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Inside Issue 215:
‘A powerful way to think about the present is to see it as the culmination of all that has come before it.’ – Skye Arundhati Thomas
In the November issue offrieze,Skye Arundhati Thomasprofiles the artistOtobong Nkanga;John Kelseyexamines the late style of the film directorJean-Luc Godard; andBasel AbbasandRuanne Abou-Rahmeanswer our questionnaire.
Profile: Skye Arundhati Thomas on Otobong Nkanga
‘Material is archive, memory and also monument.’Otobong Nkanga’s excavation of material histories has taken her from Nigeria to Namibia and back. Her work – currently on view in solo exhibitions at Gropius Bau, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art – pulls tragedy from landscape.
Essay: Jean-Luc Godard at 90
‘InJean-Luc Godard’s late films, we witness a mutation of the medium from within its own processes, as a living history tries to reveal itself amongst the fresh ruins of cinema.’John Kelseyrewatches the filmmaker’s most recent works –Film Socialisme(2010),Goodbye to Language(2014) andThe Image Book(2018) – which define the iconic auteur’s cranky late style.
A conversation betweenSimone Whiteand photographerDawoud Bey; 1,500 words byShiv Kotechaon thinking through Bollywood’s class consciousness from the vantage of the Indian diaspora; nine artists – includingKorakrit Arunanondchai,Lubaina HimidandChristodoulos Panayiotou– nominate a colleague whose work has been on their mind; andPhilipp Ekardtresponds toIsa Genzken’sSchauspieler III, 3(2015)
Maryse Condérecalls her first encounter withFrantz Fanon’sBlack Skin, White Masks(1952);Denise Ferreira da Silvaon vulnerability, precarity and the necessity of opacity;Stephanie SyjucoonRuth Asawa’s time in the Rohwer War Relocation Centre;Heba Y. AminandAnthony Downeyexamine how pilotless aerial drones have reshaped the psychogeography of the Middle East; and a specially commissioned comic byJulien Ceccaldi, who has also designed our cover.