Winter 2020

How does art reinvent science, research, education and their institutions? What kind of knowledge does the artist produce? What is the role of curators in the face of the need to recover spaces for sharing knowledge in our weakened democracies? How does the museum position itself as a place of knowledge at a time when the university is increasingly subject to the imperatives of economic profitability and private funding? Issue 98 of Esse arts + opinions attempts to answer these questions by proposing texts that problematize the relationship between art and knowledge in contemporary artistic and curatorial practices.

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Winter 2023

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.