Bodies in disarray – Christina Charles & W.E.B. Du Bois

Manuela Zammit

In the early 20th century, sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois coined the theory of double consciousness, in his case the realisation of being Black and American at the same time. This theory of identity friction, of being at once similar and different, has resonated with various marginalised groups in society, including the queer community. Artist Christina Quarles created drawings to a text by Du Bois at the request of Afterall Books.

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Spreading Yourself Thin – Felicia von Zweigbergk about Lost Property, Butcher’s Tears and more Tears to come…

Jessica Gysel

For Metropolis M, Jessica Gysel meets with queer & feminist collectives that exhibit alternative ways of cooperation and collaboration. For her fifth and final text in this series, she speaks with Felicia von Zweigbergk, one of the founders of Amsterdam’s brewery Butcher’s Tears. ‘To work your way out of capitalism is really hard. But at least the hard work is ours.’

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Telling someone else's story – in conversation with Marie Ilse Bourlanges on intergenerational trauma

Liza Prins

What do we transmit to the next generation? And can learning about our lineage bring us to a deeper understanding of society at large, or of ourselves? Marie Ilse Bourlanges researched the story of her grandmother who spent thirty years of her life in a psychiatric institution. It resulted in the book Mother's Milk. Liza Prins asks Bourlanges about intergenerational trauma and the conficts that come with telling someone else's story.

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The authoritarian turn: on the crisis of the Polish institutions of contemporary art

Kuba Szreder

The art world in Poland has traditionally been heavily controlled by the state, with government subsidies pushing the art sector in certain directions. Currently, the right-wing populist party PiS is in power, appointing art directors who share its strict conservative, far-right programme all across the country. How is the art world dealing with this?

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‘The first thing we decided was to organize a listening session’ – in conversation with Rita Ouédraogo and Azu Nwagbogu (Buro Stedelijk)

Leana Boven

​Rita Ouédraogo and Azu Nwagbogu have been appointed as curators of Buro Stedelijk: a new place for emerging artists and designers located in the building of the Stedelijk Museum itself. Leana Boven asks them about their plans and ambitions. ‘It’s about embracing a certain discomfort in your curatorial practice, about embracing the chaos and building from nothing.’

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Metropolis M Magazine for contemporary art No 1 — 2023