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A Crisis of Personhood: Tsitsi Dangarembga by Bhakti Shringarpure
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The writer and activist filmmaker on completing the trilogy comprised of Nervous Conditions, The Book of Not, and This Mournable Body—narratives of women’s strength in the face of injustice.

Self and Community: Billy Gerard Frank Interviewed by Katy Diamond Hamer
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Exploring Grenada’s past and present.

Conceptual Fantasies: On Mark Haber’s Reinhardt’s Garden by Carlos Fonseca
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A playful take on Latin American expeditions that reveals the contradictory problems therein.

Traversing a Life Through Movement, Text, and Film: Germaine Acogny Interviewed by Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone
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The “mother of African contemporary dance” discusses her solo, multimedia performance SOMEWHERE AT THE BEGINNING.

From Scorpionic Sun by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine

I disrupt the concupiscence of tube worms / where your snowy owl eye consults among white crusts / the venom of my gymnodactyl eye / which bribes the slag of trilobites

Prageeta Sharma and James Thomas Stevens
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On a visit to the New Mexico Museum of Art, two poets grapple with questions of performed authenticity and settler poetics, while analyzing depictions of the American West.

Forms of Exchange: Rina Banerjee Interviewed by Tausif Noor
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The artist discusses her current retrospective.

T.J. Demos’s Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology by Nich Hance McElroy
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In a leafy courtyard at Cairo University, the philosopher Graham Harman explains that politics is just another object among a level field of objects …

Everywhere at Once: José Maceda’s Musical Territory by Aki Onda
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The secrets are boxed within. That’s what I thought two years ago in Quezon City, where I was doing research at the University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology.

Ruth Cuthand by Chantal McStay
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Beading images of deadly viruses and bacteria into enticing designs, Cuthand makes visible Indigenous communities’ exposure to disease from first colonial contact to today.

Las Nietas de Nonó by Pepón Osorio
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Sisters Lydela and Michel Nonó conduct performative interventions at their art space/home in Puerto Rico, using improvisation to process family memories and trace the wounds of colonialism.

Water as Memory and Dreams: Jamilah Sabur Interviewed by Monica Uszerowicz
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Historical currents reveal cultural trauma and methods of recuperation.

Arturo Ruiz del Pozo’s Composiciones Nativas and Miguel Flores’s Primitivo by Renato Gómez
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Peru is an experiment—from colony to slavery to independence to diasporic migration; from military to revolutionary to criollo dictatorship; and then from corruption to neoliberalism to democracy to, finally, more corruption. (Can someone rewind the tape and get us back to side A please?) In the 1970s, out of this motley salad of historical tensions came musicians Arturo Ruiz del Pozo and Miguel Flores, who questioned the nature of Peru’s cultural production and identity with sound.

Otobong Nkanga’s To Dig a Hole That Collapses Again by Jason Foumberg
To Dig a Hole That Collapses Again

Through layered symbolism—such as sticks and roots threading and pricking interconnecting bodies and mounds of earth—the Kano, Nigeria–born, Paris-trained, Antwerp-residing artist Otobong Nkanga works through the trauma of decolonization by probing links between Europe’s economic growth and the exploitation of African lands.

Mala Tierra: Lucrecia Martel Interviewed by Steve Macfarlane
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The Argentine filmmaker on colonialism, recreating history, and Zama.

Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olujimi
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From Super PAC to supernova, two artists view photographs through the lens of time, and time through the lens of colonialism.

Don Mee Choi and Christian Hawkey

Two poets reflect on colonialism, iconoclastic writers, and the political dimensions of translating literature under authoritarianism.

Lidia Yuknavitch by Porochista Khakpour

Writing with the body as her touchstone, the novelist channels a woman warrior in The Book of Joan.

The Ruined Map by Steve Macfarlane
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Blunt yet intoxicating, James Gray’s The Lost City of Z betrays its outsize ambitions and pained revisionism with every last scene

Amitav Ghosh and Curt Stager
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If novelists could tell the story of climate change, they might spark the action scientists are calling for in order to save the planet.

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