Sikander’s retrospective Extraordinary Realities gathers together themes of female multiplicity, queer desire, capitalist exploitation, and decolonial aesthetics.
Rosa Boshier is a writer whose work can be found in the Guardian, Literary Hub, the Washington Post, Vice, Bitch Media, the Rumpus, and Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. She teaches at Otis College of Art and Design and is finishing a novel on latinidad and London punk. Find her retweeting @Rosa Boshier
Mexican Modernism Was More Than Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism feeds into the repeated use of Kahlo and Rivera’s work, and the mythology of their romantic relationship, as shorthand for an entire era.
Redefining Anthropology as a Site of Creativity
Artist Maya Stovall questions the altruistic intentions of anthropology while also attempting to redefine the discipline as a site of creativity and community empowerment.
Caio Fernando Abreu’s Short Stories Charm with Questions of Life and Love
Moldy Strawberries is as hilarious as it is heartbreaking, vaulting existential questions across the page while poking fun at the urge to ask them in the first place.
Devendra Banhart Exchanges Breath and Rhythm for Pencil and Ink
Banhart’s first solo show in Los Angeles is at turns intimate and grandiose.
‘‘We Paid For This Town”: The Legacy of Chicanx Punk in LA
In the 1970s and ’80s, the Bags, Vaginal Davis, Nervous Gender, and Los Illegals used music and performance to express their dissent of racism and gender violence, imagining punk as a possible utopia.
Artist Encrusts Tijuana Police Cars With Glitter
Rubén Ortiz Torres gathered decommissioned patrol vehicles damaged in altercations with cartels and then bathed them in midnight blue and millennial pink.
The Anonymous Women Who Embroidered the Cruel History of the Chilean Dictatorship
The arpilleras narrated the course of Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship through bold colors, broad stitching, and striking imagery, often incorporating fabrics from their disappeared children’s clothes.
The Haunting Image of Home Amid Climate Change
In the face of natural disaster, artists question how the overwhelming anxiety of environmental degradation can be harnessed into creative action.