‘I hope that this edition of Manifesta will provide opportunities for young regional artists and make them the focus of the international media spotlight.’ – Šejla Kamerić
In the summer issue offrieze, ahead of Manifesta in Kosovo, writer and curatorViktoria Draganova, curatorAdela Demetja, professorBranislav Dimitrijevićand artistsŠejla KamerićandDardan Zhegrovaconsider what the exhibition might mean for art production and cross-border collaboration. Plus,Shiv Kotechaprofiles artistTony Cokesahead of shows at Haus der Kunst and Kunstverein, Munich.
Roundtable: Manifesta 14
‘For Westerners, the word Balkans implied something very dangerous – a messy territory.’ – Branislav Dimitrijević. Thirty years after the break up of Yugoslavia and 22 years after Manifesta 3 in Ljubljana, the nomadic biennale is returning to the Balkans.
Profile: Tony Cokes
‘Police brutality, anti-Blackness, American war crimes: these are some of the violences that Cokes’s videos explicitly address.’ – Shiv Kotecha. Tony Cokes uses music and theory to challenge contemporary anti-Blackness and the legacies of US imperialism. Shiv Kotecha asks: Can you still dance to it?
In the features:Ela Bittencourtinvestigates the influence of surrealism in global cinema against a backdrop of political instability, focusing on three films,Sedmikrásky(Daisies, 1966),Bang Bang(1971) andTouki Bouki(The Journey of the Hyena, 1973);Victoria Adukwei Bulleyspeaks toGrada Kilomba, the 2021-22 resident artist at BoCA, Lisbon; in ‘1,500 Words’,Trisha Lowenters the world of performance artist Bob Flanagan via new work byXandra Ibarra.
Columns: The Desert
Vanessa Petersonspeaks to members ofLimbo Accraabout their collaborative interventions into unfinished building sites throughout the city;Orit Gatventures into the treacherous world of online deserts;Kathleen Shieldsspeaks toRobert Weathers, the groundskeeper tasked with maintainingWalter de Maria’sThe Lightning Field(1977);Mariam Elnozahyexamines the cultural offer and plans for Egypt’s new capital city. Plus,Róisín Tapponiconsiders the theme of thirst in Arab cinema.
In addition,Stephanie LaCavaresponds to a single work byMeriem Bennani. Finally, Going Up, Going Down charts what’s hot and what’s not in the global art world and the latest iteration of our Lonely Arts column.