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/ VIVIAN ZIHERL
“The Red Hour”

THE 13TH DAK’ART BIENNALE, Dakar

Installation view of “Canine Wisdom for the Barking Dog” at IFAN, Dakar, 2018.
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Vivian Ziherl

Dakar’s elegantly dilapidated Ancien Palais de Justice hosts the Dak’Art Biennale for the second time. Inaugurated in 1958, the courthouse was closed to juridical business in 1992—coincidentally the year that Dak’Art was established. Officially signed over to Senegal’s Culture Ministry in 2017, the Old Courthouse is an architectural dream for... continue reading
“Where do we go from here?”

NIEUW AMSTERDAMS PEIL, Amsterdam

Cristina Lucas, Surplus Value, 2014.
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Vivian Ziherl

As 2017 opens there is a sense that all bets are off—that it is time to roll the dice and keep a hand open to all possibilities. Perhaps this is all the more so in the Netherlands—in many ways the closest of the EU countries to Britain and perhaps facing... continue reading
Tita Salina, 1001st Island – The Most Sustainable Island in the Archipelago (detail), 2015.
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Vivian Ziherl

Chaotic and dense, lively, spirited, and in some senses logistically miraculous, the 2015 Jakarta Biennale takes its cue squarely from the political and geographic condition of Indonesia as an “archipelago state”—a nation comprised of a loose and idiosyncratic cluster of 922 inhabited islands. The exhibition trains its focus simultaneously on... continue reading
View of Renzo Martens and the Institute for Human Activities, “A New Settlement,” Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, 2015.
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Vivian Ziherl

“The missionary went on to talk about the Holy Trinity. At the end of it Okonkwo was fully convinced that the man was mad. He shrugged his shoulders and went away to tap his afternoon palm-wine.” So begins the tragic encounter between the fictional Igbo Chief Okonkwo and the religious... continue reading
(Background) Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Wall Print, 2014. (Foreground) Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Footnote to Chapter 2 (Experiments don't need to succeed, they just need to exist), 2014.
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Vivian Ziherl

The first week of October proved exceptional for Wendelien van Oldenborgh. As an awardee of the 2014 Heineken Prize for Art—the Netherlands’s wealthiest prize—the artist and filmmaker had swept through a schedule of lectures, media appearances, and finally a private audience with the Dutch monarch. For an artist best known... continue reading

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