On the cover: VALIE EXPORT
The Austrian artist and radical feminist creates a project for the pages of the magazine, which revisits a series of poems she wrote between 1966 and 1980. Originally presented in video form, Gedichte is a personal manifesto that speaks to the both oppressive and emancipatory nature of identity-building.
Shaping words: Thu Van Tran
The Vietnamese-French artist speaks to Mark Rappolt about the formal potentiality of words, acts of visual translations and the influence of Marguerite Duras.
Acts of Registration: Ngurrara II
Adrian Lahoud, curator of the first Sharjah Architecture Triennial, explains the extraordinary case of how a collaborative painting came to function as a map, a territory and a piece of evidence in a native title claim
The Loaded Symbols of Lari Pittman
The Angeleno painter has, since the 1970s, been creating ambiguous and playful compositions rife with aesthetic and linguistic excess that seem to encapsulate the confusion of our time. On the heels of this prolific artist’s major retrospective at the Hammer in Los Angeles, Patrick J. Reed reads into Pittman’s idiosyncratic language
In Our Own Words
Ben Eastham profiles the Karrabing Film Collective, who for the past ten years has been challenging official narratives of indigenous life
Also in this issue
In our columns, Clara Young looks at a current trend of quoting landscape and ecology in runway shows, and wonders whether nature has become the ultimate luxury; reporting from Tallinn, Oliver Lowenstein navigates Estonia’s shifting art scenes, while in London, J.J. Charlesworth bemoans the results of this year’s Turner Prize; in the first in a series on the moving image, Erika Balsom considers artists’ love of the documentary form, while Patrick Langley pursues his exploration of sound. In his regular series of artist interviews, Ross Simonini meets with the long-anonymous Puppies Puppies to discuss shifting identities and gender transitioning. Finally, São Paulo-based artist Paloma Bosque shares her breakfast…
Exhibition reviews including the first Rabat Biennale, Zadie Xa at Tramway, Glasgow, Elizabeth Price at Manchester’s Whitworth, Nan Goldin at Marian Goodman, London; Julia Wachtel at Super Dakota, Brussels, April Dawn Alison at SFMOMA and Dalton Paula at Sé, São Paulo, a group show on Greek identity at State of Concept, Athens, plus many, many more
Martin Herbert’s guide to must-see exhibitions this month; book reviews, including Mark Rappolt on the roots of his fetish for the writings of Natalia Ginzburg, Ben Eastham on an anthology of George Herriman’s Krazy Kat, Fi Churchman rounds up new year releases and much, much more