Bigindicator

20171213161528-g4_0053

The Traitorous Translator: Power and Representation in Transnational Discourse

by Pınar Üner Yılmaz
My memories of learning a second language date back to my post-elementary school years, what they call the prep-year, in a bilingual school in Turkey. From the first lesson, the struggle to communicate was real: our teacher, who was from Wales, spoke only English, and my class of ten Turkish-speaking students got by with dictionaries and gestures. For many of us in that classroom, and in Turkey more broadly, not knowing English was a failure—and it was something we had better remedy... [more]
20171213151133-schwimmerklein

Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Thoka Maer

by Christian Petersen
Thoka Maer (Lisette Berndt) makes tiny, exquisite stories in GIF form. The medium doesn’t always lend itself to evoking complex emotions, but Maer’s work does just that: she infuses genuine, relatable feelings within a few simple looping frames. With vignettes chronicling everyday life and observed human behaviors, the work is sometimes happy, sometimes sad—often both at once. In 2011, Maer started the popular Tumblr page “It’s No Biggie,” where she dryly illustrates small, daily frustrations... [more]
20171211094229-20171206044830-1

Katya Grokhovsky Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? As a child, I had difficulty in expressing myself verbally, so I used drawing and movement as a way to display my vision to the world. I am still doing that today, utilizing my art to communicate the often invisible, absurd, grotesque, and difficult aspects of human experience as it pertains specifically to a female immigrant person, which is what I inhabit. I am interested in politics of protest to the prescribed notions of... [more]
20171211172855-20171203164644-photo_sep_08__5_41_48_pm

FINAL WEEK to Apply to the ArtSlant Prize IX

by The Artslant Team
Round 9, , closes December 18th! Apply today for your chance at $5k in prizes and an exhibition in New York during Armory Week! To apply, sign in to artslant.com, click the menu icon in the upper right and select ArtSlant Prize. Above: Round 9 submission from Christopher Tavares Silva, Brian Steckel The ArtSlant Prize is an annual competition hosted by ArtSlant.com. Jurors for the prize are... [more]
20171206182649-poorgrrrl6

At Miami's All-Women Art Fair Poorgrrrl Channels the Weight of Womanhood

by Audrey L. Phillips
Poorgrrrl is a persona that arouses pity in her audience. The Miami-based artist’s performances are fragmented, confessional, musical, and often incorporate lighting, costume, and installation. They are always accompanied by sound, produced by her collaborator, byrdipop. For Poorgrrrl, the music entertainment industry is a platform for performance art. The unease she generates onstage can sometimes leave the audience feeling confused or disappointed when her performances purposefully don’t... [more]
20171207161932-ica_miami_sculpture_garden_at_night

With Billionaire Backers, Miami’s Museums Go All In for Contemporary Art (and Little Else)

by Neil Vazquez
For the first two weeks in December the international art world descends upon Miami Beach for some of the most hotly anticipated art fairs in the world, where buyers, gallerists, artists, and hangers-on come to mix, mingle, and cavort. Thanks in part to Art Basel Miami Beach, the city’s institutional landscape has undergone a dramatic transformation in the last several years. For a town that sees dozens of fairs come and go each December, the burgeoning museum scene—the cultural stalwarts that... [more]
20171204103904-alicomicportrait

Announcing the Georgia Fee Resident | Winter 2018

by The Artslant Team
Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Resident, Winter 2018 We are very pleased to announce the selection of Ali Fitzgerald as our 2018 Winter Resident. Thank you to all applicants and a very special thank you to all shortlisted applicants who were interviewed over the past two weeks.   Ali Fitzgerald lives in Berlin and mostly works in the milieu of socially-critical visual narratives. She currently contributes comics and visual essays to New York Magazine's  and The... [more]
20171204145348-20160927181048-colonycollapse-0158

Christopher Tavares Silva Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? I use the languages of visual art and sound because I’m attracted to their poetic and transformative potentials, and though I enjoy weaving in literal references and representations of things, I’m equally if not more interested in the ways that the pure physical energies of sound, color, and form communicate. It’s precisely because audio/visual languages operate more viscerally and strangely than words, that I continue to experiment... [more]
20171201095541-lrf_048

Intimate Debris: Nature, Industry, and the Body in the Photography of LaToya Ruby Frazier

by Jessica Lanay
LaToya Ruby Frazier’s photography braids together the intimacies between landscape, industry, and the Black woman’s body. Impactful, private, and silver ensconced, her images reveal a sometimes wonderful and other times tragic interdependency. In two recent Pittsburgh exhibitions— at Silver Eye Center for Photography and On The Making Of Steel Genesis: Sandra Gould Ford at the August Wilson Center, a shared exhibition of photography by Frazier and Sandra Gould Ford—Frazier captures the... [more]
20171129135146-holzerabuse

#NotSurprised: What’s Next for the Fledgling Movement?

by Maya-Roisin Slater
You’ve likely seen it; you may have signed it—if you were fast enough. What started out as a group text between ten arts professionals in late October quickly turned into a letter signed by almost 9,500 individually verified people condemning power abuses in the field. The original group chat, started over WhatsApp in the wake of recent sexual assault allegations made against co-publisher Knight Landesman, swiftly grew to 124 members. And within 72 hours commiseration had turned into... [more]