Untitled (Witness ’79)

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Untitled (Witness ’79)

Azadeh Fatehrad

The Untitled (Witness ’79) photographs of Iranian photojournalist Hengameh Golestan capture the lost history of a six day uprising in Iran. Azadeh Fatehrad presents a selection of these extraordinary images with her own personal and historical account of Iran’s relationship with the veil.

Artists at Work: Cynthia Maughan

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Artists at Work: Cynthia Maughan

Fatima Hellberg

Fatima Hellberg talks to Cynthia Maughan about her dark and funny early video works and her anti-essentialist approach to politics of representation.

The Many Returns of Socialist Realism

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The Many Returns of Socialist Realism

Agata Pyzik

Agata Pyzik traces the history of former Soviet architecture to show how the architects of the Eastern Bloc have turned into the architects of Capitalist Realist skyscrapers and glass towers. 

Artists at Work: Doug Rickard

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Artists at Work: Doug Rickard

Siobhán Bohnacker

Doug Rickard’s photography appropriates imagery of American suburbs found in Google Street View. In this interview Siobhán Bohnacker questions the role of the photographer and discusses Rickard’s social critique.

Nancy Buchanan: Ethical Provocations (photo essay)

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Nancy Buchanan: Ethical Provocations (photo essay)

Audrey Chan

Nancy Buchanan's practice posits the audience as participants in a conversation on the gendered body and the perils of commercialised spectatorship. Audrey Chan interviewed Buchanan in Los Angeles; this photo-essay maps her forty year career in her own words.

Artists at Work: BADco.

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Artists at Work: BADco.

Josefine Wikström

Josefine Wikström interviews the theatre collective BADCo. about their work at the Venice Biennale and about the migration of theatre and performance into the visual arts space. 

Cinenova: Reproductive Labour

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Cinenova: Reproductive Labour

George Clark

An exclusive video-essay featuring eight clips of rarely seen film and video works made by women, with individual commentaries by George Clark. Produced with the help of The Showroom and Cinenova.

The Anti-Warholian Image: John Stezaker’s Lost Images

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The Anti-Warholian Image: John Stezaker’s Lost Images

Mark Prince

In this suggestive reading of John Stezaker's Lost Images series, Mark Prince pits them against Warhol's screenprints to see them as a commentary on the complex relationship between fame, stardom and anonymity now.

Rosa Barba: Changing Cinema

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Rosa Barba: Changing Cinema

Melissa Gronlund, Ben Borthwick

In this photo-essay, Ben Borthwick and Melissa Gronlund reflect on Rosa Barba's adaptation of cinema into printed and, here, online publication.

Artists at Work: Takahiko Iimura

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Artists at Work: Takahiko Iimura

Duncan White

Duncan White interviews Takahiko Iimura about the visual poetics of his experimental films, which combine Japanese characters with English phrases to interrogate what we mean by 'image'.

At the Crossroads

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At the Crossroads

Daniel Fuller

Daniel Fuller reflects on a series of unofficial historical plaques erected throughout Pittsburgh, which tell a second side of the story about the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, the US's first major working-class rebellion.

Oriol Vilanova: Repetition Is a Question of Base

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Oriol Vilanova: Repetition Is a Question of Base

Rosa Lleó

In this photo-essay, Rosa Lléo looks at the work of Spanish artist Oriol Vilanova, and his use of found postcards to reflect on the iconographies of victory and power.

Notes on 3 Triptychs

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Notes on 3 Triptychs

Lamia Joreige

Lamia Joreige considers the frontier between the conscious and the unconscious in the work of Jalal Toufic, Andrei Tarkovsky, Jean Cocteau and David Lynch, setting these in relation to her recent video installation 3 Triptychs.

Free Radicals

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Free Radicals

Jess Baines

Jess Baines looks back at London's printmaking workshops of the 1970s and 80s, DIY sites of political and community activism that rejected the traditional role of the artist to participate in a network of campaign groups, radical publishers and alternative distributors.

The Archival Fourth Dimension

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The Archival Fourth Dimension

Sarah Pierce

In this video essay, Sarah Pierce excerpts four Irish-language television programmes from the 1950s and 60s that complicate Ireland's perception of its past and explore, as she writes, how notions of language, nation, history and territory are constructed.

Adventures in the Valley

Picture Essay

Adventures in the Valley

Polly Braden, David Campany

Afterall's first photo-essay, by Polly Braden and David Campany, chronicles the River Lea in east London, site of the 2012 Olympic Games.