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Tausif Noor
Tausif Noor is a critic and doctoral student at the University of California Berkeley, where he studies modern and contemporary art history. His writing on art, literature, and visual culture appears in Artforum, frieze, The Nation, The New York Times and other venues, as well as in artist catalogues and various edited volumes.

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Devil in the Detail: on Leesa Gazi’s ‘Hellfire’

Book Review

July 2021

Tausif Noor

Book Review

July 2021

British-Bangladeshi novelist Tahmima Anam’s debut A Golden Age (2007) tracks the early stirrings of revolution in East Bengal from the 1950s to the climax...

Art Review

May 2019

Simone Fattal, Works and Days

Tausif Noor

Art Review

May 2019

For the last five decades, Simone Fattal has produced works that refract the particularities of the present vis-à-vis a...

‘How would you begin?’   She puts a finger to her lips, a little wrinkled still from the water, and hesitates She says, ‘Maybe: the sea was like badly-spread icing’   ‘Really? Christ,’ he says ‘Come on’   ‘What’s wrong with that?’ Her face seems hurt ‘For a start,’ he says with a seriousness she takes to be comic, though sometimes it’s hard to tell, ‘don’t begin with a simile Absolute first rule: never begin with a simile Similes deepen our understanding, they don’t bring things into being You can’t deepen an understanding of what’s not there You can’t deepen nothing’ Her eyebrows rise ‘I’m not sure about that Second?’ ‘Well, look,’ he says, ‘I don’t think the past tense is right We’re not erecting some kitsch Victorian pavilion, are we?’ ‘Aren’t we?’ ‘This isn’t some bourgeois chronicle of social betterment, is it?’ ‘Isn’t it?’ ‘This is more of a –’ what’s a good word? – ‘politically immediate piece about the construction of a people’s imaginative world and the, the limits of individual sympathy, isn’t it?’ ‘Is it?’ ‘What gets left out of the picture’ ‘If you say so’ ‘So the present tense is surely more appropriate’ ‘You said it’ ‘The past tense says tradition, convention, conservatism’ ‘Ok’ ‘But we want to announce, with the first sentence, that we’re fucking about with form’ She blows air through her closed mouth ‘Sorry,’ she says, ‘but I missed the bit where we said that you get to decide what the story is I thought we were collaborating I thought the joy of collaboration was that, you know, tossed about on a metaphorical sea of intersubjectivity or whatever, you don’t know where you’re going to end up You relinquish your individual agencies, remake yourselves inside each other’ (A good moment to bring up the subject of having kids? Probably not, tbh) ‘So let’s try a little harder to remove ourselves from a rigid, patriarchal understanding of authorship, huh?’ To which he says, ‘Sounds like someone’s trying to universalise her own systems here, sounds a little like someone’s trying to drag me into her

Contributor

March 2018

Tausif Noor

Contributor

March 2018

Tausif Noor is a critic and doctoral student at the University of California Berkeley, where he studies modern and contemporary art...

INTERVIEW WITH ANAND PATWARDHAN

Art Review

July 2018

Tausif Noor

Art Review

July 2018

By the late 1990s a right wing government in the shape of a BJP-Shiv Sena alliance had come to power for the first time...
Danh Vo, Take My Breath Away

Art Review

April 2018

Tausif Noor

Art Review

April 2018

‘When you love, you are nailed to the cross,’ says a character in Rainer Fassbinder’s film In a Year of 13 Moons (1978). In...

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Art

Issue No. 1

'Untitled (book covers)'

Viktor Timofeev

Art

Issue No. 1

A slideshow presenting a series of collages by the London-based Latvian artist Viktor Timofeev, one gouache by whom was...

fiction

July 2013

univers, univers

Régis Jauffret

TR. Jeffrey Zuckerman

fiction

July 2013

I. You remember your childhood. Your tow-headed, reddish-tinged mother, who yelled after you all day like a Paraguayan peasant...

poetry

Issue No. 13

Morning, Noon & Night

Claire-Louise Bennett

poetry

Issue No. 13

Sometimes a banana with coffee is nice. It ought not to be too ripe – in fact there should...

 

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