BOMB 155 Spring 2021

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Editor’s Choice


Ulrike Meyer Stump’s Karl Blossfeldt: Variations

by eteam


Maria Stepanova’s In Memory of Memory

by Ali Hassani


Camilo Restrepo’s Los Conductos

by Clinton Krute


Ana Prvacˇki’s Pandemic Trilogy

by Regine Basha


Syan Rose’s Our Work Is Everywhere

by Tim O’Leary


Candace Jane Opper’s Certain and Impossible Events

by Ilana Masad


Nona Fernández’s The Twilight Zone

by Anderson Tepper



Interviews


ART: Karyn Olivier

by Michelle Lopez


LITERATURE: Melissa Febos

by Sarah Neilson


ART: Ajay Kurian

by Shiv Kotecha


MUSIC: Valerie June

by Celisse


ART: Tarik Kiswanson

by Asiya Wadud


LITERATURE: Alex Dimitrov

by Will Chancellor


ART: Tiffiney Davis

by Sofia Dixon



Fiction


The Great Mistake

by Jonathan Lee


S M O K E

by Ananda Naima González


Do U Like Your Shadow from Moonlite?

by Tara Ison



Poetry


Two Poems

by Jo Stewart


Two Poems

by Farid Matuk


Two Poems

by Joyelle McSweeney



Comic


Work Is Love Made Visible

by Somnath Bhatt



Essay


After the Father

by Wendy S. Walters



From the Archive


All Tomorrow’s Parties

by Barbara Kruger and Richard Prince


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Editor's Choice

Ulrike Meyer Stump’s Karl Blossfeldt: Variations by eteam

In the 1890s in Berlin, a young sculptor started going out collecting plants.

Maria Stepanova’s In Memory of Memory by Ali Hassani
Step White

Somewhere in post-Soviet Moscow, the narrator of Maria Stepanova’s In Memory of Memory rummages through the apartment of her recently deceased aunt and comes across a collection of family photographs, some over a century old.

Camilo Restrepo’s Los Conductos by Clinton Krute
Still from Camilo Restrepo's Los Conductos

Camilo Restrepo’s debut feature, Los Conductos, traces the wanderings of a wiry mendigo named Pinky, in a sepulchral unnamed city.

Ana Prvački’s Pandemic Trilogy by Regine Basha

Prvački releases three wry videos offering coping strategies for our bleak and awkward new social reality.

Syan Rose’s Our Work Is Everywhere: An Illustrated Oral History of Queer and Trans Resistance by Tim O’Leary
Our Work Is Everywhere cover

Syan Rose’s intimate conversations with a wide spectrum of queer and trans people coalesce with her art as she portrays the people she spoke with.

Candace Jane Opper’s Certain and Impossible Events by Ilana Masad
Certain Black
Nona Fernández’s The Twilight Zone by Anderson Tepper
Twilight 4
Interviews

Karyn Olivier by Michelle Lopez

At the heart of Olivier’s sculptural inquiry is the fate of our existing and future monuments. How can they teach, and change us?

From our Spring Issue: Melissa Febos by Sarah Neilson
Melissa Febos Duotone Author Photo

In her latest book, Girlhood, the essayist examines her own coming of age and finding the words to forge a new self.

Valerie June by Celisse
Valerie June by Renata Rashka

June explores the roots—and the promise—of blues, gospel, and folk music on her new album, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers.


This excerpt is from BOMB’s Spring 2021 issue.

Tarik Kiswanson by Asiya Wadud
Still from Tarik Kiswanson's AS DEEP AS I COULD REMEMBER, AS FAR AS I COULD SEE

The artist and poet discusses his childhood as a first-generation Palestinian immigrant, the formation of selfhood in preadolescence, and the psychology of drifting.

Alex Dimitrov by Will Chancellor
Love And Other Poems Mockup

The two writers stroll the streets of Manhattan to talk about Dimitrov’s new poetry collection, Love and Other Poems, which traces his affection for the city.

Tiffiney Davis by Sofia Dixon
Tiffiney Red Hook Art Project 8234 Mardok

The founder of the Red Hook Art Project is devoted to helping her Brooklyn neighborhood thrive through arts, education, and the resources her community urgently needs.

Fiction

The Great Mistake by Jonathan Lee

The last attempt on the life of Andrew Haswell Green took place on Park Avenue in 1903. News of his murder filled the front page of the New York Times: “‘Father of Greater New York’ Shot in Front of His Home.”

S M O K E by Ananda Naima González
Smooke Brown
Do U Like Your Shadow From Moonlite? by Tara Ison
Moonlite Pink
Poetry

Two Poems by Jo Stewart

Two Poems by Joyelle McSweeney
Jm Tan
Comic

Work Is Love Made Visible by Somnath Bhatt

Essay

After the Father by Wendy S. Walters

“Each time they told me to smile I felt at risk for oblivion, as if it wasn’t me that they were looking at but, rather, some bright reflection of themselves, some aspiration gnarled against their own self-perception.”