STPI's Emi Eu reflects on S.E.A. Focus, an STPI project platforming artists and galleries from Southeast Asia, in the wake of Art Stage's decline in 2019 and ahead of the launch of Singapore's new art fair, Art SG, in October 2020.
With India Art Fair set to open amid nationwide protests, Kanika Anand introduces shows in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata that express shifting socio-political identities, modes of resistance, and explorations of place-making.
Images from abroad , Lada Nakonechna's solo exhibition at Galerie EIGEN + ART in Berlin, considers the barriers that exist between depictions of conflict and their viewers.
Philosopher Édouard Glissant describes pensée du tremblement, or trembling thinking, as a means to understand the contingent nature of the world. Resisting fixity, this form of thought tremors from the force of the world's multitudinous voices colliding and 'plunges us into an intimate understanding of depths.' Trembling therefore denotes a kind of refusal, an inability to be contained. This disruptive form of thinking and being in the world rejects notions of a stable identity, as well as categories of fixed and imperial thought. Indeed, Pensée du tremblement flows through the various strands of Swedish-Palestinian artist Tarik Kiswanson's practice like an invisible current. Kiswanson has described his work as being 'the border, the window between the iris and the world outside.' The window is less a demarcation between two opposed realms than a portal–a space between. This dynamic interstitial space nurtures his practice and animates his reflections on the human condition. Kiswanson's interdisciplinary work encompasses sculpture, writing, performance, sound, and video. It is through dialogue between these multi-faceted practices that a distinctive conceptual language emerges. Notions of rootlessness, regeneration, and renewal are recurring themes in Kiswanson's oeuvre. His practice is shaped by movement, by blurring borders, by belonging nowhere and everywhere. His various bodies of work can therefore be understood as a cosmology of related conceptual 'families', each exploring variations on themes like multiplication, disintegration, hybridity, and polyphony through their own distinct language.
Text courtesy Almine Rech.
RoseLee Goldberg had long been invested in contemporary performance art before her founding of the inter-disciplinary arts organisation Performa in New York in 2004. Born in Durban, South Africa, Goldberg studied political science and fine arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and then art history at the Courtauld...
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