Future Greats: Adelita Husni-Bey

Selected by Mike Watson. From the January & February issue

By Mike Watson

Adelita Husni-Bey, Agency giochi di potere, 2014, c-print, 110 × 147 cm. Courtesy the artist Adelita Husni-Bey, La luna in folle (stills), 2016, three-channel video installation resulting from collective-writing theatre workshop. Courtesy the artist and Laveronica Arte Contemporanea, Modica (Sicily) Adelita Husni-Bey, La luna in folle (stills), 2016, three-channel video installation resulting from collective-writing theatre workshop. Courtesy the artist and Laveronica Arte Contemporanea, Modica (Sicily)

Being a vocal proponent of anarchism and working in the contemporary arts is tough, not least for the constant contradictions and compromises such a position entails. The artworld is complicit with the political and financial mechanisms that the anarchist rails against. As such, any convincing representation of anarchist values requires that an artist deal with the contradictions of their own practice. It is her ability to do this that has convinced me of the strength of Adelita Husni-Bey’s research. The…

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