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July 2020 art events and opportunities

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Luis Camnitzer, The discovery of geometry, 1978


Art Thinking

Luis Camnitzer interviewed by Nick Thurston

Art objects are not art. Art objects are nothing more than by-products of art. That does not mean we should stop producing them, it only means we should become aware of why we produce them, and how language is distorted right now to disempower us as co-learners.

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Jenny Holzer, EXPOSE, 2020, animation by Paul Kamuf



Francis Frascina asks whether lockdown home confinement will drive women back into the place they have spent decades escaping from

These were metaphors of interiority, where individual fear – inner anxiety about what lies beyond ‘home’, beyond the hearth – was projected onto a harsh landscape of mythical figures of terror. These discourses are now mapped onto and internalised within those produced by responses to and explanations of a global pandemic. Lock down, stay home to stay safe – the tropes of the pathetic male politician.

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Abbas Akhavan, Study for a Garden: Fountain, 2012, installation view Delfina, London


Domestic Radicality

Bob Dickinson considers the home as less a haven and more a haunted place of loneliness and obsession

Martha Rosler has commented that since her performance Semiotics of the Kitchen in 1975, nothing much seems to have changed: ‘Women own the domestic sphere but not the public sphere,’ she has said. Even more so, now, perhaps, as during the current pandemic crisis our sense of the ordinary has been tested – especially for the vulnerable.

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Allora & Calzadilla, Raptor’s Rapture, 2012



Sophie J Williamson explores silence not as a retreat from the world but as a state from which to enact protest

Rather than stranding us in a silent abyss, the Fermi Paradox is instead repositioned by Allora & Calzadilla to examine the universal expanse of silence as the irreducible matter that binds all relationships between the living and the non-living, human and animal, terrestrial and cosmic.

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Shanzhai Lyric, Nothing, 2018
mini-publication published by Display Distribute


Shanzhai Lyric

Alexandra Symons Sutcliffe on the way the New York duo’s work charts the flows of capital that shape our world

Initiated in 2015 by Ming Lin and Alexandra Tatarsky, Shanzhai Lyric is an archival project that works with the language of bootlegged consumer goods produced in China, commonly referred to as shanzhai: Samsing phones, Adadis trainers, Channel handbags.

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In Solidarity

The global momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement feels like it has at last reached a tipping point, and not just for statues. The long-term institutional effects of colonial rule and the slave trade must now be acknowledged and acted on.

‘The white community must recognise that white supremacy is not a black issue that they should show empathy for, but a white issue that they should correct’. – Kimberley Jones

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From the Back Catalogue
An Alternative History of Art
Eddie Chambers argues that this BBC Radio 4 series continues the UK’s marginalisation of major 20th-century African-American artists

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Withdrawing My Labour

Evan Ifekoya resigns from Goldsmiths’ art department in a public protest over racism

I refuse to work as a racialised individual who is perceived by default to shoulder anti-racist work because of the colour of my skin.

Open Letter to Goldsmiths’ Senior Management Team

The associate lecturers and graduate trainee tutors of Goldsmiths’ art department protest against a hiring freeze that impacts short-contract staff

Nearly 40% of the institution’s teaching base – 472 jobs – will be cut, yet this represents only 7% of total salary spend. This is an action that will disproportionately affect black people and people of colour, severely diminishing teaching quality in the department.

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Unfinished Sentences

Judy Price corrects and clarifies a review of her ‘The End of the Sentence’ exhibition at Stanley Picker Gallery

Holloway Prison was redesigned and rebuilt between 1971 and 1985, not the 1990s, with the aim of replacing the imposing Victorian panopticon structure, known as ‘the Castle’ (the facade of the prison was based on Warwick Castle).

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Monument Matters

The government’s true colours are revealed by ministerial responses to recent attacks on statues of racists; US museums divest from the police in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd; Forensic Architecture makes public its research into the UK police killing of Mark Duggan; Forensic Architecture finds itself in the spotlight over a legal challenge to the Whitney Museum’s charitable status; the UK gallery sector tentatively begins to emerge from lockdown; the creative sector is at grave risk from lockdown’s economic fall-out; plus the latest on people, prizes and more.

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Tim Head, The Furies, 2020

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The Furies

Tim Head talks about his artist commission with Patricia Bickers

The Furies refers to the three goddesses of Greek mythology, the Erinyes, whose mission was to seek out and deliver terrible vengeance on those who had committed serious crimes and managed to evade punishment. Various figures currently in positions of power would be prime targets.


Christo (Christo Vladimirov Javacheff) 1935–2020
Axel Lapp

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Tony Conrad, installation view
Koelnischer Kunstverein, Cologne


Tony Conrad

Mark Prince

Here lies the paradox: Tony Conrad was always directing attention to some structural essence, which he was simultaneously discarding, taking it as an expedient pretext for the overthrowing of some nebulous, formerly stable essence.

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Simon Cutts, The World Has Been Empty Since the Postcard, 2020

Artists’ Books

Simon Cutts: The World Has Been Empty Since the Postcard – Fourteen Polemical Postcards

David Briers

You are more likely to notice them sitting on tables in other people’s houses, or used as a bookmark in a second-hand volume. Occasional postcards of this kind have always been difficult to disseminate.

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Pilvi Takala, The Trainee, 2008


Tom Holert: Knowledge Beside Itself – Contemporary Art’s Epistemic Politics

Matthew Bowman

Absenting aesthetics from the field of evaluation means artworks could irrecoverably collapse into the domain of neoliberalism.

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Pauline Boty in Pop Goes the Easel, 1962, directed by Ken Russell


Lisa Tickner: London’s New Scene – Art and Culture in the 1960s

Andrew Wilson

If the internationalism of British art in the 1960s was restricted, operating between the different pulls of Paris, New York and Commonwealth, its nationalism was firmly rooted in London and reflects the framework Lisa Tickner set herself to address: ‘London’s New Scene’.

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Michael John Whelan, Primary Organs, 2020


Michael John Whelan: Primary Organs

Saira Ansari

The film is an elegy to the lungs of the Arabian Gulf – specifically, the coral reef that lines the shores of the UAE, and its fate after the discovery of oil off the coast of Abu Dhabi.

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Willie Doherty, Endless, 2020


Willie Doherty: Endless

Maeve Connolly

The film is attuned to the particular affective intensity of the individual voice, amplified within the resonating chamber of social media. Slipping continually between the roles of victim and perpetrator, the protagonist is the privileged witness to his own suffering.

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Philbert Aime Mbabazi Sharangabo, Keza Lyn, 2017


66th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Adam Pugh

Curiously, it was precisely the compression engineered by the online format which opened up previously inaccessible, or at least unaccessed, areas of the festival.

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Penelope Umbrico, untitled, 2020 (34 televisions from Craigslist)


Screen Walks: Penelope Umbrico

Cassandre Greenberg

If one accepts the curatorial notion that the screen is a medium within which to walk, Penelope Umbrico’s ‘Screen Walk’ perhaps most closely resembles a frenzied dash through a busy retail environment.

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Hua Zong, Mask Hunter, 2020


Hua Zong: Mask Hunter

Lin Er-Ying

The filmmaker’s hour-long documentary has taken the Chinese internet by storm and focuses on Lin Dong, a charming 30-year-old Chinese businessman procuring millions of dollars’ worth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Turkey in the midst of the Covid-19 global pandemic (the entire film was shot in March).

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Marnie Ellen Hertzler, Crestone, 2020


Boiler Room TV: 4:3

Laura Harris

Boiler Room’s curators should know more than most about catering to digital cultural publics; the organisation’s business model has always been predicated on physical distance, eerily primed for a pandemic.


Social Practice and Social Distancing

Art education is the Cinderella of the museums and galleries sector, argues Seth Pimlott, undervalued yet essential

Socially engaged artists and curators whose work relies on interpersonal relationships and the physical proximity of people have, like everyone else, been given pause by the Covid-19 crisis. When your primary medium – the public realm – is taken away from you, how do you continue to work?

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Vallisaari Island

Letter from Helsinki

Dream Archipelago

Laura Robertson

‘We worry about losing the rest of these landscapes, and it’s a rising topic in Finland. When you go to an old forest, you feel in your body this diversity, a bodily, weird feeling. The economic forests are quite boring – not like this fairy-tale here on Vallisaari.’ – Teemu Lehmusruusu

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Huguette Caland, Self Portrait, Bribes de corps, 1973

Letter from Sharjah


Omar Kholeif

What, then, is Arab or Middle Eastern art? What links these art forms? The art of these countries is, as my former department head at art school suggested, linked to a history not necessarily of colonialism but of decolonisation.


Christo & Jeanne-Claude

Henry Lydiate

Reattribution of their joint authorship exemplifies not only Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s realisation that the law could be a key medium for use in their creative palette, but also demonstrates their astute grasp of the business dimensions of their artistic practice that they needed to employ in the realisation of their extraordinarily complex and costly ideas.

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Art Monthly Events

Art Criticism and the Pandemic

Panel discussions devised by Chris McCormack for Art Monthly and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Larne Abse Gogarty
Khairani Barokka
David Dibosa
Juliet Jacques
Robert McRuer
Neo Sinoxolo Musangi
Barbara Rodriguez Munoz
Marina Vishmidt

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airport in lockdown

Resetting the Global

Thursday 9 July 12pm–1.30pm

Several months into a devastating pandemic, the globalised art world has been grounded and changed. Exhibition models and curatorial pursuits including the Blockbuster, the Biennale and the art fair, are left in limbo. Are the restricted conditions of movement for many in the western world fostering alternative forms of practice, display and exchange? This event aims to glimpse possibilities for renewal beyond existing globalised systems. Speakers will address a wide-ranging set of issues and raise questions of ecological imperative, use of technology and the new status of art, for consideration and discussion.

Venue: PMC Zoom webinar
Price: Free but you must register in advance

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slave trader Edward Colston’s statue disappearing beneath the water after it was toppled by Black Lives Matter protesters in Bristol

Whose Body?

Friday 10 July 12pm–1.30pm

We are witness to how structural inequity has exacerbated the effects of the pandemic including for people in poverty, for keyworkers, for women and for people of colour. Using the frame of the art world, this event queries whose body is cared for and whose is ignored? It will turn to the current visibility of long-term racial injustices and the momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement. It will ask how art practice and writing can foster care and healing, renewal and health in light of the pandemic.

Venue: PMC Zoom webinar
Price: Free but you must register in advance

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Michael Hanna, A Living Colour Index, 2020
online commission for The MAC Belfast

Selected Digital Resources

Many venues are focusing on digital programming during the Covid-19 pandemic. So instead of the usual list of events, here are links to some of these online artworks and resources.

‘What you up to?’ Online Screening Programme

What you up to? is an online screening programme, inviting artists important to Forma‘s 18-year history to select existing moving-image work to revisit in these times of global change.


Arts and Place NOW: Artists talk about place

Arts and Place NOW is a series of free online conversations shining a light on exemplar projects amplifying the artists’ voice in placemaking featuring artists including Katerina Seda and Ibrahim Mahama.
Arts and Place


Gallery Maps

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London and UK Gallery maps

Find the reopened shows with the Art Monthly gallery maps


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Members of the Board of Trustees

Arts Catalyst | 1 Jul


Timothy Taylor, London | 10 Jul
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Call for Curator

PS² Freelands Artist Programme | 24 Aug


Artsadmin | Rolling


Call For Online Commissions – Artists And Mentors

Filmpro | 5 Jul

Call for Entries

Jerwood/FVU Awards | 20 Jul

Soho Art Prize

Miami Art Basel | 28 Jul

Common Ground Commissions

Season for Change, Artsadmin | 30 Jul

Woon Foundation Painting & Sculpture Prize

Baltic, Gateshead | 31 Jul

WAC Awards

Wells Art Contemporary | 1 Aug


Remote Residency Summer 2020

This opportunity is only open for A&D students of colour based in the UK in their final year of university who may have experienced a postponement or cancellation of their degree show due to Covid-19.
Outpost, Norwich | 12 Jul


AICA-UK Emerging Art Writers Fellowship

Mentorship and editorial guidance for emerging writers from AICA-UK’s distinguished art critics and writers. Non stipendiary – 2 or more per year.
AICA-UK (International Association of Art Critics) | 1 Sep


Think Tank Residencies

Pacitti Company, Ipswich | 16 Jul

Regeneration: Open Call for New Institutions

Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam | 24 Jul


Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany | 16 Aug

ARC Getaways

Stockton Arts Centre | Rolling


Artists Who Have Experience Delivering Workshops

Curator Space | Rolling


Hardship Fund

Axisweb | 1 Aug

Art in the Archive Bursary: Glitching the Archive

The Women’s Art Library and Feminist Review | 1 Sep

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants

Pollock-Krasner Foundation | Rolling

Black Artists Grant

Creative Debuts | Rolling



Big Screen Southend is looking for artists or filmmakers creating moving image works for its future programme. Including screening opportunities and a funded commission developed with Focal Point Gallery.
Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea | 10 Jul 12pm


Time-based Media Festival

Strangelove | 15 Jul

Publication selected by SCOTTEE

OUTPOST, Norwich | 26 Jul

Wells Art Contemporary

Waterfront Gallery | 1 Aug

Open Call

Truth to Power Café | 1 Aug

Wales Contemporary

Waterfront Gallery | 1 Sep

Submissions: Send opportunities to [email protected]

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