Dispatches

Maria and the Right to the Center

Paula Van Erven, São Paulo 

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 has lived in the Bela Vista neighborhood, in the center of São Paulo. Displaced by rising rent, she has moved...

The Unbribables and the Risk of Dissent

Rena Rädle & Vladan Jeremić, Belgrade, Serbia 

The recent scandalous arrest of the Belgrade-based artist Vladan Jeremić, which happened in the Serbian capital at the re-opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art—after 10 years of closure—has angered the art world again. ArtsEverywhere recently published Jeremić‘s finely sharpened political drawings, and so we asked Jeremić and his accomplice Rena Rädle, a witness to the arrest, to analyze in...

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

documenta 14 Artists, Athens & Kassel 

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 A Ear di Soun– wish to share some thoughts about the possibilities and potential of documenta. Firstly, we acknowledge those...

documenta 14 team speaks out about value production of the arts

documenta 14 artistic director & team, Kassel & Athens 

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 exercise of questioning and re-imagining our society and cultural institutions. Recently the German media reported on and politicized the alleged cost-overruns of the program,...

Artistic Freedom of Expression in Turkey: State of Emergency

ArtsEverywhere Report,  

This report has been written with the aim of investigating and documenting how the State of Emergency (SOE) measures introduced after the July 15, 2016 coup attempt in Turkey have affected the country’s culture and art worlds. Following the July 15 coup attempt, a three-month SOE was announced on July 21, 2016 on the basis of clauses of the constitution...

Profile: Nazaré Brazil – The Cultural Occupation at São João

Sidd Joag, New York City 

October 2010 – 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 São João Street had tricked the police and were now in control—one of the seventeen buildings that were occupied that night across the city, from the Eastern periphery of...

Profile: Abdoulaye – The Accidental Paulistano

Sidd Joag, New York City 

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 metal door, you find yourself outside a waiting room where the guard requires your reason for being there. Given you...

Stationary Absence

Paula Van Erven, São Paulo 

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 not grow up with these hypersexualized portrayals of women, transiting seamlessly between children’s TV shows and Playboy magazine covers? Carla’s...

The Starting Point: Tarcísio’s Bar

Raphael Daibert, São Paulo 

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 a marquis, between the two most emblematic buildings on Rua Paim, we find Tarcísio’s bar, where we at lanchonete.org, along...

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

Ashley Tucker, New York City 

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 about the hijab, and raising concerns about women’s rights. “They needed someone to tell them what equal rights are. There...

Boulevard: The Early History of a Cultural Movement

Ibrahim Abougendy, Cairo 

Port Said is a cornerstone—a 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 of foreign authorities. This influenced Port Said, which developed a versatile cultural identity as a result. Port Said used to...

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 car in a horrific act of hate crime. Her injuries were so devastating that she died slowly and painfully. The...