These are strange times we live in. In history, certain events define each era, but today, unthinkable and insane things are happening in mass and at the same time- things that were improbable and unrepeatable up until a few years ago. We’re talking about Trump and everything he represents, as well as the rest of the living caricatures that have been elected president who, regardless of leaning left or right, have copied his models and are now in charge of their respective countries (at least in Latin America). Some unthinkable examples: the friendship between Russia and the United States, Kim Jong Un playing at being a peace promoter and liberating tension with his neighbors, as well as with the US, Brexit; anti-peace campaigns that have won in Colombia; concentration camps for immigrant children; white supremacy, the resurgence of the KKK and nazism (and against all odds, an increase of latino neonazi groups with mestizo or indigenous roots); flat earthers (those who believe the Earth is flat), etc. The list goes on and on.
The title of this edition is Crazy World. On the one hand, it reunited the work of artists who speak of these realities through their work, and on the other, we’ve encouraged a revision of our magazine’s crazy, decadent and raw aesthetic inspired by today’s artistic production, which to me, could be a reaction to the technological, controlling, manipulative and surveillance era we live in.
We feature the work of Jennet Thomas, who presents a fragment of her piece Animal Condensed > Animal Expanded #1, 2016 on the cover; Yoshua Okon with an interview about his retrospective exhibition Colateral in MUAC and most recently at the Amparo Museum in Puebla-; as well as the work of Kim Laughton, Natalie Bookchin, Lu Yang, Super Future Kid y Oblinof. We also feature an interview by curator Gonzalo Ortega with Doreen A. Ríos, two of our most frequent and loved contributors, about the incidence of technology in the social schizophrenia we face, the manipulation we’re exposed to and the internet utopias.
The 10th Berlin Biennale We Don’t need Another Hero is our first recommended exhibition of this edition, followed by Out of Sasnak by Björn Melhus in Helle267 - Staedtische Galerie Braunschweig in Germany; Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg at the Moderna Musset, in Stockholm; and Fine Lands by Minerva Cuevas at the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas.
As always, we hope you enjoy this edition as much as we enjoyed making it.
Catalina Restrepo Leongómez
Interactive Cover by Jennet Thomas. Animal Expanded #1