Dear readers, we, the editors, have been busy bees lately. But don’t despair, we’re coming back with a vengeance and we haven’t forgotten about you. However, Easter holidays are not only rapidly approaching, they’re soon about to end. What is the inner essence of Easter one might ask, what kind of holiday, what are we celebrating? Death, torture, supper, treason, resurrection, hope? Whatever it is, you might find yourself with some free time on your hands and perhaps nothing to do, which is why we figured to offer a little list of things to think about, to entice and entertain your mind.
– Writer and artist Hanna Black has written an open letter in response to Dana Schutz’s painting, Open casket at this year’s Whitney Biennial. The painting depicts the casket of Emmett Till, a black teenager who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955. Black is calling Dana Schutz out for appropriating black pain, and to remove the painting. Responding to this, Ryan Wong offers an entryway for white artists to approach race in their careers and choice of subject matter: A Syllabus for Making Work About Race as a White Artist in America. Author Gary Indiana has also responded to Hannah Black, saying how Schutz’s painting serves Black an opportunity to star whole seasons of earnest panel discussions: Of the Fait Accompli
– Venezuelan artist, Arca, has made a new album with music videos by Jesse Kanda. In Desafío, Arca is all decked out in leather while being dragged through a forest towards a circle of awaiting men shrouded in fog, smoke and blinking lights.
– Artist and Norges Venn, Actually Huizenga has also made a new music video, a cover of the Boss’ song I’m on Fire.
– Jorge Luis Borges has a short story which reminds of fake news. In Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius, a fictitious community slowly invades the real world through a carefully considered article in an obscure Encyclopaedia. If news are the way in which we learn and experience the world, it could be time to fabricate some happy ones.
– When thinking about Syria, the magazine N+1 has published an article which might make the conflict a little bit more comprehensible: The Syria Catastrophe by Richard Beck