BOMB 156 Summer 2021

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Editor’s Choice


Nanfu Wang’s In the Same Breath

by Bridget Hovell


Kei Miller’s Things I Have Withheld

by Rianna Jade Parker


Rosine Mbakam’s Delphine’s Prayers

by Priscilla Posada


Chris McKim’s Wojnarowicz

by Eugenie Dalland


Alex Quicho’s Small Gods

by Esmé Hogeveen


Elisa Shua Dusapin’s Winter in Sokcho

by Cecilia Barron


Matthew Soules’s Icebergs, Zombies, and the Ultra Thin

by Deborah Gans



Interviews


ART: Mel Kendrick

by Kiki Smith


LITERATURE: Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

by Alexandra Kleeman


ART: Kader Attia

by Sergio Vega


ART: Arthur Jafa and Dana Hoey

by Sascha Behrendt


LITERATURE: Quntos Kunquest

by Zachary Lazar


THEATER: Katiana Rangel

by Lori Goldston


LITERATURE: Anne Anlin Cheng

by Shivani Radhakrishnan



Fiction


Village Pets

by Jenzo DuQue


Mr. Apology, 1980

by Dylan Landis


Somaly Serey, Serey Somaly

by Anthony Veasna So


Summon the Moon

by Sophie Hoss



Nonfiction


Duvet Theories

by A.V. Marraccini



Comic


Roshambo

by Ronald Wimberly



Poetry


Two Poems

by Arthur Solway


Use of the Erotic

by Rickey Laurentiis


Three Poems

by Alina Stefanescu



Portfolio


On the Tulsa Race Massacre

by Kalup Linzy



From the Archive


Suzan-Lori Parks

by Han Ong

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Editor's Choice

Nanfu Wang’s In the Same Breath by Bridget Hovell

Nanfu Wang’s documentary In the Same Breath (HBO) chronicles the COVID-19 pandemic, its paradoxical propaganda, and how China and the US “responded to the spread of the coronavirus by protecting their public image above all else.”

Kei Miller’s Things I Have Withheld by Rianna Jade Parker
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In Things I Have Withheld, Kei Miller’s most personal collection to date, the Caribbean philosopher addresses “his own body and its implications.”

Rosine Mbakam’s Delphine’s Prayers by Priscilla Posada
An image of Delphine. She is looking to the side and touching her hair wrap.

Rosine Mbaka’s film Delphine’s Prayers (Tândor Films) documents her friend—a fellow Cameroonian immigrant in Brussels—as she reckons with the aftermath of sexual violence.

Chris McKim’s Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F**ker by Eugenie Dalland
Three buffaloes tumble off the side of a cliff.

Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F**ker (World of Wonder) a documentary by Chris McKim, pays tribute David Wojnarowicz, capturing the care and ferocity of the AIDS activist and artist.

Alex Quicho’s Small Gods by Esmé Hogeveen
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From weapons of war to their artistic applications, Alex Quicho’s book Small Gods takes a comprehensive look at drones in the 21st century.

Elisa Shua Dusapin’s Winter in Sokcho by Cecilia Barron
An image of the cover of Winter in Sokcho, mimicking a postcard from Sokcho. A quote from ELLE reads: "I haven't encountered a voice like this since Marguerite Duras–spellbinding."

Elisa Shua Dusapin’s debut novel, Winter in Sokcho, transports us to the off-season in a resort town near the North Korean border.

Matthew Soules’s Icebergs, Zombies, and the Ultra Thin: Architecture and Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century by Deborah Gans
An aerial view of 111 West 57th Street featuring an extremely tall, skinny building on the edge of Central Park.

Matthew Soules’s Icebergs, Zombies, and the Ultra Thin looks at how finance-driven architecture is disrupting cities “not through gentrification but rather through zombification.”

Interviews

Mel Kendrick by Kiki Smith

Kendrick owns five chainsaws and calls his radical sculptural interventions a form of “anti-carpentry,” but he’s ultimately invested in revealing and repairing forms, thereby discovering new dimensions of wholeness.

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi by Alexandra Kleeman
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In anticipation of Van der Vliet Oloomi’s new novel, Savage Tongues, the authors consider language, hybridity, and Marguerite Duras.

Kader Attia by Sergio Vega
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The artist, who reproduced the city of Ghardaïa in couscous, examines architecture as a tool of control, repair as a form of resistance, and the imperative to invent new forms of care.

Arthur Jafa and Dana Hoey by Sascha Behrendt
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The two artists discuss their conceptual image-making, the paradox of brands, false narratives, and the “dynamic of consent.”

Quntos KunQuest by Zachary Lazar
Illustration of two men against an abstract background, one of the men holds a key and the other appears to have a baseball resting against his shoulder. The paper is heavily creased as if it had been folded.

Two decades into a life sentence, KunQuest remains determined to live his best life as a rapper, artist, relentless reader, and, now, a debut novelist with This Life.

Katiana Rangel by Lori Goldston
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Anne Anlin Cheng by Shivani Radhakrishnan
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For the writer and theorist, psychoanalysis provides a “surprising and generative” vocabulary to examine Asian American history and the “ambivalences of racial interactions and identifications.”

Fiction

Village Pets by Jenzo DuQue

Jenzo Duque’s story “Village Pets” tracks Pablo Escobar’s escaped hippos as they encroach upon a village and its people.

Mr. Apology, 1980 by Dylan Landis
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A new short story.

Somaly Serey, Serey Somaly by Anthony Veasna So
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Summon the Moon by Sophie Hoss
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Nonfiction

Duvet Theories by A.V. Marraccini

For those “who have not left the apartment in a while,” A.V. Marraccini presents the essence of the duvet.

Comic

Roshambo by Ronald Wimberly

Unlocked from our summer issue: “Roshambo,” a comic by Ronald Wimberly.

Poetry

Two Poems by Arthur Solway

Use of the Erotic by Rickey Laurentiis
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Three Poems by Alina Stefanescu
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Portfolio

On the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

A project organized by Kalup Linzy

From the Archive

From the Archive: Suzan-Lori Parks by Han Ong

Suzan-Lori Parks revisits her 1993-94 interview by Han Ong. She assures us that “all these years later I’m still growing as an artist, as a person. XOXO”