“Sandra Mujinga’s work critiques the violence of representation – what it means to be in the spotlight as opposed to moving in the dark.” – Eric Otieno Sumba
In the April issue of frieze, Eric Otieno Sumba profiles artistSandra Mujingaon the occasion of solo exhibitions at the Swiss Institute in New York and The Approach in London. After the opening of her Brooklyn Museum retrospective, artistMalik GainesinterviewsLorraine O’Grady. AndHeather Phillipsonanswer our questionnaire.
Profile: Eric Otieno Sumba on Sandra Mujinga
“I’ve been thinking about whether I can at all appear as I wish to appear in this world. Or if there’s an impossibility to that.” Sandra Mujinga’s multimedia practice conjures spectres that haunt contemporary reality – from our dematerialized digital footprints to the ever-present ghosts of colonial history.
Interview: Malik Gaines and Lorraine O’Grady
“I make incisions into the skin of culture.” With a new collection of her writing published last autumn and a career retrospective on view at the Brooklyn Museum, Lorraine O’Grady speaks to writer and performer Malik Gaines about dismantling social hierarchies.
Natasha Staggcontributes ‘1500 words’ on how the ‘cyberpunk’ aesthetic shapesChris Dorland’s painting on the heels of a recent solo presentation at Lyles & King in New York. Jennifer Higgielooks closely at how mirrors changed the way women have made art – and represented themselves – from the ancient world to the present. Kristian Vistrup Madsenresponds to an Allan Kaprow-inspired performance byAlex da Corte. Plus, a roundtable discussion betweenGregg Bordowitz,Pamela Sneed,Sur Rodney SurandLynne Tillmanlinks the exigencies of the AIDS pandemic to Covid-19.
Columns: The Garden
Charlie Gereconnects London’s back-to-nature counterculture at the end of the 1960s to the rise of Thatcherism a decade later;Jennifer Kabattracks how invasive weeds changed women’s lives in the early US; curator and artistAsad Razawrites about soil conservation projects and his personal practice;Julian Junyuan Fengfalls for the rural idyll in the videos of Chinese mega-vloggerLi Ziqi;Catalina LozanoonAbel Rodriguez,Sheronawe Hakihiiwe,Elvira Espejo Aycainvestigate archives of indigenous knowledge; andFrancesca Gavindefines the mushroom futurism of our changing world.