Our April online issue features several pieces which draw links between questions of art, citizenship and resistance. Robert Assaye reports from Documenta 14, the latest incarnation of a festival which ‘has historically been defined by its profound suspicion of the systems of money and power that serve to instrumentalise art’. Exploring the festival’s history from 1955 to the current show in Athens, Assaye interrogates the connections between Documenta’s five-yearly presentations and the socio-political circumstances in which it is staged.
Elsewhere, Joe Bucciero examines the interdisciplinary work of artist Mark Leckey and music group The KLF, whose return after a hiatus of over twenty years was heralded by a mysterious video disseminated online in January. Bucciero suggests that ‘these artists, in their work, appropriate not only the specific sounds and images of Thatcher-era English culture, but also the ritual-like energy that coursed through it’, and asks whether the decadent landscapes of media symbols that Leckey and The KLF assemble hold the potential to be sites of resistance.
We are pleased to continue our collaboration with the University of Liverpool and its Centre for New and International Writing, here presenting three pieces commissioned by its Citizens of Everywhere project, which aims to generate dialogue and response to recent political shifts in Europe and America. Vahni Capildeo’s personal essay ‘Everywhere and Nowhere’ reflects on her identity as a ‘Nowherian’ after the Brexit referendum; we also publish poems by Mona Arshi and Fady Joudah.
Finally, we present a wide-ranging interview with Mark Greif, author of Against Everything and co-founder of n+1.