ARTPIL / Prescription .140
June Arrives, Shadows Lengthen
Artpil / June 23, 2023

The Titanic-bound submersible suffers a catastrophic implosion as rescue and recovery missions continue. A gas explosion at the Paris American Academy leaves some 50 people injured; six remaining in critical condition and one missing. In the U.S., the twice impeached former president Trump is now indicted twice, this time a federal criminal inditement for retention of classified documents and conspiracy charges on 37 counts.

Further south, the former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s own trial on charges of abuse of political power and misuse of public media begins in Brazil’s highest electoral court.

The National Portrait Gallery in London reopens their doors after three years. The rehang brings the collection more in line with modern Britain and follows public feedback to better “present an inclusive and dynamic picture of the people who have contributed to the rich history of the United Kingdom.”

Today is June 23rd. On this day, Thomas Mann becomes a US citizen (1944); Gamal Abdel Nasser elected President of Egypt (1956), Dutch Reformed Church accepts women ministers (1958); The first contraceptive pill is made available for purchase in the U.S. (1960); the first extraterrestrial message is sent from Earth into space (1974); Moldavia declares independence (1990); Claude Monet’s Water Lilies is sold at auction for $54 million USD (2014); The United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union in a Brexit referendum (2016).

One year ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court declares for the first time that there is a constitutional right to carry a handgun in public for self defense, striking down a century-old gun law in New York that limited licenses, in a 6-3 vote. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been over 300 mass shootings this year alone to date, that is, over 300 mass shootings in 173 days.

Welcome to the .140th edition of Prescriptions. Here is our review of the week in the arts.

  • Adraint Khadafhi Bereal: The Black Yearbook
    4 Color Books / Penguin Random House

    When photographer Adraint Bereal graduated from the University of Texas, he self-published an impressive volume of portraits, personal statements, and interviews that explored UT’s campus culture and offered an intimate look at the lives of Black students matriculating within a majority white space. Bereal’s work was inspired by his first photo exhibition at the George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, entitled 1.7, that unearthed the experiences of the 925 Black men that made up just 1.7% of UT’s total 52,000 student body. (more…)

  • Coexisting with Darkness
    Nov 9, 2023 – Mar 31, 2024
    Mystetskyi Arsenal
    Kyiv, Ukraine

    In October 2022, Russia began to systemically target the objects of the Ukrainian critical infrastructure, disrupting the supply of electricity, water, heat, and telecommunication. Missiles and UAV strikes led to the introduction of rolling blackouts, causing cities and villages to be periodically engulfed in darkness. ‘Energy terrorism’ tactics aimed to disrupt Ukraine’s ‘mental infrastructure’: to break people’s faith in their own strength and their trust in government. (more…)