in busy streets to attend the multivenue preview of NIRIN, the 22nd edition of the Biennale... Read The Rest →

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) – these 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 by... 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 is no... 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 →

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