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Living with the Past: Possessed/Dispossessed

by Malisa Humphrey
  I have used my work to examine history and the historical construction of the other as an entry point for understanding our current moment. The countless examples of undisguised racism in the United States following the 2016 presidential election, including the violence surrounding the removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville last summer, have led me to wonder over and over again: “What is America’s understanding of its violent past? How does the United States acknowledge... [more]
Posted by Malisa Humphrey on 6/28
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Ghosts, Devils, and Advertising

by Ali Fitzgerald
  In his book, A Little Guide to the 15th Arrondissement for the Use of Phantoms, Roger Caillois examines the sleepy district in Paris where he grew up, the same district where I’m staying now. I bought the book imagining a witchy, postmodern guide to my new home, but actually, Caillois’ “phantom beings” are symbols. They are stand-ins for immigrants and asylum-seekers, étrangers who were driven from their homes in the 15th Arrondissement as the Seine’s waterfront was being... [more]
Posted by Ali Fitzgerald on 2/20
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Nicole Ruggiero: Our Devices, Ourselves

by Christian Petersen
  New York City artist and designer Nicole Ruggiero has her thumb on the pulse of popular, contemporary internet art. Her work succinctly reflects the overarching aesthetics and emotional obsessions of a rapidly expanding community of young digital artists. The world that Ruggiero documents and fabricates is one where the distinction between on- and off-line personas is increasingly blurred. There is a distinct sense of a new, evolving reality lurking within the hyper-reality of her... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 1/17
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Artists Chart Evidence of the Inhuman, and the Inhumanity of Evidence

by Benjamin Busch
The group exhibition identifies an ongoing trend in contemporary art, as well as in broader cultural circles, that takes up “evidence” as a material or animating subject matter. Characteristic works deal with social structures that exist to perpetuate crime or to hinder it, to represent or claim authority over certain groups through data or data representations. The exhibition is complimented by a website that includes more than a dozen texts and a handful of artworks not in the Berlin show... [more]
Posted by Benjamin Busch on 12/18/17
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LaToya Ruby Frazier in Conversation

by Jessica Lanay
Writer Jessica Lanay spoke with LaToya Ruby Frazier on the occasion of her concurrent exhibitions at Silver Eye and the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh. The latter exhibition, , both documents and is shared with artist Sandra Gould Ford. You can read the review of the Silver Eye exhibition, The Notion of Family, here. A transcript of the interview follows:   Jessica Lanay: When I look at the photographs at Silver Eye Gallery and the August Wilson Center I see a complicated narrative... [more]
Posted by Jessica Lanay on 12/1/17
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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]
Posted by Jessica Lanay on 12/1/17
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Director Mariano Pensotti Talks Radical Theater 100 Years After the Russian Revolution

by Olga Stefan
As we approach the 100-year anniversary of the October Revolution next month, we should consider the legacy of this event and its importance in light of our contemporary social ills. The mass majority of the world finds itself living under conditions that have historically led to revolution: generalized injustice and inequality, economic instability, war, and disconnect between those in power and the people.  A universal discontent is currently expressed through the politics of resistance:... [more]
Posted by Olga Stefan on 10/10/17
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Ayana V. Jackson’s Photographs Are Monuments to History’s Unmemorialized Black Women

by Jessica Lanay
Ayana Velissia Jackson is a photographer and video artist who makes amendments to a traditionally one-sided history of race and gender in photography. In her practice, Jackson positions her body as subject in order to create a new time/space in which she may interrogate tropes of the Black body in photography. Her recent Cape Town exhibition at Gallery MOMO, , is a visual dialogue that speaks to ideas of race, gender, pleasure, escapism, and creating monuments for the Black femme in history.... [more]
Posted by Jessica Lanay on 9/25/17
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An Exhibition of Afro-Cuban Art Unmasks the Legacy of Racism in Cuba

by Yoli (Yoanna) Terziyska
At the heart of the exhibition áscaras (Without Masks), currently at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, is the inherent contradiction between socialism’s ideals of equality and the lived experiences of racism for Cuban artists of African descent. Centering the Afro-Cuban experience, its complex social and political history, and the censorship of voices seeking to expose inequalities, Sin Máscaras is described as the largest and most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to contemporary... [more]
Posted by Yoli (Yoanna) Terziyska on 9/13/17
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Under the Radar: Alphonso Dunn | Traci Mims | Gregory Eddi Jones

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Alphonso Dunn – New Jersey Traci Mims – Orange Park, FL Gregory Eddi Jones –... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 8/24/17