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23. October 2020

Feminist Ecologies: “Heresies” in Portugal Gillian Sneed on “Earthkeeping / Earthshaking – Art, Feminisms and Ecology” at Galeria Quadrum, Lisbon

Galeria Quadrum’s recent exhibition “Earthkeeping / Earthshaking – Art, Feminisms and Ecology” used the 1981 issue of US feminist art magazine “Heresies” as a starting point for a collection that aimed to “enable a sense of care, artistic agency, and heterogenous approaches to ecology and feminisms.” In the 40 years since that issue’s publication, attitudes to our earth have changed immeasurably – our ownership of it, our ruin of it, our denial. Ideas of feminism, too, now sit far more comfortably within mainstream discussions. Here, art historian Gillian Sneed considers whether the curator’s inclusion of contemporary works against the backdrop of “Heresies” as a now-historical text did enough to offer the viewer a truly diverse and intersectional depiction of a feminism for 2020.

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16. October 2020

TAKTILE ÜBERSETZUNGEN Esther Buss zur Werkschau von Lynne Sachs auf dem Sheffield Doc/Fest

Versuch über die Begegnung. Das diesjährige Sheffield Doc/Fest, das Pandemie-bedingt ausschließlich online stattfand, widmete der Filmemacherin Lynne Sachs eine sorgfältig kuratierte Werkschau. Dabei zeigt sich das Gemeinschaft stiftende Moment von Sachs’ Filmen, die häufig das Ergebnis enger Kollaborationen sind – ob mit Familienmitgliedern, migrantischen Communities oder künstlerischen Weggefährtinnen wie Barbara Hammer oder Carolee Schneemann –, gerade unter den Einschränkungen durch die Pandemie: Wie die Filmkritikerin Esther Buss argumentiert, sind diese Filme stets Zeugnisse der Ambivalenz von ,einsamer‘ Kunstproduktion einerseits und geteilter Erfahrung andererseits.

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September 2020

Current Issue

Issue No. 119
September 2020
„Anti-Anti-Semitism“

In its September issue “Anti-Anti-Semitism,” TEXTE ZUR KUNST takes a clear stand against any form of hostility toward Jewish people. Together with the art historian Sabeth Buchmann, the publisher Isabelle Graw, and the freelance author Aram Lintzel, the editorial team developed the concept for this issue not only to critically reflect on the massive increase in anti-Semitic discrimination but also to focus on the complexity of Jewish art and cultural practices. Anti-Semitism in the art world is discussed here, as well as anti-Semitic implications of the BDS movement and artistic procedures for dealing with anti-Semitism.

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13. October 2020

Postscript Anti-Anti-Semitism

Nuanced Distinctions Instead of Irreconcilable Divisions BY MARC RÖLLI

Delving into the subject of “Anti-Anti-Semitism,” issue 119 of Texte zur Kunst not only takes a stance against anti-Semites, it also sides with the critics of BDS. Several members of the magazine’s advisory board have responded with a statement in which they have expressed apprehension that the issue, and the anti-BDS slant in particular, would divide the readership “between those whose focus is on fighting anti-Semitism, and those who advocate for decolonization.” That is the crux that I want to home in on in the following.

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Artists' Editions

Nicole Eisenman, "Monster Movie", 2020

9. October 2020
Issue No. 84

THE DIVA PRINCIPLE by Monika Rinck

“Against the general stress that grasps itself as mere function and thus denies itself, as it were, I would like to establish extravagance as a condition.” In view of our upcoming December issue titled "The Feminist" on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of TZK, we are publishing today a text from the archive that German author Monika Rinck wrote in 2011 for the issue on "FEMINISM!”

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7. October 2020

Postscript Anti-Anti-Semitism

What Is the Meaning of “Anti”? by Christoph Menke

Titled “Anti-Anti-Semitism,” the September issue of Texte zur Kunst contains numerous assertions and assessments that are eminently contentious and have provoked vehement opposition. So what? When assessments are contentious, we argue over them. Such contention can turn fierce, and there is no reason to expect that we will agree. But if all goes well, clear front lines emerge.

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7. October 2020

Postscript Anti-Anti-Semitism

BOYCOTT AND CENSORSHIP by Elke Krasny

Why it is of interest to think about boycott, censorship, state power, freedom of articulation, the public sphere, politics, and art at the same time. When intellectuals, artists, or writers call for a boycott and disassociate themselves from major cultural events, refuse to participate in them, or cancel their participation, they typically do so less as a form of punishment than as a way of drawing attention to a grievance and denouncing those they hold responsible: of protest against states of affairs that shock the conscience, against intolerable violence, against the exploitation of resources.

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2. October 2020

I Wanna Be Down Alex Fleming and Joel Lev on Brandy’s album “B7”

To sensationalize Brandy’s revival is to miss the point. After eight years of silence, Brandy released her seventh studio album, B7 last month, and yet one thing is clear: Brandy never really left. Her legacy thrives in the “abstract, hand-drawn soundscapes” of her successors, threading its way through unexpected channels. As Joel Lev and Alex Fleming unravel the web of her influence B7 winds us into the transgressive and sometimes hermetic mystery at the album’s center: Brandy herself.

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TEXTE ZUR KUNST stands for controversial discussions and contributions by internationally leading writers on contemporary art and culture. Alongside ground-breaking essays, the quarterly magazine – which was founded in Cologne in 1990 by Stefan Germer (†) and Isabelle Graw and has been published, since 2000, in Berlin – offers interviews, roundtable discussions, and comprehensive reviews on art, film, music, the market, fashion, art history, theory, and cultural politics. Since 2006, the journal's entire main section has been published in both German and English. Additionally, each issue features exclusive editions by internationally renowned artists, who generously support the magazine by producing a unique series.