Frieze #218

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The leading magazine of contemporary art and culture. Published eight times a year, frieze includes essays, reviews and columns by today’s most forward-thinking writers, artists and curators.

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April 2021

“Sandra Mujinga’s work critiques the violence of representation – what it means to be in the spotlight as opposed to moving in the dark.” – Eric Otieno Sumba

In the April issue of friezeEric Otieno Sumba profiles artist Sandra Mujinga on the occasion of solo exhibitions at the Swiss Institute in New York and The Approach in London. After the opening of her Brooklyn Museum retrospective, artist Malik Gaines interviews Lorraine O’Grady. And Heather Phillipson answer our questionnaire.

Profile: Eric Otieno Sumba on Sandra Mujinga

“I’ve been thinking about whether I can at all appear as I wish to appear in this world. Or if there’s an impossibility to that.” Sandra Mujinga’s multimedia practice conjures spectres that haunt contemporary reality – from our dematerialized digital footprints to the ever-present ghosts of colonial history.

Interview: Malik Gaines and Lorraine O’Grady

“I make incisions into the skin of culture.” With a new collection of her writing published last autumn and a career retrospective on view at the Brooklyn Museum, Lorraine O’Grady speaks to writer and performer Malik Gaines about dismantling social hierarchies.

Also featuring 

Natasha Stagg contributes ‘1500 words’ on how the ‘cyberpunk’ aesthetic shapes Chris Dorland’s painting on the heels of a recent solo presentation at Lyles & King in New York. Jennifer Higgie looks closely at how mirrors changed the way women have made art – and represented themselves – from the ancient world to the present. Kristian Vistrup Madsenresponds to an Allan Kaprow-inspired performance by Alex da Corte. Plus, a roundtable discussion between Gregg BordowitzPamela SneedSur Rodney Sur and Lynne Tillman links the exigencies of the AIDS pandemic to Covid-19.

Columns: The Garden  

Charlie Gere connects London’s back-to-nature counterculture at the end of the 1960s to the rise of Thatcherism a decade later; Jennifer Kabat tracks how invasive weeds changed women’s lives in the early US; curator and artist Asad Raza writes about soil conservation projects and his personal practice; Julian Junyuan Feng falls for the rural idyll in the videos of Chinese mega-vlogger Li ZiqiCatalina Lozano on Abel RodriguezSheronawe HakihiiweElvira Espejo Ayca investigate archives of indigenous knowledge; and Francesca Gavin defines the mushroom futurism of our changing world.

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