The 24th Bienal de São Paulo 1998, Exhibition Histories Volume 4
Published by Afterall Books. Introduction by Pablo Lafuente. Text by Lisette Lagnado, Renato Sztutman, Mirtes Marins de Oliveira, Carmen Mörsch, Catrin Seefranz. Interviews by Paulo Herkenhoff.
The 1998 Bienal de São Paulo remade art history from a Brazilian perspective, and presented a new model for exhibition-making in the era of postcolonial globalization. The show employed the Brazilian notion of anthropophagy as both concept and method, encouraging "contamination" and "cannibalization" of the canon. By doing so it proposed a new model for large-scale curatorial projects that could effectively address nonspecialist audiences. Photographs and gallery plans reconstruct this important project, and an essay by Lisette Lagnado provides critical analysis and historical context. Additional texts by Renato Sztutman, Mirtes Marins de Oliveira and Carmen Mörsch and Catrin Seefranz are complemented by recent interviews with curator Paulo Herkenhoff and participating artists.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Nikola Dietrich. Foreword by Nikola Dietrich, Scott C. Weaver. Text by Kirsty Bell, Sabeth Buchmann, Pablo Lafuente.
Working primarily in video and sequenced slide installations, London-based artist Hilary Loyd (born 1964) portrays the modern city as a place of voyeurism, fetishism and sexual ambivalence. Here, she focuses on waiters, skaters and club-goers, as well as on buildings, plants and flowers.
Published by Office for Contemporary Art Norway OCA. Edited by Marta Kuzma, Pablo Lafuente, Peter Osborne. Introduction by Angela Vettese. Text by Jacques Ranciere, Leo Bersani, Vandana Shiva, Jan Egeland, Fawaz A. Gerges, Eyal Weizman, Judith Butler, Franco Berardi, Saskia Sassen, T.J. Clark.
The State of Things, part of Norway’s official representation in the 2011 Venice Biennale, addresses today’s broad political and cultural climate through a series of lectures by some of today’s foremost art historians, philosophers, sociologists, activists and political theorists. Essays written for this volume include Jacques Ranciére’s “In What Time Do We Live?”; “Illegitimacy” by Leo Bersani; “Ten Lessons from Ten Peace Processes” by Jan Egeland; Fawaz A. Gerges’ meditation on “How the Arab Uprisings Beat al Qaeda”; Vandana Shiva’s “War Against the Earth”; Eyal Weizman on “Material Proportionality”; Judith Butler on “Bodily Vulnerability, Coalitions and Street Politics”; Franco Berardi on “Pasolini in Tottenham”; Saskia Sassen on “Urban Capabilities”; and T.J. Clark on “The Experience of Defeat.”
Published by Afterall Books. Introduction by Pablo Lafuente. Text by Lucy Steeds, Jean-Marc Poinsot, Rasheed Araeen, Jean Fisher, Thomas McEvilley, Jean-Hubert Martin, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Barbara Kruger. Interview with Jean-Hubert Martin, Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Alfredo Jaar, Francisco Godoy Vega.
Magiciens de la Terre was an exhibition held at the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Grande Halle at the Parc de la Villette in 1989. Curated by Jean-Hubert Martin, it aimed to counter the ethnic bias and colonial complicity of the contemporary art world. Martin chose 100 artists from around the world: 50 from first-world cultures such as the U.S. and Europe and 50 from cultures then routinely ignored by the art market, in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Australia. “I want to play the role of someone who uses artistic intuition alone to select objects which come from totally different cultures,” Martin explained. “I also want to incorporate into that process the critical thinking which contemporary anthropology provides on the problem of ethnocentrism.” With photographs and gallery plans, this volume revisits the exhibition.
Published by OCA/Koenig Books. Edited by Marta Kuzma, Pablo Lafuente. Introduction by Marta Kuzma.
Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia? is a reader that brings together essays, artists’ writings and works, and countercultural publications to examine the juncture of the political and the erotic during the 1960s and 70s. Adopting as its starting point the postwar perception of Scandinavia as a socialist utopia of sexual freedom, it explores how the avant-garde artistic and cultural production of the time gravitated towards sexual and political liberation. Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia? is the conclusion of a four-year research project, and includes many texts published in English here for the first time, by philosophers, artists, psychologists and theorists such as Knut Ove Arntzen, Stan Brakhage, Norman O. Brown, Valie Export, Öyvind Fahlström, Herbert Marcuse, Jonas Mekas, Henry Miller, Juliet Mitchell, Katti Anker Møller, Jørgen Nash, Håvard Friis Nilsen, Claes Oldenburg, Elise Ottesen-Jensen, Wilhelm Reich, Yvonne Rainer, Jacqueline Rose, Barney Rosset, Barbara Rubin, Jens Jørgen Thorsen and Otto Weininger.
Published by Irish Museum of Modern Art. Edited by Pablo LaFuente. Text by Enrique Juncosa, Sven Lütticken.
Irish artist Gerard Byrne (born 1969) works primarily in film and photography, which he presents as ambitious large-scale installations. His film and video projects reconstruct historically significant conversations derived from popular magazines from the 1960s-1980s; the effect of these works is to test the “cultural present” of the gallery space against the “defunct present” of a magazine article. Byrne's attraction to dialogue naturally inclines him towards an interest in theater, and he has worked on a number of projects with actors and sets--again in gallery spaces--that exploit distinctions between sculpture and set design, acting and non-acting, and spectacle and spectator. Byrne's work draws on a range of sources, from popular print media of the recent past to iconic modernist playwrights and thinkers such as Bertolt Brecht, Samuel Beckett and Jean-Paul Sartre. This volume offers his first complete overview.