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The Heart Has its Reasons
Artpil / Juneteenth

In celebration of Juneteenth, we revisit some recent articles and profiles: A Matter of Black Lives; Martin Luther King Jr. with photography by Bruce Davidson and Gordon Parks; Universal Declaration Of Human Rights on its earlier anniversary; the acclaimed feature documentary studying the light, mood, movement and Black life in the American South, Hale County This Morning, This Evening by Director and Photographer RaMell Ross.

Juneteenth, this year, at last, has been adopted as a federal holiday in the U.S., celebrating the emancipation of African-Americans who had been enslaved (2021) –A minor eulogy in the mortuary of reparations against the otherwise growing trend of walking back of Civil Rights progress and the newest wave of voter suppression.

  • Five Easy Pieces
    Jan 31 – Mar 16, 2024
    Croy Nielsen
    Wien, Austria

    Time is sentient in Five Easy Pieces. Wrapped in their ardent and solemn thoughts these three artists say no more than is necessary. They speak a laconic visual language, for these inductive states are a feeling and a gesture marked by the implacable need to express the presence of a state of being, for a form cannot measure, nor words define the vastness of the ineffable. (more…)

  • Zhanna Kadyrova: Border Memory
    Feb 17 – May 5, 2024
    Uppsala Art Museum
    Uppsala, Sweden

    Ukrainian artist Zhanna Kadyrova lets urban materials such as asphalt, concrete and tiles bear witness to history’s many layers of rearrangements, visions and shattered dreams. The artist works in a post-minimalist tradition, and the spatial installations refer both to utopian movements and to how abstraction in art is linked to the modern project. Since Russia’s full-scale invasion in 2022, Kadyrova’s art has focused entirely on psychological and sociological aspects of the war. (more…)

  • Zanele Muholi: Eye Me
    Jan 18 – Aug 11, 2024
    San Francisco, USA

    A self-described visual activist, Zanele Muholi (b. 1972, Umlazi, South Africa) uses the camera to explore issues of gender identity, representation, and race. Often photographing their own body or members of their LGBTQ+ community in South Africa, Muholi calls attention to the trauma and violence enacted on queer people while celebrating their beauty and resilience. Activism is central to Muholi’s artistic practice (more…)