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With Manifesta Journal 16, “Regret and Other Back Pages”, the editorial team, together with Rasha Salti, is proud to launch the third and final edition in the series (MJ #14–16) that explores the politics of time in the production of art, memory and subjectivity, in relation to the ways that they are constructed by late capitalist and other societies of the global North and South.

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Every two months, a blogger-in-residence is invited to share his/her research-in-progress. Our current resident is Natasha Ginwala, who is an independent curator and art critic based in Amsterdam and India. Natasha’s blog residency entitled Rhythm Figures will feature her ongoing research on The Museum of Rhythm.

MJ#16 “Regret and Other Back Pages”

Woven around the theme of “regret” and its many semantic and lexical connotations—remorse, redemption, bereavement, cooptation, subjective versus institutional memorialization(s) and nostalgia, to name a few—the issue takes up and further develops some of the pivotal themes that have been touched upon in the previous two issues. “Regret” adjoined to “Back Pages”, references Bob Dylan’s My Back Pages, released in 1964 on his album of political folksongs.

MJ#16 list of contributions
Leeza Ahmady’s eulogy to the late artist Rustam Khalfim
Françoise Vergès’s “The Slave at the Louvre”
Khaled Fahmy’s “The Essence of Alexandria” deconstructs nostalgia for the city’s colonial cosmopolitanism (whose first part was featured in MJ#14)
Mustapha Benfodil’s “The Shuhada of the Past Fifty Years” on Algeria’s fifty years of independence.
Georges Didi-Huberman revisits Aby Warburg’s notion of art history as a “ghost story for adults”with “Mnemosyne 42”
Ariella Azoulay’s annotated photo album, “When the Body Politic Ceases to Be an Idea”
Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s “Aural Contract Audio Archive”
Maja Petrović-Šteger and Hito Steyerl’s exchange over “The Form of Remains”
Marc Nichanian’s “The Image and the Survivor” in collaboration with Robert Burghardt explores what remains after the death of the witness
Gal Kirn’s “Yugoslavian Partisan Memorials” captivating (hi)story of Yugoslavia from the trail of World War II memorials
Rasha Salti explores the Palestinian revolutionary posters from late Ezzedine Qalaq’s collection
Adnan Yildiz’s “The Portrait of a Lover” visits the museum The Museum of Innocence in Istanbul
Karim Aïnouz and Marcelo Gomes’s “Etude” of “I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You”
Bojana Kunst’s “The Project Horizon: On the Temporality of Making”, delivers a critique of the centrality of the notion of “project”
Cuauhtemoc Medina’s “Chinese Labels” contemplates the curious curatorial wall text
Cosmin Costinaş’s “thoughts and notes after rites, thoughts, notes, sparks, swings and strikes”
Burak Delier’s “We Will Win Survey”, evaluate the “marketable” skills of artists
Ann Cvetkovich, Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz discuss the so-called negative effects of regret and/or shame as regards activism, chronopolitics and queer theory
Valentina Desideri conceptualises “Political Therapy”

The editorial team of Manifesta Journal is composed of

Chief Editor: Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Paris
Associate Editor: Virginie Bobin, Paris
Guest Editor(MJ #14–16): Rasha Salti, Beirut
Managing Editor: Lisa Mazza, Bolzano / London and Georgia Taperell, Amsterdam
Copy Editor: Shannon d’Avout, Paris
Editorial Assistant: Yvonique Wellen, Amsterdam

Manifesta Journal is an initiative of the Manifesta Foundation, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and is generously supported by the European Commission and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences of the Netherlands.


MJ #17 (2013)

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