Barbara Vanderlinden, Elena Filipovic (eds.): The Manifesta Decade: Debates on Contemporary Art Exhibitions and Biennials in Post-Wall Europe (2005)

22 July 2019, dusan

“Reflections from curators, historians, philosophers, anthropologists, architects, and writers on the cultural and political conditions of European exhibition practice since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Manifesta, the first itinerant European Biennial for Contemporary Art, emerged in a post-wall, globalizing Europe. Founded in 1993, it organized traveling exhibitions aimed at providing a new framework for cultural exchange and collaboration between artists and curators from across the continent. The Manifesta Decade marks Manifesta’s ten years of exhibits with original essays, unpublished images, and texts that not only document the different Manifesta exhibits but also examine the cultural, curatorial, and political terrain of the Europe from which they sprang.

Including contributions from philosophers, historians, and anthropologists, interviews with architect Rem Koolhaas and historian Jacques Le Goff, and essays by such curators and writers as Okwui Enwezor, Boris Groys, Maria Hlavajova, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, the collection traces the cultural and political developments of Europe in the 1990s. It reflects the debates incited by exhibitions such as Magiciens de la Terre, Documenta, and After the Wall and explores the changing roles of curators and artists in the new geo-political context. The issues discussed include the effect of communism’s collapse on Eastern Europe, the role of Biennials in the context of globalization, and the ephemerality of exhibitions versus the permanence of the museum. The book’s second section traces the history of Manifesta, from its conceptual foundations and contributions to artistic practices of the 1990s to the relationship of a roving Biennial to themes of multiculturalism, migration and diaspora. At a moment when biennials continue to proliferate worldwide, The Manifesta Decade takes Manifesta as a case study to look critically at the landscape from which new exhibition paradigms have emerged. The book’s 100 images, both color and black and white, include unpublished installation shots of each Manifesta exhibition.”

Publisher MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, with Roomade, Brussels, in collaboration with the International Foundation Manifesta, Amsterdam, 2005
ISBN 9780262220767, 0262220768
337 pages

Reviews: Aaron Schuster (Frieze, 2006), Veronica Davies (Art Book, 2007), Philipp Kaiser (ARTMargins, 2008).

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WorldCat

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Contemporary And (C&): Platform for International Art from African Perspectives, 1-9 (2014-2018)

6 June 2019, dusan

Contemporary And (C&) is an online art magazine and a dynamic space for the reflection on and linking together of ideas, discourse and information on contemporary art practice from diverse African perspectives.”

Edited by Julia Grosse, Yvette Mutumba, Will Furtado, a.o.
Publisher Contemporary And (C&) & Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), Stuttgart
Open Access

Publisher

HTML (online platform)
PDFs (print issues):
Issue 1: Dak’Art 14 (Dakar Biennale Special) (Apr 2014)
Issue 2: Kampala Focus (Sep 2014)
Issue 3: Focus Migration (Jun 2015)
Issue 4: Focus Bamako (10th Bamako Encounters – African Biennale of Photography Special) (English/French, Sep 2015)
Issue 5: The Interview Issue (Feb 2016)
Issue 6: Afro-Brazilian Perspectives (32nd Bienal de São Paulo Special) (Sep 2016)
Issue 7: Curriculum of Connections (documenta 14 Special) (Jun 2017)
Special Edition: #Nairobi (Sep 2017)
Issue 8: Conditions (Art Scene Cameroon Special) (Dec 2017)
Issue 9: You Are Already in it: Looking at a Global Diaspora (10th Berlin Biennale Special) (Jun 2018)

Unbag, 1-4 (2017-2019)

13 May 2019, dusan

unbag is a semi-annual magazine that promotes critical engagement with contemporary art and politics. Commissioning artists, writers, and thinkers who work outside of mainstream discourses, unbag functions as a space to explore ideas through discussion and exchange.”

Edited by American Artist (1), Aaron Cooper (1-3), Andy Wentz (1), Charlie Markbreiter (2), Natalia Tuero Germán (2-3), and Mylo Mendez (3)
Publisher unbag, New York, 2017-2019
ISSN 2572-2786
c.98 pages per issue

Issue 1: Metis (May 2017, HTML)
Issue 2: End (Jan 2018, HTML)
Issue 3: Reverie (Sep 2018, HTML)
Issue 4: In Tension (Sep 2019, HTML, added on 2020-6-8)