1 ANNA BOGHIGUIAN, THE SALT TRADERS (VAN ABBEMUSEUM, EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS; CURATED BY ANNIE FLETCHER) At the center of an unexpectedly devastating group exhibition featuring the nomadic Cairo-based septuagenarian was the stunning installation The Salt Traders, 2015: a wooden grid of drawings, paintings, and collages, alternating with pungent honeycombs and salt. Boghiguian assembled a cosmos of research on the colonial use of salt, its centrality to the slave trade, and the contemporary legacy of this historyincluding the deaths of black Americans at the hands of the police. After so much dry and laborious “research-based” art that merely re-presents archives, The Salt Traders offers a hugely impressive synthesis of knowledge (and anguish), translated into a singular and forceful aesthetic.
2 METTE INGVARTSEN, 69 POSITIONS (MoMA PS1, NEW YORK, JANUARY 15–17) The Danish
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