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Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017

Now in its third iteration and taking place every ten years, Skulptur Projekte Münster began in 1977 and was initiated by Klaus Bußmann and Kasper König with the ethos of creating site-specific public art as it relates to the social and economic development of the city. Located in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany, Münster […]

Beyond Nostalgia

Sadik Kwaish Alfraji’s latest exhibition conjures the deeper questions behind a sense of place With its fountains, small water features and cafés, Hadiqat al Umma was once a peaceful garden oasis in the centre of a bustling Baghdad. Around it thrummed traffic-filled streets that were home to theatres, cinemas and shops plying their trade in […]

Chinese Pavilion

Featuring work by contemporary artists Tang Nannan and Wu Jian’an and traditional artisans Wang Tianwen and Yao Huifen, the Chinese Pavilion was organised by artist, curator and professor Qiu Zhijie, who believes that “contemporary and traditional arts shouldn’t be separated.” Like many of the pavilions this year, the exhibition has a performative element, thanks to […]

Documenta 14 | Kassel

Documenta 14 Arrives in Kassel Amidst Speculation Over Its Indented Aims and Outcomes Kassel—As the centerpiece of Germany’s largest contemporary art exhibition, the city of Kassel this year brings together work by 160 artists from more than 50 countries, including a number of works by “artists who went through rather concrete experiences of displacement,” documenta […]

Equivalent Violence: Hiwa K’s Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet

Material detritus of war transforms into a receptacle of sound; sound intervenes revealing the interconnectivity of conflict—these are some of the motifs embedded within Hiwa K’s practice, which often uses poetic juxtapositions to make visible the refrain of violence. Part of the generation of refugees from Kurdish Iraq to escape in the 90’s, his work […]

Lebanese pavilion | Zad Moultaka

In the Lebanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Zad Moultaka looks back 4000 years to reflect on the contemporary Near East and its idols Lebanon didn’t participate in the last edition of the Venice Biennale, but it makes a return this year with an ambitious pavilion that reflects not just on the history of Lebanon, […]

Twelve Days Outside Time

Selections’ own Yasmina Nysten shares her ship’s diary, recounting the ideas and creations that characterised the first Antarctic Biennale With a flair for the radical, eccentric art pirate and director of the first Antarctic Biennale Alexander Ponomarev and the spirited young curator Nadim Samman reckoned with the fact that their next artistic project had to […]

Inextinguishable Passion

Jean Boghossian is an artist on a mission to make the world a better place “Fire is my language,” says Jean Boghossian, an artist to whom blow torches have as great a potential as painter’s brushes. His focus on using the power of flames to create art is something that deeply inspires him to continue […]

A Biennial in Flux

Christine Tohme, curator of the 13th Sharjah Biennial, reflects on the globe’s ever-changing artistic landscape With the 13th installment of the Sharjah Biennial, Christine Tohme has taken regional art to another level. Best known as the founding director of Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Tohme has over the years become the strongest […]