Contributor Bios

Shumon Basar

Shumon Basar is a writer whose novel-in-progress in called World!World!World! He is director of Global Art Forum_6 at Doha and Dubai, editor at large at Tank magazine and contributing editor at Bidoun magazine. At the AA School, London, he directs the Cultural Programme, and in 2011, cocurated the exhibition Translated By, which traveled from the AA to CCA, Kitakyushu, and will conclude at Salt, Istanbul, in 2012. ‘Value Added’ was written by Shumon Basar for Akhavan’s solo exhibition, Islands, in April 2010 at The Third Line, Dubai. Footnotes: 1) "The financial crisis" at 2) The story goes that a cleaner threw it out assuming it was literally rubbish, a fate that has befallen artists such as Gustav Metzger and Damien Hirst many years later. 3) One could so ealily rephrase Alain Miller's pronouncement thus: "the contemporary art market is an architecture made of fictions." 4) Throughout the financial crisis, the demand and price of gold has strengthened.