Spring / Summer 2019
What forms of discourse emerge from art practices and works that deal with war and conflict? Is there a narrative stance that is particular to works and exhibitions that narrate, criticize, or analyze conflict? And by extension, since conflict is not limited to wars, how do artists and curators bear witness to social unrest, struggles, and the inequalities derived from racism and colonialism? These are some of the questions that issue 96 addresses.
As the basis for social organization and the primary site of socialization, the family has drawn particular attention in the visual arts since the inception of art history. As contemporary art seems well engaged in an examination of cultural practices, the family, in all its forms, is returning to the spotlight. Many artists today revisit family traditions, sites, and taboos, challenge what has been held as unspeakable by digging into archives, and invent new, intimate forms of sociability out of biographical experiences. This issue reflects on family histories as they are rewritten in contemporary art.