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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...

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...

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...

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...

World Policy Institute

Ukraine’s Battle with Russia Moves to the Classroom

Ian Bateson, Bakhmut, Ukraine 

This article was originally published by Coda Story. The bell rings for the end of lessons at Bakhmut’s School Number 18 in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, and children come pouring out of the building. Historically, Russian has been the dominant language here. It is a short drive to...

All Walls are Temporary

Maya Singhal, New York City 

The wall on the U.S.-Mexico border existed long before Donald Trump promised to build it. As early as 1848, following the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo signed by the U.S. and Mexico, fences were constructed along the border to designate territory, control livestock, and ensure security. Under President Bill Clinton, walls...

Reclaiming Cartography, Photography, and Colonial Imagery

Kristine Jordan, New York 

Fifty-eight years ago, the Malagasy Republic was declared an autonomous state within an association of countries known as the French Community. Much like other nations that fought for independence well into the second half of the 20th century, elements of colonial power dynamics are evident in Madagascar’s modern cultural productions....

Haawiyat: A Syrian Comic for Syrian Children

Monica Rodriguez, New York City 

After fleeing Syria, a nation badly bloodied by civil war, refugees are finding themselves trapped in migratory limbo for long stretches of time as they await placement in foreign, and often unwelcoming, lands. Of the staggering 4.9 million displaced Syrians currently residing in refugee camps, nearly half are children. Syrian...


Activating Humanities Knowledge: Human Rights Pedagogy and Community-Based Education

Ajay Heble, Guelph 

The following is an excerpt from Ajay Heble’s Introduction to Classroom Action: Human Rights, Critical Activism, and Community-Based Education, a book (edited by Heble, with chapters by his former students) published by University of Toronto Press in Spring 2017. For more information, or to order the book, please visit University of...

Deep Listening at the End of the World

Jeannette Hicks, Guelph 

Deep Listening at the End of the World[1] I’m sitting beside the ocean at the end of the world singing with a wave. A rhythmic low whoosh, and a building sigh–             hhhhhwAAAAAAaaaannsss                        ...

Improvising Freely: The ABCs of an Experience

Lê Quan Ninh, Saint-Silvain-sous-Toulx, France 
Karen Houle, Guelph, Ontario 

The following text is excerpted from Lê Quan Ninh’s book, Improvising Freely: The ABCs of an Experience, translated from the French by Karen Houle with assistance from Pegleess Barrios & Melissa Chong Ah Yan. The book is available for purchase from PS Guelph ( Abécédaire (An ABC) This book is an...

Improvisation & Policy: Notes for a Roundtable

Daniel Weinstock, Montreal 

A Roundtable on Improvisation & Policy will be convened by ArtsEverywhere, Musagetes, and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) on May 7, 2016. The roundtable will consider the following two questions: How can policies be created to shape & enable environments conducive to improvisation (or improvisatory methodologies) in the enactment of...


Make problems everywhere

Fabiana Faleiros, Rio de Janeiro 

Viva the fat ones, Viva the brown ones I want to be a woman without models to imitate To be a faggot you have to be brave Disobedience In spite of you I will be happy I don’t carry your semen I vomit your humiliation Woman, not submissive nor devoted...

On Pedagogical Turns and the Use of Time

Nikos Doulos, Amsterdam 
Gian Spina, Athens 

I can think. I can wait. I can fast. Hermann Hesse, Siddartha In recent years we have seen a strong increase in the construction of schools as art projects or as new propositions of producing knowledge. Curators and artists present themselves as educators, public programs have become a sort of...

Dissident Geographies: São Paulo, Athens, and Beyond

Jarri Castro, Athens 
Marta Echaves, Madrid 

An event called Queer City is, per se, an invitation to inhabit the oxymoron as an epistemological position. Can a queer city exist? What would it look like? Who would be the good queer citizen? Mavi asks a spectator to help her close her necklace. Michelle draws a square made...

Waiting for the After-Effects of Documenta 14 in Athens

Gian Spina, Athens 
Jota Mombaça, Natown, São Paulo, & Athens 

This article is part of a series of texts which are being produced throughout 2017 from Athens, Greece — a city which has been going through severe changes and now has the peculiarity of hosting one of the most influential international art festivals: Documenta 14. This series of eight articles...

Contemporary And

Centering Indigenous Bodies, Thought and Practice

Aïcha Diallo, Berlin 

The gathering Under the Mango Tree — Sites of Learning, that was organized by aneducation of documenta 14 and ifa, acted as an open forum to explore the notion and practice of education globally. Artist Duane Linklater, who participated in the gathering with the project Wood Land School, met with Aïcha...

In Ghana, Visions of Queer Friendship and Love

M. Neelika Jayawardane, New York 

This article is part of a series produced in collaboration with Aperture magazine and Contemporary And, coinciding with Aperture’s summer 2017 issue, “Platform Africa.” In his series Just Like Us (2016), the photographer Eric Gyamfi explores the contradictions of queer life in Ghana. His work chronicles what it means to be “other” in...

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: The Rising Contemporary African Art Brand and the Burden of Africanness

Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, Hanover, New Hampshire 

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? borrows its title from Sidney Poitier’s 1967’s epic comedy-drama, a fitting metaphor, in reference to the astute observation of art historian Chika Okeke-Agulu that African artists have indeed mastered the realpolitiks of contemporary art and can now be counted as legitimate stakeholders. They have invited themselves to the dinner...

The Nature of Cities

The Effect of Iteration on Urban Form, Part II: Iteration in an Ecosystem

Mathieu Hélie, Montréal 

In the Lille citadel example that we saw in part one, we could observe a building technology achieving greater complexity over time, as each iteration survived or failed a new series of tests. Another aspect of the complexity of a geometric process seen in the Lille citadel example is its...

The Effect of Iteration on Urban Form, Part I: Fractals and the Creation of Complexity

Mathieu Hélie, Montréal 

Part two of this essay can be found here In a previous article I proposed that we adopt a perspective on preservation that allowed for transformation and change of what is to be preserved. This type of change has a more precise definition: iteration. To iterate means to “cover the...

Visions of resilience: Eighteen artists say or show something in response to the word “resilience”

David Maddox, New York City 
Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul 
Juan Carlos Arroyo, Bogotá 
Katrine Claassens, Cape Town 
David Brooks, New York City 
Rebecca Chesney, Preston 
Emilio Fantin, Milan 
Lloyd Godman, Melbourne 
Fran Ilich, New York City 
Todd Lanier Lester, São Paulo 
Frida Larios, Antiguo Cuzcatlán, Copán, and Washington 
Mary Mattingly, New York City 
E. J. McAdams, New York City 
Mary Miss, New York City 
Edna Peres, Johannesburg 
Caroline Robinson, Auckland 
Finzi Saidi, Pretoria 
Keijiro Suzuki, Yamaguchi & Nagoya 
Ganzeer, Los Angeles 

Graffiti and street art can be controversial, but can also be a medium for voices of social change, protest, or expressions of community desire. What, how, and where are examples of graffiti as a positive force in communities?

David Maddox, New York City 
Pauline Bullen, Harare 
Paul Downtown, Adelaide 
Emilio Fantin, Milan 
Ganzeer, Los Angeles 
Germán Gómez Eslava, Bogotá 
Sidd Joag, New York City 
Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul 
Patrice Milillo, Los Angeles 
Laura Shillington, Managua & Montreal