Issue 214
October 2020

‘I’m increasingly interested in those possibilities outside and beyond the solely human.’ – John Akomfrah 

In the October issue of frieze, the ground-breaking UK filmmaker John Akomfrah is in conversation with The Otolith Group’s Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar; Akinbode Akinbiyi, Natasha A. Kelly, Mahret Ifeoma Kupka and Susan Neiman draw attention to the history of Afro-Germany; and Willem de Rooij answers our questionnaire. 

Also featuring: A thematic essay by Stephen Squibb on the aesthetics of disinformation. A profile by Muna Mire of the filmmaker Tourmaline. 1,500 words by Elvia Wilk on how Nancy Baker Cahill’s augmented-reality works are freeing public monuments from the ideology of control. Maika Pollack responds to Thao Nguyen Phan’s Perpetual Brightness (2019). 

Kyle Chayka on Patreon’s new model of art patronage; Liv Fontaine offers ten tips on how to be a performance artist; Evan Moffitt interviews Stefan Benchoam and Jessica Kairé, the co-founders of Guatemala City’s NuMu; Jessica Loudis on the new magazines giving speed to cultural revolution; and Ana Tuazon on the emerging alternative spaces, led by artists of colour, that are leaving a stagnant art world behind. 

Plus, a special supplement with selected texts from Frieze Masters: contributing editor Jonathan Griffin on how Gianfranco Gorgoni’s photographs documented the Land Art movement and Charles Saumarez Smith on the changing fashions in exhibition design. Also, 28 reviews from around the world and online, including exhibitions by James Benning, Sonia Boyce, Marlene Dumas, Toyin Ojih Odutola and Tai Shani.  

From this issue

Can the story of performer and activist Paul Robeson help us reconcile universalism with Black progress? 

BY Susan Neiman | 30 SEP 20

The photographer retraces the history of the German capital's 'African Quarter'

BY Akinbode Akinbiyi | 30 SEP 20

A look at Germany’s exhibition landscape shows the importance of identifying blind spots

BY Mahret Ifeoma Kupka | 30 SEP 20

Germany's Green Party wants to get rid of the word ‘race’ in the German constitution. Natasha A. Kelly writes about what actually needs to change in Germany

BY Natasha A. Kelly | 30 SEP 20

In 'Perpetual Brightness', Phan’s ailing animal becomes a metaphor for a culture, and a world, adrift on the verge of ecological disaster. 

BY Maika Pollack | 25 SEP 20

During the turbulent summer of 2020, the filmmakers met to discuss contemporary filmmaking and decentring the human

BY John Akomfrah | 23 SEP 20

How Gianfranco Gorgoni’s photographs documented a radical art movement

BY Jonathan Griffin | 17 SEP 20

The art historian recalls standout displays from the past five decades

BY Charles Saumarez Smith | 16 SEP 20

For her first UK exhibition at London’s Barbican, the artist builds a narrative of two lovers caught up in a matriarchal society

BY Rianna Jade Parker | 08 SEP 20

A public art exhibition by the artist whose life was claimed by the Grenfell Tower Fire is a salve for a wounded borough

BY Natalie Nzeyimana | 02 SEP 20

The late US photographer challenges perceptions of African Americans in a two-part series

BY Candice Nembhard | 04 AUG 20