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What Is Left Unsaid: Nicky Mao Interviewed by Stephanie Berzon
A young woman with long, dark hair sits in profile against a black backdrop.

The sound artist, working under the moniker Hiro Kone, discusses her recent album in the context of migration, emerging techno-fascism, and the pandemic.

What Is Left Unsaid: Nicky Mao Interviewed by Stephanie Berzon
A young woman with long, dark hair sits in profile against a black backdrop.

The sound artist, working under the moniker Hiro Kone, discusses her recent album in the context of migration, emerging techno-fascism, and the pandemic.

Come to My Window by Jeanne Vaccaro
A person wearing a slayer baseball cap and facemark reaches through a window to touch a leg titled, Aimee Goguen at the window, by Jeanne Vaccaro

The aesthetics and erotics of boundaries and portals.

Nanfu Wang’s In the Same Breath by Bridget Hovell
A crowd of people looking forward. Many are wearing red and holding China's flag. All of them are wearing masks.

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.”

Ana Prvački’s Pandemic Trilogy by Regine Basha

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

Two Poems by Rae Armantrout
BOMB Magazine Issue 154 folded open to showcase Rae Armantrout's poems against a black background. The pages have large yellow borders.
Danielle Evans by Jamel Brinkley
Portrait of author Danielle Evans. The photograph is tinted pink.

In Evans’s first interview before the release of her new and unintentionally prescient collection, The Office of Historical Corrections, she discusses humor, power, and replicas of the Titanic.

Protest Drawings by Steve Mumford
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What Sustained Us: Film
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For this particularly challenging year, we’ve asked Garrett Bradley, Courtney Stephens, Alex Strada, Ephraim Asili, Nicholas Elliott, Mary Lucier, Tania Cypriano, Alan Licht, and Nina Menkes to tell us what sustained them.

Building a Bigger Table: Stefanie Batten Bland Interviewed by Rachel Stone
Five performers surround a long table with a white female dancer sitting on top of the table, her arm outstretched.

Interrogating constructed behaviors of intimacy.

An Artist-Driven Video Channel: Passing-Time Reviewed by Addis Goldman
An image of a red smiling face painted in a cement foundation and bathed in purple light titled All the Stars Come Out at Night, by Brooke Hsu and John Garcia,

Art online during COVID-19.

Changing the Narrative: Catherine Gund Interviewed by Michaela Angela Davis
Still from the film Aggie. Agnes Gund sits at a table with a young African American man who is smiling. The room has colorful walls covered in artwork. In the foreground, Catherine Gund claps "action" with her hands.

On her new film, Aggie, the reimagining of art, and the urgency of justice.

Carolyn Lazard by Catherine Damman
Six brown smiley faces evenly spaced along a free-standing white wall.

Lazard’s spare, conceptual works examine the political dimensions of illness and disability and the pleasures of being with and caring for one another.

Andrés Jaque and Ivan L. Munuera’s The Transscalar Architecture of COVID-19 by Alex Tell
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In mid-March, a still from the reality show Big Brother in Germany circulated on the Internet. It showed the contestants, who had been locked in a house together since early February, relaxing in a hot tub, blissfully unaware of the pandemic surging across the globe.

Collective Ownership: Matthew Aucoin and Zack Winokur Interviewed by Arya Roshanian
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The creators of American Modern Opera Company on reinventing classical arts during the pandemic.

Growth Potential: Lisa Harris Interviewed by IONE​
black and white photo of Lisa Harris performing with theremin

On her new album with Nicole Mitchell, EarthSeed, inspired by Octavia Butler’s prescient series of Afrofuturist Parables.

Issue #152: Craig Taborn by Camille Norment
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Two sound artists on noise, fractals, Bach, Cecil Taylor, the new 7 PM ritual, and whether we still have use for the word improvisation.

Field Recording by Tashi Wada & Julia Holter
Julia Holter crouching next to Tashi Wada holding a small dog in their lap.

In May, BOMB asked artists how COVID-19 and quarantine were affecting their creative process. How were they making art now?

You’re Still Sick by Pato Hebert & Alexandra Juhasz
color photograph of a surgical mask on a black and white car seat by, Pato Hebert

Two artists and activists share their thoughts on COVID-19 and mutual care.

Slowing Images Down: Andrew Sendor Interviewed by Will Fenstermaker
A white-framed drawing of an Instagram image of two lions fighting titled, Reall_Nature: Fighting for Dominance, by Andrew Sendor

Making drawings of Instagram posts during COVID-19.

Work That Sustains: The Wattis Library by Amber Power
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Offering open access to essays, lectures, and performances by contemporary artists and scholars during the pandemic.

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