by Alix Ohlin
Home and Away
The Strange Surrealism of Mona Hatoum

Defiant colanders, threatening cheese graters, menacing workbenches: these unnerving appliances and tools capture the imbalance of Mona Hatoum's life. Born in Lebanon of Palestinian parents and living in London since her twenties, the worldly, trilingual Hatoum paradoxically lives in perpetual alienation. There is, as we say, no place like home.

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by Keith Miller
The Narrative Dress
Feminine Catastrophe
in Possessed and
Legally Blonde

Bikini waxes and sororities preoccupy the heroine of the comedy Legally Blonde-until getting dumped because she's too, like, stupid prompts her transformation to smart and sexy. Shirin Neshat's Possessed also highlights a crisis of feminine identity, but without resolution: Possessed emphasizes the calamity, Legally Blonde avoids it. Is this just art versus Hollywood again, or something more?

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Brazil Pakistan India
Contemporary Artists/Historical Contexts
by Susan Platt

The Virtues of
Corruption
An Interview with
Fabian Marcaccio
by Gean Moreno

 

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