Portfolio by Adelita Husni Bey

Discover MFA Programs in Art and Writing

Working for a World Free of Poverty.

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Key: International Monetary Fund Competitiveness Index rank scores, 1-7, with the highest number being the most competitive (top), male suicide rate per 100,000 according to World Health Organisation data (bottom). From left to right: China, U.S.A., Spain, Greece.

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Key: World GDP Distribution (World Economic Forum data)- Low Income Regions (left), High Income Regions (right).

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Key: Percentage of global economic growth, comparison of advanced and emerging economies in 2013 (left), prospects for 2014 (centre) and 2015 (right) according to International Monetary Fund data.

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Key (from left to right): Average annual increase in deforestation in tenths of one percent (top), Market Capitalisation (also known as Market Value) as percentage of total GDP (bottom). Form left to right: Low Income, Middle Income and High Income Regions (World Bank data). In “Market Capitalisation”: each unit represents ten percent, no data available on Market Capitalisation for Low Income Regions. High Income Regions (right) have begun re-forestation.

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Key: Male unemployment as percentage of total male labour force (top), number of months required to build a warehouse (bottom). From left to right: Europe, Middle East & North Africa , Latin America & Carribean, South Asia (World Bank data).

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Key: Military and public education spending as percentage of total government expenditure (World Bank data)—Low Income Regions (left), High Income Regions (right).

Working for a World Free of Poverty (2014) is a series of six studio photographs that visualizes a selection of the latest World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and World Health Organization statistics. The title is directly lifted from the World Bank slogan and the series seeks to make apparent the ideological construct behind the production, analysis, and distribution of data by global organizations which define the current significance and direction of “development.”

Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Laveronica, all images (in the material world) are : 70x100cm, c-print on Pearl Archive paper mounted on Leger supports, with captions at the bottom of the frame. The audio track was produced for BOMB lifting further information from WHO, WEF, IMF, WB, OECD, and WEO reports. The definition of “regions” is available here: http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-and-lending-groups

Adelita Husni-Bey is an artist and writer whose practice involves the analysis and (counter-)representation of hegemonic ideologies in contemporary Western societies. Recent projects have also focused on unearthing and re-thinking radical pedagogical models within the framework of anarco-collectivist studies.

Nicolás Guagnini by John Miller
Guagnini 02

John Miller on how Nicolás Guagnini’s photography explores the repression and monotony implicit in everyday life.

The Multiple Becomes Unique: Tom Lecky Interviewed by Kim Beil
Bernard Taylor Cover

A photobook playfully documents local history.

Center Love: Caleb Azumah Nelson Interviewed by Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

A novel about two Black British artists who fall in love and are forced to face challenges beyond their control.