This issue explore the phenomenon of renovation, which is broached in various artistic practices and experienced on the fringe of artistic activities by both artists and art venues. Numerous works are primarily linked with the field of renovation through their use of particular materials and tools, but also by having recourse to devices that emphasize site, construction, building site development, or the project implementation process. In this perspective, we were interested in texts analyzing corpora of works which — on a real or metaphorical level — question (re)construction processes or directly involve rebuilding.
Kamikaze Renovation: Parasitical Forms Of Renovation
Pre-demolition Art as a Staging of Power-free Relations
Skilled Workers Guild: The Empirical Renovations of the Chapuisat Brothers
Favela Café at Art Basel: Conflicting Signs In Semi-Public Space
Chantiers Unstable Construction Sites
A Cacilheiro in Venice : The renovation and Conversion Of A Ferryboat By Joana Vasconcelos
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.