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Issue 457, June 2022

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Zineb Sedira, Dreams Have No Titles, 2022


Conversations with Friends

Zineb Sedira interviewed by Hettie Judah

The conversation with Sonia Boyce and Gilane Tawadros that I filmed for my project was already taking place between many black artists in the 1980s. Unfortunately, we are still having these conversations after 40 years. It was important then and it is still important today, until discrimination vanishes.

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Abbas Akhavan, slug, 2020


A Walk in the Park

Abbas Akhavan interviewed by Tom Denman

You might hear it if you happen to be on the grounds. You experience it as a witness rather than an audience. I’m fond of the idea that the cellist might be performing and no one might hear it except for the donkey that lives at a nearby stable.

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poster promoting the Universal Basic Income referendum held 5 June, 2016 in Switzerland, photo Julien Gregorio


To BI or not to BI: Against Artists’ Basic Income

Chris Hayes argues that we can’t ignore the dark history behind Ireland’s transformative policy

Unlike the labour movements of the 20th century, which pushed for greater democratic control over the economy, basic income does little to address the causes of poverty and precarity, and is often advocated by the same economists and businesses who are allied with existing inequalities.

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From the Back Catalogue
Art & Gentrification
Larne Abse Gogarty on the uses and abuses of social practices in art. First published 2014, now free online

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Suki Chan, Lucida, 2016


Suki Chan

Maria Walsh

Vision depends on a complex network of neural impulses, but perception is informed by the phenomenological sense of being a body in relation to the surfaces, depths and atmospheres of other bodies in space.

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Winning Ways

The politics of prize-giving has in recent years left the UK a pariah on the international stage, but the openness of our culture has recently been rewarded despite the isolationism of our government.

In recent years, the participation in the Venice Biennale of the US and its principal ally, the UK, has been largely ignored or awarded the equivalent of ‘nul points’, regardless of the merits or otherwise of the artists selected.

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Withdrawal from BAS9 Manchester

Dozens of artists pull out of the Manchester leg of the British Art Show in protest against the University of Manchester’s handling of legal threats over a Forensic Architecture display.

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The UN confirms the looting of Ukrainian cultural sites; support for Ukrainian cultural workers arrives both from within the country and abroad; Russian artist Oleg Kulik inadvertently finds himself at the centre of Russia’s culture war; Poland’s politicians replace a well-regarded museum director with a nationalist puppet; Documenta faces similar pro-Israel anti-BDS legal threats to those that recently unsettled the Whitworth; Jacob Rees-Mogg has ACE in his sights; plus the latest on galleries, people, prizes and more.


Hermann Nitsch 1938–2022

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Emii Alrai, ‘A Core of Scar’, installation detail


59th Venice Biennale: The Milk of Dreams

Chris Clarke

Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept

Ted Targett

Weather Engines

Sophie J Williamson

Parklife: Biodiversity in Contemporary Irish Art

Cherry Smyth

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Radical Landscapes

Mike Pinnington

Jane & Louise Wilson: The Toxic Camera

Adam Heardman

Say Less

Peter Suchin

Kerry Guinan: The Red Thread

Michaële Cutaya

Emii Alrai: A Core of Scar

Greg Thomas

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Lonnie Holley performing at Stone Nest


Lonnie Holley: The Growth of Communication and The Edge of What

Sara Quattrocchi Febles

Lonnie Holley’s songs and artworks are raw and ephemeral markers – songs that cannot be adjusted or fixed as they are only ever played once, and artworks that use abandoned and discarded objects, no longer needed by their past owners.

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Meredith Monk and Bang on a Can performing at Southbank Centre


Meredith Monk and Bang on a Can: Memory Game

John Douglas Millar

Appropriately enough, given where the performance was taking place, on the site of London’s Elizabethan theatres and bear pits, Meredith Monk’s occasionally comedic elements carried the dark wisdom of the fool.

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Cristiano Volk, Laissez-Faire, spread

Artists’ Books

Cristiano Volk: Laissez-Faire

Julian Stallabrass

Laissez-Faire is a book of the urban night – of consumption, clubbing and office work, of the light of capital, seen pure and without the competition of the sun, and the photographic rendering of its colours in acidic clashes across many pages.

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Lala Rascic, Gorgo, 2019


Jasmina Tumbas: ‘I am Jugoslovenka!’ Feminist performance politics during and after Yugoslav Socialism

Jon Blackwood

Neither dissident nor an ‘ideal worker’, Jugoslovenkas in this era of collapse and ethnocide used all the tactics learned in navigating existing socialism with the much uglier realities that ultimately replaced it.

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Madeline Anderson, Integration Report 1, 1980


2022 International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Adam Pugh

The theme at this year’s festival, ‘Synchronise! Connections, References, Encounters: Pan-African film networks’, surveyed African filmmaking past and present, both rooted and diasporic.

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‘Art is Here’, installation views, Moravian Gallery


Letter from Brno

Pavel Büchler

In Brno today, the decapitated Medusa signals the historical affinity between Brno and Vienna.


Brexit Bites

Henry Lydiate

The UK’s EU art market position derived largely from the benefits of operating within the EU’s stand- ardised framework of laws creating a customs and market union.

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Anne Bean, Chana and Gioia, 2022

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  • May: Chris Clarke on the 59th Venice Biennale, and Anne Massey on the Barbican’s ‘Postwar Modern’.
  • Apr: Bob Dickinson discusses the ways in which artists have attempted to engage with the legacies of trauma.
  • Mar: Michaële Cutaya on the importance of surface over depth, and Chloe Carroll on the role of the monument.



Executive Assistant to Director

Tate, London | 6 Jun

Audience Experience Crew Member

Barbican, London | 6 Jun


Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge | 12 Jun

Deputy Editor

Aesthetica Magazine | 14 Jun

Cataloguing Administrator

Sadie Coles HQ, London | 15 Jun

Visitor Experience Supervisor

The Hepworth Wakefield | 20 Jun

Curatorial Trainee (Exhibitions)

Leeds Arts University | 26 Jun

Front of House & HR Coordinator

Artsadmin, London | 27 Jun


Stanley Picker Fellowships in Design & Fine Art 2022

2 x £16,000 plus access to workshops & resources at Kingston School of Art to support a practice-based, innovative research project.
Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University | 20 Jun, 12pm


Linenhall International Artist Residency

Linenhall Arts Centre, County Mayo, Ireland | 3 Jun

20/20 Call For Artists

UAL Decolonising Arts Institute | 6 Jun

PRAKSIS Open Call Residency 23 – Understanding Intelligence

PRAKSIS, Oslo | 20 Jun

Palazzo Monti Residency

Brescia, Italy | Rolling


Open Call – Freelands Award 2022

UK visual arts organisations (including London) can apply for £110k prize for solo exhibition by a mid-career woman artist in 2023–25.
Freelands Foundation | 22 Jun


Call for entries – East London Art Prize

Open to artists living or working in an ‘E’ or ‘SE’ postcode. The winner receives £15,000 and an exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery. Second prize: Studio space with Bow Arts for one year.
Bow Arts, London | 31 Aug


Down The Wire Live

B’sarya (Egypt) and Cryptic (UK) | 6 Jun


Unlimited Micro Awards

British Council | 9 Jun

Black Artists Grant

Creative Debuts | Rolling

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants

Pollock-Krasner Foundation | Rolling

National Lottery Project Grants

Arts Council England | Rolling

Grant Programme

ARTCRY | Rolling


Exeter Contemporary Open 2022

Selected by Anne Ryan, Jonathan Baldock and Matt Burrows.
£5 entry fee covers up to 4 artworks.
Exeter Phoenix Gallery | 12 Jun


Contemporary Visual Art Call Out

Wanted: Visual art by or for learning disabled, neuro-diverse and disabled artists. Shortlisted entries will be part of a public exhibition.
Level Centre, Matlock | 16 Jun (9am)



Royal College of Art: Contemporary Art and Curating Summer Schools 2022

RCA live online summer schools attract a global mix of artists, critical thinkers, curators and writers from over sixty countries. Apply now!
RCA Short Courses | 8 Jul


TOMA (The Other MA)

TOMA, Southend-on-Sea | 24 Jun


ACS Studio Prize

The Artists’ Collecting Society, London | 30 Jun


One To One

Artquest | Rolling

Interfaces Monthly

Barbican & The Trampery | Rolling

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