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  • PeoPL’s Bursting Light
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-07-07
    Joachim Ben Yakoub

    Abstract The afterlives of a monstrous colonial monument are being contested in the heart of Belgium. Engaging in a visual analysis of the PeoPL happening, facilitated by artivist Laura Nsengiyumva, I will argue that this visual proposition is witness to a renewed wave of revolt, altering a still very present colonial order, its vibrant properties of space and possibilities of time. By melting down

  • The Broken Dinner Table
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-06-24
    Livia Judith Alexander

    Abstract This article examines performative dinners carried out by a number of Arab artists as vehicles for unpacking the crises sweeping the region in the early 2000s, implicating viewers in the intensifying neoliberal globalism propped up by repressive authoritarian regimes, that continually expand political repression alongside social and economic inequalities. Using allegories of dinners, dining

  • Brexit and the Occult
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-06-24
    Edwin Coomasaru

    Abstract Since the EU referendum Leavers and Remainers have increasingly used occult metaphors to attack each other, as they decry the UK’s drift into ‘uncharted waters’ or descent into ‘tribalism’. How might gender and race shape this current crisis of British identity? In 2017 Rita Duffy created Soften the Border, an installation of hand-knitted votive dolls on the Northern Irish-Irish border. In

  • ‘Artistic Exile’ and Professional Failure
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-07-06
    Dária Gorete Jaremtchuk

    Abstract During the 1960s and 1970s, several Brazilian artists lived abroad in ‘artistic exile’. This self-imposed displacement was precipitated by many things: the immaturity of the Brazilian art system, the lack of a market for young talents, institutions’ failure to incorporate young artists’ work, the United States’ ‘policies of attraction’ and – of course – the military dictatorship in Brazil

  • Contributors
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-07-20

    (2021). Contributors. Third Text: Vol. 35, No. 4, pp. 516-516.

  • The Aestheticisation of Late Capitalist Fascism
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-04-27
    Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen

    Abstract Picking up Walter Benjamin’s analysis of German Fascism as an aestheticisation of politics, the article develops the concept of late capitalist fascism for which aesthetics plays an important role. Today fascism is not primarily a political force but a cultural phenomenon that circulates as language, emblems and objects. Because of its history fascism does not dare name itself as such but

  • Women’s Action Cinema in Pakistan
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-05-05
    Esha Niyogi De

    Abstract This article examines the ambivalent aesthetics of Urdu action heroine films directed and produced by the female star, Shamim Ara, and promoted in their day (1980s) as a cinema for women. Released under the Islamist military regime of Zia-ul-Haq, these films draw on action genres from elsewhere, thanks to rampant video trade/piracy. Historians dismiss such films as exploitative and escapist

  • Contributors
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-05-21

    (2021). Contributors. Third Text: Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. 411-412.

  • An Affect Alien in Aotearoa
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-05-05
    Edward Hanfling

    Abstract Flagging the Future: Te Kiritangata – The Last Palisade (1995), by Diane Prince (Ngāti Whātua, Ngā Puhi), was a controversial installation in the Auckland Art Gallery’s 1995 exhibition ‘Korurangi: New Māori Art’. Prince’s use of a New Zealand flag, placed on the floor and stencilled with the words ‘please walk on me’ – a challenge to the flag’s symbolic exclusion and betrayal of Māori – led

  • Last Angel of History
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-01-29
    Edward George

    Abstract Edward George, the writer, researcher, presenter and actor in the Black Audio Film Collective documentary Last Angel of History, returns to the film to elaborate on the research, writing and performative components of his role(s) in the film, and the ways in which the film constitutes a citational work through its revision of the evocation of Africa in Afrofuturism and its engagement with

  • Being the Woman They Wanted Her to Be
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-01-29
    Sara Blaylock

    Abstract Conventional wisdom holds that the Stasi policed East German artists because of their potential dissident and ideological production. In contrast, Cornelia Schleime’s Stasi Series (1993) reveals the secret police’s preoccupation with her domesticity as a sign of her rebellion. For the photo-text series, the artist assigns fourteen excerpts of her Stasi file to as many self-portrait photographs

  • Conflict Reporting
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-01-29
    Alfredo Cramerotti, Lauren Mele

    Abstract In 2001, artists Broomberg and Chanarin documented a day in the Iraq war. The result was a visual yet non-descript narrative, achieved with light and presence; a physical documentation of their journey titled The Day Nobody Died. In 1968 photojournalist Eddie Adams captured Saigon Execution in Vietnam, also a war-time image but with the lens of reportage. The former is a rendition of their

  • Reconstructing Slave Stock
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-01-26
    Ian Dudley

    Abstract This article examines a neglected example of slavery visualisation by Guyanese artist Stanley Greaves (1934–present). The work is called Slave Stock and is a unique example of abstract constructive sculpture made in 1965 while Greaves was studying at Newcastle University in the UK, where his tutors included Pop artist Richard Hamilton. After winning prizes in Newcastle and Guyana after Greaves’s

  • ‘Heavenly Beings’
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-03-01
    Deirdre M Smith

    Abstract Recent exhibitions and publications evidence an increased focus in the artworld on non-human animals. I take this trend as an opportunity to assess the intersection of contemporary art and critical animal studies and posthumanism. I first offer an account of this phenomenon, and put forward an argument for the role art can take in negotiating human–animal boundaries through an analogy between

  • Contributors
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-03-08

    (2021). Contributors. Third Text: Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 314-315.

  • Desire Revolution
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-01-05
    Fiona Anderson, Glyn Davis, Nat Raha

    Abstract How might historical queer and trans activist tactics and visions of the future be used to invigorate contemporary LGBTQ+ politics and thought? This article provides an introduction to the ‘Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now’ special issue of Third Text, an issue which emerges from the final conference of the pan-European queer history project ‘Cruising the Seventies’. We identify the uneven

  • Deviations and Conversions, Seventies Style
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-01-26
    Mandy Merck, Laura Guy

    Abstract The subject of this conversation is the ‘queer seventies’ as told through a heterogeneous scene of independent journalism and the burgeoning field of screen theory in Britain. Mandy Merck, who was there, and Laura Guy, who was not, explore the cultural practices coming out of the Women’s and Gay Liberation Movements against a backdrop of political reform – including the Sexual Offences Act

  • This Should Happen Here More Often
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-01-27
    Liz Rosenfeld

    Abstract Inspired by Samuel R Delany’s notion that cruising is a ‘positive unconscious of knowledge’, this article explores my relationship to cruising over the last twenty years in my work as both a creative and emotional methodology. Cruising has been integral in my own realisation and continued growth into a non-binary subjecthood as a body who has struggled with questions of passing both in queer

  • Please Help Yourself
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-01-22
    Fiona Anderson

    Abstract Throughout 2017, cultural institutions across England and Wales marked the fiftieth anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of sex between men. In this article I explore two projects about public sex and queer space developed in London that year by two contemporary queer artists: Liz Rosenfeld and Prem Sahib. Both employ queer approaches to preservation and archival labour in the face

  • Do You Have Place?
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-01-20
    Flora Dunster

    Abstract Sunil Gupta’s practice as a photographer has spanned generations, continents, and cities. Throughout, he has grappled with the question ‘what does it mean to be an Indian queer man?’ Gupta’s approach to photography reveals a perspective embedded in the postcolonial sites of Montreal and Delhi, and shaped by his artistic education in London. The use of staged documentary – which belies Gupta’s

  • Photographs
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-01-20
    Sunil Gupta

    (2021). Photographs. Third Text: Vol. 35, Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now, pp. 96-108.

  • Planets and Stars and Time Travel… 
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-02-10
    Tarek Lakhrissi

    Abstract This text is based on extracts of the research that I originally presented at the ‘Cruising the 1970s' conference ‘Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now' in Edinburgh, March 2019; it is in dialogue with a text that I authored for The Funambulist's ‘Futurisms' issue (no 24, July/August 2019) called ‘On Fantasy, Placelessness and Queer Futurity'. It includes two new poetic extracts. This short

  • Antitainment 70
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-01-20
    Graham Bell Tornado

    Abstract This article provides a contextual introduction to the performative lectures that I delivered at the Cruising the 1970s (CRUSEV) conferences in Valencia in April 2018 and Edinburgh in March 2019. These contributions revisited the work of radical drag performers from the United Kingdom and Spain, such as Rampova, Ocaña and Bloolips, alongside that of popular cultural icons of the time. The

  • On Sequins and Shit
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-01-20
    Roberto Filippello

    Abstract This article explores the work of theorist, activist, and performer Mario Mieli through the lens of fashion, unearthing the central function that radical dress occupies in his gay communist project. I focus in particular on how, within Mieli's queer utopianism, radical transvestism operates as an ethico-political praxis with the purpose of challenging capitalism and liberating Eros. On the

  • ‘Gay Sex Kits’
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-01-18
    Glyn Davis

    Abstract This article details the genesis, making, release and reaction to ‘Homosexuality: A Fact of Life’, an educational tape-slide kit produced by the Tyneside branch of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality in the late 1970s. The kit is situated in relation to the history of sex education in Britain and beyond, and compared to other subsequent examples of educational materials that have caused a

  • ‘The Place of the Transfagbidyke is in the Revolution’
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-02-02
    Nat Raha, Grietje Baars

    Abstract Developed from their public dialogue at the Edinburgh conference ‘Cruising the Seventies: Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now’ (March 2019), this article discusses the afterlives of the 1970s, and another seventies (the 1870s), within the political imaginaries of contemporary struggles in the UK and France. Building on our own engagement and observations as community activists, we discuss

  • Contributors
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-02-25

    (2021). Contributors. Third Text: Vol. 35, Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now, pp. 200-202.

  • Correction
    Third Text Pub Date : 2021-02-01

    (2021). Correction. Third Text: Vol. 35, Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now, pp. 203-203.

  • Contributors
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-12-16

    (2020). Contributors. Third Text: Vol. 34, No. 6, pp. 703-703.

  • Devoted Resistance
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-11-01
    David Sperber

    Abstract Nechama Golan (b. 1947), is one of the best-known Jewish Orthodox feminist artists in Israel. This article deals with the reception of her most prominent and poignant work You Shall Walk in Virtuous Ways (1999–2011) – a high block-heeled sandal covered with Xerox copies of a Jewish sacred text. The article expands the study of reception by showing how the study of a work’s reception within

  • What is Contemporary about Institutional Critique?
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-11-01
    Verónica Tello

    Abstract Beginning with a brief analysis of what is broadly considered to be the ‘canon’ of institutional critique, this article asks: is there anything ‘contemporary’ about institutional critique? Following the work of Terry Smith and Peter Osborne, by contemporary I mainly refer to the experience of con-tempus, of being with others in time, within increasingly globalised art institutions where the

  • Conspicuously Inconspicuous
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-11-01
    Laura Moure Cecchini

    Abstract Can we interpret fascist buildings beyond the circumstances of their creation, addressing their multiple afterlives while acknowledging their shameful origin? Federico Baronello’s photographic project EUR_Libya (2011–2013) offers an answer. He photographed iconic fascist buildings in Rome but digitally altered them to include Libyan flags, and logos of the Libyan National Bank and of Italian

  • Hijacking IKEA
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-11-01
    Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi

    Abstract Stealing Beauty is a video performance by Guy Ben-Ner, where he films himself and his family surreptitiously in IKEA's Berlin, New York, and Netanya (Israel) showrooms. Stealing Beauty uses American family sitcom conventions to criticize global consumer culture and its related fantasies. Focusing on Stealing Beauty’s secret process of production I argue that it employs anarchist-like strategies

  • Serious Dreaming
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-11-01
    Vanessa Gravenor

    Abstract The following article unpacks the portrayal of digital or screen-based trauma and the gamification of war within contemporary video art. A riff on Harun Farocki's eponymous multi-channel video installation Serious Games (2010), the article questions if the screen has the power to transmit violence and thus affect trauma, or if this focus heightens what Judith Butler termed precarious life

  • On Apartheid Ruins
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-09-02
    Nomusa Makhubu

    Abstract Recent protests against colonial racism and power at the University of Cape Town have engaged specific forms of ‘formal’ artwork found on the campus. The burning of paintings during the Shackville protests in February 2016 raised a number of fundamental questions. The shack built by protesting students and referred to as Shackville was later demolished by university authorities and security

  • ‘Black Fire’
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-09-02
    Lena Dallywater

    Abstract The article describes the multiple discursive and actual connections between ideas of a ‘Black Aesthetic’ in both the South African and the US-American contexts during the mid twentieth century. It is centred on knowledge produced between 1965 and 1985, when the Black Power/Black Arts and Black Consciousness movements gained prominence among urban intellectuals. Specific debates and argumentations

  • From Dialogical Aesthetics in Eastern European Art to ‘Falling in Love’ with the Other(s)
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-09-02
    Denisa Tomkova

    Abstract This article responses to European rise of nationalism by adapting Jacques Derrida’s hospitality concept to analyse contemporary art projects from former Eastern Europe. The paper will appropriate Derrida’s argument about the mutual acceptance of the host and the guest and argue that every relationship is about the possibility to be changed by the other, by considering the Croatian philosopher

  • Unpacking the Aesthetics of Working in Public Space in Malaysia and Southeast Asia through the Lens of Art-Led Participative Processes
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-09-02
    Jay Koh

    Abstract This article examines the organisation and methodologies of current art and cultural collectives in Malaysia, with resonance for Southeast Asia, through the lens of socially engaged and public participatory art theories. The article proposes an inclusive aesthetics that looks at the complementary effects of dialogue, reciprocity, transitional meaning and durational process in responding to

  • Decentring the Genealogies of Art Activism
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-09-02
    Carlos Garrido Castellano

    Abstract The main objective of this article is to call into question the critical purchase and universal validity of the vocabulary used in discussions on art activism. Through an examination of what Charles Mills calls ‘Ideal Theory’, I argue that a new lexicon for socially transformative creativity is all the more urgent. Such a new lexicon would help in articulating alternative genealogies and histories

  • Filming the Nation in Post-Independence Mozambique
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-09-02
    Inês Cordeiro Dias

    Abstract When Mozambique gained independence in 1975, film became one of its most important cultural projects, second only to radio. One of the pressing issues of the new government was to create an idea of nationhood in a country where many ethnic groups, cultures, and languages coexisted. With a literacy rate of only fifteen per cent, film became an important tool in the creation of national identity

  • Exhausting 2010
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-09-02
    María Iñigo Clavo

    Abstract This article begins with the counter-celebrations of the Bicentennial of Independence of various countries in Latin America in 2010, where a number of artists took part in an array of organised events and actions. I will present here a portrait of that moment of change of paradigm in the methodologies for researching and curating ‘Latin American (Art) History’ that was developed in the following

  • Addressing Karukinka
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-09-02
    Camila Marambio

    Abstract Ecological change at the hands of humans is strikingly evident in Tierra del Fuego, so too human transformation at the mercy of geography. This mirroring between the human and the ecological is what captured my attention when I first visited in early 2010, and it has been the driving force for my curatorial practice ever since. What does it mean for the work of a curator to be motivated by

  • Redemptive Constellations
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-05-03
    David Lloyd

    Abstract Spatial fragmentation is the fundamental condition of Palestinian life, whether under occupation, or under siege, or in the global dispersal that has been the fate of refugees, denied their right of return to historic Palestine. Palestinian artist Emily Jacir’s work inhabits this space and time of fragmentation, committed to the redemption of the fragments of violently broken histories. Working

  • A Non-Event
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-05-03
    Cristóbal Bianchi G

    Abstract This article explores how the large-scale performance Bombing of Poems by the Chilean art collective Casagrande becomes a non-event after the rejection of its realisation in the sky of Dresden, Germany. Based on ethnographic methods and an engaged scholarship approach of the author, as well as primary and secondary sources, the article analyses how the poetics of the performance and its open-close

  • Shooting the Ambulance?
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-05-03
    Mikkel Krause Frantzen

    Abstract In October 2016, the Fiscal Monitor of the IMF issued a report which stated that the global debt ‘is currently at an all-time high’. Both before and after the crisis of 2007–2008, the levels of debt have simply exploded. No wonder, then, that a lot of contemporary artists have responded to this unprecedented historical situation. In this article, I focus on the artist duo Claire Fontaine,

  • The Sarajevo Ghetto Spectacle
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-05-03
    Ewa Anna Kumelowski

    Abstract This article aims to provide the first comprehensive overview of the activities of the visual arts community active during the siege of Sarajevo (1992–1995), focusing on the shifts in practical and discursive artistic practice as well as on developments in curatorial practice. While most studies have focused on individual instances of cultural production, this article proposes a more extensive

  • Passing as… in Arab Labor by Sayed Kashua on Israeli TV
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-03-03
    Judit Druks

    Abstract Twenty per cent of Israel’s population are Palestinians who despite being the indigenous people of the land are its second-class citizens. Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-Palestinian writer and journalist stages in his long running comedy drama on Israeli television with humour, irony and sarcasm life’s realities for Palestinian citizens of Israel among the Jews. It is argued that their relationship

  • Lee Ufan, the Hidden Face of the Moon
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-03-03
    Rye Dag Holmboe

    Abstract This article examines Lee Ufan’s Relatum series, works which he started producing in Japan in the late 1960s. It begins by historicising the series, where steel plates and rocks are placed in various configurations, in relation to Mono-ha, or School of Things. The article then explores the theatrical and animistic dimensions of the works, which are contrasted with the fetish character of the

  • The Semiperipheral Art Gallery
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-03-03
    Sarah-Neel Smith

    Abstract How has the commercial art gallery, the capitalist art institution par excellence, operated in contexts marked by ‘peripheral’ or ‘transitional’ economic conditions? This article approaches this question through a study of the operations of Istanbul’s first modern art gallery, Gallery Maya, between 1950 and 1955. Drawing on photographic documentation and an extensive archive of Turkish-language

  • The Uses of Found Footage and the ‘Archival Turn’ of Recent Korean Documentary
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-03-03
    Jihoon Kim

    Abstract This article examines the ways in which several Korean documentary films in the 2010s use archival footage of the distant or recent histories of Korea. It argues that the films testify to what I call the ‘post-vérité’ turn of recent Korean documentaries: an array of experimentations with the forms and aesthetics of documentary, which are distinguished from the vérité style – an activist tradition

  • Afronauts
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-03-03
    W Ian Bourland

    Abstract This article historicises and applies a critical framework to key themes in Afrofuturist cultural production. Building on recent popularisations of tropes of black futurity and Afrocentrism, it analyses the figure of the ‘afronaut’ as it has appeared in a range of contemporary art practices in Europe, the United States, and Africa. The author roots the afronaut in a visual cultural lineage

  • Recycling Audibility as Sound Design for Life
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-01-02
    Ana M Ochoa Gautier

    Abstract In Latin America and the Caribbean the historical audiovisual and audio-recorded ethnomusicological archive is being recycled under different political and aesthetic imperatives. Indigenous and Afrodescendant peoples reappropriate and transform the archive through strategic decolonising practices that recast the political and aesthetic conditions of audibility for which ethnographic sounds

  • The Tongues of the Locas
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-01-02
    Cecilia Palmeiro

    Abstract Moments of deep crisis destabilise artistic autonomy, as such autonomy usually relies on arts’ submission to the laws of the markets. When markets collapse, like they did in Argentina in 2001, artistic production is emancipated from the duties of money-making. This is the moment when original, ‘amateur’ artistic practices emerge that find another social and political function, in which writing

  • The Education of John Kane
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-01-02
    Marci Kwon

    Abstract This article considers the imbrication of labour and painting in the work of John Kane (1860–1934), one of the preeminent ‘self-taught’ painters of the 1930s. Over the course of nearly five decades, Kane worked in Pittsburgh’s mines, railroads, and steel factories, and as a paver and housepainter. By tracing the commonalities of facture and materiality in Kane’s labour and painting, this article

  • Amateur Aesthetics as State Narrative in Iranian Martyrdom
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-01-02
    Talinn Grigor

    Abstract Focused on modern and contemporary Iranian visual culture, this article traces the shifts from an institutionalised high art ethos under the Pahlavi dynasty to a hegemonic, yet, populist-amateur cultural environment after the Iranian Revolution of 1979. By raising questions about the (dis)position of populism, amateurism, and people-made art in the streets, cemeteries, and public parks of

  • The Filmmaker as Artisan
    Third Text Pub Date : 2020-01-02
    Anneka Lenssen

    Abstract In this interview, the members of Abounaddara, a collective of self-taught and volunteer filmmakers from Syria, discuss their work in relationship to their commitment to an artisanal mode of production. Topics considered include self-teaching versus professional training, Syrian histories of craft production and of film, and the limits of amateurism as a model.

  • The Real End of a Nightmare
    Third Text Pub Date : 2019-12-23
    Leon J Hilton

    Abstract This article considers Jane Arden’s 1972 film The Other Side of The Underneath, a neglected work of British feminist experimental cinema that focused on experimental group therapy. Building upon the theatrical productions of Holocaust, a short-lived feminist group that Arden started in 1970, Arden’s theatrical and cinematic projects from the early 1970s involved both professional actors and

  • Amateurism
    Third Text Pub Date : 2019-12-13
    Julia Bryan-Wilson, Benjamin Piekut

    Abstract ‘The amateur’ is an unstable figure across geographic contexts that have shaped an extraordinary range of activity, from non-remunerated, self-organised, non-official, anti-ruling class, insurgent artistic efforts, to programmatic State efforts to marshal ‘folk’ production into national narratives of authentic belonging. With this special issue, the authors argue that an examination of this

  • Aimless Lives
    Third Text Pub Date : 2019-12-10
    Iván A Ramos

    Abstract This article makes use of the notion of amateurism to reframe our understandings of Mexican contemporary art of the late 1980s and early 1990s. I look specifically at Sarah Minter’s 1991 feature length video piece Alma Punk to suggest that its deployment of an aesthetics of amateurism indexes the oft-forgotten intersection between punk subcultures and the contemporary art scene of the period

  • Piracy Is the Future of Culture
    Third Text Pub Date : 2019-11-01
    Abigail De Kosnik

    Abstract Current conditions of global climate change, fossil fuel exhaustion, economic precarity, and political unrest may be indicators that modern industrialised society is on the verge of Collapse. What will happen to digital and digitised media – files of images, text, films, television series, audio recordings, video games, and so on – in the event of Collapse? The author argues that individuals

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