Modernism: a Lesbian Love Story – in conversation with Emma Wolf-Haugh

Eli Witteman

Emma Wolf-Haugh’s living room exhibition Domestic Optimism in De Appel in Amsterdam is centered around Eileen Gray (1878-1976), who was a modernist architect and bisexual. Wolf-Haugh is specifically curious about why so few people talk about Gray’s “queerness - they chose to research why those aspects of peoples’ lives are historically often unhighlighted.

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Małgorzata Mirga-Tas: Close-knit collaboration

Agnieszka Gratza

This weekend the Venice Biennial will come to a close. Poland surpised by selecting Roma-artist Małgorzata Mirga-Tas for its pavilion in the Giardini. Mirga Tas, who was also prominently presented at documenta fifteen, produced a rich and layered collection of patch-works in cooperation with her family.

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“I'm interested in the brutality of history as a seat for a new point of thinking” – talking to Ibrahim Mahama about "Garden of Scars”

Evie Evans

​When you first set eyes upon Ibrahim Mahama’s exhibition at the Oude Kerk, the idea of a “garden” may not be at the front of your mind. A graveyard would be more apt. Inspired by the history of both slave traders and enslaved peoples, concrete and rubber moulds of gravestones sit heavily, symbolic of death and decay. Still, there is a surprising warmth to Mahama’s project. Evie Evans asks the artist about the exhibition and the restoration of memory it sets out to perform.

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‘I love thinking of water as something that washes away rigid habits’ – in conversation with artist Lucy Cordes Engelman

Nele Brökelmann

​Approaching her research materials and media as ‘collaborators’, Lucy Cordes Engelman willingly invites uncontrollable agents into her artistic process. Guided by the work of hydrofeminists and ancient women mystics, this leads her to create playful and engaging encounters. Currently, she is travelling on a boat in the Arctic, as part of her residence at The Arctic Circle.

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“What is the topic today? Revolution” – reflecting on (artistic) solidarity and agency in- and outside Iran


​Katayoon is an artist who finds herself physically in the Netherlands, but mentally in Iran, where her friends are currently fighting for their freedom. Being an artist that belongs to the Iranian diaspora, she tries to contribute to the protests that emerged in Iran in response to the death of Mahsa (Jina) Amini. In what follows, Katayoon reflects not only on the past tumultuous month and a half, but on all the revolutionary movements that preceded it. What can art do in times of uprising?

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Metropolis M Magazine for contemporary art No 5 — 2022