Monthly Archive: July 2022

Call for Contributions: Special Issue on Solidarity

ARTMargins Online is currently seeking submissions for a special issue on Solidarity. While this special issue will focus on contemporary art, we are equally interested in manifestations and contestations of solidarity as they appeared earlier in the 20thcentury.

We would like to receive contributions that focus on the intersection of politics, art, and activism from the 1960s to the present day, exploring the ways in which calls for solidarity—as well as practical ways of being in solidarity—have been mobilized on local, translocal, and transnational levels. The urgency of solidarity as a theme for artistic and cultural work … Read more

Parallel Public: Experimental Art in Late East Germany

Sara Blaylock, Parallel Public: Experimental Art in Late East Germany (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2022), 328 PP.

Artists infiltrated state culture by meting out its excesses. They tested the hard-line intolerance of cultural innovation advertised by cultural bureaucracy. They hedged their bets on the threats of state security forces, and won. They identified with and sought approval from each other, even as they benefited from the advantages of the state culture whose approval they foreswore, but whose financial incentives they enjoyed. In their dedication to creative autonomy, experimental artists exposed a core vulnerability in state power – namely, its reliance Read more