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Flash Art #335 – Summer 2021 – Cultural Apocalypses

 - Flash Art #335
Cao Fei, Fatima Al Qadiri, Caterina Barbieri, Will Benedict, Cecilia Bengolea, Giulia Essyad, Roe Ethridge, Jenna Gribbon, Ru Kwok, Lydia Ourahmane, Heron Preston, Emily Segal...
In this issue, writer and philosopher Federico Campagna, in a surprisingly conversation with Andrea Bellini about the end of the world, explains that a world is a "'likely story' about reality" and that "after a while, each cosmological narration exhausts its narrative cycle and it comes to an end." According to Campagna, each of us go through several "ends of the world." Spanning from these reflections Flash Art titled the issue Cultural Apocalypses dedicating the cover story to Cao Fei, one of the most farsighted artists on the international scene which discusses here her explorations of worlds both real and virtual with Daniel Birnbaum, Hou Hanru, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Philip Tinari.
Also in this issue: multidisciplinary artist Cecilia Bengolea talks with Flash Art editor Eleonora Milani about her vision for a hybridized body in a perpetual state of change; Chus Martínez considers Ingo Niermann and Alexa Karolinski's film Oceano de amor while communing with feathered colleagues; Carlos Kong explores Lydia Ourahmane's intimate dislocations; Andrea Lissoni interviews Fatima Al Qadiri about the making of her new album Medieval Femme. Besides special commissions such as a visual essay conceived by Giulia Essyad based on a sci-fi saga about a utopian civilization and a visual project made by Jenna Gribbon.
And: Charlie Robin Jones reflects on designer Heron Preston and the unending work of the NYC Department of Sanitation; William J. Simmons unpacks irony and shame in relation to the unflinching gaze of Roe Ethridge; and John Belknap contemplates the leveraging of failure through the lens of Emily Segal's novel Mercury Retrograde.
Flash Art is a contemporary art and culture magazine (and a publishing platform) founded in 1967. Within a decade, it became an indispensable point of reference for artists, critics, collectors, galleries, and institutions. In 2020, Flash Art became a quarterly publication, at the same time increasing its trim size and updating its graphic identity. The magazine offers a fresh perspective on the visual arts, covering a range of transdisciplinary approaches and fostering in-depth analyses of artist practices and new cultural directions. Today, Flash Art remains required reading for all who navigate the international art scene.
Flash Art is known for it covers featuring artists who subsequently become leading figures in the art world. The magazine includes photoshoots, productions, critical essays, monographic profiles, conversations with emerging and established artists, and a range of ongoing and thematic columns that change every few years. The long history of the magazine is also highlighted by pivotal texts from the archive that are included in the publication time to time. Finally, every issue offers a highly curated selection of the best institutional exhibitions on the global scene.
See also Flash Art Volumes.
published in June 2021
English edition
22,5 x 29 cm (softcover)
264 pages (color & b/w ill.)
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