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frieze magazine

Issue 199

November - December 2018

Reflecting on what it means to be ‘global’, this issue of frieze examines the relationship between culture and colonialism: from the imperial provenance of many European museum collections to rethinking the Euro-American canon; from the use of technology and the prison system to control bodies, to the resurgence of nationalist sentiments and fears. Featured artists, curators and writers include Teresa Burga, Rey Chow, Aruna D’Souza, Ângela Ferreira, Natasha Ginwala, Hou Hanru, Simon Njami, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Trinh T. Minh-ha.

Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Bethleham, c. 1950-1970. Courtesy: Getty Images

How to handle ‘refugee heritage’ from an architectural perspective

By Suzanne Harris-Brandts

An exhibition at Pilar Corrias, London, shows the artist using mainstream stock and cultural quotations to depict marginalized subjectivities

By Mimi Chu
Iowa, 1966. Courtesy: Ngug1i wa Thiong’o

How monolingualism is the carbon monoxide of culture

By Ngugi wa Thiong’o

The radical filmmaker, teacher and writer talks essentialism in identity politics and why her films are neither documentary nor fiction

By Erika Balsom

An exhibition at Osmos, New York, shows photographs by the musician documenting the beginnings of the feminist movement 

By Carmen Winant

The beasts in the artist’s One or Several Tigers lead us into the tangled thickets of identity and religious ritual

By Jeremy Tiang

Naeem Mohaiemen on the ‘soft dominance’ that has made certain stories familiar and others strange

By Naeem Mohaiemen
Bernardo Bertolucci, The Last Emperor, 1987, film still. Courtesy: Visual Icon

The power of visibility: on postcolonial seeing and being seen

By Rey Chow

How is contemporary Aboriginal art challenging an exclusive historical canon?

By Paola Balla

Things to chew over: In the Absence of Our Mothers makes histories of displacement uncomfortably felt

By Kaelen Wilson-Goldie
Ryan Coogler, Black Panther, 2018, film stills. Courtesy: Marvel Studios

Have institutions facing calls to decolonize forgotten that ‘to curate’ originally meant ‘to care for’?

By Aruna D'Souza

Q: What do you wish you knew? A: How to build a time machine

By Bouchra Khalili