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Beirut, Buenos Aires, Antarctica: Three Photographic Essays
Beirut, Buenos Aires, Antarctica: Three Photographic Essays

Summer 2015 | ArteZine

In the following fragments, complementary to a selection from serialized photographic essays by the artist, Christian Carle-Catafago will not simply introduce any work, but rather lay out the conditions under which these works were produced, along a thread of memories, historical circumstances and political events, connecting the largely diverging latitudes of the Middle East, Europe […]

The Difficulties of Equilibrium: An interview
The Difficulties of Equilibrium: An interview

Summer 2015 | ArteZine

Arie Amaya-Akkermans: Tell us how you arrived in Dubai. Maria José Arjona: I was extended an invitation by Luiza Texeiras de Freitas to take part in Marker, the non-profit section of Art Dubai, this year with a focus in Latin America. She invited me to come up with something related to performance, and my final […]

Reframing Art and Culture in Contemporary Institutional Practices: The Case of Istanbul
Reframing Art and Culture in Contemporary Institutional Practices: The Case of Istanbul

Summer 2015 | Gallery

Today positioning the new art and cultural institutions outside the West – in places where local artistic and cultural productions have not historically found an institutional ground – stands as one of the most critical questions around cultural practice. Museums have traditionally been integrated into the narration of history, more particularly art history, as their […]

An Arm of an Ocean or Sea: Editorial Note
An Arm of an Ocean or Sea: Editorial Note

Spring 2015 | ArteZine

A deep bay, an arm of an ocean or sea 1497, Cadiz In May 1497, the Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci set sail on his first voyage to the New World. He embarked from Cadiz, travelled across the Atlantic Ocean, and reached the mainland of Central America, having entered through the Gulf of Mexico, becoming the […]

Once upon a time: On Pirates, Poetry, and the Portuguese
Once upon a time: On Pirates, Poetry, and the Portuguese

Spring 2015 | ArteZine

In a preface to an earlier edition of a volume on pirates and emperors, Noam Chomsky begins by relating a story of St. Augustine, who recounts the tale of “a pirate captured by Alexander the Great, who asked him ‘how he dares molest the sea.’ ‘How dare you molest the whole world?’ the pirate replied: […]

Hong Kong Restaurant
Hong Kong Restaurant

Spring 2015 | ArteZine

Hong Kong RestaurantLantian Xie Martin Yan is always in the kitchen. Cathode rays buzz and bristle at his nervous guffaws. Arabic subtitles mark his arms. He chops, chops, chops, chops, as if to shake them loose. A phone rings. No one answers. Chicken 65 dances on a hot skillet. Grease spits. Front of house, in […]

Museum of Future Government
Museum of Future Government

Spring 2015 | ArteZine

In February, an invitation arrived in my inbox from the UAE’s annual Government Summit, entreating me to join them at Museum of Future Government Services for an exclusive ‘experience the future’ tour. It was the bureaucratic equivalent of catnip. I was intrigued to see what vision of the future this high-level summit—which cost approximately US$4089 […]

Lest the Ground Forgets
Lest the Ground Forgets

Spring 2015 | ArteZine

When the Prince of Wales made an intervention to ask the authorities in the UAE, it was about saving a cultural and historical asset that was of national significance to the Emirati on a land that belonged to them. Twenty-one years later a similar request was made by the Prince, to the Qatari wealth-owners on […]

Building a Narrative
Building a Narrative

Spring 2015 | Gallery

INTRODUCTION A lot happens in artistic practice by and through talking . Talking about images, references, writing about the intended work, and most often, telling somebody about the work to be. The relationship between construction, two and three-dimensionality, language, the fissure between the material “reality” of structures, i.e. the physical things that constitute their structures […]

I am not in the future, but I can see you from there
I am not in the future, but I can see you from there

Winter 2015 | ArteZine

How do we speak to the present from the future? Why do we feel the need to speak from the future to the present? This issue of ArteZine stems from a larger project we have been working on together over the past year. In October we presented Love Letters to Mars as a collaboration with […]

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