What Is the Contemporary?

Peter Pál Pelbart presents a series of theses to undermine the covert demands of Enlightenment modernity.


Artists at Work: Barbara Visser

Tanja Baudoin talks to Barbara Visser about how her works reappear and transform over time.


Exhibition as Social Intervention: ‘Culture in Action’ 1993

The fifth book in Afterall's Exhibition Histories series focuses on ‘Culture in Action’, an exhibition with a new social agenda that challenged conventional understandings of public art.


Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s Trilogy of Truth

Listening to Lawrence Abu Hamdan's auditory curiosities prompts Anders Kreuger to reconnect with his training
in comparative and structural linguistics.


Exhibition Histories Talks: WHW/What, How & for Whom – video online

On Wednesday 25 February 2015, Ivet Ćurlin from the Zagreb-based curatorial collective WHW/What, How & for Whom joined Afterall’s Line Ellegaard for the eighth in our series of talks analysing exhibitions through the personal accounts of the curators responsible for them.


Mike Kelley: Educational Complex

Mike Kelley’s Educational Complex (1995) presents forgotten spaces as subjective frames for trauma, real or imagined.

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Afterall issue 39 out now!

The Summer 2015 issue of Afterall looks at noise and confusion in the work of Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Jill Magid, Postcommodity and the Center for Historical Reenactments. Peter Pál Pelbart reflects on contemporaneity, while accompanying essays offer detailed studies of Iniva in London and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Browse through the contents here, or get your copy now here and contribute to Afterall's crowdfunding campaign!

Wendelien van Oldenborgh at The Showroom

The Showroom presents From Left to Night, a new commission by Wendelien van Oldenborgh and her first solo exhibition in London.

Read Emily Pethick and Sven Lütticken on Wendelien’s work in issue 29 of Afterall journal.

‘El Hadji Sy: Painting, Performance, Politics’, Weltkulturen, Frankfurt

The first retrospective in Europe of the Senegalese artist, cultural activist and curator El Hadji Sy is open at the Weltkulturen Museum until 18 October 2015.

To read Clementine Deliss on El Sy and the Laboratoire AGIT’art in Dakar visit here.