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Rye Dag Holmboe
Rye Dag Holmboe is a writer and PhD candidate in History of Art at University College, London. He has recently co-authored and co-edited the book JocJonJosch: Hand in Foot, published by the Sion Art Museum, Switzerland (2013). He has recently edited Jolene, an artist's book which brings together the works of the poet Rachael Allen and the photographer Guy Gormley, which will be published later this year. His writings have appeared in The White Review, Art Licks and in academic journals.

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Art and its Functions: Recent Work by Luke Hart

Art

June 2016

Rye Dag Holmboe

Art

June 2016

Luke Hart’s Wall, recently on display at London’s William Benington Gallery, is a single, large-scale sculpture composed of a series of steel tubes held...

Art

February 2015

Filthy Lucre

Rye Dag Holmboe

Art

February 2015

White silhouettes sway against softly gradated backgrounds: blues, purples, yellows and pinks. The painted palm trees are tacky and...

In my first year of college I auditioned for our school’s spoken word poetry collective There was this tradition that when new people were accepted in the group, they’d ‘roll’ them out of bed by banging on their door in the middle of the night for an induction ceremony It was both ridiculous and magical There I stood – all but 18 years old – in front of some of the coolest people I’d ever met in my life Yaa Gyasi was one of them    On Sundays we’d have our weekly meetings They’d begin with each one of us doing a ‘check-in’ For better or worse, there were no rules or time constraints At first I was taciturn, sheepish even I was spending my time studying my new friends: how they spoke, how they wrote, how they lived Then, we’d share drafts of our poems I’d sit there full of wonder every time Yaa read When she spoke it was if time itself was in her audience, waiting to figure out its next move based on what she said Yaa told stories: about family, and home, and pain, and beauty Over the years I’ve watched her continue to tell these stories through her novels When I read her work now I still see her sitting there, in our circle, sharing poetry The method has shifted, but the meaning remains steadfast   HOMEGOING (2016), Gyasi’s first novel, is an epic that bends time It spans over 150 years, and moves us through the intimate lives of the descendants of two Ghanaian half-sisters In each chapter we meet a new character This is Gyasi’s handling of history with a sharp hand, showing us how it’s a continuous drift, how the past is carried forward in every present She spins through decades of warfare in Ghana and the casualties of British Empire, to the plantations of the South and the coal mines of Alabama All the way up to moment that resembles the present    Her second novel, TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM, came out in 2020, as the world was forced to reckon with the brutal police

Contributor

August 2014

Rye Dag Holmboe

Contributor

August 2014

Rye Dag Holmboe is a writer and PhD candidate in History of Art at University College, London. He has...

feature

October 2012

Pressed Up Against the Immediate

Rye Dag Holmboe

feature

October 2012

The author Philip Pullman recently criticised the overuse of the present tense in contemporary literature, a criticism he stretched...

Existere: Documenting Performance Art

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September 2012

David Gothard

Jo Melvin

John James

Rye Dag Holmboe

feature

September 2012

The following conversation was held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, in May 2012. The event took place almost a year after a...
Gabriel Orozco: Cosmic Matter and Other Leftovers

Art

March 2011

Rye Dag Holmboe

Art

March 2011

‘To live,’ writes Walter Benjamin, ‘means to leave traces’. As one might expect, Benjamin’s observation is not without a certain melancholy. Traces are lost...

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fiction

January 2014

Hagoromo

Paul Griffiths

fiction

January 2014

for the spirit of Jonathan Harvey   There was a fisherman, who lived in a village on a great...

fiction

April 2015

Heavy

Chris Newlove Horton

fiction

April 2015

It is a two lane road somewhere in North America. The car is pulled onto the shoulder with the...

Interview

Issue No. 1

Interview with Mai-Thu Perret

Timothée Chaillou

Interview

Issue No. 1

Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret’s ongoing, fourteen year-old project The Crystal Frontier is a multi-disciplinary fiction chronicling the lives of...

 

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