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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The hidden hands of collectors haunt the show – on 'The Land of Few and Far Between' at Billytown

Cara Farnan

​“Collecting, Gathering, Keeping”: these are the three words used to introduce the groupexhibition currently on view at Billytown. On her visit, Cara Farnan is struck by the array of bodies gathered here: moths, books, twigs, corners and people try to tell their intimate stories. It’s only when talking to curator Kim David Bots that these stories, and the thrill of collecting they exhibit, truly become within reach.

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Resistance and Rebirth - patricia kaersenhout: The Third Dimension

Laetitia Lai

Until November 20th, Centrum Beeldende Kunst Zuidoost (CBK) in the Bijlmer presents a new film by patricia kaersenhout in the context of an installation of her work. The film  Le retour des femmes colibris focuses on the forgotten and unheard voices of five women of colour: Josephine Baker, Suzanne Césaire, Frida Kahlo, Paulette and Jeanne Nardal. Laetitia Lai pays a visit to patricia kaersenhout: The Third Dimension, to hear the voices of the unheard.

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Lara Khaldi will take on the position of director of de Appel, starting January 2023. Khaldi (born in Jerusalem and living in... read more
Censorship Must Be Refused: Letter from lumbung community at documenta fifteen. read more
Who's hot in recent biennials? Artnet publishes a list of the 17 current biennial stars. read more
Declaration - Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art announces the postponement of third edition (RIBOCA3) to 2023... read more
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In reference to the central theme of Metropolis M No 5- PALEO a review of Anselm Franke & Hila Peleg's exhibition and book Ape... read more
Yes, But is it Edible is a unique book, presenting the scores of two operas of the American composer Robert Ashley. read more
Where is play in art? Fucking Good Art talks about it with Tijs Goldschmidt, Evelyne Reeves, Joris Luyendijk and Zoë Gray. read more
A new magazine by the Mexican artist Mariana Castillo Deball examines the way objects and artifacts work in our understanding of... read more
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Slideshows | Video’s

Layers of Reality: Perception Study of a Synaesthete

Boekenweek 2018

What is the colour of nostalgia? For most of us this would seem like an abstract or even nonsensical question. Not for Anna Püschel. For as long as she can remember her emotions have been tinted with colour. Her resolute answer to the... read more

Collections in Transition, Users in Position

While working on a review on the quite dense conference Collections in Transition: Decolonising, Demodernising and Decentralising? , I feel modest and humble. I attended one day of the two-day event, which also included presentations of... read more

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Metropolis M Magazine for contemporary art No 5 — 2022