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Profile: Donna Huanca, “Ritual Resurrection”

Images of the body are Donna Huanca’s core motif. Sheaths of skin-like fabric – painted, torn, burned, creased, crumpled, layered and stretched – permeate every aspect of her output, and even her atelier. Today, her Kreuzberg workshop is a jumble of shiny, metallic, candy-coloured clothes, sheets of industrial plastic sheeting, and pastel toned paintings. Having […]

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Essay: “Molecular Materiality”

“THE MOST BASIC MATERIAL SIGNATURE OF A SUBSTANCE IS ITS CHEMICAL STRUCTURE. YOU CAN NEVER GET OUTSIDE THE MATERIAL” SEAN RASPET Human beings breathe in and out an average of 23,000 times a day. Our respiratory system is vital to our survival. And if the lungs, heart and arteries could adequately be described as its […]

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Review: “Welcome to the Jungle”

KW – Kunst Werke, Berlin. Unfurling a seductive recapitulation of American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses’ hit song “Welcome to the Jungle”, the KW Institute of Contemporary Art kicks off Berlin Art Week with the eponymous group show curated by Ellen Blumenstein and Filipa Ramos as part of the citywide museum initiative STADT/BILD. The […]

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Review: “Frances Stark in Chicago: the Digital Private is Political”

Art Institute of Chicago. In her texts and interviews Frances Stark often quotes the famous 1970s feminist movement rally cry – “The personal is the political”. That is the mantra that drives her work. But what exactly is the political bent that she is angling towards? A thorough survey on Stark’s show entitled “Intimism” offers a unique opportunity to […]

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Review: Visions of a Fractured Self, “THEM”

Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin. The old idea of skin as a sacred cloak with two main jobs – to seal off the vulnerable organs inside us and define our individuality – has given way to a sense of how mingling, malleable, and porous the body really is. At a cellular level, we’re stunningly mutable, not just […]

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