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Anne Imhof, Sex, 2019, rehearsal photograph of performer Eliza Douglas
Lizzie Homersham asks what forces have changed the space of the intimate
Anne Imhof’s Sex indicates what work can be available for people who look the right way in the right place and time in order for their performance to be recompensed as contemporary art. They also perform the exhaustion of this role, as if there is nowhere to go except this extremely social sphere, the seeming inverse or tethered twin of the prison, detention centre or psychiatric unit.
Ashanti Harris with Jen Martin, Sonic Seance: The Gathering, 2019
Expanding the Curriculum
Ranjana Thapalyal argues for the adoption of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching
Art school discourse, too, seems to have hoodwinked itself into thinking it has dealt with multiplicities and complexities in the student cohort by batting away the bogey-man of fixed truth, and declaring it to be unstable and contingent. Why then, in 2019, do we face renewed and quite rightly even more strident calls for ‘decolonising the curriculum’?
From the Back Catalogue
Decolonising the Curriculum
Art history lags behind other disciplines in incorporating art by black and ethnic minorities argues Richard Hylton
The 5th World Festival of Youth and Students, Warsaw, 1955
Sarah Jury argues that art is one of the few remaining spaces in which cultural activism can make a difference
The most effective way for artists, educators, curators, writers, activists, museums and publications to fight fascism isn’t yet clear, but it is widely discussed. I bounce from being annoyed that there is so much discourse that it has become an industry in its own right, to being relieved that so many people are trying to do something.
Hal Fischer, Handkerchiefs, 1977
Chris McCormack on the intersection of subcultures and the everyday in the work of the San Francisco-based artist
Fischer’s work spans what is often seen as the heady, liberatory period between the Stonewall riots and the advent of HIV/AIDS, and the first wave of publicly debated US legislative developments that came to shape queer contact to wider society.
The alignment of art and activism is long standing, and over the years both have come under fire from the authorities. Perhaps less obvious, however, is the backing of the courts which, recently, have become more prominent in their defence of artists and activists.
How has it come to this? It is as if representative public bodies, from the government down, have been put on a permanent war footing against the citizens of this country who they are meant to protect.
Nan Goldin and her activist group PAIN perform a ‘die-in’ at the Sackler courtyard, V&A, London
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery drops the BP Portrait Award; Nan Goldin’s PAIN activists protest against Sackler funding at the V&A; the Roundhouse turns down £1m from the Sackler Trust; artists withdraw their works from high-profile exhibitions; plus the latest news on galleries, appointments, prizes and more.
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Palestinian Beauty Contest, Jerusalem c1990s. Image by the photojournalist Nati Shoat given to Oreet Ashery for use in the early 1990s as part of his batch of photographic prints that were rejected by the Israeli press.
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Megan Broadmeadow, Why Can’t We Do This IRL?, 2019
on show in ‘You Feel Me_’ at Fact, Liverpool
Open Your Eyes
Art Exchange, Colchester
13BC: Fatal Act
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
You Feel Me_
Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory
Met Breuer, New York
Sara MacKillop: Returns and Renewals
Edward Allington: Things Unsaid
Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Michael E Smith
Modern Art, London
Haroon Mirza: Waves and Forms
John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
Ilona Sagar: Deep Structure
S1 Artspace, Sheffield
Christodoulos Panayiotou: Act II – The Island
Camden Arts Centre, London
Mikhail Karikis: For Many Voices
Ron Athey, Acephalous Monster, 2019
Ron Athey: Acephalous Monster
Ron Athey is no longer concerned precisely or exclusively with what he once termed his project to create ‘a perfectly depicted apocalypse’.
Futures of the Contemporary
For Peter Osborne, this results in ‘anti-capitalism without a post-capitalist imaginary – a series of abstract ideas (freedom, equality, communism) severed from historical meanings rooted in particular social relations’.
Anne Boyer: The Undying – A Meditation on Modern Illness
As Anne Boyer was pumped with highly-toxic medicine manufactured by extractive industries, her desire to survive clashed with her effort to ‘unravel survival’s ethics’.
Lav Diaz, The Halt, 2019
15th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
The Halt is a more digestible 283 minutes compared with Lav Diaz’s other films, which defy both cinema and the notion of film as something to be attentively and studiously sat through.
Hani Jawherieh, Training Camp, Jordan, 1969
The Found Archive of Hani Jawherieh
The sense of the exhibition conveying a meaning equivalent to a double negative comes about inevitably because of the diminished resources and platforms through which a Palestinian history can be seen.
Taus Makhacheva, Tightrope, Dagestan, 2015
Letter from Timisoara
My presupposition that there would be a connection between the biennale and the city’s regeneration, perhaps gentrification, was immediately confirmed on sighting the enormous apartment complex under development on the same boulevard as my hotel.
Ila Beka & Louise Lemoine, Homo Urbanus Rabatius, 2017
Letter from Rabat
Much was made in the opening speeches of the Biennale about freedom: the freedom of expression offered to the curator and the artists. Freedom of expression is an essential but not sufficient condition.
Blackpool Art B&B
Blackpool Art B&B
Art B&B has been driven by frustration at the lack of local opportunities to network and expand artistic practice; to paraphrase one of the Art B&B staff, they want to attract artists who wouldn’t ever come to Blackpool.
Ways of Working
A key feature of Banksy’s practice is the marked absence of a signature/tag on all but his earliest publicly sited work. This has led to a recent legal challenge, which in turn has driven him to introduce a new way of working.
This month's highlights include:
- Haroon Mirza in conversation John Hansard Gallery 6.00pm Fri 6 Dec
- Lis Rhodes readings and book launch Glasgow Women’s Library 1.00pm Sat 7 Dec
- Christodoulos Panayiotou performance Conway Hall 7.00pm Sat 7 Dec
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Art Monthly’s exhibition listings can be viewed online.
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Dean of the School of Art
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York | 1 Dec
Serpentine Galleries, London | 2 Dec
Learning & Engagement Curator
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin | 6 Dec
Programming and Events Officer
Hull Culture and Leisure | 6 Dec
Bow Arts Trust, London | 9 Dec
Communications and Digital Coordinator
Eastside, London | 13 Dec
Now or Never Programme Assistant
Arnolfini, Bristol | 16 Dec
Graduate Studio Award
Creekside Artists, London | 2 Dec
Call for Proposals: Site-Specific Commission, South Georgia
International artist to be commissioned by South Georgia Heritage Trust to create installation on sub-Antarctic Island of South Georgia. Artist Fee £50,000
South Georgia Heritage Trust | 12 Jan 5pm
Film London | 2 Dec
Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize
London | 19 Jan
Stuart Croft Foundation Awards
Stuart Croft Foundation | 9 Dec
Derwent Art Prize
The Derwent Art Prize | 17 Feb
Mayor of London’s Culture for all Londoners | 1 Mar
Write for Art Worlds
Art Quest | Rolling
European Media Artists in Residence Exchange
EMARE, Germany | 2 Dec
Open House: Artist in Residence
Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge | 2 Dec
Writer in Residence
Photoworks, Brighton | 16 Dec
Praksis Residency: Live or Buy
Oslo | 18 Dec
Earth Water Sky Residency
Science Gallery, Venice | 6 Jan
Artistic PhD research fellowships
Oslo National Academy of the Arts | 6 Jan
Fellowship in Civic Engagement
Pratt Institute, Brookyln | 7 Jan
McKinney International Art and Design Residency
Eskenazi School of Art Architecture & Design at Indiana University | 1 Feb
Stockton Arts Centre | Rolling
Step Beyond Travel Grants
European Cultural Foundation | Rolling
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants
Pollock-Krasner Foundation | Rolling
Inaugural 2020 major biennial exhibition featuring British+ International artists with £10,000 Brewers Prize awarded to one of the exhibiting artists. Judges: Polly Staple, Mike Nelson & Noelle Collins
Towner Eastbourne | 17 Jan
MAPS Festival, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art | 12 Dec
KCAW Public Art Trail
Kensington & Chelsea Art Week | 25 Jan
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