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FIONA ALISON DUNCAN is a Canadian-American author and artist. Her debut novel Exquisite Mariposa won the 2020 LAMBDA Literary Prize for Bisexual Fiction.

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Interview with Fanny Howe

Interview

Issue No. 29

FIONA ALISON DUNCAN

Interview

Issue No. 29

Fanny Howe’s bibliography is as bewildering as her itinerant biography. Born in 1940 in Buffalo, New York, the poet and author grew up in...

Interview

January 2020

Interview with Jamieson Webster

FIONA ALISON DUNCAN

Interview

January 2020

Jamieson Webster serves as a torchbearer for a field out of popular favour. Her practice, psychoanalysis, was last century’s...

When I meet Vivan Sundaram at his residence in Delhi, he pulls out the catalogue of his 2018 survey exhibition Disjunctures at Haus der Kunst, Munich, signs it and gifts it to me The title suits the nature of his oeuvre, which spans many mediums and periods The gesture suits the man: generous, enthusiastic, and proud, all qualities that have helped sustain his influence over the Indian art scene for the best part of fifty years   At 75, Sundaram remains an influential figure Sitting in his office, we discuss whether there’s a single philosophical strand that binds his practice He demurs, saying that he’s always responding to a particular crisis, to something outside himself Yet there is much within his own life that he has drawn on The son of India’s second Chief Election Commissioner, Sundaram grew up in an elite (he uses the word ‘colonial’) milieu informed by the liberalism and internationalism of the early post-Independence years Amrita Sher-Gil, one of the most important painters of pre-Independence India, was Sundaram’s aunt His grandfather was Umrao Singh Sher-Gil, a Sikh landowner and early photographer Sundaram has provocatively addressed this legacy with paintings, installations, and photomontages that create fictional affinities between family members across generations, often suggesting erotic bonds Another significant member of the family is the art critic and historian Geeta Kapur, Sundaram’s wife, and a woman widely regarded as one of the first people to have legitimized and consolidated the critical study of late-twentieth century Indian art Unlike his aunt and grandfather, Kapur appears in only one of her husband’s works, Easel Painting (1989-1990), discretely tucked in behind a book It’s an image I’m now familiar with, having discovered her reading at the breakfast table both times I call   Educated in Baroda and London, Sundaram’s early work was made under the influence of pop art and the countercultural zeitgeist of the late 1960s In the 1970s, he was part of a group of artists that brought figurative painting into the abstraction-dominated modern Indian canon The early 1990s was a turbulent time in India—the economy had been liberalized, the mediascape was

Contributor

June 2019

FIONA ALISON DUNCAN

Contributor

June 2019

FIONA ALISON DUNCAN is a Canadian-American author and artist. Her debut novel Exquisite Mariposa won the 2020 LAMBDA Literary...

Exquisite Mariposa

Fiction

July 2019

FIONA ALISON DUNCAN

Fiction

July 2019

I broke three contracts in 2016. The first was verbal, a monogamy clause. But he was fucking around too, and I knew, because everybody...

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poetry

June 2016

from GERMINAL

Chloe Stopa-Hunt

poetry

June 2016

  1. Waste-Gold   These songs are waste-gold a matter of passing time together as we wait for night...

Interview

February 2016

Interview with Gerard Byrne

Izabella Scott

Interview

February 2016

I first encountered Gerard Byrne’s eerily dislocated films at Tate Britain, where 1984 and Beyond (2005–7) was shown on...

Interview

Issue No. 2

Interview with William Boyd

Jacques Testard

Tristan Summerscale

Interview

Issue No. 2

On a wet, grey morning in March, William Boyd invited us into a large terraced house, half-way between the...

 

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