Texte zur Kunst, issue no. 111, AMERIKA.

September 4, 2018
September 2018, issue no. 111
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The latest issue of Texte zur Kunst focuses on Amerika (U.S. America principally): the land, the idea, and all that seems to come with it. What is Amerika today other than a contradiction between brute political reality and a largely fictional self-image, where fiction says as much about fact as “alternative facts” say about the truth? Within this contradiction, this issue tries to imagine modes of engaging with the current political machinery without opting for the one-dimensional dive into micropolitics that has plagued much recent activist discourse. The Trump regime has introduced a new form of politics whose tactics are closer to artistic practice—inventing parallel truths and questioning facts—than anything like traditional governance. As such, those familiar with art are in a unique position to offer an analysis of the specific forms that define contemporary politics in Amerika. We have thus commissioned artists and critics to come up with new strategies for analyzing the rampant barbarism, resisting the urge to sink into paralysis and defeat in the face of the endless onslaught.

Main section (in English and German):

Colin Lang
The Horror, Vacui

Ken Okiishi
Liberty and Justice for All, Not for Us

Aria Dean
Trauma and Virtuality

Isabelle Graw
Letter to a Friend in New York

The Golden Hoard
A Conversation with Andrea Fraser

Sina Najafi
The American Dream-State

Robert F. Reid-Pharr
What We Dare Not Remember

Image Spread:
Henrik Strömberg

New Development:
Is Space the Place?
Eva Díaz on Feminist Futures in the Anthropocene


Rainer Bellenbaum on films around the year 1968 in the program of Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Susanne von Falkenhausen on Hello World at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (German)

Jesi Khadivi on the 10th Berlin Biennale (English)

Övül Ö. Durmusoglu on Manifesta 12 in Palermo (English)

Adrienne A. Rooney on Adrian Piper at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (English)

Tobi Maier on Bruce Nauman at Schaulager, Basel (German)

Dan Kidner on Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy at Tate Modern, London (English)

Marietta Kesting on raster-noton at Kunstbau Lenbachhaus, München (German)

Darla Migan on Faith Ringgold at Weiss Berlin (English)

Jenny Nachtigall on Jutta Koether at Museum Brandhorst, Munich (German)

Nadja Abt on Philip Wiegard at Between Bridges, Berlin (German)

Sven Lütticken on Trade Markings at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (English)

Tina Schulz on Astrid Klein at the Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg (German)

Colin Lang on Jeanette Mundt at Société, Berlin (English)

Christina Irrgang on Cyrill Lachauer at the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (German)

Saim Demircan on Luke Willis Thompson at Kunsthalle Basel (English)

Niklas Lichti on Peter Wächtler at Lars Friedrich, Berlin (German)

Steven Warwick on Georgie Nettell at the Kunstbunker Forum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Nürnberg (English)

Ariane Müller on VALIE EXPORT at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (German)

Johanna Burton on Zoe Leonard at the Whitney Museum of American Art (English)

Kerstin Stakemeier on Henrike Naumann at Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach (German)

Sandra Neugärtner on Anni Albers at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (German)

Kathi Hofer on Milieu at after the butcher, Berlin (German)

Claude Lanzmann (1925–2018) in the words of Gertrud Koch (German)

Plus artists’ editions by:
Cecily Brown
Mark Leckey

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