Q/A Paige K. Bradley
Is conspiracy the new folklore?
by Paige K. Bradley
" The master narratives – rarely acknowledged as conspiratorial precisely because they’re so pervasive – failed and the enormous shit taken on us fertilised the soil for a thousand new stories to grow."
Henryk Streng/Marek Włodarski, Childhood Memories (1924). Henryk Streng was born in Lwów, Poland (present-day Lviv, Ukraine) in 1903. In 1942 he destroyed all of his documents and acquired new papers under the name of “Marek Włodarski.”
Stephanie Bailey visits Saudi Arabia’s first contemporary art biennial – helmed by a curator borrowed from Beijing – as connections between the Chinese and Saudi scenes, and intriguing geopolitical questions, come into view.
A wave of figurative paintings, by black painters and focused on black subjects, has spawned a ubiquitous new style – but has market pressure pushed artists’ radical intentions into something more palliative?