Dispatches

ArtsEverywhere commissions short-form observational and experiential Dispatches from the field that locate and intersect our lines of inquiry with the spheres of art, culture, social justice and human rights.

When Knights Come Calling

Niki Singleton,  New York City, United States 

When I read that the 2018 theme for National Women’s History Month was Nevertheless She Persisted, referring to Mitch McConnell’s attempt to silence Elizabeth Warren from speaking in Congress, this piece became, for me, the perfect celebration of women’s courage and...

Generation Superheroes

Danielle Rose,  New York City, United States 

These kids are “Marching for Our Lives.” SEE what they have to say. New York City, March 24th, 2018 Photos by Danielle Rose @daniellerosebk

The Very Best Day

Ilya Budraitskis,  Moscow, Russia 

On March 3rd, 2018, the main pre-election rally for Vladimir Putin took place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Tens of thousands of public sector workers were brought in from various regions of the country and were expected to listen...

Staking a Claim in the City Center

Livia Alexander,  New York City, United States 

With photos by José Pelegrini Towards the end of a long day of a walking tour of São Paulo with an international group of prominent architects visiting the city with the Van Alen Institute[1] to explore issues of density with...

Colten Boushie

Taqralik Partridge,  Kuujjuaq, Nunavik / Kautokeino, Norway 

Editor’s Note: Colten Boushie was a 22-year-old Indigenous man from Red Pheasant Cree Nation, Treaty Six Territory, in the place we now call Canada. On August 9, 2016, Colten was shot in the back of the head and killed by...

Dispatches From the Ghost Ship

Jacob Cohen,  New York City, United States 

Concept: Elijah Kuan-Wong & Sidd Joag Drawings: Jacob Cohen Jacob Cohen is a Brooklyn-based experimental cellist, visual artist, and educator. Since 2014, he has been working with adolescents and young adults incarcerated on Rikers Island. He brings his cello directly to...

Our Own Home: Fighting for Safety, Stability, and Choice as LGBTQI+ Refugees in Greece

LGBTQI+ Refugees,  Athens, Greece 

We are queer, we are here, but we are not safe here because we are homeless, and we need your help. We come from Syria, Iraq, Congo, Palestine, Cameron, Uganda, and Colombia. Despite our diverse cultures we all suffered at...

Ingushetia and the Second World Woman

Jonathan Brooks Platt,  Pittsburgh, United States 
Victoria Lomasko,  Moscow, Russia 

Part 1, Prelude Introduction by Jonathan Brooks Platt Victoria Lomasko is one of the leading artists in Russia today. I recently invited her to mount an exhibition in Pittsburgh as part of her book tour for Other Russias (n+1 and...

Tarcísio’s Bar

Adler Murada,  S√£o Paulo, Brazil / Bruxelles, Belgium 

How was I to experiment, artistically, with such a unique location? The residency did not have any fixed format or studio space, discarding then traditional demands of art production. So how would I produce an artistic process based entirely on...

Defending the Radical Vision of documenta 14

documenta 14 Artists,  Athens, Greece / Kassel, Germany 

Letter from documenta 14 artists: Defending the Radical Vision of documenta 14 December 01, 2017 We¬†the undersigned artists, writers, musicians, and researchers who participated in various chapters of documenta 14‚ÄĒthe exhibition in two cities under the (working) title¬†Learning from Athens,...

Maria and the Right to the Center

Paula Van Erven,  S√£o Paulo, Brazil 

Maria do Carmo came to São Paulo when she was eleven years old. Originally from the state of Piauí, she came to help take care of her sister’s children, and ended up staying for good. For over 30 years, Maria...

The Unbribables and the Risk of Dissent

Rena R√§dle & Vladan Jeremińá,  Belgrade, Serbia 

The recent scandalous arrest of the Belgrade-based artist Vladan Jeremińá, which happened in the Serbian capital at the re-opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art‚ÄĒafter 10 years of closure‚ÄĒhas angered the art world again. ArtsEverywhere recently published Jeremińá‚Äės finely sharpened...

Open Letter from documenta 14 artists:
On the emancipatory possibility of decentered exhibitions

documenta 14 Artists,  Athens, Greece / Kassel, Germany 

We the undersigned artists, writers, musicians, and researchers who participated in various chapters of the current documenta 14– Exhibition, Parliament of Bodies, South as a State of Mind, Listening Space, Keimena, Studio 14, An Education, EMST collection, and Every Time...

documenta 14 team speaks out about value production of the arts

documenta 14 artistic director & team,  Athens, Greece / Kassel, Germany 

Editors’ Note: ArtsEverywhere expresses its¬†solidarity and support¬†to¬†the curatorial and management team of documenta 14,¬†a multi-layered mega-exhibition that¬†raised complex and, at times,¬†controversial questions. In Kassel and Athens, documenta 14 frames critical public debates on relevant issues¬†of our¬†times,¬†and proves the¬†arts¬†essential in the...

Artistic Freedom of Expression in Turkey: State of Emergency

ArtsEverywhere Report,   

This report has been translated as part of the Sivil D√ľŇü√ľn EU Programme, with the support of the European Union.¬†The contents of this report can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union. This report...

Profile: Nazaré Brazil РThe Cultural Occupation at São João

Sidd Joag,  New York City, United States 

October 2010 ‚Äď Some three hundred people, mostly women, children, and the elderly walked in holding candles and singing Evangelical songs. The new residents of the abandoned former Hotel Columbia on S√£o Jo√£o Street had tricked the police and were...

Profile: Abdoulaye – The Accidental Paulistano

Sidd Joag,  New York City, United States 

It’s not uncommon to see a group of brown and black men standing, sitting, or laying outside of a non-descript building, on a dead end street in the Mooca Bresser neighborhood of São Paulo. Once you pass through a single...

Stationary Absence

Paula Van Erven,  S√£o Paulo, Brazil 

Carla Perez’s photo, which now gathers dust alongside decade-old bottles of cachaça, and whose inkjet-printed colors begin to fade into a tone of cyan, still arouses in me a strange mix of terror and endearment. What child in Brazil did...

The Starting Point: Tarcísio’s Bar

Raphael Daibert,  S√£o Paulo, Brazil 

Built in 1955 by the architect Aron Kogan: 14 Bis, Caravelle, and Demoiselle are three buildings collectively known as Conjunto Santos Dumont, named after the first airplanes built by the Brazilian aviation pioneer Santos Dumont. On the ground floor, under...

Past Borders & Boundaries: Iranian Artist Hadi Nasiri Joins New York City Artist Community

Ashley Tucker,  New York City, United States 

Banner image of Hadi Nasiri by Kourosh Sotoodeh. When he was 15, Hadi Nasiri was arrested in Iran for the first time. He had given a speech to his fellow students in the school library, addressing what the Quran says...

Boulevard: The Early History of a Cultural Movement

Ibrahim Abougendy,  Cairo, Egypt 

Port Said is a cornerstone‚ÄĒa small city located at the entrance of the Suez Canal that acts as a bridge between Asia and Africa. While the city of Port Said was being built, the Suez Canal was under the control...

Barbara Kentner

Tara Williamson,  Opaskwayak Cree Nation 

Editor’s Note: Barbara Kentner,¬†an Anishinaabe woman from Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation in Treaty Three territory,¬†died on Tuesday, July 3, 2017. In January in Thunder Bay, Ontario, she was struck in the stomach by a trailer hitch thrown from a passing...