Joanna Walsh’s books include Break.up, Vertigo, Hotel, Seed, Grow a Pair and Words from the World’s End. Her writing has been widely anthologized. She has edited fiction and creative nonfiction at 3AM Magazine, Catapult, Five Dials and Gorse Editions. From 2014-18, she created and ran the campaign @read_women. In 2017 she was awarded the UK Arts Foundation Fellowship in Literature.
Chloe Aridjis is a Mexican writer based in London. She is the author of three novels, Book of Clouds, which won the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger in France, Asunder, set in London’s National Gallery, and Sea Monsters, which was awarded the 2020 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Chloe has written for various art journals and was guest curator of the Leonora Carrington exhibition at Tate Liverpool. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014 and the Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writers Award for 2020. Chloe is a member of XR Writers Rebel, a group of writers who focus on addressing the climate emergency.
Miguel Tamen is Professor of Literary Theory at the University of Lisbon, and currently Dean of its School of Arts and Humanities. He was a regular visiting professor at the University of Chicago, a senior fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center and at the National Humanities Center. He has published nine books, among which Friends of Interpretable Objects (2001) and What Art Is Like, In Constant Reference to the Alice Books (2012).
Carol Mavor is Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Manchester. Her books include Blue Mythologies: Reflections on a Colour, Aurelia: Art and Literature through the Mouth of the Fairy Tale, Black and Blue: The Bruising Passion of Camera Lucida, La Jetée, Sans Soleil and Hiroshima Mon Amour, as well as the recent debut novel Like a Lake: A Story of Uneasy Love and Photography.
AndrewRoss is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and Director of the American Studies Program at NYU. A contributor to the Guardian, the New York Times, The Nation, Artforum, and Al Jazeera, he is the author or editor of more than twenty books, including Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal, Bird On Fire, Nice Work if You Can Get It,Fast Boat to China,No-Collar, and The Celebration Chronicles. His latest book, Stone Men: The Palestinians Who Built Israel, was the winner of a Palestine Book Award .
Since 2012 Samuel Wells has been Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square and Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College London. Previously he was Dean of the Chapel at Duke University in North Carolina. He has published 35 books, including Walk Humbly, Love Mercy, and A Nazareth Manifesto, and seven books exploring the word ‘with’ and its significance for welfare, reconciliation, theology, ministry and mission.
Dora Garcia‘s practice often draws on interactivity, participation and performance. Her work, conceptual in nature, consists of text, photographs, and installations restricted to a specific location. Since 1999 García has created several artworks on the web. She has participated in Documenta 13 (2012), Biennale di Venezia (2011), Biennial de São Paulo (2010), amongst others.
Ugo La Pietra has defined himself as a researcher in communication systems and in visual arts since 1960. His work has always moved simultaneously in the worlds of art and design and crossed different currents and mediums, from Informalism and Conceptual Art to Narrative Art and artist’s cinema. La Pietra’s work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Triennale in Milano and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, among others.
Zak Kitnick is an artist currently based in Brooklyn. Using industrial and commercial materials, he creates forms that could be seen as utilitarian and art objects at the same time. Blurring the boundaries between architecture and design, Kitnick’s work encourages the viewer to attend to the objects that structure daily life. His work is part of the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami, among others.
Ubah Cristina Ali Farah è una scrittrice e poetessa somalo-italiana, autrice di due libri, Madre piccola (Frassinelli, 2007) e Il comandante del fiume (66thand2nd, 2014), oltre che di numerosi racconti e poesie. Il suo lavoro è stato tradotto in Inglese e Olandese. Nel 2006 ha vinto il premio nazionale Lingua Madre per la letteratura mentre nel 2019 è stata fellow presso la Fondazione Civitella Ranieri Foundation. È attualmente in residenza presso lo Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (Sud Africa).
Vincenzo Latronico è uno scrittore e traduttore italiano. È autore di Ginnastica e Rivoluzione, La cospirazione delle colombe e La mentalità dell’alveare (Bompiani, 2008, 2011 e 2013), e di Narciso nelle colonie, con Armin Linke (Quodlibet Humboldt, 2013). Ha tradotto, tra le altre, opere di Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Oscar Wilde e Alexandre Dumas. Ha collaborato con numerose testate italiane e estere, tra le quali frieze, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Corriere della Sera e Internazionale.
Nadira Husain draws on heterogenous sources to create layered works which link colours, forms, signs, and symbolism. Her interdisciplinary approach explores colloquial and communal metaphysics while levelling hierarchical distinctions between all components. Husain has exhibited internationally, including a solo show at PSM gallery in Berlin and a solo presentation at the Armory Show, New York.
Claire-Louise Bennett’s debut short-story collection, Pond (Fitzcarraldo UK, Bompiani IT), earned the author international critical acclaim. Her work has been reviewed in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Vogue, and The New York Times. Her short fiction and essays have been published in the White Review, Frieze, Harper’s Magazine and the New York Times.
Will Ashon is the author of two recent works of non-fiction, Strange Labyrinth, about Epping Forest, and Chamber Music, which focuses on the first album by New York rap group the Wu-Tang Clan (both published by Granta Books in the UK). He previously founded and ran the record label, Big Dada (Roots Manuva, Wiley, Kate Tempest), while at the same time writing two novels, published by Faber & Faber.
Ruth van Beek’s work originates in her ever-growing archive. The images are her tools, source material and context. By folding, cutting or even adding pieces of painted paper she manipulates the images and intervenes in their universe. Her work has been shown worldwide in various solo and group exhibitions.
Monica Dengo’s work rejects the formal conventions of traditional calligraphy in order to freely explore the connection between individuals and their handwriting. Her artistic practice is inseparable from her role as a teacher of calligraphy and is also informed by emerging studies which position handwriting, regardless of its legibility, as a form capable of bridging mind and body. Her work has been exhibited in various institutions in Europe, the US and the UAE.
Hassan Makaremi is a calligraphist, painter, psychoanalyst and author of published works in French and Persian. Born in southern Iran, Makaremi has lived and worked in France since 1983. He has exhibited works at UNESCO, Malakoff City Hall in Texas and is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Calligraphy in Moscow.
Riccardo Dalisi is an Italian architect, designer and artist. In 1973 he was among the founders of Global Tools, a counter-school of architecture and design and was one of the exponents of the radical architecture in Italy. In 1981 he won the first Compasso d’Oro prize for his work on the Neapolitan coffee pot. Dalisi has always been involved in social projects, as well as in building a productive relationship between academic research, architecture, design, art and craftmanship.
Marjan van Aubel is a solar designer based in Amsterdam. By incorporating solar cells into furniture, windows, and other objects, her research aims to strengthen our relationship with the technology and promote its wider use. In 2018 she won the Climate Action Challenge by What Design Can Do and in 2017 she was the recipient of the WIRED’s Innovation Award. Van Aubel’s work is part of major international collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein and the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia.
John Divola’s work has been featured in more than seventy solo exhibitions worldwide, from the United States to Japan, since 1975. Primarily working with photography and digital imaging, he has approached a broad range of subjects while looking for the oscillating edge between the abstract and the specific.
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Zhao Yizhou is widely regarded as the finest contemporary Chinese calligrapher in the UK. His compositions are informed by philosophical, aesthetic and historical inquiry and explore both traditional and contemporary innovations to uncover the principles of Chinese Shufa. Yizhou teaches calligraphy at SOAS and the British Museum, London.
Golnaz Fathi investigates ever more abstract forms of representation, using modern media to aid these explorations, while still basing her work on fundamental calligraphic practices and techniques. Golnaz Fathi’s works are in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, the British Museum, the Brighton & Hove Museum, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, the Asian Civilisation’s Museum in Singapore and the Devi Art Foundation in New Delhi.
Koji Kakinuma began studying Japanese calligraphy as a child and has since developed an understanding and practise of the art that extends beyond its received conventions. Besides two- and three-dimensional works, his performances have taken place at numerous sites including The Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial in 2018. He exhibited in a solo show at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, which also features a number of Kakinuma’s works in its permanent collection.
Mariko Mori is an internationally acclaimed artist. Her practice explores universal questions at the intersection of life, death, reality and technology. Mori’s works highlight her artistic and intellectual practice which combines science, technology and nature. Her work has been acquired by museums and private collectors worldwide.
The interrelation between image and text is at the core of Victor Burgin’s practice. His interest in the dominant role of photography emphasises the image as a political event rather than a passive object. Burgin’s work is in many major collections, including but not limited to The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Tobias Zielony is best known for his photographs of juvenile life on the fringes. His images depict desire amidst structural violence and displacement. His sensitivity to the impact of mass culture on our private and personal postures and gestures allows him to capture the vulnerability of identity. He has participated in a number of solo and group shows worldwide.
Luca Vitone’s representations of geographical locations examine the mapping of place, whether through art, cartography or military conflict. He uses many different methods to recreate specific landscapes, from the gathering of waste materials to abandoning works outside until they are marked by the pollutants of their environment. His work has been shown in solo and collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad.
Jimmie Durham is known for combinations of natural and artificial material which often reverse technology’s dominance over nature. Working against Western rationalism, his production is often laced with a dry, highly critical, yet insightful, humour. He is a writer, activist and identifies as Cherokee. His work has been extensively exhibited and forms part of major collections worldwide.
Elisabetta Benassi draws upon a plethora of different media to examine contemporary notions of modernity. Historical and personal archives often form the foundations of her practice and Benassi frequently employs them to investigate the representation of facts. Her work has been shown at a number of venues worldwide.
Kiki’s practice often explores the representation of the body, particularly those of women, in mythology and folklore. Her study of life forms also extends into the natural domains of birds and plants. Conversely, Seton adopts the medium of the photograph in an extremely sophisticated way to render the emotional qualities (often unsettling) of domestic objects and architecture. Their works have been exhibited extensively around the world and are present in some of the major public and private collections. The book sees Kiki & Seton Smith working together for the first time.
Michael Clegg & Martin Guttmann approach art as a social and communicative event informed by its audience. The discursive nature of their works and experimental critiques of behavioral norms often intersect with sociology, actively including the viewers as artistic agents. They have been exhibited extensively and their work is a permanent feature of a number of major international collections worldwide.
Social criticism is an essential component of Cesare Pietroiusti’s performances and installations, which often integrate his own drawings. Pietroiusti’s early interest in the social psychology of art relations has since evolved into an examination of the economic production, dissemination and consumption of art. He has exhibited at venues including some of the major museums in Italy and abroad.
Ilya & Emilia Kabakov’s oeuvre is a unique blend of fantasy and introspection. Their universal and lyrical explorations of the human condition not only challenge the cultural tropes of the former Soviet Union but introduce new ways of understanding figuration. Their works can be found at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hermitage, MAXXI in Rome, the Guggenheim, the Tate Modern, Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio, Tretyakov Gallery and the Centre Pompidou, amongst others, and have been recently displayed in a major exhibition at the Tate Modern, the Hermitage and Tretyakov Gallery titled Not Everyone Will be Taken Into the Future.
Haim Steinbach’s sculptures present objects rather than representing them. Instead of simply raising issues about consumerism, reproduction and repetition, they force viewers to reckon with the facticity of the object’s existence. Since the late 1980s, Steinbach has exhibited globally in major institutions and lectured at the University of California and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Recent exhibitions include the Hessel Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery in Copenhagen, the Serpentine in London and Kurhaus Kleve.
Throughout his career, which started in 1967, Giovanni Anselmo has explored key polarities such as finite and infinite, macrocosm and microcosm, general and particular. His investigations entail combinations of heterogeneous materials, systematically interweaving both the organic and the inorganic. Widely known around the world, the artist’s works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and the Castello di Rivoli in Turin, among others.
Light, colour and space are the essential elements of Ettore Spalletti’s practice. His continual pursuit of these core aspects has led him to explore and generate forms in different materials. The surface of his work (whether bi- or three-dimensional) is often extremely fragile and vulnerable to human touch as it reveals successive layers of plaster and pigment that acquire a thick, powdery texture. His works have been exhibited in a number of the world’s most prestigious institutions and galleries, including Documenta and the Venice Biennale.
Wieki Somers and Dylan van den Berg both studied at Design Academy Eindhoven. The studio works to provide enlightened readings of the everyday environment via sensitivity to materials, technological ingenuity and fantasy. Its works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Henning Stummel is an award winning architect living and working in London. He studied architecture and urbanism at the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt and the ETH Zurich, both heavily influenced by the Bauhaus ideology. Architect of the Tin House and designer of the Nomad Sofa range, Henning has also been a visiting lecturer at a number of universities, including the University of Cambridge.
Since the early 1970’s Gary Hill has worked with a broad range of media including sculpture, sound, video, installation and performance. His work has been exhibited at museums and institutions worldwide, including the Centre Pompidou, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, the Museu d’Art Contemporani in Barcelona, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg and, most recently, the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, MAAT in Lisbon, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow and WEST Den Haag.