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DISSENT: what they fear is the light, installation view including works by (left-right) Christine Rebet, Sondra Perry, Carlos Motta, Barbara Ess, and MPA, 2016. Photo: Christopher Wormald.

Surveill, Aestheticize, Rationalize, Ignore: The Light & The Formula

Under the neoliberal police state, U.S. acts of protest often proceed like a performance: a permit from the city officials required for large groups to march the street, the mapped out and agreed upon distance, the weight of returning home to continue with other daily chores. While a group of established artists and writers have…

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WILDING Continued: a Conversation with Aria Dean

Too often radical debates become reduced, or settled with representational politics. Without dismissing the severity and damage that the lack of representation means to communities under siege (as we are intimately invested in the stakes of representation here), we’ve increasingly become interested in expanding the horizon beyond representation, canon-interruption, and inclusion.   In The Reorder…


Self Care Motto: Give self the room and opportunity to go after enemies. All angles. All dreams

This year has been a year of obfuscation, of debates that aimlessly feint, of the personal political transferring into the politicized brand. It has been the year of exhaustion, it seems. This year I wrote a lot of cover letters and quit most of social media. I dedicated my time to writing longer articles, investigation…

Still from "After Before", Sharon Hayes

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here Comes 2016!

As this year of all kinds of wonders come to a closing, I’m going to try to remember it through a list of things, exhibitions and events with interesting linkages. This list is in no way all inclusive or written from “perfect memory.” This year was full of death and destruction, and I’m not only talking about the…

"Wandering/WILDING: Blackness on the Internet" (2016) Exhibition view. Courtesy Fannie Sosa, niv Acosta + IMT Gallery, London

An Interview with Legacy Russell: Wandering/ WILDING

When the presence of Black bodies is policed, and the movement of racialized bodies surveilled and criminalized, what does a Black flaneur aesthetics look like? Is wandering a derailing from the constrained roles situated by contemporary art? In Mounting Frustration: The Museum in the Age of Black Power, Susan Cahan writes that the professional categories…


We Write Because of You and We Write for You

This space will continue to remain unconditionally committed to the artistic visions of vulnerable communities. Women of color, undocumented persons, marginalized genders, marginalized communities, those living with disabilities, the poor, the refugee, the FOREVER emerging–we write because of you and we write for you.

Art & Colonialism: Renzo Martens Part 1

“Clearing out the way” is a labor that I am committed to. As the emergent requires new geographies, new movements, and unimaginable possibilities. I’ve decided that every few months, I will take the time to deconstruct a piece of “art” I interact with, where the only response I have is: WHY. I will consider this…

photograph courtesy of Gelare Khoshgozaran

The Emotional Is Theoretical

The question of aesthetics is a question of decisions: what makes a maker choose one thing over the other, one topic, material, medium, angle of approach, display, etc. over the many other possibilities. Whether these decisions are structural or “unconscious”, or an attempt to do away with those structures, aesthetic decisions are deeply and inherently…

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Contemptorary fully endorses this letter, written by THE QOLEKTIV in response to Creative Time’s invitation of the founder of the Islamophobic group FEMEN, Anna Hutsol, who spoke at the CT Summit on Saturday, October 15, 2016. THE QOLEKTIV is an anonymous group.


This Stays Between Us [Part I]

  Huda at the Station Nada Shalaby: An image exists of Huda Shaarawi stepping off the train in 1923, having just returned from Italy. An image exists of her with her arm extending upwards as she looks toward the gathered crowd in the foreground and on the left side of the frame. Her face is…


Violent Collections ┃Anxious Things: Archaeology and Ali Cherri’s A Taxonomy of Fallacies

In some measure, all collections are violent and all things are anxious. The act of collecting–of separating something from its context (culture, time, or place) indexes a mastery over another body/thing. Whether the material demonstrates some resilience to time or to being taken (often coded within the language of conservation and preservation), the anxious nature…


The Art Of Cleaning And The Tragedy Of Mess

Cleaning people hold the world together, but our labor falls short of the recognition it deserves. Without us, nations, communities, and social orders would fall into complete disrepair. The people who maintain order through maintaining cleanliness are underpaid and undervalued. Janitors, maids, and sanitation workers ensure that the world everyone is used to gets to…