Noémi Lefebvre’s second novel rips apart the structures of late capitalism and nationalism in layered, complex and humorous prose. Elodie Barnes explores the book, and talks to publisher Cécile Lee of Les Fugitives.
In the third chapter of her mini-series, Toni Roberts discovers that witchcraft is alive and well in Romania. Looking at Lucia Sekerková Bláhová’s photography series, Vrăjitoare, the modern, technologically savvy face of magic and witchery is revealed.
Millais’ painting, Ophelia, continues to inspire viewers and critics alike, but what if the heroine came back from the watery grave she was condemned to? Here, Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou considers the return of Ophelia in the artwork of Jada Bruney and Rolake Osabia, and the music visuals of Christine and the Queens.
Looking at the work of photographer Ana Casas Broda, poet Muriel Rukeyser and musician Sherri Dupree-Bemis, Toni Roberts considers night from the perspectives of mothers, reflecting on their nocturnal experiences and reveries.
Sumaya Kassim writes about the ingrained orientalist attitudes and tropes which reinforce exhibitions like the British Museum’s Inspired by the East, often at the expense of the experiences, creativity and cultural history of Middle Eastern Muslims.
Memory, loss and migration are all explored in Tara Fatehi Irani’s beautifully evocative work, Mishandled Archive. Here, Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou reflects on Fatehi Irani’s ongoing project and her “mishandling” of ancestral archives.
Olivia Scott Berry questions curatorial decisions and a lack of intersectionality in the recent exhibition inspired by Virginia Woolf’s writings. In the words of poet Rebecca Wilcox, Berry asks ‘what about the transformational potential of discourse?’ when returning to the oeuvre of Woolf.