King’s Review – Flights

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The latest issue of the Kings Review explores the theme of ‘flights’ from various vantage points and disciplines, be it winged practices of flying or the act of fleeing within and beyond borders.

Cover artist Larry Achiampong employs an Afrofuturist vision of a new Pan African world, and we explore his sensibilities through a collection of images that consider the decline of Western power and the possibilities for open borders on the African continent. Anna Lawrence pens an essay examining the effect of migratory practices in 19th century New Zealand, discussing the politics of colonial gardening and its relationship to local, indigenous populations. In his piece Aerial Frontiers, Nadi Abusaada examines the history of colonial contestation and resistance over Palestinian airspace.

Editor-in-Chief Melissa Fielding turns to the 2017 fire at Grenfell Tower in London, questioning the lack of response to the tragedy over the past two and a half years. Solange Manche’s translation of For another use of Notre Dame de Paris sits beside the Grenfell piece, a pairing that dares to ask about the similarities and differences in the socio-economic contexts of both fires.

Jonathon Turnbull and Adam Searle examine the relationship between animal and human flight, connecting the human desire to fly to our changing environment and its degradation. Lewis Todd creatively deconstructs the movement and poetics of flight in his poem Osprey Fugues. A visual essay by Phoebe Campion takes on the oeuvre of artist Katie Paterson, whose stimulating work addresses incomprehensible notions of space and time through various technological interventions.

Singer and performance artist Lyra Pramuk appears in conversation with Assyriologist Talah Anderson, discussing the blurred boundaries of journeying, world-making and performance. In creative verse, artists Es Morgan and Charlie Ashwell wrestle with the tensions and unending chaos of present-day Brexit Britain, searching for and surfacing a way to come together despite the uneasy sense of dread that so many of us feel in the present moment. Cambridge academic Priya Gopal is interviewed by Karishma Patel. They discuss—in opposition to the act of fleeing—what it means to stay.

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