Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

Bucharest Biennale 7: “What are we building down there?”

May 2016

Curated by Niels Van Tomme Some of the most interesting thinking about biennials today is coming from curators who are abandoning standard exhibition formats, staging a season of performances, for example, or a series of talks instead. The… READ ON


Leila Alaoui (1982–2016)

Kaelen Wilson-Goldie on Leila Alaoui (1982–2016)

April 2016

LEILA ALAOUI’S BEST-KNOWN WORK is a series of photographs called “The Moroccans” (2010–14). Each picture shows a man or woman wildly dressed, dramatically lit, and set against the same black background, eyes locked on the camera. As… READ ON


Marwan Rechmaoui

April 2016

A clocktower, a lighthouse, a mosque, an aerial view of a public park, a racetrack, a forest of pine trees, a branch of jasmine blossoms, a disused cinema, a derelict hotel, a Ferris wheel, a cemetery, another mosque, a newspaper building, … READ ON

IN PRINT April 2016 [TOC]

Come Undone

Kaelen Wilson-Goldie on Tamer El-Said’s In the Last Days of the City

March 2016

IMAGINE. A shitty day in the loud, aggressive city you adore and deplore. You’re trying to work out a mess of impossible problems in your head when suddenly, in a place of some eighteen million people, you see someone you know. In fact, … READ ON


Marrakech Biennale 6: “Not New Now”

January 2016

Curated by Reem Fadda The Marrakech Biennale’s first eleven years have been quite a roller-coaster ride. Now the Palestinian curator Reem Fadda, an art historian by training, is stepping in to give the event a sounder structure and a wealth… READ ON


Walid Raad

January 2016

SINCE THE LATE 1990s, Lebanese artist Walid Raad has embarked on two major long-term projects, each generating a wealth of videos, installations, performances, sculptural objects, and photographic prints. The first, known as the Atlas Group,… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2016 [TOC]

So You Think You Can Dance

The 7th Home Works in Beirut

November 2015 BEIRUT

AT THE END OF MAO II (1991), Don DeLillo’s prescient yet strangely underappreciated novel of art, terrorism, and mass hysteria, a New York photographer named Brita turns up in Beirut’s southern suburbs to photograph a shadowy militia … READ ON


Sudden Bloom

Beirut’s Sursock Museum and A´shti Foundation

October 2015 BEIRUT

IT’S LATE ON A WARM FRIDAY EVENING and I’m wandering around a new addition to an old museum, feeling a bit like Alice in Wonderland. For all the years I’ve known it, the Sursock Museum has been a quaint but sleepy place to visit, housed… READ ON


Nathalie Khayat

October 2015

Nathalie Khayat’s exhibition “The Eye Above the Well” featured twenty-seven porcelain and stoneware vessels that were all roughly the size of a person’s torso. Eleven of them were displayed together on a low platform. The rest were … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2015 [TOC]

Breaking the Waves

The 14th Istanbul Biennial

September 2015 ISTANBUL

IT’S EARLY MORNING in Istanbul and from the upper deck of a small pleasure boat I’m watching the sun pop over the hills, an improbably pink orb playing hide and seek with the clouds and fog. There are thirty of us here wiping the sleep … READ ON