Oscar Murillo ‘Violent Amnesia’ 2019 installation view
Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
Oscar Murillo interviewed by Cherry Smyth
The London-based Afro-Colombian artist discusses race and colonialism, the collective experience and the individual, cultural displacement and infiltration.
The physical energy that happens in the studio remains present beyond the action and the sense of labour is transferred to the space and the viewer. But somehow that is not enough. If you think of a dynamo that transfers energy to something else, in this show the pews carry that through, suggesting the link between colonialism and the church.
activists from PAIN (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now) performing a
die-in against Sackler’s funding of the Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2019
photo by Arda Arsena
Activism as Art
Activism is not an add-on says Tom Snow
It is time that museums recognised activism as central to critical art practices by individuals and collectives, such as Liberate Tate, PAIN, and BP or not BP?
The capacity of museums to represent and comment on current art and artists is flawed by the refusal to take note of their politically engaged contemporary activities. Tate and other institutions are potentially at risk of something similar by refusing to see activism as a serious component of contemporary practice.
From the Back Catalogue
Artists Must Eat But at what price asks Lizzie Homersham
Oliver Laric Lincoln 3D Scans 2012-
Virtual and Other Bodies
We need a new language of embodiment for 3D technologies argues Mark Wilsher
The unnerving feelings of dissociation triggered by the works of artists such as Oliver Laric, Laurie Anderson and Rachel Rossin show that, if we are to spend more time in the virtual world, it is important not to leave the body behind.
No matter what the content, no matter who the programmer, a virtual space created purely from data and navigable without any relationship to our situated bodies will always represent a patriarchal mode of experience because it is ultimately a dissociated one. It denies the body in order to more easily colonise space.
Venice: Through a Glass Darkly
Venice is being swamped by tourists who are collectively destroying the cultural jewel they have come to visit. The international art crowd is part of this nihilistic tendency, so has the time now come to radically rethink our own relationship with the mother of all biennales?
‘You’re asking me what it’s like to live with this crap? It used to be wonderful, we had lots of artisans … The problem now is the mass tourism, the people who come for just a few hours and see nothing – it’s as much of a nightmare for them.’
Natalia LL’s Consumer Art 1973 which was censored from the Warsaw National Museum and the banana-eating protest that ensued
photo Annabelle Chapman
Studio provider ACAVA has had one of its studio blocks repossessed, locking out more than two dozen artists; artists protest at Tate’s renewed contact with Anthony d’Offay; the Czech culture minister resigns after his politically motivated sacking of museum directors; protesters in Poland stage a mass banana-eating outside the National Museum in support of a censored artwork; Trevor Paglen’s ambitious satellite sculpture Orbital Reflector is officially declared lost in space, a victim of President Donald Trump’s government shutdown; plus the latest news on galleries, appointments, prizes and more.
Larry Achiampong ‘Divi
dednation’ installation view, Primary, Nottingham
Tom Emery discusses the thematic richness of ‘Relic Traveller’, the most recent work of the London-based multi-disciplinary artist.
Two near simultaneous political events form key influences for Larry Achiampong’s vision of the future: in June 2016 the UK voted to leave the European Union; weeks later in July, the African Union launched a passport programme that, when realised, will entitle holders to freedom of movement across all African nations.
Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte & Lina Lapelyte
Sun & Sea (Marina) 2019 Lithuanian pavilion, Venice
Southern Constellations: The Poetics of the Non-Aligned
Moderna Galerija and Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana
Maja and Reuben Fowkes
58th Venice Biennale
The Unexpected Subject: 1978 Art and Feminism in Italy
FM Centre for Contemporary Art, Milan
Anna Maria Maiolino: Love Becomes Revolutionary
PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan
Derek Boshier: It’s Only When the Tide Goes Out ...
S Mark Gubb: The Last Judgement
Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno
Cory Arcangel: BACK OFF
Athena Papadopoulos: A Tittle-Tattle Tell-A-Tale Heart
Humber Street Gallery, Hull
Capitain Petzel • BQ • Martin-Gropius-Bau • KOW
New York Round-up
Queer Thoughts • Bodega • Ludlow 38
San Francisco Round-up
Altman Siegel • Oakland Museum of California • SFMOMA and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Alexander Kluge and Ben Lerner: The Snows of Venice
As all good artists’ books should be, The Snows of Venice is a collision-site between thought, image and material.
Marc James Léger: Vanguardia – Socially Engaged Art and Theory
This survey of political art doubles as a guided tour of anti-capitalist political theory from May ’68 to Occupy.
May Hobbs speaking in Hyde Park at a demonstration against the Industrial Relations Bill, 1971 footage not used in Nightcleaners
These texts weave together a composite picture of that incredible era of film activism.
defaced campaign billboard
Letter from Dakar
The Neocolonial Trinity
I left Dakar still convinced that the true future of international art and culture has to be exchange, collaboration and support from the ground up, not the top down.
Anna Winteler Horizontal Waltz for Left and Right Handcameras 1989 video
Letter from Zurich
Women who have managed to survive into old age while maintaining a practice that we contemporary viewers can read without straining ourselves too much are not only agreeable but even in short supply – a win-win for the market.
Rob La Frenais
Gavin Turk made headlines by getting arrested and was present at many of the actions, but others, such as Jennet Thomas, Ackroyd/Harvey and Hercules Fisherman, were key to the rebellion’s cell-like structures.
Ways of Working
When is a ‘work’ completed? Is it when the artist releases it for public viewing, and/or only if released for sale? What is the status of a work an artist (or a deceased artist’s estate) disowns after its release?
This month's highlights include:
- Maria Fusco performance South London Gallery 7.30pm Tue 4 Jun
- Michael Rakowitz in conversation with Iwona Blazwick Whitechapel Gallery 7.00pm Thu 6 Jun
- Katie Paterson workshop CCA Derry 11:00am Sun 9 Jun
The updated events and exhibitions calendar can be viewed online.
Art Monthly's exhibition listings can be viewed online.
The Producers Part II
New Positions on Curating
Tuesday 29 October 5.15pm
Katerina Gregos, curator of the inaugural Riga Biennale
Mirjam Varinidis, curator at Zurich Kunsthalle
This series of public discussions devised by Newcastle University and Art Monthly brings together curators, writers and artists to examine how current exhibition-making strategies have responded to significant changes in the art world. The talks will address issues such as: the fallout of an increasingly globalised art world; the growing significance of the role of collectors; the reshaping of public-sector art economies and the ways in which the development of new technologies has redefined how artworks are made, understood and disseminated.
Venue: Fine Art Lecture Theatre, Newcastle University
Price: Free entry
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LungA School, Iceland | 1 Jun
Visitor Experience Assistant
The Hepworth Wakefield | 5 Jun
Tate, London | 6 Jun
Artists and Exhibitions Assistant
Matt’s Gallery, London | 10 Jun
Battersea Arts Centre, London | 10 Jun
Contemporary Art Society, London | 14 Jun
Programmes and Operations Assistant
Gasworks, London | 17 Jun
Public Programme Producer
New Art Exchange, Nottingham | 18 Jun
Team Assistant and Production Officer
Film & Video Umbrella, London | 19 Jun
Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham | 19 Jun
Levy Gorvy Gallery, London | 19 Jul
Call for Entries for the Sixth International Awards for Art Criticism
IAAC6 is now inviting submissions from writers at any stage of their careers. Prizes include a €10,000 Main Award, and a further 3 runner up awards of €3,500.
International Awards for Art Criticism | 15 Sep
Sunny Art Prize
Sunny Art Centre, London | 30 Jun
Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize
Trinity Buoy Wharf, London | 26 Jun
Mayor of London’s Culture for all Londoners | 1 Mar 2020
Write for Art Worlds
Art Quest | Rolling
Stanley Picker Fellowships in Design & Fine Art 2019
Open call: 2 x £16,000 awards to support a practice-based innovative research project resulting in an exhibition at Stanley Picker Gallery.
Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University | 17 Jun
Balmoral Residential Fellowships
Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral, Bad Ems, Germany | Jun 30
Pacitti Company Think Tank Residencies
The Think Tank, Pacitti Company, Ipswich | Jul 16 2020
Stockton Arts Centre | Rolling
DIY16 - Call for Participants
Live Art Development Agency, London | 20 Jun
Studio Open Call for London-based Artist
Gasworks is looking for a London-based artist to take up tenancy in one of our studio spaces and join the community of artists from July 2019. Studio size is 17m2 at £276.86 per month.
Gasworks, London | 17 Jun 10am
Jerwood New Work Fund
Jerwood Arts | 3 Jun
Development Programme Fund
Jerwood Arts | 3 Jun
Time to Stare Bursary
B&R Productions | 7 Jun
Small Grants Scheme: In the Making
Mayor of London, Old Oak & Park Royal | 1 Dec 2020
Step Beyond Travel Grants
European Cultural Foundation | Rolling
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants
Pollock-Krasner Foundation | Rolling
Bring Your Own Performance
SPACE, London | 4 Jun
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