Entering World of Barbie felt like stepping through Oz, but the Oz that is Barbie: a James Turrell Ganzfeld-like diffusion of hyper-femme magenta pink.
Rea McNamara is a writer, curator, and public programmer based in Toronto. She has written extensively on art, culture and the internet for frieze, Art in America, The Globe and Mail, VICE, Art F City, and more. From 2020-2021, she was the Emily H. Tremaine Journalism Fellow for Curators at Hyperallergic. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
A Parent’s Guide to Navigating Biennials
Seeing the Toronto Biennial of Art through my daughter’s eyes helped me push past some of its challenges by experiencing it on a primordial level.
Indigenous Artists Take Center Stage at the Toronto Biennial of Art
Inspired by the multilayered histories of the city’s waterways, the biennial’s curatorial team has amassed an exciting array of contemporary Canadian and international artists, with a focus on Indigenous artists.
A Deep, Feminist Dive Into Autotheory
Lauren Fournier considers what it means, in the bell hooks sense, to bring everyday life to theory.
Rehana Zaman Invites Us into Intimate, Decolonial Narratives
The London-based moving image artist considers the costs of youthful assimilation.
On Feminist Indexes: An Interview with Cait McKinney and Mindy Seu
The Lambda Literary Award Finalist and Cyberfeminism Index designer discuss the need to “troll these progress stories that we tell about computers.”
How Artists Used the Discord App to Build Community During COVID-19
As more artists and arts organizations join the platform initially populated by gamers, they have capitalized on Discord’s potential for creation and play.
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme Create a Poetic, Web-based Space for Mourning
Postscript exudes a rare ease of accessibility, permitting viewers to linger and acknowledge the nuances of grief.
The Indigenous Curatorial Collective Advances Sovereignty in the Art World
In the past year, this small Canadian arts organization organized a COVID-19 mutual aid initiative for independent Indigenous curators, and is challenging its institutional partners to step up.
How Crypto Art Might Offer Artists Increased Autonomy
As NFT artwork becomes increasingly popular, artists are figuring out how to utilize the medium to carve out a new model of equity for digital artists and creators.
Artists, Writers, and Curators Share Pro-tips for Boundary Setting
On the benefits of an auto-email responder, access riders, and, most importantly, moving more slowly.
How BTS’s Internet Presence Feeds “ARMY” Meme Production
Through hashtags and others forms of social content, the K-pop idol group creates an open, interpretative framework for the back-and-forth exchanges of visual content and meanings between BTS and its fandom, called ARMY.